Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani

Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani
Get ready to leave perfect behind. Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, has run for office twice and failed. But exercising her bravery muscle led her to create a nonprofit that’s reached 185,000 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 award-winning Brave, Not Perfect podcast, based on Reshma’s internationally bestselling book, brings you interviews with changemakers with one thing in common. They decided it was better to be brave, not perfect.

Just Start (ft. Sarah McBride)
Sep 10 • 34 min
As women, we’re taught to get everything lined up perfectly before we reach for that big dream or take the next step. But sometimes, just going for it is the secret to success. It’s time to let go of what’s holding you back and just start. Reshma reveals…
Ask the Dumb Question (ft. Dr. Joy Bradford & Yamani Hernandez)
Sep 3 • 37 min
Do you worry about sounding dumb so you avoid asking questions or speaking up in meetings? Do you write down what you want to say, or go over and over it in your head? This week Reshma explores how that starts when we’re young girls and keeps us from…
Do Something You Suck At (ft. Paola Mendoza)
Aug 27 • 40 min
As women, we’re missing out on a lot of fun. If we’re bad at something, it can suck all the joy out of it. This week, Reshma explores how to break away from that perfection mindset. Her journey for joy takes her to an unexpected place where she has to…
Get Some Rest (ft. Arianna Huffington)
Aug 23 • 30 min
You can’t be brave if you’re tired. As Reshma says, every woman she knows is tired because of all the responsibilities we’re taking on. This week, Reshma’s forced to take her own advice and get some rest. Plus, she explores why getting that rest is such…
Use Your Hands (ft. Angela Duckworth)
Aug 20 • 35 min
Does the idea of putting together furniture or changing a flat tire overwhelm you? Reshma explores the way young girls are discouraged from working through challenges and sitting with frustration—and how that impacts us later in life. Plus, we learn a…
Let’s Get Physical (ft. Madame Gandhi)
Aug 13 • 33 min
Let’s work that bravery muscle—literally! Reshma explores the ways we’ve been teaching young girls to be fearful and gives you a bravery challenge to help you unlearn those messages. Plus, she takes on a physical challenge that’s haunted her since…
Stop People Pleasing (ft. Elaine Welteroth)
Aug 6 • 32 min
Is worrying what other people think holding you back? Reshma explores how we can stop giving so many fucks. Tune in for Reshma’s musical debut. Stay for the insightful interview with visionary Elaine Welteroth, the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and…
Brave, Not Perfect Returns Aug. 6
Aug 1 • 1 min
Ready to get brave? It’s time to break away from the cult of perfection with your bravery coach, Reshma Saujani. This season, she’s inviting you on a six week challenge to build up your bravery. Reshma’s going to be working those muscles right alongside…
Get Caught Trying (feat. Robin Maxkii)
Mar 20 • 30 min
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…
Get Brave, Get Paid (Ft. Claire Wasserman of Ladies Get Paid)
Mar 13 • 21 min
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…
Play for Team Brave (Ft. Susan McPherson)
Mar 6 • 15 min
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,…
I made a mistake, deal with it. (ft. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)
Feb 27 • 36 min
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…
Channeling your Brave (Ft. Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin of TheSkimm)
Feb 20 • 28 min
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…
Find Your Ledge (ft. Rha Goddess)
Feb 13 • 22 min
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…
Is Imperfection an Option for Women of Color? (ft. Blavity’s Morgan DeBaun)
Feb 6 • 17 min
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…
Start Before You’re Ready (ft. Brit Morin)
Jan 30 • 20 min
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…
When the Perfect Girl Grows Up (ft. Rachel Simmons)
Jan 23 • 25 min
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,…
Brave, Not Perfect returns Jan. 23, 2019 for Season 3!
Jan 16 • 2 min
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…
Chloe Taylor
Dec 19, 2018 • 22 min
Chloe Taylor’s STEM story started when she wanted to meet boys at a co-ed science camp - instead, she found a love for robotics. After getting her degree from Carnegie Mellon and being lauded as an innovator, she became an elementary school teacher, and…
Haven Coleman
Dec 12, 2018 • 15 min
She may be small, but won’t stopping her from making a difference! Haven Coleman is a 12 year old climate activist who proves there’s no age or height requirement to save the world. She’s talked global warming with former Vice President Al Gore and shared…
Yelitsa Jean-Charles
Dec 5, 2018 • 17 min
Yelitsa Jean-Charles is the Founder & Creative Director of Healthy Roots - a doll company focused on promoting positive self-perceptions in girls through dolls with varying shades of complexion and natural hair textures. She still suffers with imposter…
Clemantine Wamariya
Nov 28, 2018 • 30 min
Clemantine Wamariya fled war-torn Rwanda with her older sister Claire in 1994, when she was just six years old. In 2018, she published the New York Times bestselling book The Girl Who Smiled Beads depicting her journey to America seeking refuge. This…
Natalia Quintero
Nov 21, 2018 • 13 min
What’s holding women back from parity in finance? Natalia Quintero joins Reshma for a conversation on breaking up the boys club of investing, the importance of diversity in hiring, and why we’re most successful when we’re authentically ourselves. Follow…
Dre Thomas
Nov 14, 2018 • 18 min
Growing up in a single parent household and sharing basics like clothing, shoes, soap and underwear with her older siblings, Dre Thomas knew she wanted to make her life’s work about giving back to girls like her. At age 16, she came up with concept for…
Yeshimabeit Milner
Nov 7, 2018 • 20 min
Data is powerful - and Yeshimabeit Milner, founder of Data for Black Lives, is using it to make a difference. Tune in for a conversation about the power of analysis in changing the way people think about issues like black infant mortality and the school…
Tulsi Gabbard
Oct 31, 2018 • 23 min
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a politician, environmental advocate, veteran and a dedicated surfer - and she knows a thing or two about bravery. Tune in to hear Reshma and Tulsi discuss finding success in life through serving others, taking a stand for…
Liz Plank
Oct 24, 2018 • 22 min
Join Liz Plank and Reshma for a conversation that runs the gamut from toxic masculinity to Iceland to sexuality and the Kavanaugh hearings. Liz is a journalist with Vox media covering everything that’s wrong and weird and crazy in the U.S. right now - and…
Robin Arzon
Oct 17, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 19 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 18 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 15 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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 [email protected] or call in directly using the Anchor Voice Message feature!
Tony Jack
Mar 2, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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 [email protected] or call in directly using the Anchor Voice Message feature!
Tiffany Dufu
Feb 23, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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.