Girls Who Code Founder Named Celebrity Apex Godmother
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of international non-profit Girls Who Code, will be the Godmother ofCelebrity Apex, the second ship in Celebrity's Edge class of vessels.
Saujani will name the new ship at the official inaugural ceremony in Southampton, UK on 30MAR, 2020.
“Reshma is bridging the gap in the historically male-dominated technology industry,” said Celebrity President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo.
“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 likeCelebrity Apex.”
Since launching in the U.S. in 2012, Girls Who Code has reached 185,000 girls at nearly every stage of their educational journey. The organization is on pace to close the gender gap in new entry-level computer science jobs by 2027.
"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," said Saujani.
"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 forCelebrity 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 onboardCelebrity ApexandCelebrity Edge.
Celebrity Apexwill begin its inaugural season in APR 2020 with a mini-season of five sailings to Northern Europe destinations, and then spend the summer sailing seven-to-12-night itineraries in the Mediterranean. In NOV,Apexwill reposition to Fort Lauderdale for a winter season of week-long Caribbean sailings.
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