Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. She’s ambitious, witty and she’s never let anything stop her. From escaping Nazi Europe at the age of 5 to starting an all-woman software company in the 60’s that ended up employing over 8000 people, the astonishing life of this woman is incredibly inspiring.

I decided to make my life one worth saving, then I decided to just get on with it.

“Although there were then women coming out of university with decent degrees there was a glass ceiling to our progress and I had hit that glass ceiling to often.”

In this frank and often hilarious TED talk she opens a window into her extraordinary life, explaining why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and sharing sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women.