The American Institute of Architects announced the first of this year's keynote speakers for the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture today, which will be held from June 6–8 in Las Vegas. Reshma Saujani, founder of nonprofit Girls Who Code, will speak Thursday, June 6 at 5 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Saujani is slated to discuss the importance of closing the gender gap—a major topic in the profession in recent years.
Launched in 2012, Girls Who Code aims to inspire young women to work in the tech industry through summer camps, after-school clubs, and a 13-book series. Prior to founding Girls Who Code, Saujani became the first Indian-American woman to run for U.S. Congress in 2010. Since then, she has authored three books, delivered a TED Talk, and has advocated widely for increasing women's involvement in public policy as a board member of organization She Should Run.
Saujani will be interviewed by an unannounced "special guest" according to a conference announcement.