Nilotica, pronounced /ni-lot-ee-kah/, is a certified organic skin superfood — harvested seasonally from 20-year old trees, only at the source of the Nile River. Leila Janah founded LXMI after a chance discovery of Nilotica at a market in Uganda. She was astounded by the rare butter's ability to transform her moisture-deprived, overly-traveled skin from lackluster to luminous. Once she learned that she could help marginalized East African women find dignified work through the wild harvesting, production and exportation of Nilotica, she knew she had to change her life to share her new skincare secret with the world.
Susi is a kite-boarding legend. She is one of the premier Red Bull athletes and during the 2003 Red Bull King of the Air competiton was given the sports highest female honor: Red Bull Queen of the Air. In 2007 she Co-Founded MaiTai Global together with Sillicon Valley VC Bill Tai. MaiTai Global is a group of extraordinary entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes.Participants combine their energy, network and resources to help each other achieve professional success, pushing the limits of work and play while also fueling philanthropic activities around the world. The MaiTai Global community has an incredibly accomplished professional network who’s collective passion brings them together in an extreme environment.
LEILA JANAH: WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME?
Dominican Republic mainly :)
L.J.: WHY DO PEOPLE LOOK UP TO YOU?
I guess it is because I have proven myself in a man’s world. Kiteboarding was tough at the beginning but I never saw it as a challenge that I couldn’t tackle. I’m a firm believer in the idea that anyone can anything they want if they really put their minds to it.
L.J.: WHAT'S THE MOST EMBARRASSING THING YOU'VE DONE AT WORK?
Missed a meeting with Richard. Was out kiting so he forgave me.
L.J.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PAIR OF SHOES?
Shoes of Prey - Custom Mermaid Design by John Dill
L.J.: WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR 18-YEAR-OLD SELF IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME?
Nothing. I would high-five myself.
L.J.: WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE COMEDIAN?
L.J.: WHAT IS YOUR DREAM CAR?
Self driving solar electric drone - until that’s available I’m not buying a car.
L.J.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE LINE FROM A MOVIE?
"You ate a whole wheel of cheese?"–Anchorman
L.J.: WHAT'S YOUR BEST SKINCARE SECRET?
Zinc on your face when you’re in the sun. It’s never too late to start looking after your skin’s sun exposure even if you haven’t always been very good about it.
L.J.: WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS?