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Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani

Author: Reshma Saujani /Girls Who Code

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Get ready to leave "perfect" behind. Reshma Saujani, CEO and Founder of Girls Who Code, has run for office twice, and failed. But exercising her bravery muscle led her to start Girls Who Code, the nonprofit that has reached more than 90,000 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 Brave, Not Perfect Podcast brings you interviews with changemakers from all walks of life, with one thing in common. They decided it was better to be brave, not perfect.
46 Episodes
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 Stockbridge-Munsee band, a tribal college graduate and director of the first national Native American Collegiate Hackathon. Watch Robin’s SISTERHOOD video and follow her on Twitter at @rmaxkii.
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 women, who’ve been raised to accept what they’re told and stay in their lane, it’s actually creating a real problem: the gender pay gap (and leadership gap!). Did you know that 60% of today's college graduates are women, yet less than 22% make it past middle management? Tune in to the Brave, Not Perfect podcast for a conversation with Reshma and Claire about bravery, sexism, and getting paid. Follow Claire’s journey on Instagram at @clairewassermanxo and @ladiesgetpaid - and join their community at
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 Twitter at @susanmcp1 and on LinkedIn at
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 Congresswoman talk about her run for Congress, why she thinks you should follow your curiosity, and what brave means to her. Follow Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter at @AOC and on Instagram at @Ocasio2018.
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 subscribers, reaching them Monday through Friday with bite-sized news and recommendations. Hear from these two failure champions about channeling their brave 25 year old selves - the ones who quit their jobs to start their own business - and feeling secure in who they are and what they do. Be sure to follow theSkimm's daily newsletter here: and on social media at @theskimm. Carly and Danielle are sharing their own adventures (and misadventures!) on Instagram at @carlyanddanielle.
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, one move, one dream quietly calling out to each of us that we’re afraid to step up to. Tune in to the Brave Not Perfect podcast for a conversation with Reshma Saujani and her executive coach, Rha Goddess. Follow her journey at @rhagoddess and @truepaidgood!
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 failure. Tune in to hear Morgan's journey from St. Louis to Silicon Valley and beyond. You can follow Morgan on Instagram and Twitter at @morgandebaun.
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 Instagram at @Brit!
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 inner girl and all of the things that come with it (read: perfectionism). You can find Rachel on Twitter and Instagram at @RachelJSimmons to learn even more about building resilience in women and girls. Rachel is featured in Reshma’s newest book, Brave, Not Perfect - on stands February 5.
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 a bravery mindset, and learn to survive failure, big and small. Get ready to join Team Brave with Reshma this season! Start your journey by ordering a copy of her book, Brave Not Perfect (out February 5, 2019) and by joining us every week for the podcast. Episodes release at 6 am Eastern every Wednesday morning, starting next week. 
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