We are so excited to share the news that Goldman Sachs has named Layli Miller-Muro, founder and executive director of the Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih), as one of the "100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs" of 2012! Layli will be honored this October at Goldman Sachs' Builders and Innovators Conference in Newport Beach, California featuring attendees including Bill Clinton and Malcolm Gladwell.
The Goldman Sachs award goes to leaders in organizations across a wide spectrum of fields, from finance to philanthropy, and aims not only to recognize achievement, but also to help recipients grow stronger by fostering discussions between established leaders in the fields and newer innovators at the Builders and Innovators conference in October. David Solomon, co-head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs, said that "This gathering is the first of its kind, bringing together emerging entrepreneurs from a diverse set of industries with more seasoned entrepreneurs to discuss how to build great and enduring companies that reshape their industries and make the world better through innovation."
The Tahirih Justice Center is a recognized leader in international women's rights and works to protect courageous immigrant women and girls fleeing violent abuses including rape, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and domestic violence. In Houston, Baltimore, and Greater Washington, DC, Tahirih provides free legal and social services and, at a federal level, engages in public policy advocacy to ensure that laws provide women and girls with long-term protection from violence. It has long been recognized as a leader and innovator in its field, receiving under Layli's leadership the 2007 Washington Post Award for Management Excellence and many other awards. Its innovative use of pro bono attorneys to quintuple its resources was featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Marshaling the resources of over 1,000 lawyers at large law firms, Tahirih has won 99% of its cases during the last 15 years and helped over 14,000 women and girls. Tahirih is in the process of replicating its model for providing services nationally. In 2012, in addition to receiving the Goldman Sachs award, Layli was named one of Newsweek/Daily Beast's 150 Most Fearless Women in the World and received the Diane Von Furstenberg People's Voice Award.
The Tahirih Justice Center is a national non-profit organization that protects courageous immigrant women and girls refusing to be victims of violence by providing holistic legal services and advocacy in courts, congress, and communities. www.tahirih.org