Exclusive: Dr. Tarika Barrett To Succeed Reshma Saujani As Girls Who Code CEO
One of the most difficult decisions a founder will face is when to give up control and let someone else run the company they’ve built from scratch.
For Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, the decision wasn’t necessarily easy, but it was simple.
“I'm a big believer that leaders cannot or should not stay in organizations forever, and that you can't stay innovative if you have the same person leading the movement forever,” Saujani tells Forbes exclusively. “I think that especially with Covid-19 happening, we were at a juncture as an organization. And in many ways, that is the right time for leadership change.”
On Wednesday, Girls Who Code—a nonprofit dedicated to closing the gender gap in tech by teaching school-aged girls about computer science and programming—announced that Saujani is stepping down as CEO from the company she founded nearly 10 years ago. As of April 2, she will become Girls Who Code’s board chair and COO Dr. Tarika Barrett will become the organization’s chief executive.