Tanya Monsef on Mam-Yassin Sarr

“We could change a generation by empowering girls.”

“I can keep going forward.” That’s the pledge Mam-Yassin Sarr has her students make each day at their school in The Gambia, West Africa. She founded Starfish International School to educate girls to be independent, entrepreneurial and prepared for higher education, breaking through traditional cultural and economic barriers. In a country where the average family subsists on $1 day, Starfish offers scholarships to girls for a world-class education focused on service to humanity. Business Consultant / Executive Coach Tanya Monsef tells the story of her friend and colleague the brilliant and determined Mam-Yassin Sarr, and how she came to discover her mission to empower the African women and children of her homeland.


Tanya Monsef

Tanya Monsef is an executive coach and global facilitator. Her vision is a world in which men and women work in partnership to lead change globally. Tanya designs leadership training, leads workshops, provides one-on-one coaching, and facilitates conversations with clients around the world. She speaks globally about the power of leading from authenticity as a way to create harmony in the workplace. She is Dean’s Executive Professor, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University (SCU)and leads the Global Fellows program. Tanya is active in various community programs and non-profits, she is the Board Chair for the Global Women’s Leadership Network, co-founder of SF Turkish Women’s International Network chapter, on the board of My Own Business Institute and the SCU Board of Fellows.

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Mam-Yassin Sarr

Mam-Yassin Sarr is the Co-founder and director of Starfish International, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance humanity through girls’ education and service-learning opportunities in The Gambia, West Africa. The mission of Starfish International is to empower Gambian girls by providing them with an advanced education that is focused on service to humanity, while at the same time providing international service-learning opportunities for volunteers.