Talk with a Legendary Female Entrepreneur: Dame Stephanie Shirley

May 31, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Dame Stephanie Shirley (84) arrived in Britain as a child refugee from Nazi Europe. She is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. She founded a pioneering female only software company in 1962. Its IPO led to 70 of her 8,500 staff becoming millionaires, being co-owned by the staff, valued at $3 bln when it was acquired in 2007. Her TED Talk has already been viewed by millions.

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About this event

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.

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Speaker

  • Dame Stephanie Shirley

    Shirley Foundation

    Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

When

When

Thursday, May 31, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM UTC

Agenda

5:00 PMWelcome drink
5:30 PMFireside chat
6:15 PMQ & A
6:30 PMNetworking drinks
8:00 PMFinish

Organizers

  • Prem Sangeet Petar Savic

    Supreme Factory

    London Director

  • James Lethem

    Nascence

    Co-Director

  • Sam Adekunle

    Grone Collective

    Head of Special Projects & Initiatives

  • Gabriel Pizzolante

    UK GAP Consulting

    Ambassador

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