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Get ready to leave perfect behind. Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, has run for office twice and failed. But exercising her bravery muscle led her to create a nonprofit that's reached 300,000 girls with its computer education programs and message of sisterhood. Join Reshma on her mission to show that being brave, not perfect, is the secret to changing the world. The award-winning Brave, Not Perfect podcast, based on Reshma's internationally bestselling book, brings you inte ...
 
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What can we learn about bravery from young people? Turns out a whole lot. Reshma sits down with former Secretary of Education and CEO of The Education Trust John King Jr. to discuss the moral clarity of youth, the need to rethink how we teach American History, and how education leaders need to demand equitable education during the pandemic. You can…
 
How can we use bravery to strengthen our friendships? Reshma sits down with Ann Friendman, co-author of Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close, for a discussion about deepening our friendships, maintaining and making new connections during COVID times, and going into business with your friends. Girls Who Code is currently celebrating Day of T…
 
NASA Astronaut Christina Koch has an inspiring conversation with Reshma about how to avoid being held back by fear, the challenges and wonders of going to space, and the importance of sisterhood. Plus, Reshma interviews Jenna Arnold, an organizer of the National Women's March about her new book: Raising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding …
 
Soledad O’Brien joins Reshma for a dynamic conversation about asking for the things you need, navigating fraught workplace dynamics, and how to bounce back after a disappointing setback. This conversation is part of a speaker series for the Girl Who Code Summer Immersion Program. You can follow Reshma on Twitter and Instagram @ReshmaSaujani or join…
 
Reshma sits down with her mentor, former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss her career, what she's learned along the way, and give advice to other ambitious women. This conversation is part of a speaker series for the Girl Who Code Summer Immersion Program. You can follow Reshma on Twitter and Instagram @Res…
 
On this week's episode, Reshma sits down with Dr. Jill Biden to talk about the challenges of virtual education, the teachers she admires going above and beyond for their students during the pandemic, and how much she loves the one-of-a-kind community you find in a classroom. This conversation is part of a speaker series for the Girl Who Code Summer…
 
It would be harder to be brave without the pioneers who came before and created more space for us to thrive. Reshma sits down with one such pioneer, Dr. Robbie Melton, to learn about her work with Apple to bring more coding and creativity resources to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, her passion for empowering young people to shape the…
 
It's hard to let go of perfection at this time where it often feels like we have little control over our lives, but being kind to yourself is even more important during these difficult times. This week, Reshma sits down with Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation for a conversation about being brave during a pandemic, diversity in tech, and standing…
 
Brave, Not Perfect is sharing an episode from Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller this week highlighting a young climate activist fighting to save our planet. Isha Clarke is an activist with Youth vs Apocalypse. You may know her from a viral video where she asked Senator Dianne Feinstein to move the Green New Deal forward; she helped organize the…
 
We can all rise higher by lifting each other up and developing relationships where we invest in and support one another. This week, Reshma talks with Bozoma Saint John about the importance of sisterhood. The two discuss important moments when sisterhood supported them, how the values of sisterhood are being used to signal boost the voices of Black …
 
What does it mean to be an anti-racist parent? And what can we do to teach our kids to commit to the fight against systematic racism? Reshma sits down with activist and fashion entrepreneur Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs to talk about committing to bringing anti-racist practices into our homes and teaching them to the next generation. Support the Black…
 
Loving ourselves when the world tells us to hate so many parts of ourselves is a radical act. In this episode, Reshma sits down with writer and disability advocate Keah Brown to discuss her journey to falling in love with herself. Keah, author of The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me, opens up a…
 
It's time to let go of shame and put yourself first. In this episode, Reshma sits down with actor and activist Jameela Jamil for a conversation about the movement against shame, setting boundaries to protect yourself, and the power of sharing your story with the world. Content Notice: In this episode Jameela mentions recovering from an eating disor…
 
Vote for Brave, Not Perfect in The Webby Awards! bit.ly/BNPWEBBYS In this episode, Reshma has a conversation with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg about what it means to be a spiritual leader on the internet, what poop has to do with faith, and fighting back against sexism that's entrenched in so many religious traditions. : Plus, Reshma answers the question…
 
Reshma has an honest conversation about brave and innovative leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Tarika Barrett, Chief Operating Officer of Girls Who Code. How does the organization support girls during the crisis? Why is virtual learning far from an ideal solution? How is the organization showing bravery and adapting in this crisis? P…
 
Reshma sits down with one of her personal heroes, Cecile Richards, for a compelling conversation about women's political power in this episode of Brave, Not Perfect. Cecile opens up about the bravery of stepping down as head of Planned Parenthood, co-founding Supermajority to empower women, and making lasting change in a system that was set up to k…
 
