Reshma Saujani

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Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code; former New York City Deputy Public Advocate

Born: November 18, 1975, Illinois

Education: BA in political science and speech communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; joint degree, Yale Law School

Early Marker: Started her legal career at law firm Davis Polk and Wardwell defending securities fraud cases before moving to be an in-house lawyer at hedge funds.

Big Idea: Her nonprofit Girls Who Code aims to train more women to work in computing, and her recent book advocates women sponsoring women to be less risk-adverse in their careers. Saujani's runs for U.S. Congress and Public Advocate in New York City, both failing in Democratic party primaries, portend a political career.

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