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The Future Is Brighter in Dallas 

When I hear the word Celanese I think of a company with people who truly care about the communities surrounding them. The people at Celanese are willing to get involved, lend a helping hand, and provide resources for schools, neighborhoods, and families.

I am very appreciative of how Celanese has helped me grow professionally. Celanese opened its doors to our corps at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School and O.W. Holmes Middle School and talked to us about the professional working world. It helped us feel more confident in taking steps toward our future. When I talked with the Celanese volunteers, they encouraged me to follow what I love, not be afraid to take risks, and be confident in myself and my abilities.

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Real Time Feedback 

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who said, “I love feedback; in fact I need feedback” only to argue with you on every point you made? Maybe you’ve asked for feedback but the only time you get it is when you’ve done something wrong. Or, are you the type of person who shies away from feedback because it causes so much anxiety? In any case, feedback is important. And even though many of us agree that getting feedback is good, giving it and/or receiving it can be difficult.

Good leaders recognize that feedback happens in various ways, times and regarding a host of different topics or issues. Managers who value differences in others, and strive to be more inclusive to those differences, understand that engaging employees requires constant attention. Feedback has to be tailored to get the intended improvement or change.

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Becoming Family 

Do you know what it’s like to face homelessness? Being homeless is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. While it’s difficult to be homeless, it’s even more difficult to admit defeat and walk through our doors at the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky and seek help.

Fortunately, individuals come to us with a hope for change. Through the financial and volunteer support of the Celanese Foundation, we’re able to make a difference with the homeless community here year round.

The challenges faced by homelessness are most urgent in the Winter, when temperatures dip to hyperthermia levels. We opened our doors for the first time in the Winter of 2008 as the region’s only cold-weather shelter for adults. When it’s below freezing, we never turn anyone away. That’s when we live our mission…

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We Are All Global Citizens 

At Celanese, we have a lot of brain power. We use our intellect, technology and creativity to create customer value. As employees, we work hard to be the first-choice chemistry solution source for our customers.

As global citizens, we are called upon to improve the world by making a difference in the communities where we live and work. We also have a lot of heart at Celanese. I’ve seen firsthand the difference we are making. In both small and big ways, we inspire each other to do more– whether running for charities to support a cause we believe in, donating clothing, blankets and toys to brighten the holidays for families in need, Team Celanese racing to the finish line to raise money to fund…

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My Diversity Experiences At The Singapore Plant 

“Sir, I would like to talk to you about the Process Engineer position at Celanese Singapore. Is it convenient to talk now?” I said as I asked the recruiter.

“Sure. It’s convenient to speak now. Could you please repeat the name of the company?”

And thus began my journey with Celanese. My first experience with diversity at Celanese was when I met the team that came to Mumbai for job interviews. After the usual interview questions, I was given an opportunity to ask some questions. I remember asking: “Do you have someone from India working there?” I was told you’d be surprised – and you bet I was.

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Top 10 Blogs of 2015 

What makes a great blog? Is it the practical advice we relate to when employees share about their everyday life? Or is it the empathy and strength we’re inspired by when our colleagues share about the challenges they’ve faced?

In 2015, our top 10 bloggers wrote on a variety of great topics! Thank you for sharing your personal stories with us and making CE-Blog a platform to discuss the things we care about most. So grab a cup a coffee and sit back at your desk as you catch up on the latest and greatest blogs and consider what story you might like to share in 2016!

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Employee Growth – A Leader’s Perspective 

When I was named Chief Financial Officer with an “Interim” tag in front of the title, it was both a great challenge and a great opportunity. I had prepared for years with the goal of becoming a CFO, but when I looked at the criteria in the written description for the CFO position, I understood why our CEO and chairman, Mark Rohr, chose to make me interim rather than full CFO. I came to Celanese with a broad variety of experiences and skill sets in finance and, since 2010, I had had direct ownership of most of the finance and shared services functions at Celanese. But while I had accumulated a great deal of finance experience—and that is what put me in the running for the job—it was clear that I was missing other types of experience. The external search criteria called for candidates who had deep engagement with the business and experience leading cross-company initiatives. My experience in these areas was limited because I’d spent my career playing mostly in the finance sandbox.

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This Year I Resolve to Give (and Ask For) More Feedback 

Recently I joined a yoga studio for more exercise and a peaceful place to settle my busy brain. For anyone considering yoga, I highly recommend it. Not only is it a challenging whole-body workout – it encourages focus and presence in the moment. Something I’m striving for.

What I didn’t expect from yoga was getting jazzed about giving and receiving feedback.

If you’ve never tried yoga, here are the basics. Each class begins in a quiet room – generally the lights are off and everyone lies down on a mat or sits still – there is no talking. In this calm atmosphere minds are cleared of the events of the day and “intentions” are set for the class. This means simply deciding what to achieve in this hour.

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Running With Purpose 

On Friday, December 4, my husband, Marcus, and I traveled from Dallas to Memphis for my first marathon. We arrived at the Cook Convention Center and met up with family to check-in prior and enjoy the benefits of the expo. While standing in line, workers rang cow bells and cheered. I felt proud when they announced that I had raised $9,000 for St. Jude. I was handed bib number 782 with GoGirlGo printed on it, and in less than 24 hours, the race would be under way.

Saturday morning was cold, but the sun was shining. With our family, Marcus and I made our way to the start line. The music was loud and my excitement grew. At 8:00 am the race began and corrals were released at 2-minute intervals. We were sent off by the cheers of our family and others lining the streets in support of the St. Jude Marathon.

It was time to put all of my effort and training (70 running days and 356 miles) to the test and enjoy the experience of running a marathon. Running for a purpose took on a new meaning for me when the route took us through the St. Jude campus and children lined the route and cheered us on. One couple came prepared with silver beads and as they passed each child, they hung a strand around their neck. It was an emotional experience I will not forget.

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“Recalculating” 

Earlier this year, we had record rainfall in the local area.  The generous showers may have been a welcome sight to budding spring flowers, but not so much for area drivers as it flooded major roadways for days at a time. One of the impacted roads happened to be the one I take to work each day.  Great – now what do I do? I knew I had a destination and I was forced to find another route to get there.

I had a few options, and because the road was closed for about a week, I think I must have tried them all. I was desperately seeking the route that would get me to work or home in the shortest amount of time with the least amount of hassle. One of my phone’s navigation apps would give me optional routes to my destination based on current traffic patterns. While each route would get me to my destination within a few minutes of each other, they would also take me on completely different roads.  One route took me to an area I’d never driven through before.  It wasn’t very far at all from where I live, and yet I discovered places so close to me that I never knew existed – like a nice park or popular restaurant.  The next day I tried another route that took me WAY out of the way…taking a lot longer than it really should have but I got there eventually.  Several times, my smooth talking driving companion (the system calls her “Jane”) would instruct me to take a turn, obviously unaware that the road she was leading me to was closed.  When that happened, I ignored her advice and took another direction that I knew was better. I hoped she would quickly get the hint and create a new route for me: “Recalculating,” said Jane.

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Online Shopping Tips That We All Tend To Forget During The Holidays 

Online shopping has become the preferred method of many holiday shoppers. With the introduction of Cyber Monday, retailers are providing deep discounts and easy ways for shoppers to find the perfect gift for friends and family. Since I’ve started my role in IT Security, I’ve begun to look at online safety from a different perspective. We often think of identity theft and Internet security as some distant thought, but your information (and in some extreme cases, your financial livelihood) can be compromised with a single click.

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Going Full Circle 

For the first four years of employment here, I often wondered what was my purpose at Celanese? Why was I placed here? I knew there had to be a reason, but I just couldn’t pinpoint it. I knew there was a plan, but it was not my plan.

I can still remember the phone call with the Celanese recruiter who had found my resume on Indeed.com, asking me if I had heard of  Celanese. I eagerly responded, I did, since I had often seen the big orange C every day on my way to work driving on the LBJ Freeway. In fact, my job at that time was right across the street! However, it never dawned on me to apply here during my job search.

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Why Do I Run? I Run For Raymond. 

I began running in February of 2014, while my husband, Marcus, was training for his first half marathon in Pittsburg, Pa.  His efforts motivated me, so I downloaded the ”Couch to 5K” app and got started.

I was bit by the running bug when we picked up his bib and bag of goodies for the Pittsburg race. The atmosphere was electric when I left Marcus in his assigned corral to wait for the race to begin.  With my course map in hand, I proceeded to find my first location to cheer him on. When I saw Marcus running, I was so proud of him; he was running his first half marathon. Given the size of this event, I was unable to see Marcus cross the finish line in person, but his verbal account along with the photo sealed it for me;  I was going to be a part of crossing future finish lines with him.

I continued my training and before long I was able to run a 5K without stopping. Shortly thereafter, my Dad’s (Raymond Dewayne Summers, Sgt. E7, Vietnam 65-66) health began to decline due to lung cancer, so I made as many trips home as possible so I could spend time with him. While visiting, running in Okeena Park became part of our daily routine. My dad would take his spot on the bench in the shade, and I would take off running with music playing in my ears. When I got close to him, I would silence the music so I could hear his cheers of “Go Girl Go.”  My Dad had coined this phrase for me earlier, but hearing it when I ran past him made it very special for me.

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Why A Social Day Is Always Worth It 

In line with the motto “Take a short break, catch your breath, make some people happy,” we used our Social Day 2015 as a part of our Global Impact Month to strengthen the team.  Our job was for a team of eight to paint the recreation room, hallway and kitchen in the childcare center in Hofheim-Lorsbach, near Frankfurt. Overall, the project was “one of those days again that it’s worth going to work,”summed up one of the participants at the end of the day. Even if work this particular day had nothing to do with e-mails, procedures and files, it was a great day filled with paint splatters and freshly painted walls.

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How to Make Your Money Do More – Give Back on Super Impact Monday! 

Today Dallas is kicking off its Annual Giving Campaign! This year’s campaign theme is Bright start. Big heart, and it’s an opportunity for employees to give back to the community and lend a helping hand to those who need our support. As the lead of the Dallas site committee, I see the front line of our charitable contributions and I have never seen a use of Foundation funds that hasn’t impressed and inspired me. As such, I thought long and hard about my donation this year, in particular how I could increase my giving while still getting the mortgage paid! Charity feels good, I’m not disputing that, but we all have a comfort level and I wondered to myself “is there a way for me to give more without it hurting?” Well, a few weeks ago, on laundry day, something clicked.