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Transforming the Business World One Step at a Time


Brunel Hive welcomes Dame Stephanie Shirley - workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist.

Dame Stephanie Shirley's life story begins with her 1939 arrival in Britain as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee. In 1962, she started a software house - Freelance Programmers - that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women, especially in hi-tech. She went on to create a global business and a personal fortune shared with her colleagues; she made 70 of her staff millionaires at no cost to anyone but herself.

Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy based on her strong belief in giving back to society. In 2009/10 she served as the UK’s first ever national Ambassador for Philanthropy. Her charitable Shirley Foundation has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature and strategic in impact, totalling £67m to date, with a focus on IT and her late son’s autism.

Join us for a very special public lecture 'Transforming the Business World One Step at a Time' with Dame Stephanie Shirley, in Brunel University London's iconic Lecture Centre.

Following the talk, from 18:00 - 19:30, there will be an opportunity for book-signings and further conversation during a networking drinks reception.

Brunel Hive is the business growth and engagement platform at Brunel University London. Part of Brunel Business School, we engineer the growth of ambitious West London businesses and worldwide. We work with high-growth businesses to define and deliver their scale-up objectives. Our core mission is to enable and empower small and medium business leaders to deliver sustainable growth across their organisations. We deliver our mission by combining our extensive academic expertise with leading industry experts and partner organisations such as local chambers of commerce and local business groups, federations and business growth advisors.