Reshma Saujani wants to teach young women how to code.

Reshma Saujani

University of Illinois alumna Reshma Saujani has devoted much of her career to empowering young women. Through her organization, Girls Who Code, Reshma wants to make sure women are given the same opportunities as men to succeed in computing and technology-related fields. By 2020, Girls Who Code hopes to do something incredible: educate 1 million young women in the area of computer science. Keep reading to learn more about Reshma's journey and how she uses her communication skills in the workplace. We look forward to welcoming her as our guest speaker at the Department of Communication's convocation ceremony in May 2015!

1. What year did you graduate from the University of Illinois?
1997

2. What are your responsibilities in your current position?
I am the CEO/Founder of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit that is working to close the gender gap in computer science and technology.

3. In what ways do you use your communication education in your career?
All the time. So much of what I do is go around the country and evangelize about the need to close the gender gap, and that this issue is one of the most important of our nation's time.

4. What was the best class you took in the communication department and why?
It was a class about race and communication. I learned so much in that class, and it inspired so much of my work.

5. What did you enjoy about being a communication major at the University of Illinois?
I really enjoyed all of my classes, and the teachers were incredible.

6. What advice do you have for undergraduate students who are majoring or minoring in communication?
The same advice I have for all young people - fail fast, fail hard, and fail often.