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Community, Safety, Wellness

Gardening to Give Back 

Sometimes you learn something about your colleagues that is so pleasantly surprising, it just makes you smile. Perhaps they volunteer in a meaningful way in the community. Maybe they’ve had a remarkable career, or maybe they grow their own food and share it with their neighbors and coworkers. In Wade Nelson, we found all three!

Community, Wellness

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.

Community, Views On Change, Wellness

A Jump Start In Sneakers 

Personally, I always enjoy participating in social and team events. Especially at a sporting event like the J.P. Morgan Chase Run where It is easy to just jump into the next conversation around you and get to know new colleagues from others sites, departments and businesses. Where else would I have the chance to meet all these faces?

Sport has always been a good (and healthy) reason for people to get together and join the race. That’s why I also decided this year to not let the Frankfurt Chase happen without me. I grabbed my bags, a few colleagues from the Dutch site in Geleen and took the bus to Germany. During the 3-hour ride, not only were our sneakers ready for the excitement, but also our moods for the biggest Celanese European team event.

People, Wellness

How A Little Planning Can Go A Long Way 

A little planning can go a long way, but what’s the recipe for success? First, you need personal vision and commitment to be successful. If you’re not personally invested into the task you’re faced with, it will become meaningless and you won’t follow through. In order to finish, you have to first be willing to give it your all, no matter how big or small it may seem, by beginning with the end in mind.

Community, Wellness

A Real CHASE For Team Spirit 

Even though the great Chase Run 2014 event was several weeks ago, I still have fond memories of watching all the runners show up to the after party wearing their fun shirts that said “Ich bin …”(“I am…”).  We have quite a creative team — as well as a confident team –based on the words and phrases that were written and worn during the race.

This was my first big event with Celanese, and it was great to see so many participants from all over Europe — and even one from…

Community, Wellness

Finishing Together – Team Spirit Found 

It was a beautiful summer evening in Germany. A helicopter soared over skyscrapers, broadcasting from one of the world’s largest races, the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. Crowds gathered together with a contagious excitement with the aim of promoting wellness in the workplace. 71,000 participants filled the downtown Frankfurt streets for a memorable 3.5 mile run.

Taking everything in, I looked over at my colleague, Eszter and reflected on when we first met. Just one week before, there she stood at the airport gate welcoming me with a…

Community, Wellness

The Budapest MikuLASS Charity Run For The Visually Impaired 

Through my role in the Budapest office, I have the opportunity to actively participate and lead community relations programs such as charity events or volunteering programs. I am also lucky enough to meet a lot of very interesting people, like last October when I met Steve Kalnoky.

Steve is a Hungarian who lived in the U.S. for a long time and got a really good taste for charity and volunteering there. Like me, he quickly realized the immense differences between community relations practices in the U.S. and here in Hungary.

Steve is a runner. He has been running for years, and when he came back to live in Hungary he continued this hobby on the Margaret Island in the middle of…