LeaderStories brings engaging speakers from all walks of life and all over the world to Agnes Scott College to share inspiring, powerful stories about their personal leadership journeys.

Tackling the Big Social Challenges of Our Time: A Discussion on How We Can Impact Global Issues

Featuring speakers:
Joyce Adolwa, director for education programs, CARE
Dena Blank Kimball, executive director, The Kendeda Fund
Layli Miller-Muro ’91, founder and CEO, Tahirih Justice Center

Monday, March 27, 2017
7 p.m.
Agnes Scott College
Campbell Hall
Frances Graves Auditorium


This event is free and open to the public.


About the LeaderStories speakers:

Joyce AdolwaJoyce Adolwa, originally from Kenya, is CARE’s director for education programs, leading the organization’s global efforts to promote equity, increase access, and ensure relevance and quality of education. In her role, Adolwa oversees multi-year education initiatives across 54 countries aimed at supporting marginalized children with a focus on the empowerment of girls and young women. In particular, she designs and develops projects that enhance leadership skills and increase educational attainment, as well as promotes evidence-based advocacy for policy changes that are supportive of girls’ and women’s rights. Adolwa has more than 16 years of progressive experience in technical leadership, senior management and operational management in international contexts. She came to CARE after having worked in the corporate and medical sectors. She has authored a number of articles and served on expert panels on girls’ education and empowerment. She currently serves on the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative Global Advisory Committee and as guest lecturer with Columbia University’s Global Classroom on Gender and with the University of Minnesota. Adolwa received a master’s degree in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and English literature from Egerton University, Kenya. She also has a post-graduate degree in marketing and public relations from the London Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Dena Blank KimballDena Blank Kimball is the executive director of The Kendeda Fund. She also oversees the Girls’ Rights program. Before joining The Kendeda Fund in 2014, Kimball served as the vice president of network support for Teach For All; the vice president of alumni affairs and the deputy vice president of admissions for Teach for America; and as the executive director of GirlVentures in San Francisco, a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths. Kimball holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University. As an independent consultant, she specialized in the curriculum development, management, strategic planning and development of nonprofit organizations focusing on youth. Kimball has served as an associate director of development for Pacific Crest Outward Bound School and as a program specialist at the National Economic Development and Law Center. She was the founding Chair of American Jewish World Service’s Global Circle and sits on the Board of the Directors of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Fugees Family.

Layli Miller-MuroLayli Miller-Muro ’91 is the founder and CEO of the Tahirih Justice Center, which provides free legal services and engages in advocacy on behalf of immigrant women and girls fleeing human rights abuses. In its 20th year, Tahirih is located in four cities in the United States and has protected over 19,000 women and girls courageously rejecting violence. Miller-Muro founded the organization in 1997 following her involvement as a law student in a high-profile case that set national precedent and revolutionized asylum law in the United States. The case was that of Fauziya Kassindja, a 17-year-old girl who had fled Togo in fear of a forced polygamous marriage and a tribal practice known as female genital mutilation. After an uphill legal battle, Kassindja was granted asylum in 1996 by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals. This decision opened the doors to gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum. Using her portion of the proceeds from a book she and Kassindja co-authored about the case, “Do They Hear You When You Cry?,” Miller-Muro established Tahirih. Prior to joining Tahirih as executive director, Miller-Muro was an attorney at the law firm of Arnold & Porter where she practiced international litigation and maintained a substantial pro bono practice. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, Miller-Muro was an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals.