Monthly Archives: October 2012

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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Collaboration, Enthusiasm, Hard Work: Cultivating a Successful Career Innovation Workshop

You reap what you sow. The well-known farming metaphor applies not only to a farmer’s harvest but also volunteerism.  Months of preparation and long nights of emails, phone calls, designing, brainstorming, and more all boiled down to two afternoons, my reward: JA’s new independent research project – the career innovation workshop in partnership with Celanese, a company who has graciously and zealously supported JA China. 

May 11, the butterflies in my stomach fluttered with nervousness, anticipation and excitement on that May 11th day. The “what ifs” race through my mind. What if the students and volunteers don’t like the activities or find the other party incredibly boring? What if nothing goes according to plan? My fears ease away as I…

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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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