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Reshma Saujani

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Founder, Girls Who Code

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Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, talks about her parents' inspiration, her unexpected career change, and what it was about risk and failure that made her want to start Girls Who Code.

Reshma's Biography

Early Bird or Night Owl: Early bird.    
Higher Math Score or Higher Verbal Score: Higher verbal score.    
iPad or Notepad: iPad.    
Domestically Skilled or Domestically Challenged: Totally challenged domestically.

Reshma Saujani is the Founder of Girls Who Code, a New York City-based organization that works to educate, empower, and equip teenaged girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering.
 
Previously, she served as the Deputy Advocate for Special Initiatives at the New York City Office of the Public Advocate and Executive Director of The Fund for Public Advocacy. In 2010, Reshma became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress in New York’s 14th Congressional District after resigning her General Counsel position at an investment firm to focus full-time on public service and community building. She is currently running for New York City Public Advocate in the 2013 election.
 
As the daughter of refugees who fled the violence of Idi Amin's Uganda for the freedom of the United States, she has a personal interest in ensuring a political voice and economic opportunity for all Americans. Advocating for a new model of female leadership and focused on risk-taking, Reshma is the author of a new book entitled Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, to be released in 2013.

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