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Dame Stephanie Shirley

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Dame Stephanie Shirley on Innovation in Business

Influence with Damian Bradfield

In this episode, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH (the CH is for Companion of Honour) — a German-British software pioneer, businesswoman, and philanthropist — chats with Damian about making an entirely new kind of business for an untapped category of worker (women with household and caretaking responsibilities) before there was a model for either. And, as remote work proliferates now, she shares what she learned from designing a remote workforce 70 years ago. She also talks about prioritizing mental health, how to better support employees, and how she fought for a future that’s more fair.Dame Stephanie Shirley's great autobiography is called Let it Go: My Extraordinary Story.Get your free WeTransfer pro account here: we.tl/damesteveInfluence is a production of WeTransfer, produced in association with Reasonable Volume. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

25mins

11 Oct 2022

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Part 2/2 Giving Away $100 Million and Become Wealthier: Dame Stephanie Shirley

Leadership and Loyalty™

Part 2 of 2What is true resilience? Imagine being stripped away from your birth family due to the circumstances of war? Imagine being shipped off to a country with a completely different language and having to live with strangers. Okay, that's tough enough. Now imagine entering into what at the time is a fledgling industry that wants nothing to do with you because it's a men's club and you are a woman. As if all that's not enough, let’s now imagine taking all that on the chin, and you go on to become a Technology Icon who started a software business employing only women in the 1960s. Stay tuned because, over the next two episodes, we sit down with a technology Icon and a true champion of women in technology and leadership since the 1960s, Dame Stephanie Shirley. In 1962 Dame Stephanie founded an all-woman software company that pioneered remote working and redefined the expectations and opportunities for working women at that time. Her company, Freelance Programmers, grew to 8,500 employees, was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion, and made 70 of her staff into millionaires. Since 'retiring,' her focus has been on philanthropy, especially on autism and IT. Over the last 30 years, Dame Stephanie has given away almost $100 million to good causes, primarily in the fields of autism and IT. Dame Shirley received her BSc in 1956 and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1980 Birthday Honours[15] for services to industry; Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to information technology.;[16] and Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to the IT industry and philanthropy.[17]The CH refers to her Companion of Honour – only 65 people in the world have oneDame Stephanie is a workplace revolutionary, and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent venture philanthropist. She is the first person to drop off the Time's Rich List, having given away too much of her money, an achievement which gives her great pleasure!  Website www.steveshirley.com  Social Media https://www.facebook.com/DameStephanie  https://twitter.com/DameStephanie_  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynnhartuk   https://www.instagram.com/damestephanie  Part 2) Giving Away $100 Million and Becoming Wealthier  Recruiting on Character and Values  Recognizing the New Face of Leadership is Comedic  From the Echoes of a Wailing "goodbye" to The Trauma of a Silent "Hello."  Building a Company that would Create the Black Box for Concord  Dropping off the "Time's Riches" list by giving away over $100 million!  When a Workaholic Entrepreneur is Confronted with a Severely Autistic Child  Looking the Black Dog of Depression in The Eye and Asking for Help  Why the Most Rewarding Work has Nothing To do with Profit.   Fighting for Those who are Disregarded.  ..Curious to discover how tapping into the Anatomy of Meaning can #actualize your #business, #culture, #Leadership and #tribe DovBaron.com "Those Who Control Meaning for The Tribe, Also Control The Movement of That Tribe" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33mins

10 Aug 2022

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[Episode 150] What makes a great entrepreneur and other words of wisdom from Dame Stephanie Shirley

Sparkle and Thrive

What makes a great entrepreneur? It’s a BIG question for a BIG episode. 🥳🎉🥳Yep, it’s time to get the bunting out and let off a party popper (or two!) because the TechPixies Sparkle and Thrive Podcast is celebrating its 150th episode with a dream guest. As a woman who blazed a trail for women in tech, she’s one of our heroes, and we’re still squealing with excitement that we got to spend some time with her. Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley needs no introduction. She’s a tech pioneer who has used her wealth to help those with Autism lead long, happy and healthy lives, and at 88, Dame Stephanie is still thinking about what she can achieve next. She’s so not done yet. 🙌🏽Here’s why you need to tune inFocusing on her brilliant memoir Let It Go, this episode delves into the meaning of letting things go and why Dame Stephanie has tried to follow this as a guiding principle in her life. We cover kindness in companies and why women, in particular, are needed in the world of tech. We ask whether you can have it all and how you can overcome the challenges that come your way. And as Dame Stephanie is one of our greatest entrepreneurs, you'll want to tune in at about 17.5 minutes to discover if you identify with any of the entrepreneurial qualities she mentions. Ready to be blown away? Here’s what to listen out for:[00:30] Hear a quick overview of Dame Stephanie’s story.[04:51] Learn the meaning behind Let It Go.[11:00} Can you balance it all? [17:40] What is entrepreneurship? [22:10] Why is technology so powerful? [25:46] Dame Stephanie shares her happiest memory. [28:19] Learn more about Dame Stephanie’s work around Autism.[32:29] Learn why women need to get into technology. [34:50] At 88, there’s still more Dame Stephanie wants to achieve.[36:23] What will kindness do for the workplace? [38:38] How do you overcome challenges?📚 If you'd love a signed copy of Let It Go, email lynn@steveshirley.com. All proceeds go to Autistica, the charity Dame Stephanie founded to research and campaign for breakthroughs in Autism. Love our podcast? Leave a review and get hold of our Quick Start Podcast Guide.For details of links and resources mentioned in this episode, please visit TechPixies.comShout-out to talented TechPixie Sophie Rose Simmons for doing this awesome voiceover for the pre-roll to the Sparkle and Thrive Podcast. Want to get in touch? We'd love to hear from you.Follow us on social media @techpixies and ping us a DM or drop us a line at support@techpixies.com Thanks for listening!

