PNW Sinai Forum features 'Women, Technology and Leadership' with Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani

WESTVILLE — The Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum features Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, at 4 p.m. Sunday in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex located at 1401 S. U.S. 421 on the Westville Campus. The doors open at 3 p.m.

Hosting prominent speakers has been the cornerstone of the Sinai Forum’s renowned 65-year history. Executive Director Leslie Plesac said the Forum is designed to give audiences a unique opportunity to hear noted speakers and pose questions in a town-hall style format.

“It’s been an exciting season so far and we are looking forward to hearing from an innovative and inspiring advocate for women to pursue technology careers,” said Plesac.

Inspiring women in technology

Reshma Saujani is working to close the gender gap in technology. Started in 2012, Girls Who Code has grown to reach 40,000 girls, running 80 summer immersion programs and 1,500 clubs across the U.S. Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Additionally, Saujani’s TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection,” has more than 3 million views and sparked a national conversation about how girls are raised. She is the author of two books, “Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World,” the first in a 13-book series about girls and coding, and “Women Who Don’t Wait In Line,” in which she advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting one’s own course—personally and professionally. 


Students showing a valid high school or university I.D. may attend at no cost. Even though season tickets are sold out, a limited number of general admission single-program tickets will be available at the door for $30 on a first-come basis.


The season sponsors are Urschel Laboratories, Inc., The Times Media Company, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa and The Bankoff Family.

Additional sponsors are John W. Anderson Foundation, Horizon Bank, The Herald-Argus and The News Dispatch.

Patron-level ticket holders are welcome to attend all pre-program speaker receptions. The receptions are sponsored by Leonard J. and Irene Brown Foundation, Harbour Trust Investment Management Company, La Porte Hospital and Friedman & Associates.

Upcoming speaker

The next speaker in the series is national political reporter for “The Washington Post,” Robert Costa, at 4 p.m. Nov. 11. His program, “Inside 2018: Understanding the Midterm Elections,” will be a timely analysis of the 2018 elections.

Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum has brought world-renowned scholars, leaders, dignitaries, artists and personalities to Northwest Indiana since 1953. Founded by Sylvia and Dr. Milton Bankoff with a mission to enlighten, inspire and entertain, the revered speakers’ series came under the stewardship of PNW in 2006. Additional information about the Purdue Northwest Sinai Forum is available at

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a student-centered university that values academic excellence, supports growth and celebrates diversity. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago, PNW fosters a vibrant academic community through high quality and engaging undergraduate and graduate education. For more information about PNW, visit

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