Be Open to Being an Ally
Early in my career I had an experience that changed my views on diversity, opening my eyes to the value of being inclusive and open. As a young engineer in the early 90s (as my daughters constantly remind me that would be last century), the plant in which I worked in my first job out of the university was required to have off-site diversity training.
Trying to “Keep it Simple” (KISS)
In my 20-year career since leaving undergraduate engineering school, I have run into various forms of the KISS principle many times. Whether in product design, communications or organizations, the KISS principle states that most things work best if they are kept simple. Therefore, simplicity should be a key goal of almost any activity.
In Celanese’s EVA Performance Polymers business, trying to make things simpler has been a key driver of nearly everything we do. When emerging from the tough economic conditions experienced in 2008 and 2009, we had…