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Reshma Saujani

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 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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Winning The Grant
Saujani discusses how she will use the grant from Simple to help Girls Who Code reach its goal of teaching 1 million girls how to code by 2020.

Being a Next MAKER
Saujani talks about what being named a Next MAKER means to her in terms of mentorship and being an inspiration.

Embracing Failure
Saujani discusses the importance of both failure and risk in the journey to success.

The New Feminism
Saujani talks about the changing definition of feminism and how sponsorship now plays a role in that definition.

Mentoring
Saujani discusses the one thing she will never give up: being a mentor.

Finding the Right Partner
Saujani talks about her husband and the importance of having someone around for constant support and motivation.

Women Supporting Women
Saujani talks about the importance of women supporting one another in order to crash through the glass ceiling.

The Technology and Engineering Gender Gap
Saujani discusses how Girls Who Code plans to close the technology and engineering gender gap by teaching 1 million girls by 2020.

Starting Girls Who Code
Saujani talks about the beginning of Girls Who Code and the impact it has had on the lives of young girls and their families.

Finding Your Voice
Saujani discusses the challenge women face with finding their voice and being heard by the media.

Losing the Election
Saujani talks about her experience with running for office, losing the election and how it changed her views of risk and failure.

Running For Office
Saujani discusses her own struggles with running for office and how the 2008 presidential election inspired her to face her fears.