45mins

9 Aug 2022

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1/2 Dame Stephanie Shirley CH: From Refugee to IT Icon

Leadership and Loyalty™

What is true resilience? Imagine being stripped away from your birth family due to the circumstances of war? Imagine being shipped off to a country with a completely different language and having to live with strangers. Okay, that's tough enough. Now imagine entering into what at the time is a fledgling industry that wants nothing to do with you because it's a men's club and you are a woman. As if all that's not enough, let’s now imagine taking all that on the chin, and you go on to become a Technology Icon who started a software business employing only women in the 1960s. Stay tuned because, over the next two episodes, we sit down with a technology Icon and a true champion of women in technology and leadership since the 1960s, Dame Stephanie Shirley. In 1962 Dame Stephanie founded an all-woman software company that pioneered remote working and redefined the expectations and opportunities for working women at that time. Her company, Freelance Programmers, grew to 8,500 employees, was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion, and made 70 of her staff into millionaires. Since 'retiring,' her focus has been on philanthropy, especially on autism and IT. Over the last 30 years, Dame Stephanie has given away almost $100 million to good causes, primarily in the fields of autism and IT. Dame Shirley received her BSc in 1956 and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1980 Birthday Honours[15] for services to industry; Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to information technology.;[16] and Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to the IT industry and philanthropy.[17]The CH refers to her Companion of Honour – only 65 people in the world have oneDame Stephanie is a workplace revolutionary, and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent venture philanthropist. She is the first person to drop off the Time's Rich List, having given away too much of her money, an achievement which gives her great pleasure!  Website www.steveshirley.com  Social Media https://www.facebook.com/DameStephanie  https://twitter.com/DameStephanie_  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynnhartuk   https://www.instagram.com/damestephanie Part 1) The Journey, Refugee to Champion for Women  Where does Resilience Come From?  "Think for Yourself-Not About Yourself"  How Trusting Builds Trust  Memoirs of a 5 Years Old Refugee Escaping the Nazi's  The Compassion of Strangers with a Horrible Message   Confronting Today's Lack of Compassion  Going from Refugee to Dame  Becoming one of only 65 (globally) named as "Companion of Honour"  The Entrepreneurial Journey  Fighting for Women  Pioneering a Remote Workforce in the 1960s ..Curious to discover how tapping into the Anatomy of Meaning can #actualize your #business, #culture, #Leadership and #tribe DovBaron.com "Those Who Control Meaning for The Tribe, Also Control The Movement of That Tribe" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

27mins

7 Aug 2022

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Dame Stephanie Shirley CH - From Child Refugee to Billion Dollar Tech Mogul and Ardent Philanthropist

Luminate with Lan Anh Vu

Joining us on Luminate this week is the incredible Dame Stephanie Shirley CH. Dame Stephanie is tech pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She also goes by the name “Steve” which she used to sign business letters to potential clients when they were not responding to her. Dame Stephanie arrived in England as an unaccompanied child refugee at the start of the Second World War, and in 1962 started a software business from her dining table which grew to employ 8,500 people and was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion. Since retiring, Dame Stephanie’s focus has been on philanthropy – especially autism and IT. In 2009/10 she served as the UK's first ever national Ambassador for Philanthropy. If you haven't already, go and watch her Ted Talk " Why do ambitious women have flat heads?" has over 2 million views and it’s super interesting to hear what it was like being a woman in tech during the 60s. She has authored two books, “Let It Go – My Extraordinary Story”, and “So To Speak”. In this episode, we talk about how she came to the UK as a child refugee, how she got started in the IT sector, what led her to start her own business, the challenges she has faced along the way, and much more. Don’t miss a minute of this powerful and intriguing episode featuring Dame Stephanie! To learn more about her work and her books  "Let It Go", and "So To Speak" , please go to: https://www.steveshirley.com/ – every penny she receives goes to Autistica

32mins

2 Jun 2022

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Moment #8: Dame Stephanie Shirley on ERNIE: the first lottery computer

