The Caroline Haslett Lecture, formerly Prestige Lecture, organised by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is taking place on 8 November 2016 and will feature guest lecturer Dame Stephanie Shirley. The talk, which is free to attend, will be followed by the presentation of the 2016 Karen Burt Award, given to the best newly qualified female Chartered Engineer to encourage more women to aim for and celebrate the achievement of Chartered status.
This year’s lecture, which is being hosted at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s London base in Savoy Place, will focus on Women in tech: what challenges do we face today? Dame Stephanie Shirley will offer an insight into what her experiences have taught her, what we need to be doing in the future, and how women and men can engage to think about inclusivity in the workplace. Dame Shirley will also be signing copies of her memoir.
Dame Stephanie Shirley, 83, arrived in England as an unaccompanied child refugee in 1939 and became a successful IT entrepreneur turned philanthropist. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which made millionaires of 70 of her team. Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy, focused on IT and her late son’s disorder of autism.
After the lecture, the most prestigious WES annual prize, the Karen Burt Award, will be presented to the 2016 winner. For more information and to register for a free ticket to the lecture please follow the link: Caroline Haslett Lecture
WES is a charity supporting women in engineering and applied sciences. It coordinates International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June and MentorSET, the mentoring scheme for women in STEM.