Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to prepare young women for the technology jobs of the future. A former attorney, Saujani left the private sector to become the first Indian-American woman to run for US Congress. During that race, she visited local schools and observed firsthand the gender gap in computing classes that inspired the creation of Girls Who Code. Although unsuccessful in her congressional bid, Saujani moved on to become deputy public advocate of New York City. In her recent book, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, she argues that aversion to risk and failure is the final hurdle holding women back in the workplace. Among other honors, Saujani has been recognized as The Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovator of the Year and named to CNBC’s Next List, FORTUNE’s 40 Under 40, and Forbes’ Most Powerful Women Changing the World.