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Improving the World One Person at a Time 

Improving the World is part of our mission to achieving Vision 2016.  Celanese is actively working on this by instituting the Celanese Foundation and the Celanese International Impact program.  These activities will have a broad impact on many people throughout the world.  Another way we can improve the world is by doing this one person at a time.  If each one of us can make a difference for someone in need, the world would definitely be improved. I’d like to share my “one-person-at-a-time” story.

When I ran the Gobi March in 2012, I learned how to establish a charity. The process for establishing a charity took some research.  This is especially the case when setting up a…

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Building Homes, Building Dreams, Building For a Brighter Tomorrow 

When I joined Celanese in 2005, never did I expect to learn, of all things, how to build a house. Eight years and eight homes later, and I can truly say that volunteering has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. It’s not every day that you can have a significant part of making someone else’s life-long dream come true.

Celanese and Habitat for Humanity have been working together to improve the lives of families since 2005. During our partnership, Celanese has donated over $325,000 and 7,500 volunteer hours. Between 2008 and 2011, Celanese helped to build several homes in the Highland Hills neighborhood of South Dallas. During that time I was able to experience the…

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A Call for More Women Leaders 

Throughout my career as a female chemical engineer working in the chemical industry, I have always found navigating the career landscape challenging; and I often wished I was not the only woman at the table — and wondered whether other women felt the same way. 

Sheryl Sandberg’s newly released book “Lean In” really clicked with me in this regard.  While raising the question: “Why do we have too few women leaders?” she pointed out certain behaviors women have that hold ourselves back.  For example, women tend to…

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“Common Goals – Sporty Achievements”: The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 

The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge is the world’s largest corporate run with approximately 68,000 employees participating from more than 2,000 companies. The event is so large, that the entire downtown area of Frankfurt, Germany closed on June 12th to host the run.

More than 200 Celanese employees from Europe participated in the event under the slogan “Common goals – sporty achievements.” Celanese employees from across Germany, the Netherlands, and this year for the first time, seven colleagues from Lanaken, Belgium, participated in the run.

Today’s blog captures the thoughts of those seven colleagues who would like to share  their personal impressions of the biggest event for Celanese employees in Europe…

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Skateboarding, Ipads and Icecream – All In a Day’s Work! 

What do skateboards, iPods and ice cream have in common?  You might think they are all part of a fun-filled summer day for your children.  Actually, they each played a role in our recent visit to M.C. Lively Elementary to teach Junior Achievement to a 4th grade class.

With the focus of our curriculum on entrepreneurism and successfully starting and running a business, what better way to demonstrate this concept to our class than through Tony Hawk, Steve Jobs, and Ben and Jerry’s.  And while the name Tony Hawk may not necessarily be on the tips of our tongues, those 4th graders could have taught an 8-hour class just on him!  For those of us who may not be as…

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The Celanese Foundation: How It Will Change the Face of Celanese 

Celanese employees have a great spirit of volunteerism and community support. The annual Greater Dallas United Way fund raiser, Global Impact Week, and efforts in support of Habitat for Humanity, Make a Wish Foundation, and Junior Achievement to name a few are driven by employees in support of our community and those in need. Last year we estimate Celanese employees, suppliers and the corporation provided over $1.5 million dollars and 20,000 hours to community support around the world. We’re definitely making a difference and having a great time in the process.

But imagine for a moment if we can build an employee effort where our investments go directly to…

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Walk for Wishes: A Family Outing 

This time last year, moving trucks were relocating 300 employees to Las Colinas. However, my son and I were busy doing more important things, participating in the 2012 Walk for Wishes 5K. As we ran past the Urban Towers we waved at the C-ball logo and the new tenant sign welcoming Celanese to the neighborhood. We even saw a few of the trucks making their way around the race.

