Old Pauline Tommy Stadlen talks to the boys about technology, school, success and failure.
Tuesday morning welcomed Tommy Stadlen to the Success Stories stage. Tommy is the Co-Founder of Swing Technologies, which exited to Microsoft in November 2017. He is also the co-author of the international bestseller ‘Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically With Society’, written with former BP CEO Lord Browne. He appears regularly in the media and at conferences as a commentator on business, technology and sustainability and has been recognised by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 Global Ally Executives and by Entrepreneur magazine's Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America.
An Old Pauline himself, Tommy spoke eloquently about his failings at school, ranging from forgetting boots for a fixture, to narrowly missing out on an A at A-Level. Tommy was resolute that these failings were critical to the success he had achieved since. His enthusiasm and hunger to achieve success by following his passions, has enabled him to be afforded some extraordinary achievements. From writing speeches for Barack Obama to re-imagining the digital photo brand of Polaroid. There is no question that Tommy left a room full of inspired young men. His message was powerful and clear – hunt opportunities that are on offer whilst at school and recognise the learnings available from failure. I am sure the boys will agree that as assemblies go, this one was pretty amazing.
Thank you again to Tommy for sharing his experiences and learnings with our boys.
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