The Job Offer I’ve Been Waiting For: CEO for the Day

 

In all honesty, what first attracted me to the “job offer” was a chance to do a good deed, to learn a bit about finance, and the wonderful promise of a trip to the Big Apple. Little did I realize how rich of a learning experience I would be receiving. Fortunately   I was able to place the winning bid in the silent auction benefiting the Dallas United Way and was in for the greatest and easiest promotion of my life, albeit shortlived.

 This year’s CEO for a Day was a trip to New York City to attend the Barclay’s ROC Star conference on May 3 with Mark Rohr,Celanese’s chairman and chief executive officer. The conference is attended by investors from various firms to meet with leaders from top chemical companies to discuss the companies’ performance and plans for the future. The agenda for the conference included several  one-on-one meetings with the investors. During these meetings, they took the opportunity to ask Mark a variety of questions on all things Celanese related. The topics of their questions ranged from the impact of global macroeconomic conditions to specific questions such as earnings and prospective information. I also had the opportunity to listen to Mark’s keynote speech on his vision for Celanese. His speech furthered my understanding on how we position Celanese in various markets and how we plan on maximizing shareholder value in the future. But the learning didn’t stop there, I also attended a presentation by Dow Chemicals which gave me  more insight into Dow as well as  the chemical industry.

 Although I was designated CEO for the day, fortunately for me, Mark was really the one answering all the questions. Listening to Mark’s responses gave me a great chance to learn more about Celanese and achieve a better understanding of the importance of soft skills. My learning throughout this event can also be attributed to the fact that I received significant guidance from Mark Rohr, Mark Oberle, senior vice president of corporate affairs and Jon Puckett, vice president of investor relations.

I would encourage everyone to actively seek out similar opportunities. I realize that a few paragraphs don’t do justice to the knowledge that I have gained. However, I do hope that I was able to communicate the value of this opportunity and the exposure that it presents. Last but not least, I would like to thank everyone who made this possible.

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				I work in Internal Audit. When I’m not working, I travel, experience new things, and spend time with family and friends.				

There are 7 comments. Add yours.

  1. Sugam Kulkarni says:

    Fantastic opportunity at this young age & especially at the start up of one”s career. An experience worth cherishing for a lifetime.

  2. Charlotte Collins says:

    While the promotion was shortlived, it sounds like the knowledge and experiences gained will stay with you much longer! I look forward to seeing you put it to practice in your “other” job!

    • Admin says:

      Max, thanks for your comment. This is Gretchen Rosswurm with Global Communications. The “CEO for a Day” is one of the most popular ways we have to raise money during our annual campaign to raise money for the community.The employee with the highest bid gets the opportunity. All the money goes to the Dallas United Way.

        • Admin says:

          Hans, thanks for the suggestion. It”s a good one and something we”ll consider for the next CEO For the Day event.
          From Mark Oberle, senior vice president, corporate affairs

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