Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code
 

Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Programs and Clubs, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities.

Started in 2012, the organization has grown to reach 40,000 girls in every state by the end of 2016. This year, Girls Who Code will run 78 Summer Immersion Programs and 1500 Clubs. The results speak for themselves: 90 percent of alumnae have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science.

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. Saujani has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013.

Saujani’s TED talk, “Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection”, has more than three million views and has sparked a national conversation about how we’re raising our girls. She is also the author of the groundbreaking new book, Women Who Don’t Wait In Line. Saujani is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. She’s been named one of Fortune’s“World’s Greatest Leaders”, Fortune’s40 under 40, a Wall Street JournalMagazine“Innovator of the Year”, one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by the New York Daily News, CNBC's Next List, Forbes'sMost Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company's100 Most Creative People, Crain’s New York40 Under 40, Ad Age'sCreativity 50, Business Insider's50 Women Who Are Changing the World, City & State'sRising Stars, and an AOL/PBS Next MAKER.


Reshma Saujani is a serial failed politician. Strikingly, it is because of her failures she has built a national movement that is changing the conversation about women and technology. Recounting More