Reshma Saujani coming to The Mendel Center

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 - 7:00pm

Event:               Reshma Saujani

Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

When:               Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Where:              The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

                        2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Tickets:             Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or


Note: Media outlets wishing to cover this event are asked to contact Laura Kraklau by April 3 to be added to the list for Grand Upton Hall speaker-only seating.


Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and New York Times best-selling author Reshma Saujani to speak at the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series on Apr. 9


BENTON HARBOR, MI – The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series, hosted by The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan, welcomes Reshma Saujani on Tuesday, April 9.


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 change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. This organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By the end of the 2018 academic year, Girls Who Code reached over 90,000 girls in all 50 states and several US territories.

Saujani began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Saujani visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. She has also served as deputy public advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for public advocate in 2013.

Saujani’s TED talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has more than four million views and has sparked a national conversation about how we are raising our girls. She is the author of three books, including the newly released Brave, Not Perfect, New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, and Women Who Don’t Wait in Line - in which she 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.


Saujani is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. Among her numerous honors, she has been named one of Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders, Fortune’s 40 Under 40, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People.


During her Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series appearance, Saujani will share insights on the importance of achieving gender parity in computer science when she discusses “Closing the Gender Gap in Tech.”


The presentation is open to the public with advance ticket purchase. Grand Upton Hall doors open at 5:30 pm, Mainstage doors open at 6 pm, and the presentation begins at 7 pm. Details about each ticket option are available at Tickets pricing and ordering information can be found at,by calling 269-927-8700, option 1, or by visiting The Mendel Center Box Office in person. The box office, located in the Grand Upton Hall Lobby, is open weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm.


About The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Established in 1943, the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan has brought more than 430 world leaders, policy makers, experts, and other newsmakers to the region. Its goal is to provide unique opportunities for personal and community growth. By presenting national and international speakers from a wide range of fields and expertise, this non-partisan series is dedicated to the discussion of social, economic, and public policy questions important in today’s complex society.


About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.


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