When I heard that Celanese was sponsoring the Walk for Wishes this year, I was excited to see what had become a personal family tradition for me was now going to be an opportunity to interact outside of the office with my…

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Paying it Forward 

I was recently asked to speak at the Women Chemists of Color in Industry Symposium at the Spring American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in New Orleans. This request caused me to reflect on the theme  “Pathways, Progress, and Outlook on the Future, for Women of Color” and what it means to me and my career path.   The goal of the ACS Department of Diversity Programs is to “advance diversity and inclusion in the chemical sciences and increase the representation of underrepresented minorities, women, younger chemists, and chemists with disabilities into the science field.”  This vision speaks to me in many ways as it provides opportunities to cultivate a diverse community and environment in the chemical industry.

My pathway to chemistry was simple, I became interested in…

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China through the eyes of Celanese, or when you are not a foreigner anymore 

I’m writing you from China where I’m first known as a foreigner, then a Westerner, then perhaps a Mexican and, if lucky, as Adrian. I don’t consider this good or bad, it’s just the way it is. As any other country, China has its own cultural nuances.

Years ago, when I got my first full-time job after law school, Celanese exposed me to the idea of thinking — and acting — globally. That was such a revelation. Until not too long ago, Mexican branches of…

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Site Video Series: An Intern and His Journey To His Next Meeting 

 

As an intern, I have had a unique chance to see a new organization and a different way of doing things. It has also provided me with the chance to meet lots of interesting people. The culture here is very different than what I experienced in the commercial banking world prior to grad school and I have enjoyed the change (jeans, break rooms etc.). One common theme that I’ve found in meeting with several people from the company, when I’ve asked them about what excites them the most about working here, is how they enjoy the people and culture. Hearing that has been a real positive in my discussions as has been the chance to experience the culture here and work alongside a group of people driven to succeed.

 

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My Top 6 countdown of reasons why I enjoy working at Celanese 

Five years ago I graduated from the university was determined to start a career in a fast-moving international enterprise with plenty of possibilities for personal development. This was exactly what I found at Celanese. And in my blog, I want to share the Top 6 reasons why I enjoy working for this global chemical company.

  1. The international environment
    Our headquarters is in Texas; however 73 percent of our sales are generated outside the US. I worked for Celanese in China and I enjoy being in regular contact with colleagues from Europe, Asia and US.
  1. Different businesses and customer industries
    Our portfolio comprises commodity and specialty chemicals. In the future, I could have the opportunity of working for a specialty business like
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Christmas in Germany: Bringing Joy to Kids in Need 

“Corporate social responsibility” to me is giving something to the communities without expecting something in return … pretty much like Christmas.

For me Celanese is not just a great place to work, but also being a part of the communities where we work. We have four sites here in Germany employing approximately 1,500 people. A lot of people live close to where they work or have their kids in kindergartens and schools nearby.

The opportunity to get a day off work and do something good in a community project is something that is not really common here. That’s why I was more than surprised by how…

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One time that spinning your wheels does accomplish something… 

We’ve all heard the old adage “spinning your wheels,” meaning doing something that achieves nothing.

But what if those wheels weren’t figurative wheels, but were real wheels — say bicycle wheels?  And what if the spinning of those wheels accomplished something great — like raising money to fight diabetes?

You may ask: Why is it so important to raise money to fight this disease?  Diabetes has become the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.  Given the statistics of diabetes in the U.S., there’s a pretty good chance that even if you don’t have diabetes, you probably know someone who does.  According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, diabetes affects approximately 25.8 million people in the U.S.  Nearly 2 million of those cases are…

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Organizing an Event to Make a Difference: How one Week Makes a Big Impact in the Community 

When Global Impact Week was first introduced last year, I remember thinking how great it was that Celanese would put so much into giving back to its communities.  I knew I had to participate, so I volunteered to help with one of the projects.  This year, our site leadership asked me to lead the effort at the Narrows, VA site and I eagerly accepted.

