The Zone Book Club: An evening with Dame Stephanie Shirley CH


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Event info
23 May 2019
Zone, Western Transit Shed, 12-13 Stable Street, London N1C 4AB

In association with Penguin Business and Campaign, Zone is delighted to host an evening with Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley CH, and we would like to invite you to join us at our offices in London to hear her inspirational story.

Described as a workplace revolutionary, Dame Stephanie is a successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. Her 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 tech. She went on to create a global business and a personal fortune that she 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 Ambassador for Philanthropy. Her charitable foundation has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature and strategic in impact, giving away a total of £67m to date. The focus is on IT and autism, a condition her late son suffered with.

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear Dame Stephanie share inspirational tales from her bestselling memoir Let It Go (let-it-go.co.uk), now reissued by Penguin Business and currently being adapted for the silver screen. You’ll also get to bag yourself a complimentary copy.

The event will be facilitated by Maisie McCabe, Deputy Editor at Campaign.

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Zone is the award-winning customer experience agency inside Cognizant UK. Founded in 2000, we grew to become a leading independent digital agency in the UK, before becoming part of Cognizant in 2017. Today we are a team of over 1,300 experts with offices in London and Bristol and delivery centres across the UK and Europe. We have a deep belief in the transformative effect of great customer experiences, and we help some of the UK’s biggest brands on their transformational journey. We support the CX transformation agenda through four core propositions: - Experience platforms: We identify, design and develop the right enterprise technology solutions across CMS and eCommerce - Digital products and services: We validate, design and engineer innovative new products and services that create new value for businesses - Content services: We define, create, produce and distribute meaningful content at scale - Workplace experiences: We identify, design and develop workplace collaboration and eLearning technology solutions We work with market-leading clients across every industry vertical – brands such as adidas, Aviva, Barratt Homes, BMW, British Gas, Electrolux, The FA and the John Lewis Partnership to name a few. We are practitioner-led and work collaboratively with our clients, so we all go further, faster. Our lean, multi-disciplinary teams deliver value quickly, opening up new possibilities for our clients at pace. We are number 4 in eConsultancy’s Top 100 UK Digital Agencies Report, and the number 3 Digital Agency Network in the world according to Ad Age.

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