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Saujani

TOWN HALL Lecture Series: Reshma Suajani

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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States
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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. 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. 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’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’s 40 under 40, a Wall Street Journal Magazine “Innovator of the Year,” one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York by the New York Daily News, and CNBC’s Next List, Forbes’s Most Powerful Women Changing the World among many other recognitions.