Samira Thomas

Storryteller and Curriculum Expert

Introducing: Layla Shaikley

Dear friend and Muslim Shero:

Layla Shaikley's resume reflects her dynamic personality -- she was a NASA intern, the co-producer of the viral YouTube video "Muslim Hipsters: #mipsterz," cofounder of TedxBaghdad, and an entrepreneur -- and she's only 30. While pursuing a masters degree at MIT, Shaikley founded her first startup, which combined development and data to better protect those in conflict zones like Iraq. It was thwarted by the rise of ISIS. Shaikley has since cofounded a software company called Wise Systems, which helps companies make real-time delivery decisions. The company just graduated from TechStars Mobility accelerator in Detroit.