Video: Reshma Saujani

Code The Future

Filmed on October 22, 2014, at “Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference

About this video

Every year, 57 percent of bachelor's degrees are awarded to women. But in the field of computer science, the number of female graduates has decreased by 25 percent in the last 30 years, despite the fact that the technology industry continues to grow year after year.

Saujani explains why she believes that a lack of women in technology and engineering is the most important domestic issue of our time. Hear how she’s inspiring the next generation of female leaders to redesign business through technology and the positive lessons she’s learned about failure along the way.

Speaker bio

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, Saujani 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.

After working as an attorney, Saujani left her private sector career behind and surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for United States Congress. Following the highly publicized race, Saujani stayed true to her passion for public service, becoming deputy public advocate of New York City. A political entrepreneur, she has been fearless in her efforts to disrupt both politics and technology to create positive change.

Saujani is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. She has been named one of Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women Changing the World,” Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People,” Advertising Age’s “Creativity 50,” and Business Insider’s “50 Women Who Are Changing the World.”