Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia, Founder, WhizGirls Academy and Founder and CEO, PlayWerks, Inc. Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia is the Founder and CEO of PlayWerks and WhizGirls Academy, an interactive media company that creates immersive games and experiences for the educational technology market. 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 where they announced a commitment to serve 25,000 inner-city children and adults nationwide. Salemnia is also a TEDx speaker and was an esteemed panelist at the Milken Institute Global Conference, one of the most prestigious conferences in the world. Salemnia has been honored with these exemplary distinctions: The Los Angeles City Pioneer Woman of the Year, Tribeca Disruptor Innovation Fellow and the IJWO Woman of the Year awards. Salemnia is currently an adjunct professor at the USC School of Engineering teaching a course on social impact and entrepreneurship.