Laila Alawa is the CEO and founder of Coming of Faith, a leading media company where the world goes to hear the voices and stories of underrepresented women. With more than half a million monthly visitors, the site covers everything from life to humor, entertainment to news. She is also the host for The Expose, a Coming of Faith weekly podcast tackling tough topics with snark and wit. Her work has been mentioned in The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, Mashable, Color Lines, Bustle, Feministing, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. She's also appeared on Al-Jazeera America, BBC World News, NPR, and Huffington Post Live. In 2015, Laila was named an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow.
Through her online activism and creative approach to digital issues, she has made it her mission to elevate the voices of those who are often not heard. As the creator of many viral campaigns, like #BreaktheSilence and #EmpoweredMuslimWomen, she is eager to work with organizations that both advocate and innovate in the public interest. Offering an innovative approach to globally relevant issues, her specialities include millennial issues, digital strategy, gender advocacy and social media analysis.
Prior to founding Coming of Faith, Laila was a research specialist at Princeton University, studying socio-cognitive processing under the framework of community identity and belonging. During her time in college, she spent time dissecting stereotype threat for women in the sciences, consumer behaviorism and minority stereotyping and judgement. Laila has built a loyal following through her writing for sites like Salon.com, Dame Magazine, The Guardian, The Toast, and Mic.com.
She has a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College. A passionate jeweler, she lives in Washington, D.C.