About my guest
Dame Shirley is an extraordinary and inspiring woman whose career as a successful, visionary IT entrepreneur has paved the way for her philanthropic work.
In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion and made millionaires of 70 of her team members. Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy, focused on IT and her late son’s disorder of autism.
During the podcast, you will learn
- Why Dame Shirley started to refer to herself as ‘Steve’
- How a difficult childhood had an impact on how Dame Shirley leads her life
- How to marry business with social values and responsibilities
- What ‘B Corps’ are and why we’re starting to see more of this in the public arena
- What it was like to be in the tech space when machines were still being developed
- How Dame Shirley ended up working at Dollis Hill in software innovation
- About men’s perception of women and gender issues in the war time tech field
- The biggest challenges of setting up an all-women software company in the 60s
- How equal hiring policies impacted the culture of the software community
- About masculine and feminine differences in business management styles
- What it was like to programme the Concorde black box flight recorder
- How to tell ambitious women by the shape of their heads
- Why we need to learn how to embrace conditions such as autism
- Types of adjustments that can be made in the workplace to support autistic people
- Some of the biggest changes Dame Shirley has observed in the tech industry over the years
- Why people are becoming more and more like robots
- Where to find out more about the National Strategy for Autism
And much more!