Women of Distinction

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        2015 Women of Distinction Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Location: Hilton Anatole Hotel, Chantilly Ballroom
Time: Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code

Event Chair: Katherine Coker

Lifetime Achievement:  Jan Rees-Jones
Women of Distinction:  Michele Bobadilla and Geraldine “Tincy” Miller
Questions? Please contact Aisha McClendon at (972)349-2480 or via email at amcclendon@gsnetx.org.

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2015 Awards Luncheon Speaker

Reshma Saujani

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 your own course -- personally and professionally.

After years of working as an attorney,  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 more 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' Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People, Ad Age's Creativity 50, Ad Age's 40 under 40, Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, City and State's Rising Stars, and AOL/PBS Next MAKER.