Dame Stephanie Shirley is a pioneering information technology (IT) entrepreneur and one of the United Kingdom's leading philanthropists. She started an early business technology group on her dining room table with £6 in 1962.
Motivated by her own experiences, Dame Stephanie focuses her giving in the two fields she knows and cares most about - information technology, her chosen discipline, and autism, her late son's condition.
As an avid philanthropist, she is interested in shaping a more professional charity sector and, at the same time, Dame Stephanie receives an enormous amount of satisfaction from giving.
May 18th, 2020 | Season 6 | 39 mins 5 secs
entrepreneurship, remote work, tech industry, women at work
DAME STEPHANIE SHIRLEY CH is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. In 1962, she founded an all-woman software company that pioneered remote working, upending the expectations of the time. It was ultimately valued at $3 billion and made 70 of her staff millionaires.
Since ‘retiring’, her focus has been on philanthropy, especially autism and IT.
Her TED Talk has had over 2 million views, and her memoir ‘Let It Go’ is being made into a film produced by BAFTA-winning Damian Jones.