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The Tech Yellow Brick Road

with Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia



Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia is the Founder and CEO of PlayWerks and the founder of WhizGirls Academy. PlayWerks is an interactive media company that creates high-quality multi-platform immersive games and experiences that engage children and adults. WhizGirls Academy is where students engage in project-based learning and gamification that help them with tech and digital literacy while acquiring coding skills, entrepreneurship tools, and building confidence and growing as members of their communities with a healthy balanced lifestyle slant.

She is currently teaching Tech for Social Impact/Entrepreneurship at USC School of Engineering/(ITP)Viterbi. In December 2014, Shirin joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Joe Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders at the “Reach Higher Summit” at the White House to announce the commitment to serve 25,000 inner-city children and adults nationwide.

The first WhizGirls Academy Mobile Tech Tour event with Mayor Garcetti in South Central Los Angeles in December 2014, was attended by 1500 people. More recently, in March of 2015, Shirin was honored by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin as 2015 LA City Pioneer Woman of the Year. Check out his write-up and her appearance at the Getty House with Mayor Garcetti (Check out the 12th pic). In October 2015, She was honored as a Tribeca Disruptor Innovation Fellow.

In March 2016 she was honored as IJWO Woman of the Year.

“Giving back and making a difference”

-Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia

The EO Wonder Podcast proudly presents a groundbreaking episode titled “The Tech Yellow Brick Road,” featuring the brilliant Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia and hosted by the trailblazing Kalika Yap. Prepare to be inspired, informed, and empowered as we embark on a transformative journey through the realm of innovation and entrepreneurship.

In this extraordinary episode, Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia, a true luminary in the tech industry, shares her invaluable insights and experiences, unraveling the secrets of success in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. With Kalika Yap guiding the conversation, listeners will be captivated by the wealth of knowledge and passion these two powerhouses bring to the table.

“The Tech Yellow Brick Road” is not just a podcast episode—it’s an invitation to revolutionize your thinking and embrace the power of technology. In an era where digital innovation drives progress across industries, understanding the nuances of the tech landscape is essential for anyone looking to stay ahead of the curve.

The Tech Yellow Brick Road by Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia

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