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An Evening with Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

  • Emmanuel Centre 9-23 Marsham Street London, England, SW1P 3DW United Kingdom (map)

An inspirational evening with Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, who arrived in England alone as a Kindertransport refugee from Nazi Germany and became one of Britain’s most eminent technologists, making a fortune by empowering women in technology through her company Freelance Programmers (later FI, then Xansa) – a software business offering flexible home working when the concepts of ‘software’ and ‘flexible working’ barely existed.

In her trailblazing career as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, she co-founded the Oxford Internet Institute, donated millions in support of Autism research and STEM education, and smashed the glass ceiling, making dozens of women millionaires by gradually transferring ownership of Freelance Programmers to the programmers themselves.

In conversation with Hannah MacInnes, Dame Shirley will look back on her extraordinary life – from the tragic death of her son, Giles, to her pioneering work at the forefront of the computing revolution

Praise for Dame Stephanie Shirley CH:

The word ‘inspiring’ is greatly overused, but Stephanie Shirley’s story is one of those rare cases in which it truly applies. This book is an extraordinary tale of creativity and resilience, and of the power of well-targeted philanthropy to transform the world’ Oliver Burkeman, Guardian

Steve Shirley’s autobiography is nothing short of inspiring. She is a role model for young women worldwide in her spirit, determinism, humour, and generosity’ Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor at Cambridge University.