On this week’s episode, Reshma sits down with comedian Cameron Esposito to talk bravery and relationships. They confront staying true to who you are, where embarrassment really comes from, and the challenges of marginalized relationships. Plus, Reshma answers the questions you've been sending in at the end of the show. You can tell Reshma your Brav…
 
Are you ready to get brave about your fitness and health? Reshma gets real with Jessamyn Stanley, a body-positivity advocate and yoga teacher. They discuss yoga, cultural appropriation, why body positivity isn't enough, and overcoming shame about their bodies. Plus, Reshma answers the questions you've been sending in at the end of the show. You can…
 
Have you been putting off taking care of your mental health? Then Reshma wants you to get brave and do something to change that. This week, she has a heart to heart with the one and only Karine Jean-Pierre, author of the new book Moving Forward. Karine opens up about her own struggles with mental health, how she found the support she needed, and ho…
 
This week, Reshma gets personal about her struggles with fertility and the sisterhood she found through surrogacy. She has a moving conversation with Amber, the woman who gave birth to her newborn baby. The two discuss how their lives have changed, misconceptions about surrogacy and their journey together. Reshma is currently fighting to legalize g…
 
Ready to brave up your parenting? Reshma sits down with Shannon Watts, a mother of five and founder of Moms Demand Action, for a conversation about the challenges of being a good parent while you're busy fighting for positive change in the world—and how to overcome them. Shannon, who's been called the NRA's worst nightmare, shares why letting go of…
 
Let's start the new decade off right and start getting brave at work! The hosts of the podcast Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace are armed and ready with tips for you and some stories of their own. Eula Scott Bynoe and Jeannie Yandel join Reshma for a candid discussion about what's next after their show got cut at a public radio station, who…
 
It’s a new decade, and Reshma wants to help you start it off right—this is the year to leave perfection behind and get brave! Every other Tuesday, Reshma’s coming to you with an episode about what bravery means in different aspects of your life like love, work and health. Coming up this year, she has fabulous conversations with Cecile Richards, Sha…
 
As women, we're taught to get everything lined up perfectly before we reach for that big dream or take the next step. But sometimes, just going for it is the secret to success. It's time to let go of what's holding you back and just start. Reshma reveals her big dream she's been scared to admit even to herself and takes one small step towards it. P…
 
Do you worry about sounding dumb so you avoid asking questions or speaking up in meetings? Do you write down what you want to say, or go over and over it in your head? This week Reshma explores how that starts when we're young girls and keeps us from taking up space when we grow up. Plus, she gives you a bravery challenge so you can start to speak …
 
As women, we're missing out on a lot of fun. If we're bad at something, it can suck all the joy out of it. This week, Reshma explores how to break away from that perfection mindset. Her journey for joy takes her to an unexpected place where she has to face one of her fears. Plus, she's got a bravery challenge for you. You can tell Reshma your Brave…
 
You can't be brave if you're tired. As Reshma says, every woman she knows is tired because of all the responsibilities we're taking on. This week, Reshma's forced to take her own advice and get some rest. Plus, she explores why getting that rest is such an essential part of being brave. You can leave a voicemail for Reshma for your Brave, Not Perfe…
 
Does the idea of putting together furniture or changing a flat tire overwhelm you? Reshma explores the way young girls are discouraged from working through challenges and sitting with frustration—and how that impacts us later in life. Plus, we learn a surprising secret about the founder of Girls Who Code, who gives you a challenge to strengthen you…
 
Let’s work that bravery muscle—literally! Reshma explores the ways we’ve been teaching young girls to be fearful and gives you a bravery challenge to help you unlearn those messages. Plus, she takes on a physical challenge that’s haunted her since childhood. You can leave a voicemail for Reshma at 347-76-BRAVE. Plus, you can follow her on twitter a…
 
Is worrying what other people think holding you back? Reshma explores how we can stop giving so many fucks. Tune in for Reshma’s musical debut. Stay for the insightful interview with visionary Elaine Welteroth, the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and current Project Runway judge. Plus, Reshma gets some tips about how to let go and has a braver…
 
Ready to get brave? It's time to break away from the cult of perfection with your bravery coach, Reshma Saujani. This season, she's inviting you on a six week challenge to build up your bravery. Reshma's going to be working those muscles right alongside you, facing some of her biggest fears and admitting that big dream that keeps her up at night. T…
 
Robin Maxkii is a Native American technology activist, filmmaker, and writer. Robin first taught herself to use computers at the public library. She's been blogging since she was a pre-teen, and taught herself coding, but didn’t recognize her own talent until a teacher walked past her in the computer lab. Robin is a member of the Mohican Nation Sto…
 
Claire Wasserman is the incredibly brave woman behind Ladies Get Paid - an organization that provides the tools, resources, and a community to help women negotiate for equal pay and power in the workplace. Their mission - help ladies get paid! Asking for a raise and negotiating benefits at work can be a terrifying experience for anyone - and for wo…
 
