Dame Stephanie Shirley

(London, UK) One of the United Kingdom’s most distinguished entrepreneurs, Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley travels to the London Borough of Redbridge for the first time on Monday 3rd November,to deliver a major Autism Lecture to parents, carers and people with autism. Dame Stephanie Shirley has been an autism campaigner and is Chair of the Shirley Foundation and Autism Speaks UK. She will be sharing her leadership story with the audience.

Dame Stephanie Shirley accepted the invitation of the British autism charity, the UK Autism Foundation to visit the heart of the community and speak with parents and carers at grassroots level.

The ‘Evening with Dame Stephanie Shirley’ has been organised by the UK Autism Foundation, Redbridge Parents in Partnership (PIP) and Supporting Together those with Autism and Aspergers in Redbridge (STAAR). The event is being held in Woodford Green, in Essex in the UK.

Steve Shirley arrived in Britain from Austria at the age of 5 years old; a child refugee fleeing the horrors of Nazi-occupied Germany. She arrived at Liverpool Street Station stateless, penniless and without any knowledge of the English language. Dame Stephanie Shirley is now one of the wealthiest women in Britain due to a talent for maths, computer science and entrepreneurship.

Dame Stephanie Shirley started an early business technology group on her dining room table with £6 in 1962. In 25 years as its Chief Executive, she developed the company, now called Xansa into a FTSE 250 leading technology group, which has pioneered new working practices and changed the position of professional women – especially in hi-tech – in the process. She is highly respected in the IT World.

The UK Autism Foundation is operating from the very heart of the community. The British charity has a vision for autism. The foundation recently launched a £10 million fundraising project with the aim of building the first ever state of the art Autism Centre in London, to build an autism school and to launch initiatives to help the poor.

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