Girls Who Code founder, CEO to speak at UA

Reshma Saujani / Courtesy photo

The founder of an organization that aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science will speak in Fayetteville next month.

Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code will appear at the UA as part of the university’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Fayetteville Town Center.

From her bio:

Saujani began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian-American to run for the United States Congress. Her inspiration to create Girls Who Code was a direct result of her campaign.

In addition to starting Girls Who Code, Saujani has been an outspoken advocate for education and gender equality in the workplace, especially in tech fields. She wrote Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way (2013), Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World (2017), and Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder (2018). In 2016, she presented her message empowerment in her “Teach girls bravery, not perfection” TED Talk.

Her work on behalf of young women has earned her broad recognition on lists including: FortuneWorld’s Greatest Leaders, Fortune 40 Under 40, WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World and Fast Company 100 Most Creative People, among others. She is the winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.

Doors open for students at 6:15 p.m., and to the public at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is set to begin at o7 p.m.

Free shuttles will run to the Town Center from two locations on campus: The Harmon Parking Deck bus stop and the underpass of the Arkansas Union. Shuttles will begin running from campus at 5:30 p.m. and the last shuttle will leave the Town Center at 8:45 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Distinguished Lectures Committee through the Office of Student Activities, and free to attend for current University of Arkansas Students. Students must show ID for entry.

After that, the public will be admitted to the lecture contingent on availability on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more info, contact the Office of Student Activities, [email protected] or call 479-575-5255.