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Teach girls bravery, not perfection | Reshma Saujani


Reshma Saujani: "Brave, Not Perfect" | Talks at Google

Do you run yourself ragged trying to not just do it all, but do it all flawlessly? Do you lose sleep ruminating over small mistakes or worrying that something you said or did might have offended someone? Have you ever passed up a big opportunity - a relationship, job, or a personal challenge - for fear you wouldn't nail it right away or look foolish trying? For you, is failure simply not an option?

You're not alone.

In a book inspired by her popular TED Talk, Reshma Saujani shows us how to break free from the trap of perfection, and rewire ourselves for bravery. Because -- while chasing perfection may set us on a path that feels safe -- it's bravery that leads us to the one we're authentically meant to follow. Bravery gives us the power to claim our voice, to leave behind what makes us unhappy, and go for what sparks in our souls.

About Reshma:
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does. Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist, surging onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress, before making her way to becoming an entrepreneur and non-profit leader. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School.

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You Cannot be What You Cannot See I Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is deeply committed to closing what she calls the “bravery gap,” a social construct that teaches boys to be bold and girls to be perfect. Here, she explains how her organization, Girls Who Code, is cultivating a new generation of brave, passionate women leaders. This talk was part of the 2017 Women's Leadership Forum. more at

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It's Time to Teach our Girls to be Brave | Reshma Saujani | WGU Sage Talks

Watch Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, talk about how in our culture we teach our girls to be perfect and we teach our boys to be brave. Listen as she advocates to elevate women in leadership roles and to increase the number of women technology.

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Reshma Saujani is Deputy Advocate for Special Initiatives at the New York City Office of the Public Advocate. In her role, Reshma promotes civic engagement and government accountability while spearheading public projects that focus on spurring citywide job and economic growth including via social/technology innovations. Prior to her Deputy Advocate appointment, she ran for Congress in New York's 14th Congressional District. Reshma was one of the creators of and served on the National Finance Board for the Hillary for President Campaign. She was also the founder of South Asians for Kerry, a group that organized Senator John Kerry's outreach to the South Asian American community for his 2004 Presidential campaign. South Asians for Kerry raised over $1.4 million for Kerry/Edwards 2004 Presidential Campaign.

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Teach girls bravery, not perfection

We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.

Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is a pretty incredible person. First, she is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. And as if that wasn't enough, she is also the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress, a viral TED speaker, and the author of a new book, Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder.

Today, Reshma and Jessica take us inside what it looks like to be a little less perfect (even forgoing spellcheck!) to make room for the things that matter. In addition, Reshma shares some incredible advice for raising daughters who aren't afraid to fail.

Show Notes

- Girls Who Code website

- Reshma's book, speaking engagements, and social media

- Head to Jessica Honegger's website for info on her book, her Courage Quiz, and more!

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How to Fail First, Fail Hard, and Fail Fast | Reshma Saujani | WGU Sage Talks

Watch Reshma as she advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on risk-taking, competition, and mentorship. “Success is the product of bravery, not perfection,” she says. “Fail first, fail hard, and fail fast.”

Reshma Saujani is a serial failed politician. Strikingly, it is because of her failures she has built a national movement that is changing the conversation about women and technology.

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Disrupting Perfection with Reshma Saujani

Meet Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, Author of Brave Not Perfect, and a woman working to disrupt the perfection trap. Whether or not you identify as an official “perfectionist,” you can probably relate to wanting things to go a certain way, making an effort to avoid failure, and maybe even making the less risky career move.

And that’s exactly how Reshma was living her life—in the safe lane but it wasn’t until she ran for public office and lost big time that she realized that being brave was so much better than perfect. On our final episode for season two, Reshma will share how striving for perfection can lead to disappointment, why women are more wired to be afraid of failure, and what you can do today to take your first step toward brave, not perfect.

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Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani

Imagine if you lived without the fear of not being good enough. If you didn't care how your life looked on Instagram, or worry about what total strangers thought of you.

Imagine if you could let go of the guilt, and stop beating yourself up for tiny mistakes. What if, in every decision you faced, you took the bolder path?

That’s the mission of our latest guest, Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and author of Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder.

Too many of us feel crushed under the weight of our own expectations. We run ourselves ragged trying to please everyone, all the time. We lose sleep ruminating about whether we may have offended someone, pass up opportunities that take us out of our comfort zones, and avoid rejection at all costs.

There's a reason we act this way, Saujani says. “As girls, we were taught to play it safe. Well-meaning parents and teachers praised us for being quiet and polite, urged us to be careful so we didn't get hurt, and steered us to activities at which we could shine.”

By choosing bravery over perfection, girls can find the power to claim their voice, to leave behind what makes them unhappy, and go for the things they genuinely, passionately want.

In Brave, Not Perfect, Saujani shares powerful insights and practices to help us let go of our need for perfection and make bravery a lifelong habit. By being brave, not perfect, we can all become the authors of our biggest, boldest, and most joyful life.

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Where are all the girls in STEM? | Reshma Saujani | WGU Sage Talks

Watch Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, talk about teaching girls how to be brave specifically in the STEM field.

How to Embrace Failure | Reshma Saujani | WGU Sage Talks

Watch Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, as she shares three tips about how embrace failure to help you succeed:
1. Don't talk yourself out of an idea
2. Surround yourself with rejection
3. Do something that scares you often

Reshma says, If you fail fast, fail often, and fail quickly you will learn to exercise your bravery muscle leading to a much more joyful life.

Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

Interview directed by Marian Lacombe.
Photo © Brigitte Lacombe.

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Reshma Saujani at 5x15 on Brave Not Perfect

Reshma Saujani is the daughter of immigrant parents and a Yale Law school graduate. She became the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress, in what was touted as a hotly-contested race, where she was endorsed by the New York Observer and the Daily News and featured on the cover of the New York Times and the Washington Post. She then lost spectacularly, picked herself up and went on to found Girls Who Code, a non-profit organisation which aims to close the gender gap in technology and has so far taught 100,000 girls to code. Reshma’s new book Brave, Not Perfect, looks at the ways that boys and girls are raised and argues women and girls should embrace imperfection and bravery.

Recorded live at the Tabernacle in London's Notting Hill on 11th April 2019.

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A chat with Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, joined our BCG NY office for a conversation on how to learn from and overcome failures; building gender parity in tech and the workplace; and bringing bravery to our lives. Learn more about BCG Women in Technology #digitalbcg #bravenotperfect #girlswhocode

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The New Approach to Inspiring Women and Girls in Tech with Reshma Saujani and Janaye Ingram

Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does. She is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and the New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Reshma’s TED Talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than four million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how we’re raising our girls. She is the host of the award-winning podcast Brave, Not Perfect.

Called an “impressive leader who plays an important role in our progress toward the mountaintop,” by First Lady Michelle Obama, Janaye Ingram is the Director of National Partnerships for Airbnb, a home-sharing platform that connects travelers with unique homes and experiences around the world while creating economic and entrepreneurship opportunities for hosts and communities. She is also one of the founders of Women's March and planned the original Women’s March on Washington, serving as Head of Logistics.


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How Coding Teaches us Failure | Reshma Saujani | WGU Sage Talks

Watch Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, as she shares how coding teaches us to fail. Listen as Reshma talks about coding as an iterative process of imperfection that teaches us how to fail and to love challenges.



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