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Reshma Saujani (Exclusively WSB)

It’s no secret that the tech industry has a serious gender imbalance. We live in an era in which girls are told they can do anything, so why aren’t there more women in leadership roles to look up to? In 2012, Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code with the mission of correcting this disparity. Since then, she has sparked a national conversation about increasing the number of women in tech, and Girls Who Code has reached nearly 40,000 young girls, 90 percent of whom have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science. With Google and Twitter as backers, and Facebook and AT&T (among others) signed on as mentors, the program aims to enroll 1 million women by 2020.

Drawing from her book, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line, Saujani will advocate a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course, both personally and professionally. 

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. At the tender age of 14, just before celebrating her middle school graduation, Elizabeth went to sleep in her family home just as she had always done. Awakened hours later to a knife held roughly against her throat, she was taken from her home and family and held captive for nine long months. In this captivating message, Elizabeth shares her incredible story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable adversity. Her speech not only tells her personal story but also discusses topics such as overcoming extreme adversity, the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing your past to dictate your life’s future. Elizabeth knows that there is nothing more important than having hope in a difficult situation. Having lived through an extreme circumstance as a young teenager, she gives great insight and hope to all.

The rules are different for a woman candidate, whether she’s running for sheriff, governor or president. Voters are more likely to see her as honest, but they also care a lot more about her appearance. And they’re more likely to ask her how much time she spends with her children than they are to ask her opponent about the time he spends with his.

A woman can follow these rules – and encourage the very stereotypes she’s probably trying to break. Or, she can resist – and lose votes. It would be funny, if half the people voting weren’t women, too.

Twenty-six years ago, Hillary Clinton visited child care centers, while her husband shook hands outside factory gates. Today, “soft” issues, like child care and paid leave, matter. Twenty-two years ago, she travelled to Beijing to declare that “women's rights are human rights” – and, somehow, it was controversial. Today, even her critics appreciate the power of “soft power” diplomacy she championed. Seventeen years ago, she ran for Senate, formally launching the political pantsuit movement. And, last year, her critics accused her of shouting and her fans wore “nasty woman” t-shirts to the polls.

Thanks, in many ways, to Hillary, our candidates, campaigns, and priorities are changing. But they’re not changing fast enough – and they are more complicated than ever. How did a candidate who made hours of offensive on-air jokes with Howard Stern, and who was later caught on tape bragging about groping women, win more votes from white women?

Patti Solis Doyle has worked in politics for 25 years, including 17 years as one of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisors (and the manager of her first presidential campaign).  Using examples from pivotal campaigns and Hillary Clinton’s career from Arkansas’ first lady to Democratic presidential nominee, Patti demonstrates how gender plays out in campaigns and government from the perspective of candidates and voters.

Kevin Sorbo is sought the world over to address a wide range of audiences, from Fortune 500 companies to Christian schools and universities, to international trade associations to healthcare organizations. He speaks on a wide variety of topics to include but not limited to:

  • My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal—and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life
  • True Strength: Be a Superhero in the Workplace
  • A World Fit for Kids: How Mentoring Reaches Our Youth and Inspires Multiple Generations
  • God’s Not Dead

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