DiscoverE's Persist Series - Episodes On Demand

Mar 11, 2021 - Dec 31, 2021


A Worldwide Speaker Series Building Staying Power For Women in Engineering & Tech

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. Check out past episodes on demand below!


The Science Of Sticking Together

Air Date: April 14, 2021. Watch On Demand.

Only 18 3M inventors have reached the 100-patent mark, and Audrey Sherman, a division scientist in the 3M Medical Solutions Division, is 3M’s only female to reach this milestone. We chatted with Audrey to learn how she did it - and the critical role that collaboration (and a little friendly competition) plays in how she's found success and persistence. 

Speakers: Audrey Sherman (3M), Belma Erdogan-Haug (3M)


Know Your Roots And Branch Out

Air Date: March 10, 2021. Watch On Demand. (Live Q&A Is On Demand At This Link.)

Abi Babajide-Ferguson has done a bit of everything at Shell Deep Water, from technical, managerial, and HR roles. Her colleague, Lori Fremin, is a collaborative leader with strong relationships across the business. Abi and Lori discuss how they find out-of-the-box ways to find fulfillment and flexibility in their career progression - and how you can do the same.

Speakers: Abi Babajide-Ferguson (Shell Deep Water), Lori Fremin (Shell Deep Water)


Workplace Norms That Work

Air Date: February 10, 2021. Watch On Demand. (Live Q&A Is On Demand At This Link).

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? A thriving, women-led engineering team discusses 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


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)


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)


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)


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)


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?

SpeakersMontana Wilson (MTE Consultants), Selda Gunsel (Royal Dutch Shell)