Feb. 27, 2020 – The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah presents
the 2020 World Leaders Lecture Forum given by Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, Friday, March 6, 11 a.m. at Kingsbury Hall. The event
is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and can be obtained through
the Kingsbury Hall box office.
“I am especially excited to welcome Reshma Saujani for the World Leader Lecture because
she invites us to rethink leadership,” said Erika George, director of the Tanner Humanities
Center. “The world needs more women in leadership, yet too often we do not think of
women as leaders and we socialize young girls to be too cautious. Saujani encourages
courage because perfectionism prevents far too many women and girls from taking the
risks required to become leaders. Utah has a unique opportunity to bring humanists
and technologists together to create an inclusive innovation ecosystem.”
Saujani is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology and changing the image
of what a computer programmer looks like and does. In 2012, she founded Girls Who Code to provide young women with the computing skills necessary to pursue tech opportunities
in the 21st century. Along with her international nonprofit, bestselling books “Brave, Not Perfect” and “Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World,” TED Talk and award-winning podcast, she has sparked a worldwide conversation about
women and technology.
In her 2016 TED Talk, Saujani discusses how girls are taught to be perfect while boys
are taught to be brave, which contributes to the underrepresentation of women in STEM.
She says, “when we teach girls to be imperfect and we help them leverage it, we will
build a movement of young women who are brave and who will build a better world for
themselves and for each and every one of us.”
Saujani is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
and Yale Law School. Her work on behalf of young women has earned her broad recognition
on lists including, Fortune World’s Greatest Leaders, Fortune 40 Under 40, Wall Street
Journal Magazine Innovator of the Year, Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World
and Fast Company Most Creative People, among others. She is the winner of the Harold
W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.
This lecture receives support from the Tanner Humanities Center’s World Leaders Lecture
Forum Advisory Board and campus community organizations. For a full list, visit thc.utah.edu.
About World Leaders Lecture Forum
The Tanner Humanities Center established the World Leaders Lecture Forum in 2006 to
bring internationally influential men and women to the University of Utah to address
world events and global concerns. The invited guest delivers a free public lecture
on campus then speaks to approximately 350 business, university and government leaders
at a private dinner. This program has sponsored the visits of former Prime Minister
of Israel Ehud Barak, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi of Iran, President
of Colombia Cesar Gaviria, former President of Doctors Without Borders James Orbinski,
Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and former CIA Director John Brennan, among
About Tanner Humanities Center
Since 1988, the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah has promoted humanities
inquiry and exchange by supporting innovative scholarly projects and creating opportunities
for interaction among scholars, students and lifelong learners. They offer twenty
programs in three major areas, research support, public lectures and programs, and
faculty outreach. The activities reflect a vision of the humanities as not only relevant,
stimulating and cutting-edge, but also essential for developing critical thinking,
tolerance and respect on campus and in the community.
--Jana Cunningham, University of Utah College of Humanities, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-213-0866