DAME STEPHANIE SHIRLEY CH: MY LIFE, AUTISM, AND WHY AMBITIOUS WOMEN HAVE FLAT HEADS

Date: 29th March 2019 18:00

Dame Stephanie describes herself as having been very lucky in her life. Her experience as an unaccompanied child refugee gave her the drive to prove that her life had been worth saving. Her early experience of the 'glass ceiling' at work encouraged her to set up her own business. In 1962 she started what became a phenomenally successful software company of women, for women; and has given away more than £68million to various projects.

Her wealth has enabled her to devote her 'retirement' to giving something back to society. She originated and supported strategic projects in the fields of autism (her son Giles was autistic) and IT, particularly making better use of IT in the voluntary sector. Nowadays, however, her focus is purely on autism.

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Location: Bramall Music Building - Elgar Concert Hall (R12 on campus map)