Susan McPherson is a serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. This week on the Brave, Not Perfect podcast, tune in to hear Reshma in conversation with her friend Susan about playing for Team Brave, supporting the sisterhood, and reinventing and finding yourself when life throws you a midlife curveball. Follow Susan on …
 
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a waiter, an activist, a girl from the Bronx who took on one of the most powerful men in New York City… and unseated him. Did you know that when she started running for Congress in her primary, people wouldn’t even take a photo with her, let alone endorse her?! This week on Brave, Not Perfect podcast listen to the …
 
The more successful you become, the harder it feels to take big risks. This week on the Brave Not Perfect podcast, Reshma talks with Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin, founders of a little website you might have heard of… TheSkimm. The two former news producers launched theSkimm from their couch in 2012 as a newsletter - they now have over 7 million …
 
What’s the one thing you’re most afraid of doing? The thing that if you could do it, you know it would make a major difference for you in your life? Rha Goddess calls that one thing your “ledge.” She says all of us are being called to some ledge, whether we’ve wanted to consciously acknowledge it or not. There’s at least one challenge, one change, …
 
It's been said time and time again that women of color have to work twice as hard to earn half as much as their white counterparts. So this week on the Brave, Not Perfect podcast, Reshma is asking: Is imperfection an option for women of color? Reshma speaks with Morgan DeBaun, CEO & Founder of Blavity, about her experiences with imperfection and fa…
 
Brit Morin always wanted to be an inventor - and when the internet entered her world, she learned to infuse her love of creativity with technology. On this episode, join Reshma and the founder of Brit+Co for a conversation on building bravery, thinking creatively, changing the world, and facing up to perfectionism. You can find Brit on Twitter and …
 
Rachel Simmons thinks that inside, we’re all still teenage girls. On our first episode of Season 3, join noted girlhood researcher Rachel Simmons and Brave, Not Perfect host Reshma Saujani for a conversation on growing up a girl in an age of social media, learning to ask for help and redefining the image of the perfect girl. Get in touch with your …
 
We're coming back to your ears for Season 3 - sharing the conversations Reshma has been having with changemakers from around the world - with a little twist. Every episode is going to highlight ideas from her new book, Brave Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, Live Bolder. Get ready to break free from the cult of perfection, redefine bravery, build …
 
Chloe Taylor's STEM story started when she wanted to meet boys at a co-ed science camp - instead, she found a love for robotics. After getting her degree from Carnegie Mellon and being lauded as an innovator, she became an elementary school teacher, and was surprised to hear the new comments people had for her: sweet, cute, nice. She kept up her lo…
 
She may be small, but won't stopping her from making a difference! Haven Coleman is a 12 year old climate activist who proves there’s no age or height requirement to save the world. She’s talked global warming with former Vice President Al Gore and shared the stage with advocates for issues across the board at the Teen Vogue summit - and she’s not …
 
Yelitsa Jean-Charles is the Founder & Creative Director of Healthy Roots - a doll company focused on promoting positive self-perceptions in girls through dolls with varying shades of complexion and natural hair textures. She still suffers with imposter syndrome even after being honored by Essence Magazine as one of the 50 founders to watch in 2017,…
 
Clemantine Wamariya fled war-torn Rwanda with her older sister Claire in 1994, when she was just six years old. In 2018, she published the New York Times bestselling book The Girl Who Smiled Beads depicting her journey to America seeking refuge. This week, Reshma and Clemantine discuss the human side of war and the immense consequences of family se…
 
What’s holding women back from parity in finance? Natalia Quintero joins Reshma for a conversation on breaking up the boys club of investing, the importance of diversity in hiring, and why we’re most successful when we’re authentically ourselves. Follow Natalia’s journey at @NataliaZarina on Twitter!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/br…
 
Growing up in a single parent household and sharing basics like clothing, shoes, soap and underwear with her older siblings, Dre Thomas knew she wanted to make her life’s work about giving back to girls like her. At age 16, she came up with concept for Smile On Me - a community with the mission to awaken ever girl to her inner greatness by providin…
 
Data is powerful - and Yeshimabeit Milner, founder of Data for Black Lives, is using it to make a difference. Tune in for a conversation about the power of analysis in changing the way people think about issues like black infant mortality and the school to prison pipeline. Follow Yeshi’s journey on Twitter at @YESHICAN, and learn more about Yeshi’s…
 
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a politician, environmental advocate, veteran and a dedicated surfer - and she knows a thing or two about bravery. Tune in to hear Reshma and Tulsi discuss finding success in life through serving others, taking a stand for what is right, and practicing self care through yoga, meditation and surfing.--- Send in a voice…
 
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