Layla began her career as a life and business coach in the personal growth industry in 2014. In 2017, Layla published the viral blog post ‘I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy’, following the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, USA. Layla’s writings stirred up a tidal wake of awakening and activation in an industry which is largely white-centered, white-washed and white-dominated. In 2018, Layla hosted a 28-day free Instagram challenge called #MeAndWhiteSupremacy. Thousands of people took part in the challenge which was described as a month-long truth-telling journey for people who hold white privilege to explore their personal complicity in white supremacy.
Following the challenge, Layla wrote and published the self-guided Me And White Supremacy Workbook, which is a first-of-its-kind personal reflection tool for people with white privilege to explore, interrogate, gain clarity on and dismantle their internalised white supremacy.
As an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in the East, Layla has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Layla’s work is driven by her powerful desire to become a ‘good ancestor’; to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone.
As a prolific writer, globally sought speaker and popular podcast host, Layla is passionate about creating Inspiration, Education and Activation for us all to become good ancestors.
The impact of Layla’s writings, talks and curated conversations on race and feminism through a spiritual and leadership lens has extended beyond the personal growth industry where her work began. Her work has been brought into homes, educational institutions and workplaces around the world that are seeking to create personal and collective change.
Layla earned her Bachelor of Laws from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Layla lives in Doha, Qatar with her husband and two children.