Reshma Saujani


Photos: HOW TO BE BRAVE (NOT PERFECT) Karin Copeland and Technical.ly present Reshma Saujani

Karin Copeland in partnership with Technical.ly, and Generosity presented a conversation with Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and author of the new book, Brave, Not Perfect.

The event took place on a cold, snowy Wednesday in February, but that didn’t stop the sold out crowd of 400 for coming to the Sheraton Society Hill for the early morning event.

Inspired by her popular TED Talk, Reshma Saujani, book “Brave, Not Perfect” focuses on the difference between the way boys and girls are raised and how that impacts their potential: In sum, “Boys are taught to be brave, while girls are taught to be perfect.”

As with every Karin Copeland presents event, the morning started with a continental breakfast, and networking before guests settled into their seats.

Beth Fizell-Jenkins, Merrill Lynch and Pam Teufel, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System took it in stride that they were wearing similar outfits, with their Black/White House jacket. They got acquainted and sat together for the entire event. Obviously they share a lot of similar attributes.

Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of the Ellevate Network, a 135K-strong global professional women’s network hosted a fireside chat with Reshma Saujani, and discussed her work and how we can look beyond gender norms and rewire our brains to be brave instead of striving for perfection.

Saujani’s message is that by teaching girls from a young age to be perfect (while boys are taught to be brave), we send them forward in life with unrealistic expectations. Afraid to fail, women are less likely to take chances, preferring the path that is safe. Saujani argues that this stems from parents rewarding girls for being quiet and polite while boys are encouraged to speak up, get dirty and take risks. We need to encourage young girls to be adventurous, to get dirty and we need to be fine with it.

Julie Zeglen – Technical.ly Managing Editor greets the audience

There was also a panel discussion on how women are perceived in society with notable speakers in the field:
Tracey Welson-Rossman, Chariot Solutions and TechGirlz.org,
Natalie Egan, Translator LLC , and
David Dylan Thomas, Think Company and Cognitive Bias Podcast

Inspired by her popular TED Talk, the book focuses on the difference between the way boys and girls are raised and how that impacts their potential: In sum, “Boys are taught to be brave, while girls are taught to be perfect.”

After the chit chat there was a meet and greet with Reshma Saujani where she signed books and posed for photos. Check out more coverage at Technical.ly Philly and Philly Style Magazine.


Resilience Dinner With Reshma Saujani and Yolanda Hadid

On February 19, 2019, guests gathered at The National Museum of American Jewish History for dinner and a conversation to benefit The Childhood Resilience Foundation. The event was hosted by Garrett Snider, Yolanda Hadid, Angela Duckworth, Meredith Seigle and Robert Mongeluzzi with special guest Reshma Saujani author of Brave, Not Perfect.

Garrett Snider,
Founder and Board Member at Childhood Resilience Foundation, Reshma Saujani, author of Girls Who Code, and Karin Copeland, Create X Change and Karin Copeland Presents

The following day Technical.ly, Generocity and Karin Copeland presented a special event with Reshma Saujani, as well at the Sheraton Society Hill. Here are photos and that story on Philly Style Mag.

Mayor Jim Kenney, Reilly Jacobs, Yolanda Hadid, Reshma Saujani, Garrett Snider and Kevin Steele
Dinner by 12th Street Catering
Joanne Beaver and Taylor Townes
Leslie Slingsby, Executive Director of Mission Kids and Pat Ciarrocchi, TV personality

Another great event in the name of protecting kids which Garrett Snider is involved in is the 11th Annual Mission Possible Gala! coming up on Friday, April 12, 2019

6:00pm to 10:00pm The Fitler Club – Philadelphia, PA