Monthly Archives: April 2012

Our Students Are Going to Shine


Since August, Garland Independent School District and North Garland High School have launched an engineering program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW is the leading non-profit provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education used in middle and high schools across the U.S. With this program our students are engaged in hands on, project based learning that will prepare them for a possible career in the engineering field.

We have been fortunate to work with Celanese; without their sponsorship and guidance, it wouldn’t be where it is today. With Celanese’s help, I received training at the University of Texas, Tyler, to prepare me to teach the Project Lead the Way curriculum which is standard in every state. We also have been able to supply all of our students with their own engineering ‘kits’ and purchased other supplies required by Project Lead the Way.

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The Future is Even More Exciting

Over the past month, I have had the honor of representing the innovative work of Celanese’s employees. By now, you should have heard about our success at CERA, the Forbes magazine article highlighting TCX® Technology and the recent live broadcast on Fox Business News. Please take a moment to view these links at the end of this blog.

In all these instances, I have been privileged to share the success of TCX® Technology development. Not only was this an honor – but it was an adventure.

Although as CFO I frequently get the opportunity to present to investors and other key stakeholders, I have never been a part of the broader media world as I have been in the last month. Like many, I don’t necessarily like to see myself on video or in pictures – but I am so proud to represent Celanese I couldn’t help but blog about it…

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Prioritizing Your Work-Lessons from the Navy Seals

Typically when our workload increases or timelines shorten, we can easily become overwhelmed and stressed. The ability to prioritize becomes clouded and we run in circles, performing a little bit on each, but never get any single priority complete. Over the past few years, I’ve spent many weeks with former Navy Seals. Regardless of the situation, or location, when they go in to survival mode it’s simple…

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Everyone’s Talking About Natural Gas

Today I visited our manufacturing site in Clear Lake, Texas. This plant makes a variety of acetyl based chemicals, but it’s gaining recognition for being the home of the company’s latest innovation, TCX® ethanol technology.

The minute I walked in the door I noticed a positive buzz, in part, because employees are proud that TCX® ethanol technology was invented at Clear Lake by a local team of talented Celanese scientists…

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Bridging Communities and Cultures in 365 days

I am not going to lie, when I got the job offer to start the new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, Celanese Connects, I had no idea what I was in for. Before this I was working as a project manager in the IT department. I worked on an assortment of projects including the data center relocation. It was a huge change to say the least. But I was up for the challenge and absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to be a part of a new program that affects employees around the world. When we began communicating the new CSR program, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, I really wasn’t sure what the response was going to be…

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