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Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani

Founder/CEO | Girls Who Code | Class of 1997

What do Pope Francis, Bono, John Legend and Class of ’97 grad Reshma Saujani have in common?

All appeared on a wide-ranging 2016 list from the folks at Fortune Magazine — the 50 greatest leaders in the world.

Saujani checked in at No. 20, sandwiched between the new CEO of J.C. Penney and the man who built the world´s largest investment firm.

Saujani´s claim to fame: her transformation from Wall Street attorney to nonprofit founder. The group she founded in 2012, Girls Who Code, offers summer classes to high school girls, with the goal of getting more of them into computer science. 

For that, she’d like to thank Professor Michael Lacey. “He introduced me to speech communications and the impact that the media has on culture,” Saujani says. “Those learnings has had a huge impact on my work at Girls Who Code.”