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Startup Grind New York City Hosts Reshma Saujani (Girls Who Code)


Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code

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 and supporting the Democratic party as an 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 US Congress.

Following the highly publicized race, Reshma stayed true to her passion for public service, becoming Deputy Public Advocate of New York City and most 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 has recently been named one of Forbes' Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People, Ad Age's Creativity 50, Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, City & State's Rising Stars, and an AOL/PBS Next MAKER.


6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking


Hosted By Peter Crysdale, New York City Chapter Director

Peter is the Founder/CEO of StrategyHack, running marketing strategy hackathons for startups and professional marketers. He has a diverse background with 8+ years experience spanning engineering, social good and technology startups. In his spare time, he enjoys day dreaming and cross country skiing.  
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Hosted By Joshua Ness, Director of Marketing & Operations

Josh is a growth strategist in the New York City startup community. He has previously helped build marketing machines in the event management, workforce development, and community organization industries. He also really likes bodega sandwiches.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @jcness

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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 100 cities and 42 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • Maria

    Hi - Since you were interested in hearing a speaker who has worked in both the private sector and government, heads a nonprofit, and is a female founder, I wanted to invite you to the upcoming event that also brings together startups, nonprofits, and government. Hope to see you there!

    You’re invited to: Issues + Innovation = Impact, 100 Days Before the Election
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    This event will discuss tri-sector collaboration and civic engagement. Come network, hear interesting speakers, and celebrate the pre-beta launch of IssueVoter.

    Speakers include: Art Chang, Founder of Tipping Point Partners and Chair of the NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee; Ron Gonen, Founder of Recyclebank and NYC Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling, and Sustainability Tickets:
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