The Best of Dame Stephanie Shirley

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Who is Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley?

Dame Stephanie Shirley (84) arrived in Britain in 1939 as an unaccompanied child refugee from Nazi Europe. She took her maths degree at evening classes.

She is now the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. She founded a pioneering software house back in 1962 as a company of women, a company for women. Its eventual flotation led to 70 of her 8,500 staff becoming millionaires, and the company was co-owned by the staff with a value of around $3bn when it was acquired in 2007.

Her entrepreneurial zeal and zest also led to four sustainable notforprofits: The Oxford Internet Institute (which focuses on the internet’s social, economic, legal and ethical aspects) and three in the field of autism (her late son’s disorder): Autism at Kingwood (support services), Prior’s Court Foundation (education) and Autistica (medial research).

This ardent venture philanthropy has involved social investments totally £68m to 100 projects, many of which she also initiated.

Her TED Talk has already been viewed two million times and filming starts on her memoir Let IT Go next year when she will also celebrate her diamond (60 years) wedding with her physicist husband.

Who should watch it?

  • Every entrepreneur that want to lean and get inspired but a unique woman
  • Everyone that trying to beat the impossible
  • Every woman in the world, even not from the tech industry

A World of Opportunity

Duration: 30

Dame Vera Stephanie “Steve” Shirley is a British information technology pioneer, businesswoman and philanthropist.

Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

Duration: 32

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women

Autism: A Personal Journey

Duration: 26

Information technology pioneer and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley shares her personal journey of autism in the context of our developing understanding of the condition.

HR Directors Business Summit 2016: Dame Stephanie Shirley

Duration: 36

Dame Stephanie Shirley, Tech Pioneer, Author speaking at the HR Directors Summit 2016. Her session is entitled: “Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads?”.

A Lifetime of Pushing the Limits

Duration: 38

This personal story starts from one of the first hi-tech companies (1962) through to the Oxford Internet Institute (2001) and Autistica (2004), a charity founded by Dame Stephanie Shirley as part of her extensive philanthropy work. As Dame Stephanie says herself, she has far more fun giving away her money than she ever had earning it. This talk is a reminder to challenge the status quo, and push those limits. Dame Stephanie Shirley arrived in this country as a child […]

Leading Women in Finance

Duration: 00:02 41

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