In planning for our service activities, I was privileged to meet lots of people throughout the community.  They came to me with their needs and we started…

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Charity, Golf and Leadership – What It Means to Give Back 

 I had the distinct pleasure and honor of being the chairperson for our 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing benefitting the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  The outing, held at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Las Colinas, was on October 1st and we had a terrific day with approximately 140 golfers.  Because of the generosity of our participants, we were able to raise $595,000 this year (since inception our outing has donated over $2 million).  Our tournament contribution is the largest single donation ever received by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (and has been for a few years running). 

I feel fortunate to work for Celanese, a company that gives its workforce an opportunity to…

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Giving Back to the Community 

No matter our role at Celanese, we are among those in our communities who have resources – whether it is money, time or talent – to give back to the many who are less fortunate. It makes me very proud when I read the many stories from around the world where employees generously donate to their communities in various ways. It might be cleaning up the  environmental,  volunteering at the local food bank or community kitchen, helping out in a classroom in Dallas or Tarragona, or building a home, as was recently featured on our company’s Facebook page.    There’s a long list of recorded examples of Celanese employees giving back, and I know that is supplemented by many more of you who give back in ways we’ll never hear about.

Though I struggle to hammer nails in straight and can’t tell you when to use a mitre saw or a circular saw, I have been welcomed into…

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Celanese CHAMP program – the job that was looking for me 

While completing my Masters in economics at Heilbronn University, I knew what kind of a company and position I was looking for: An international corporation which would offer me a challenging and exciting position. A program which would allow me to gain experience across different functions and give me the opportunity to really make a difference even at the very beginning of my career. But where could I find such a job..? Then I saw a job posting from Celanese,  something called the “CHAMP Program”…

It’s now been over a year since I joined the Celanese High Associate Management Program (CHAMP) in Germany. The program consists of four assignments in 2.5 years across multiple businesses and functions. During my first assignment I managed an…

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Barbecue For Our Troops – Helping the country through the community 

At Celanese we believe in giving back. Recently I had the opportunity to do that, and give back to those who serve in the US Army.

I work at the Clear Lake, Texas plant and volunteer with a program called “BBQ For Our Troops.”

BBQ for Our Troops is a non-profit, volunteer initiative “To honor those who protect our freedoms, and their loved ones, with the hospitality of the uniquely American meal of barbecue.” Why does this mean so much to me?  I get the honor of cooking and serving your typical backyard barbecue picnic of meat and sides, active duty American soldiers and wounded soldiers.  

This is the fourth time I’ve helped with the project and the second time my…

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Florence Site Highlights Safety Best Practice 

It was intern training day 2011 for Celanese and there I was, sitting in Florence, Kentucky, waiting for orientation to end and excited to start my new internship.  We watched the site safety video, filled out some forms, and heard numerous other lectures about job-related safety.  At the time, I figured that safety education began and ended on orientation day.  I had learned how to be safe, what else was there to know?  Wow, was I wrong.  I immediately learned that safety at Celanese was first and foremost on everyone’s mind.  “Safety First” wasn’t simply a catchy slogan around the office, it was a credo, a way of life.  Throughout my summer in Florence from the business office to operations, safe practices were taught, discussed and acted upon.

Fast forward to summer 2012 and my second internship at Celanese.  I began orientation day at the Bishop, Texas, site in much the same way as the previous year, except this time the culture of safety was already something I was used to – until I arrived at my department the Reliability Engineering Group in the Reliability and Maintenance Section.  Here safety is taking on a whole new meaning thanks to the innovative ideas of several mechanics and maintenance staff.  The site leadership places an active emphasis on safety, personalizes it, and fosters a family environment.  Characteristics like “Family,” “Attitude,” and “Brother’s Keeper” encourage everyone to look out for each other and speak up when they see something unsafe.

