Reshma Saujani: The need for perfection creates a leadership gap
By Andrea Boccia
Speech Moves is a non-partisan movement by WSB, to reinforce the power of speech. Launched in 2018 at SXSW, the movement brought together disparate voices — like Platon, Tony Blair, Abby Wambach, and James Comey — to talk about the positive impact that speech can have, especially in times of great division.
Meet some of the voices behind the movement below, and hear their bold perspectives on topics that matter.
Kat Cole’s improbable rise from working as a Hooters Girl to running a billion-dollar brand in under two decades is an exemplary story of grit, service, and hustle. The FOCUS Brands COO and President teaches what it takes to be a leader of innovation and progress, so that people and organizations can iterate, adapt, and succeed faster.
Chef José Andrés talks about igniting passion and connecting with people through the commonality of food. "Food is at the heart of everything we do as humans," he says. "Food very much is the DNA of who we are."
Bonnie St. John, Paralympic ski medalist, prepares people and businesses for major transformation. Putting her own spin on Einstein's famous quote, St. John says, "You can't keep doing the same thing. The world's changing around you — you'll get left behind."
Bret Baier, FOX News chief political anchor, on the three things that drive him each day: "Family, fairness, and facts." Beyond the anchor desk, these three guiding principles play an influential role in his daily life.
Reshma Saujani is leading the movement to close the gender gap in technology. As CEO and Founder of Girls Who Code, she’s inspiring, educating, and equipping young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. Saujani teaches why embracing risk — and even failure — is the key to success.
"Do not be afraid of work that has no end," says Scott Harrison, Founder and CEO of charity: water. He knows solving the world’s water crisis is no easy feat. Through his talks, he's moving people to greater compassion and empathy through the compelling and connecting power of storytelling.
Sally Kohn, one of the leading progressive voices in America, discusses how to be a positive and shining example and a source of light when it comes to hard issues. "None of us are perfect," she says. "The question is, 'Are we striving to be better?'"
"When purpose meets passion, you're unstoppable," says Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient. Through her talks and her work, she inspires others to raise their hand and create meaningful change. She delves into her idea of "uncorporate culture" and creating a culture of care.