Reshma Saujani

2015 Town & Country Philanthropy Summit
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, speaks at the 2015 Town & Country Philanthropy Summit at New-York Historical Society on May 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)Monica Schipper — Getty Images
  • Title
    Founder and CEO
  • Affiliation
    Girls Who Code
  • Age

In a TED talk in February, which has since accrued more than 800,000 views, Saujani stressed teaching girls to be brave rather than perfect. She’s well-qualified to preach that message: It took the former Wall Street attorney three tries to get into Yale Law School. Girls Who Code, which aims to get more women into computer science, is seeing plenty of early success: By the end of 2016, more than 40,000 girls will have gone through its training and internship programs. This summer, Girls Who Code will dole out $1 million in scholarships (classes are already free, but scholarships pay for transportation and other costs).