Reshma Saujani Headshot
Are you Reshma Saujani?
Claim Reshma's Profile
Report a problem with this profile
[email protected]

Reshma Saujani        

Lawyer & Politician; Founder of 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 will reach more than 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.

Reshma 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, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013.

Reshma is the author of the groundbreaking new book, Women Who Don’t Wait In Line, in which she advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course — personally and professionally. She 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 40 under 40, a WSJ Magazine 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’s Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People, Crain’s New York 40 Under 40, Ad Age’s Creativity 50, Business Insider’s 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, City & State’s Rising Stars, and an AOL/PBS Next MAKER.

Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their son, Shaan, and their bulldog Stanley.

Speech Topics


How to Fail First, Fail Hard and Fail Fast Topics: Courage Inspiring Lives Motivation Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges Personal Growth 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 her personal narrative and lessons learned in this compelling, dynamic and earnest presentation, Saujani also weaves in stories of other accomplished women who have overcome roadblocks and forged new paths—women who have similarly learned to live an authentic life by taking risks and choosing to seek failure rather than fear it. Offering tools to improve resiliency and embark on new ideas, she ignites and inspires audience members to pursue risk and help reshape the country.

News


Wall Street Dem covers up her past and runs again - Salon.com

Remember Reshma Saujani, the hedge fund congressional candidate? She's back, but don't mention the hedge funds.

Reshma Saujani: "I'm One Of You" | New York Daily News

Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani – founder of the tech non-profit "Girls Who Code" – released her first TV ad of the campaign Wednesday, ...

Al Sharpton Deputy Endorses Reshma Saujani | New York Daily News

Harlem Pastor Michael Walrond, a director in Sharpton's National Action Network , has endorsed Reshma Saujani, saying she'll use the office to create “real ...

This Company Is Making It Cool For Girls to Become Coders

Founder Reshma Saujani, a former New York City public advocate, discovered her mission while running for Congress in 2010. Saujani tells ..

Related Speakers View all


More like Reshma