An Evening with Girls Who Code Founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani, in conversation with Alexis Maybank (College 1997, HBS 2004), Co-Founder of Gilt and Board Chair of Girls Who Code.
Date: April 26, 2016
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Gerson Lehrman Group, 60 E. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10165.
Contact: ANHW-NY | email@example.com
Overview: Join Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, and Alexis Maybank, Co-Founder of Gilt Groupe and Board Chair of Girls Who Code, for an evening exploring the organization’s work in closing the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.
Gerson Lehrman Group has generously provided space and refreshments for this event. GLG is the world’s leading platform for professional learning.
Sponsors: Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women | GLG
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 10,000 girls in more than 40 states. In 2016, Girls Who Code will run more than 80 Summer Immersion Programs and 500 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 thfirst 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.