100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science

We’re back for moment 8! This week Sue is joined by philanthropist, champion of women and one of the most legendary women in tech, ever – Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley. Listen in as Sue finds out more about Steve’s fascinating work on ERNIE and her incredible story, overcoming stereotypes and many barriers to create a women-centred business on her dining room table that became an organisation worth $3bn. Quentin looks at how these special purpose computers have impacted our lives in so many ways including cyber security, while Kaal explains why these numbers aren’t truly random and what we can expect in the future as innovation continues.You can email your suggestions for moments for Sue, Kaal and Quentin to look at using 100moments@durham.ac.ukFor those interested in studying Computer Science at Durham University, visit our website to find out more: https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/computer-science/If you enjoyed this episode please do three lovely things for us - like, subscribe and tell a friend!100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science is a Why did the Chicken? production for Durham University.

28mins

27 Apr 2022

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Designed for Life - International Women's Day Speech - Dame Stephanie Shirley DBE, FREng, FRSA, FBCS

Designed for Life

In this special episode of Designed for Life, we celebrate International Women's Day with a very special speech given by Dame Stephanie Shirley.Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley CH is an ardent venture philanthropist with an unrelenting energy for creating positive change. She arrived in England as an unaccompanied child refugee at the start of the Second World War, and in 1962 started a software business from her dining table, which grew to employ 8,500 people and was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion.Motivated to share the rewards of her success with a society that had extended such generosity to her as a child, Dame Stephanie decided to give away her wealth. Now in her late 80s, she is driven by a lifetime of extraordinary experiences and achievements and still dedicates every day to making her life one that was worth saving.We know that you will enjoy listening to Dame Steve's message for a day that is very close to her heart and one that the Design and Technology Association is proud to celebrate with female students and women across the UK. So sit back, relax in 30-minutes of 'me time' and enjoy Designed for Life, celebrating women's achievement across the UK with Dame Stephanie Shirley. PS. If you are inspired to read a signed copy of Dame Shirley's book 'Let it go', please email Lynn@steveshirley.com. As stated in the podcast, it is a unique and inspirational read, and all proceeds from sales made through this link are sent directly to her charity Autistica. 

34mins

7 Mar 2022

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Dame Stephanie Shirley

Private Passions

Dame Stephanie Shirley arrived in Britain from Vienna as a five-year-old, without her parents. It was 1939, and she was one of 10,000 Jewish children brought by train on the Kindertransport to escape the Nazis. She went on to become one of the most successful businesswomen of the 20th century; in 1962, working from home, she founded one of the first tech-start-ups: an all-woman software company, Freelance Programmers, which was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion, making seventy of her staff millionaires. Since ‘retiring’, her work has been in philanthropy, with a particular focus on IT and autism – in memory of her son, who had autism, and who died at the age of only 35. She estimates that The Shirley Foundation has given away £67 million, not least for the establishment of three autism charities. She is the author of two books and is frequently asked to give motivational speeches about women in business and her own life story. She says, “I decided to make my life one worth saving”.In conversation with Michael Berkeley, Dame Stephanie Shirley looks back on an extraordinarily dramatic life. She describes the Kindertransport train, with children sleeping on the luggage racks, weeping for their lost families. She tells the story of her early days in business, and how she took on the name “Steve” to be taken more seriously. She also had a tape recording of frantic typing that she used to play during work phone calls, to disguise the fact that she was at home. And she talks movingly about her son’s death and how that changed the direction of her life. Her music choices include Bach, Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’, Dido’s Lament and the ‘Cat Duet’ attributed to Rossini. Produced by Elizabeth BurkeA Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 3

36mins

16 Jan 2022

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Dame Stephanie Shirley (REPLAY): On Learning To Love Change

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This is a replay of an episode with Dame “Steve” Stephanie Shirley. I recorded this one in 2019, it was a sunny summer’s day in London and we recorded it in a meeting room at Penguin’s offices. Dame Stephanie ​is tech pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She also goes by the name "Steve" which she used to sign business letters to potential clients when they were not responding to her.​ If you haven't already, go and watch her Ted Talk "Do ambitious women have flat heads?" it is funny and moving and super interesting to hear what it was like being a woman in tech during the 60s. In this episode, we talk about her brilliant memoir Let It Go. In this episode we talk about workplace misogyny, making money, resilience, giving back, and why it's important to always keep learning. Hope you enjoy x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

6 Jan 2022

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#31 - Dame Stephanie Shirley CH: The Generational Technological Gap

Somi Arian Podcast

Stephanie Shirley CH also known as Steve is an information technology pioneer, a legendary businesswoman and philanthropist, and the author of a fantastic memoir, “Let It Go.”  I had the privilege of co-hosting today’s episode with another legendary woman and FemPeak’s Sherpani, Sue Nelson, who has also been a guest on my podcast previously.  In this episode, we discuss three unique and equally important perspectives from a multigenerational view of technology, women’s stance in the workplace across history and how to run a successful business in today’s day and age.

53mins

1 Oct 2021

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