Layla is a storyteller first,
but she's also an entrepreneur, a nomad, and a fierce advocate for equity.
Chef Koochooloo, INC.
Layla's educational start-up, Chef Koochooloo, transforms common core-aligned lessons into recipes for K-5 children. Chef Koochooloo is an international educational platform that teaches kids STEAM through cooking via interactive mobile devices, as well as a web application and enrichment classes in elementary schools, private homes, and community centers. Layla founded the company on a strong premise of inclusivity, tolerance, and empowerment from youth. The stories she writes are an extension of that goal.
Layla co-founded FairFunders in an effort to create equal opportunities for talented entrepreneurs in a unified effort to innovate, drive economic growth, and build a sustainable, tolerant world. FairFunders is a 501(c) nonprofit organization that helps underrepresented founders get funded: women, BIPOC, disabled individuals, LGBTQIA, and others.
'Mark It! Book Club
Layla is the founder of 'Mark It!, a book club in La Hulpe, Belgium! The goal of this club is to discover and share the world hidden inside books of every kind. Every month, 'Mark It!'s members read a particular book and they meet up at a coffee shop or a residence to discuss.
Women's Startup Lab & more
As an advisor for the Women's Startup Lab, Layla learned indispensable skills for navigating the world as a female entrepreneur. She's since worked as a project manager and celebrity recruiter for Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women, published by the New World Library, and has spoken before government officials at the White House. She has also had several TV appearances over the past six years, including: CBSN Bay area, Kidz Universe, Heart of Silicon Valley, and The Miss Sayé Show.