Leading Woman In Technology

Reshma Saujani

Gender Matters in the Computing Fields: Re-booting for Gender Parity

Public Lecture - Rescheduled

Tuesday, April 1
4:30 PM
Kendade 305
Free and Open to the Public
Wheelchair Accessible & Listening Device Access

Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code visionary and a galvanizing force in closing the gender gap in STEM education, will discuss gender parity and entrepreneurship to spur innovation and job creation in the computer industry.

This event is sponsored by the Pruitt Lectureship Fund.

Biography

In 2012, Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code, a national organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. Girls Who Code educates, inspires, and equips high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue computing careers. Together with leading educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs, Girls Who Code has developed a new model for computer science education. Girls Who Code pairs students with intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with high-touch mentorship led by the industry's top female developers and entrepreneurs. With support from industry leaders such as Twitter, Google, GE, ebay, and AT&T, Girls Who Code empowers young women in the New York City area and is now expanding to the Bay Area in California and Detroit, Michigan.

Saujani formerly served as the Deputy Police Advocate of New York City. As Executive Director of the Fund for Public Advocacy, Saujani brought together public and private sectors to encourage entrepreneurship and civic engagement. In 2010 Saujani became the first South Asian woman to run for congress, promoting smarter policies to kick-start job creation. An advocate for a new model of female leadership focused on risk-taking, competition and mentorship, Saujani is the author of a new book entitled "Women Who Don't Wait In Line," to be released by Amazon Publishing in 2013.