Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, will be the guest speaker for Western Governors University’s (WGU) lecture series, Sage Talks, on Thursday, Feb. 22. The free event will be streamed live at 9 p.m. EST. RSVP at www.wgu.edu/sage-talks/how-fail-first-fail-hard-and-fail-fast.
Girls Who Code clubs operate throughout the state of Indiana, with more than 15 clubs represented in Central Indiana alone.
Prior to founding Girls Who Code in 2012, Saujani launched into the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. While Saujani’s bid for office was unsuccessful, it is because of what she learned from her failure that she has been able to build a national movement that is changing the conversation about women and technology. She advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on risk-taking, competition and mentorship. “Success is the product of bravery, not perfection,” Saujani says. “Fail first, fail hard and fail fast.”
While recounting her own personal narrative and lessons learned, Saujani will weave into her presentation stories of other accomplished women who have overcome roadblocks and forged new paths—women who have similarly learned to live an authentic life by risking failure rather than fearing it.
“WGU Indiana is constantly seeking to provide learning opportunities by featuring leaders in critical fields discussing their experience and knowledge,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber. “We are excited to feature Reshma Saujani because her insights and expertise are valuable to women who are in or aspiring to enter tech professions. She’s a vocal advocate for women in tech leadership.”
WGU’s Sage Talks lecture series offers personal and professional development, inspiration and continuing education opportunities for WGU students, graduates and the larger community. The series features leaders and innovators in fields represented by each of WGU’s four colleges: business, education, healthcare and information technology. Lecture topics focus on leadership, new innovations and disruptions and how education shapes the future.
Learn more about WGU’s Sage Talks at www.wgu.edu/sagetalks and by following @WGUIndiana on social media.
WGU Indiana offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs in business, education, information technology and healthcare, including nursing. The nonprofit university’s competency-based model allows students to accelerate through coursework at their own pace.
According to a 2016 Harris Poll, 95 percent of WGU graduates are employed, 87 percent of them in their degree field. According to a 2016 Gallup study, WGU graduates are more likely than graduates from other U.S. universities to have the jobs they want, feel engaged at work, and have an emotional attachment to their alma mater. In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recognized WGU Indiana for its contributions to the Commission’s “Reaching Higher, Achieving More” agenda for excellence in academic quality.
In 2017, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) again named WGU’s secondary teacher preparation program among the best in the nation for quality, ranking WGU in the top seven among 2,400 schools.
WGU Indiana has helped more than 5,000 Hoosiers achieve their dream of completing a college degree. Another 5,000 students are currently enrolled. For information about WGU Indiana’s degrees and scholarships, visit indiana.wgu.edu.