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

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 (, 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.


Thu, 23 May 2019
17:00 - 19:00


Zone, Western Transit Shed, 12-13 Stable Street, London N1C 4AB,



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