Dame Stephanie Shirley is one of Britain's leading philanthropists and has used her life to drive positive change in the world. Shirley empowered a generation of women in technology, giving them unheard of freedom to choose their own hours and manage their own workloads.
She started her business in the sixties working from home with no computer or email. Writing machine code in her kitchen. It went on to become a business worth over £3billion and she is perhaps the most important person in technology you haven't heard of.
Her book 'Let It Go' explores Shirley's trail blazing career as an entrepreneur but it also charts her incredible personal story - her dramatic arrival in England as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee during World War Two and the tragic loss of her only child who suffered severely from Autism.
The book is so highly regarded that it is being made into a movie so more people can enjoy her inspiring story and give her the recognition she deserves.
We discuss some of Dame Stephanie's biggest lessons in life. She has dealt with incredible adversity and knows what it is like to have the world crumble around you. She provides amazing insights for dealing with the terrible things life throws at you whilst remaining a force for good.
Dame Stephanie started the remote work movement in the sixties employing women who couldn't get equal pay. She is a master of confronting major problems and finding ways to solve them instead of just accepting things the way they are. The "When life give you lemons" philosophy accurately describes her stunning ability to just keep fighting and making the world a better place.
She teaches us how to stay calm and build ourselves back up whilst not dropping the ball on key concerns for the planet.
Special Guest: Dame Stephanie Shirley.