Your Setbacks Will One Day Help You Succeed

Reshma Saujani

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Inspirational Leadership Quotes - Reshma Sanjani: "There's no more powerful lesson than knowing that your setbacks will one day help you succeed."
Reshma Sanjani: "There's no more powerful lesson than knowing that your setbacks will one day help you succeed."
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Happy International Day of the Girl Child!

This year, we join the UN in celebrating the theme "Digital Generation. Our Generation."

The gender divide in digital connectivity, devices and use, skills and jobs, is real. Leaders must strive for equal access to digital devices and opportunities for girls to safely and meaningfully access, use, lead and design technology.

👩‍💻 How are Laidlaw Scholars promoting women in tech? 

Listen to our interview with Laidlaw Scholar Chhavi Sharma to learn how she is tackling the gender gap in STEM industries by encouraging more girls to enter science and technology-related fields. 


Reshma Saujani (1975-) is the Founder of Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.

Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist, and in 2010, became the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. When she visited schools and saw the gender disparity in tech classes firsthand, she resolved to start Girls Who Code.

Today, Girls Who Code inspires and educates young women to work in the digital realm. They have reached 450,000 students globally, and aim to close the gender gap in new entry-level tech jobs by 2030.

Learn more.


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🚀 Kalpana Chawla: "The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it."

🐒 Jane Goodall: "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.""

🖥️ Grace Hopper: "The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'"

⚡ Gitanjali Rao: "While solving problems, you will continue to encounter failures. Accept them, but persist with the problem. Do not give up, and always remember the bigger goal of making a difference."

Kayla Kim

Marketing Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I was Laidlaw scholar in 2019, and I studied national, regional, and local identity in northern Tajikistan through the lens of women's fashion. 

For a year after graduating, I worked for the UN Mine Action Service which removes landmines from conflict and post-conflict regions. Now I have returned to the Laidlaw Foundation!

Please feel free to get in touch. I'm always happy to meet new people and chat, especially about nationalism/politics of gender/Central Asia/demining/UN/writing or even ballroom dance :)