Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of international non-profit Girls Who Code and author of international bestseller, “Brave, Not Perfect,” has been announced as Celebrity Apex’s Godmother.
Celebrity Apex’s Godmother
Saujani will name the new ship at the official inaugural ceremony in Southampton, on 30 March, 2020.
In addition to being the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Saujani is also lifelong activist who surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress in 2010. Saujani’s work on behalf of women and girls has earned her broad recognition including: Fortune World’s Greatest Leaders; Fortune 40 Under 40; WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year; Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World; and Fast Company 100 Most Creative People, among others. She is the winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.
Celebrity President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said:
Reshma is bridging the gap in the historically male-dominated technology industry. She is evolving the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does, inspiring a whole new generation of girls and women to bravely pursue this field. Because she is a game-changing visionary, she is the perfect Godmother for a game-changing ship like Celebrity Apex.
In addition, Celebrity will also collaborate with Girls Who Code to offer educational coding programs as part of the cruise line’s Camp at Sea S.T.E.M. experiences onboard Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Edge, along with related experiential offerings and products.
Girls Who Code is committed to giving girls more visible role models in computer science and helping them see that this is a field where they can really thrive. Just as we are on a mission to close the gender gap in tech in our lifetimes, Celebrity Cruises’ is leading the way to create a more diverse future in the maritime industry. It is an honour to have the support of Celebrity Cruises in our work, and to be named as the Godmother for Celebrity Apex.
Celebrity Apex will begin her inaugural season with a mini-season of five sailings to Northern Europe from Southampton in April 2020 and then spend the summer sailing seven-to-12-night itineraries in the Mediterranean. Celebrity Apex will reposition to Fort Lauderdale in November for week-long Caribbean sailings.