Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani

54 EpisodesProduced by Reshma Saujani /Girls Who CodeWebsite

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 m… read more

54 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Just Start (ft. Sarah McBride)

September 10th, 2019


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 …

Ask the Dumb Question (ft. Dr. Joy Bradford & Yamani Hernandez)

September 3rd, 2019


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 …

Do Something You Suck At (ft. Paola Mendoza)

August 27th, 2019


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 …

Get Some Rest (ft. Arianna Huffington)

August 23rd, 2019


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 …

Use Your Hands (ft. Angela Duckworth)

August 20th, 2019


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 …

Let’s Get Physical (ft. Madame Gandhi)

August 13th, 2019


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 …

Stop People Pleasing (ft. Elaine Welteroth)

August 6th, 2019


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 …

Brave, Not Perfect Returns Aug. 6

August 1st, 2019


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 …

Get Caught Trying (feat. Robin Maxkii)

March 20th, 2019


Robin Maxkii is a Native American technology activist, filmmaker, and writer. Robin first taught herself to use computers at the public library. …

Get Brave, Get Paid (Ft. Claire Wasserman of Ladies Get Paid)

March 13th, 2019


Claire Wasserman is the incredibly brave woman behind Ladies Get Paid - an organization that provides the tools, resources, and a community to help …

Play for Team Brave (Ft. Susan McPherson)

March 6th, 2019


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 …

I made a mistake, deal with it. (ft. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

February 27th, 2019


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 …

Channeling your Brave (Ft. Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin of TheSkimm)

February 20th, 2019


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 …

Find Your Ledge (ft. Rha Goddess)

February 13th, 2019


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? …

Is Imperfection an Option for Women of Color? (ft. Blavity's Morgan DeBaun)

February 6th, 2019


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 …

Start Before You're Ready (ft. Brit Morin)

January 30th, 2019


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. …

When the Perfect Girl Grows Up (ft. Rachel Simmons)

January 23rd, 2019


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 …

Brave, Not Perfect returns Jan. 23, 2019 for Season 3!

January 16th, 2019


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, …

Chloe Taylor

December 19th, 2018


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 …

Haven Coleman

December 12th, 2018


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 …

Yelitsa Jean-Charles

December 5th, 2018


Yelitsa Jean-Charles is the Founder & Creative Director of Healthy Roots - a doll company focused on promoting positive self-perceptions in girls …

Clemantine Wamariya

November 28th, 2018


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 …

Natalia Quintero

November 21st, 2018


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 …

Dre Thomas

November 14th, 2018


Growing up in a single parent household and sharing basics like clothing, shoes, soap and underwear with her older siblings, Dre Thomas knew she …

Yeshimabeit Milner

November 7th, 2018


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 …

Tulsi Gabbard

October 31st, 2018


Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a politician, environmental advocate, veteran and a dedicated surfer - and she knows a thing or two about bravery. …

Liz Plank

October 24th, 2018


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 …

Robin Arzon

October 17th, 2018


Tune in for something epic. This week, Reshma sits down with Robin Arzon, VP & Head Instructor at Peloton. She’s a bestselling author, …


October 10th, 2018


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 …

Rebecca Traister

October 3rd, 2018


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 …

Brave, Not Perfect returns October 3rd!

September 26th, 2018


Ready to get inspired? We're back with all new interviews with Rebecca Traister, Clemantine Wamariya, Tulsi Gabbard and more! Leave the fear of …

Rayouf Alhumedhi

July 4th, 2018


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 …

Kelly Roberts

June 27th, 2018


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 …

Cristina Jiménez Moreta

June 20th, 2018


Cristina Moreta has been fighting for immigrant rights her whole life. Today, Reshma re-airs her conversation with Cristina - with additional …

Ashley Edwards

June 13th, 2018


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 …

Natalia Ramirez

June 6th, 2018


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. …

Lauren Foundos

May 30th, 2018


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 …

Deepti Sharma

May 23rd, 2018


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 …

Allison Yarrow

May 16th, 2018


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 …

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

May 9th, 2018


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 …

Atima Lui

May 2nd, 2018


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 …

Mónica Ramírez

April 25th, 2018


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 …

Corinne Gilliard

April 18th, 2018


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 …

Molly Wood

April 11th, 2018


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 …

Sophie Shrand

April 6th, 2018


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 …

Stacey Abrams

March 30th, 2018


Stacey Abrams is running for governor in Georgia. If elected, she would become the first African American female governor in the United States- but …

Lane Murdock

March 23rd, 2018


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 …

Karina Givargisoff

March 16th, 2018


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 …

Cristina Jiménez Moreta

March 9th, 2018


Cristina Jiménez Moreta has been fighting for immigrant rights her whole life. As the co-founder and executive director of the advocacy group 'United …

Q&A: 3/07/2018

March 7th, 2018


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 …

Tony Jack

March 2nd, 2018


Anthony 'Tony' Jack, an Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education explains the concept of the 'Privileged Poor' …

Q&A: 2/28/2018

February 28th, 2018


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 …

Tiffany Dufu

February 24th, 2018


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 …

Coming Soon: Brave, Not Perfect

February 20th, 2018


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, …

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