Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia,
Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
PlayWerks and WhizGirls Academy
Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia is the Founder and CEO of PlayWerks and WhizGirls Academy. PlayWerks is an interactive media company that creates multi-platform immersive experiences. At WhizGirls Academy students engage in project based learning with tech literacy while acquiring coding skills, entrepreneurship tools, and building confidence as members of their communities using gamification with a healthy balanced lifestyle slant. As a thought leader and tech pioneer, she has created programs for The White House Council of Women and Girls and collaborated with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden at the Reach Higher Summit at the White House. In 2013, she hosted the first Hackathon for Women and Girls with The White House. In May 2014, she hosted the Kids Hack for LA in collaboration with Mayor Eric Garcetti, the White House, and will.i.am‘s i.am.angel Foundation. Salemnia is also a TEDx speaker and was an esteemed panelist at the Milken Institute Global Conference. Salemnia has been honored with these exemplary distinctions: The Los Angeles City Pioneer Woman of the Year and the IJWO Woman of the Year awards. In October 2015, She was honored as a Tribeca Disruptor Innovation Fellow. And she is currently an Advisor to the Bixel Exchange and on the Executive Committee for the Television Academy’s Interactive Media Peer Group.