Air Date: February 10, 2021
Speakers: Vanessa Raponi and her team at Spin Master
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?
For the kick off of the 2021 Persist Series, we heard from a thriving women-led engineering team at Spin Master, a Canadian global toy and entertainment company bringing us some of the most well-known kids’ entertainment, including Etch A Sketch, PAW Patrol, and Rubik’s Cube.
About the speakers
Vanessa Raponi, Product Development EIT at Spin Master
Founder of EngiQueers Canada
Vanessa Raponi is a Product Development EIT on the Remote Control team at Spin Master – an international toy company founded in Toronto. Essentially, she brings complex toy design ideas to life. She graduated from McMaster University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Engineering and Management, which gave a unique business perspective to her technical accreditation. As a queer woman of colour, Vanessa has been a passionate advocate for intersectional diversity in STEM for many years, notably founding the national not-for-profit organization EngiQueers Canada. EQ now services 30 university LGBTQ+ engineering organizations in 9 provinces, and is run by students from coast-to-coast.