Episode 50: Leading a Movement: A Conversation with Reshma Saujani

June 7, 2024
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In this conversation, Nitika Chopra and Reshma Saujani discuss Reshma’s journey with spirituality and her connection to God. They also touch on the importance of processing trauma and the role of spirituality in personal growth. Reshma shares her experience studying the Bhagavad Gita and how it has deepened her relationship with God. They also discuss the need for more spiritual leaders and the craving for spirituality in today’s society. Nitika shares her own process of connecting with her body and listening to her intuition. The conversation transitions to Reshma’s perspective on leading a movement and making a change in the world. Reshma Saujani discusses the importance of fighting for systemic change and supporting marginalized communities. She emphasizes the need to turn personal pain into power for change and to fight for the voiceless. Reshma also shares her experiences as an entrepreneur and the challenges of leading a movement. She highlights the importance of having a strong team and staying focused on the mission. Reshma encourages individuals to believe in themselves and manifest the resources they need to make a difference. She also discusses the concept of thriving and living authentically.

Reshma Saujani is a leading activist and the founder of Girls Who Code and founder and CEO of Moms First (formerly Marshall Plan for moms). She is the author of the instant bestseller PAY UP: The Future of Women and Work (And Why It’s Different Than You Think). Reshma has spent more than a decade building movements to fight for women and girls’ economic empowerment, working to close the gender gap in the tech sector, and most recently advocating for policies to support moms impacted by the pandemic. Reshma is also the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, and her influential TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than five million views globally. Reshma began her career as an attorney and Democratic organizer. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, and their sons, Shaan and Sai.

The Topics We Explore In This Episode

  • Deepening one's connection with God can be a transformative experience.
  • Processing trauma and understanding one's wounds is essential for personal growth.
  • There is a craving for spirituality and understanding in today's society.
  • Listening to one's body and intuition can guide personal healing.
  • Leading a movement requires a deep sense of purpose and service Fight for systemic change and support marginalized communities.
  • Turn personal pain into power for change.
  • Build a strong team and stay focused on the mission.
  • Believe in yourself and manifest the resources you need.
  • Thrive by living authentically.


  • 00:00 - Introduction and Emotional Connection
  • 09:15 - The Importance of Processing Trauma and Understanding Wounds
  • 28:30 - The Challenges of Leading a Movement
  • 37:09 - Believing in Yourself and Manifesting Resources

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