Brave, Not Perfect

Brave, Not Perfect
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.
Robin Arzon
Oct 17 • 20 min
Tune in for something epic. This week, Reshma sits down with Robin Arzon, VP & Head Instructor at Peloton. She’s a bestselling author, ultramarathoner, cycling and treadmill instructor - oh, and a former lawyer. Hear about Robin’s journey from hostage…
Oct 10 • 15 min
Lizzo knows a thing or two about self care - and she knows the universe is looking out for her and her girls. In a special SISTERH»D episode, tune in this week for a conversation between Reshma and hip hop vocalist and all-around inspiration, Lizzo. Keep…
Rebecca Traister
Oct 3 • 32 min
Get “Good and Mad” with bestselling feminist writer Rebecca Traister and Reshma on this week’s episode of Brave, Not Perfect. Tune in to hear Rebecca and Reshma talk about women’s anger in our current political moment, Brett Kavanaugh, and what it means…
Brave, Not Perfect returns October 3rd!
Sep 26 • 1 min
Ready to get inspired? We’re back with all new interviews with Rebecca Traister, Clemantine Wamariya, Tulsi Gabbard and more! Leave the fear of failure behind - and join Reshma Saujani on her Brave, Not Perfect journey. Keep up with us on social by…
Rayouf Alhumedhi
Jul 4 • 18 min
Unless you were looking, you might have missed it - until 2017, hijabi women weren’t represented on the Emoji keyboard! Rayouf Alhumedhi was 15 when she realized it, and decided to do something. This week, she and Reshma talk about calling attention to…
Kelly Roberts
Jun 27 • 15 min
For Kelly Roberts, bravery is going for a run in her sports bra. Hear from She Can and She Did founder Kelly Roberts on how she is redefining what strength looks and feels like. This week, Reshma and Kelly discuss the body positivity movement and finding…
Cristina Jiménez Moreta
Jun 20 • 15 min
Cristina Moreta has been fighting for immigrant rights her whole life. Today, Reshma re-airs her conversation with Cristina - with additional commentary in light of recent, horrific, news from our border. As the co-founder and executive director of the…
Ashley Edwards
Jun 13 • 20 min
Healing from the trauma of systemic oppression is hard - but Ashley Edwards is making it a possibility for youth of color in communities across the country with MindRight. MindRight gives kids a judgement-free space to talk through their lives and mental…
Natalia Ramirez
Jun 6 • 21 min
19 years old and undocumented in 2018 America - Natalia is as brave as they come. And she hasn’t let her status keep her from following her dreams. Tune in to hear Natalia talk about her documentary film, her activism, and how coding helps her stay…
Lauren Foundos
May 30 • 19 min
She felt like one of the guys while trading on the Wall Street floor, but Lauren Foundos really found her strength when she left finance to start a fitness company, FORTË. Tune in this week as Reshma and Lauren talk bravery in leaving the past behind and…
Deepti Sharma
May 23 • 16 min
Starting a business and flying alone with her son for the first time - Deepti Sharma is exercising her bravery muscle in every aspect of her life. Tune into the Brave, Not Perfect Podcast to hear Reshma and Deepti talk about motherhood and the transition…
Allison Yarrow
May 16 • 21 min
Back in the 90s, Allison Yarrow slapped her friend across the face. This year, she wrote a book about the word that started it all: Bitch. Hear Reshma and Allison discuss media, culture, and gender equality in this episode of Brave, Not Perfect. Follow…
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
May 9 • 24 min
After experiencing Islamaphobia and racism firsthand in a post-9/11 America, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh felt alone. At age 17, Amani created media site MuslimGirl, giving girls all over the English-speaking world a platform to share their experiences. Listen to…
Atima Lui
May 2 • 23 min
Not all nudes were created equal. Atima Lui’s company is out to change that. NUDEST is building skin-tone matching technology to help people of every shade find products that match their nude. Reshma and Atima talk about their shared history of living up…
Mónica Ramírez
Apr 25 • 19 min
Mónica Ramírez went to the Golden Globes this year- but you haven’t seen her on screen. Mónica is the co-founder & President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas - a national farmworker women’s organization fighting for the rights of farmworkers nationwide.…
Corinne Gilliard
Apr 18 • 15 min
If you were a producer with Oprah’s TV network, would you ever leave? Corinne Gilliard did, and it might just be her bravest moment. Hear about her journey from Howard U to working for Oprah to leading creative development at Crooked Media, home of Pod…
Molly Wood
Apr 11 • 17 min
Molly Wood, the host of Marketplace Tech, just had “the talk” with her son. No, not that talk. The one about digital privacy and protecting yourself online. Reshma talks to Molly about the biggest story in tech, what it was like to be one of the first…
Sophie Shrand
Apr 6 • 15 min
How do you combine degrees in theater and behavioral neuroscience? Sophie Shrand has got it figured out! Shrand hosts her own children’s YouTube series ‘Science with Sophie’. Playing herself and a variety of quirky characters, Shrand reveals the science…
Stacey Abrams
Mar 30 • 16 min
Stacey Abrams is running for governor in Georgia. If elected, she would become the first African American female governor in the United States- but you’ll never guess what she does on the side! Hear about Stacey’s brave journey and what she’s ready to do…
Lane Murdock
Mar 23 • 16 min
Lane Murdock is a 15-year-old sophomore at Ridgefield High School and the architect of a nationwide walkout, scheduled for April 20, to protest gun violence in schools. In this episode, Reshma and Lane discuss what it’s like to organize a movement as a…
Karina Givargisoff
Mar 16 • 15 min
Karina Givargisoff is the founder of the first-ever non-profit fashion media brand, Mission Magazine. In this episode, Karina and Reshma get into the beauty of making mistakes, pursuing your passions, and the importance of giving back.
Cristina Jiménez Moreta
Mar 9 • 15 min
Cristina Jiménez Moreta has been fighting for immigrant rights her whole life. As the co-founder and executive director of the advocacy group ‘United We Dream’ from New York, Moreta became one of the 24 recipients to receive a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship as…
Q&A: 3/07/2018
Mar 7 • 8 min
You ask. Reshma answers! This is the first Q&A episode of ‘Brave, Not Perfect’. Want to be featured in a future Q&A episode? Be sure to send in your questions to or call in directly using the Anchor Voice Message feature!
Tony Jack
Mar 2 • 16 min
Anthony ‘Tony’ Jack, an Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education explains the concept of the ‘Privileged Poor’ and systemic inequality in education in this episode of Brave, Not Perfect.
Q&A: 2/28/2018
Feb 28 • 7 min
You ask. Reshma answers! This is the first Q&A episode of ‘Brave, Not Perfect’. Want to be featured in a future Q&A episode? Be sure to send in your questions to or call in directly using the Anchor Voice Message feature!
Tiffany Dufu
Feb 23 • 15 min
Tiffany Dufu, author, Chief Leadership Officer at Levo, and mother of two, is getting away from the curse of perfection. In this episode, Tiffany breaks down what it means to ‘Drop The Ball’ and how having it all doesn’t necessarily mean doing it all.
Coming Soon: Brave, Not Perfect
Feb 20 • 0 min
Brave, Not Perfect features interviews with brave change makers in tech, politics and business. It’s hosted by Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science.