The responsibility is on everyone – not just site leadership.  Even as an intern I know…

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Paying It Forward – Investing in Our Community 

Have you ever had a day where you are told how great you are? Or called a “Rock Star” no matter which direction you turned? How about receiving not just one or two notes of thanks and praise, but a handful of personal cards and letters with heartfelt notes of appreciation recognizing your phenomenal acts of kindness? That was my day at MC Lively Elementary School in Irving. 

On behalf of Celanese, we gave 900 students school supply items, customized T-shirts and backpacks. Students could barely contain their excitement as Celanese volunteers paraded up and down hallways handing out backpacks with school supplies and T-shirts. Several students said that they would never be able to afford these types of necessary school items without…

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Returning to Elementary School 

I was thrilled to participate recently in two Junior Achievement teaching days with my Celanese colleagues Gretchen Rosswurm and Phil McDivitt as we co-taught a kindergarten and a third grade class at MC Lively Elementary in Irving, Texas.

It was a blast! Junior Achievement is a well-organized, straight-forward program that allows career professionals the opportunity to share their life experiences and make a difference in the lives of elementary students. I have taught children in the past, but no experience is required to volunteer. From my recent experience, I would like to share a few helpful tips…

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Busy and Loving It 

This is always a busy time for marketing professionals because there are many trade shows. As marketing communications manager for Celanese Emulsion Polymers, part of my job is the organization and oversight of our trade shows.   I was in India, Russia, Germany and Las Vegas – all within four weeks this year.  And, I loved it all. Well, maybe not that cancelled flight out of Delhi at 3:30 AM, but I digress.  

Trade shows are critical activities in our integrated marketing communication strategy to build awareness of our company, bolster our brand initiatives and communicate our…

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My 3rd Grade JA Nerves Turned to JA Joy 

I usually get a bit nervous right before a big presentation at work.  Little did I know I would have the same nervous feeling getting up in front of an elementary school class!  For business presentations, you get ready for it by reviewing your materials and preparing answers to questions that you know will probably be asked.  However, it is much different preparing for an audience of 3rd graders… anything could happen!

Volunteering for Junior Achievement (JA) really challenged me to step out of my comfort zone.  Are they listening?  Will they understand me?  Will I make a positive impact in their lives?  These were thoughts that went through my head when I entered the classroom.  All eyes were on me.  I took a deep breath and said…

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Vive La Difference! 

During a recent trip to a Celanese European-sites workshop in Sulzbach, Germany, I had time to reflect on the good fortune I’ve had to visit many sites and enjoy the cultural differences that only a truly global organization like Celanese offers.

Aside from the more popularly accepted and incontestable distinctions (milling in my head whilst sitting in the workshop classroom): the Germans make great cars, the Dutch and the Belgians are incredible linguists, the French and the Spanish are culinary connoisseurs, and all Englishmen wear bowler hats…

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Innovation Tastes Sweet at Celanese 

Frankfurt – Last week I was in Europe visiting with employees and customers. I met many talented people and am learning more about Celanese’s innovation capabilities. I like what I see. The teams there are enthusiastically developing solutions for customers that address the needs of our society today and in the future.

Take beverages for example. In 2011, five out of the top ten carbonated soft drinks in the US had zero calories thanks to artificial sweeteners. These “light beverages” are gaining popularity because consumers these days want less

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Celanese Leadership Program – The Summer Job of a Lifetime 

In a few short weeks, eleven summer interns and five full-time associates of the Celanese Leadership Program (CELP) will make their way to Dallas.  They will come from Austin, Ann Arbor, Salt Lake City and Charlottesville.  They are chemical engineers, CPAs, mechanical engineers and econ majors.  They will hold passports from China, countries in Africa, India, the US and more.  They want to be general managers, CEOs or CFOs.  They are incredibly diverse.  But they share a common objective:  they all want to develop their skills and talents to accelerate their careers with the types of opportunities that Celanese can provide. 

With Michael Stubblefield, the general manager of our Ticona business, I have the pleasure to serve as the executive sponsor the the Celanese Leadership Program.  Our objective is simple: …