Persist Series Episodes


Each second Wednesday of the month, DiscoverE's Persist Series virtually connects thousands of women around the world for uplifting conversation to help them persevere and thrive in their engineering and tech careers.

Join us on February 10 at 2:00 PM ET to chat about the inclusive workplace cultures the field needs to do its best work. Register here.

  • Episode One: Work Place Norms That Work

    February 10 at 2:00 PM ET: Register here.

    We hear all the time about women in STEM feeling out of place and undervalued, but what does a truly inclusive work culture look like? Join a thriving, women-led engineering team to discuss how we can find success in our current work culture AND be an agent of change. 

    Speakers: Vanessa Raponi and her team at Spin Master

  • Episode Two: Abi Babajide-Ferguson (Shell Deepwater)

    March 10 at 2:00 PM ET: Register here.

    Abi is a business performance lead in the male dominated profession of oil and gas. She’s worked in both technical and managerial roles both in the US and abroad and is committed to helping women look outside the box to find fulfillment and flexibility in their career progression. 

    Speaker: Abi Babajide-Ferguson (Shell Deepwater)

  • On Demand: Why Stay?

    Air Date: March 11, 2020. Watch On Demand.

    Many studies have looked at the obstacles women and girls face in engineering and technology and reasons they leave, ranging from pay disparities to harassment. Our speakers took a different perspective: Why do they stay?

    Speakers: Montana Wilson (MTE Consultants), Selda Gunsel (Royal Dutch Shell)

  • On Demand: Believe, Do, Succeed

    Air Date: March 18, 2020. Watch On Demand.

    Asserting a strong belief in your ideas, skills, and contributions can strengthen your resolve to persevere through challenges. In this episode, speakers shared stoires and strategies to build career confidence and respond to criticism and skepticism.

    Speakers: Canan Dagdeviren (MIT Media Lab), Megan Eddings (Accel Lifestyle)

  • On Demand: Breaking The Rules

    Air Date: March 25, 2020. Watch On Demand.

    Some rules need to be broken. In this episode, speakers shared how they're breaking old rules and building new dynamics to shape a more inclusive and welcoming profession.

    Speakers: Laura Aiken (Bechtel), Pavlina Akritas (Arup), Vanessa Raponi (Spin Master)

  • On Demand: From Obstacles To Inspiration

    Air Date: April 1, 2020. Watch On Demand.

    Facing challenges is part of any journey. Learning how to transform barriers into motivators can help us succeed AND pave the way for those who come after us.

    Speakers: Andronica Klaas (Facebook), Mahfuza Ali (3M)

  • On Demand: Better Together

    Air Date: April 8, 2020. Watch On Demand.

    Belonging is fundamental to our fulfillment and well-being. In this episode, speakers discussed how they've built support networks and found their community and sense of belonging in their career.

    Speakers: Jennifer Scanlon (UL LLC), Telle Whitney (Anita Borg)