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2015 Iscol Lecture: Reshma Saujani, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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Reshma Saujani

Workforce of the Future
Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Alice Statler Auditorium

This talk is free and open to all.

We must bring young women, parents, policymakers, educators, NGOs, and tech companies to the table to finally close the gender gap in technology. If we inspire our girls with passion rather than fear of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), equip them with the skills to pursue computer science degrees, and build a sisterhood of mentors and sponsors to retain female engineers in the workforce, I have no doubt we will achieve parity in my lifetime.

- Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. In her groundbreaking new book, Women Who Don't Wait in Line, Reshma advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting one's own course — personally and professionally.

After years of working as an attorney and supporting the Democratic party as an activist and fundraiser, Reshma left her private sector career behind and surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman in the country to run for U.S. Congress. Following the highly publicized race, Reshma stayed true to her passion for public service, becoming Deputy Public Advocate of New York City and most recently running a spirited campaign for Public Advocate on a platform of creating educational and economic opportunities for women and girls, immigrants, and those who have been sidelined in the political process.

A true political entrepreneur, Reshma has been fearless in her efforts to disrupt both politics and technology to create positive change.

Reshma is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. She was recently named 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.


October 06, 2015

Will this be recorded? I work remotely from Hawaii, for Cornell IT, but would love to see it.

October 06, 2015

Yes, this talk will be recorded and posted on our web site, our YouTube channel and on CornellCast within a week of the talk.

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