- Reshma Saujani is Founder of Marshall Plan for Moms, a movement based in working with lawmakers on addressing the challenges women in the workforce face.
- She is also the Founder and former CEO of Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does.
- Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. By the end of the 2019 academic year, Girls Who Code had reached over 185,000 girls across all 50 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In 2019, Girls Who Code was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company.
- Reshma Saujani is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and the New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World.
- She also has an upcoming book, Pay Up: The Future of Women and Work, which discusses the need for corporate reform, government intervention, and a large-scale culture shift to create change for working women.
- Saujani’s TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has more than four and a half million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how we’re raising our girls.
- She is the host of the award-winning podcast Brave, Not Perfect.
Reshma Saujani is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and the New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Saujani’s TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has more than four and a half million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how we’re raising our girls. She is the host of the award-winning podcast “Brave, Not Perfect.”
Saujani began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Saujani visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code.
Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. By the end of the 2019 academic year, Girls Who Code had reached over 185,000 girls across all 50 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In 2019, Girls Who Code was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company.
In early 2021, Saujani took out a full-page ad in The New York Times, addressed to Joe Biden from 50 prominent women, urging him to adopt what she called the Marshall Plan for Moms. The response prompted her to found Marshall Plan for Moms, a movement petitioning lawmakers to provide more support to mothers.
Saujani is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. Her work on behalf of young women has earned her broad recognition on lists including Fortune World’s Greatest Leaders; Fortune 40 Under 40; WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year; Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World; and Fast Company 100 Most Creative People, among others. She is the winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.
In 2020, Reshma joined the Board of Onward Together. She also serves on the Board of Overseers for Harvard University and on the Board of Overseers for the International Rescue Committee, which provides aid to refugees and those impacted by humanitarian crises., and as an ex-officio Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Saujani lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their sons Shaan and Sai, and their bulldog, Stanley.
She’s just so lovely and personable and all of her points were spot on. It was a really great conversation and I think many folks needed to hear her message about being brave, not perfect.
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