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The Search For Truth 

Not so long ago, before I traded in my bench for a desk, you were more likely to see me in front of a mass spectrometer than a laptop. My pre-Celanese life was spent as an analytical chemist and my daily routine was, at first glance, rather different to my reincarnation as a new business development guy. I implore you, however, to cast aside the obvious differences and explore with me the notion that both business and science, boil down (pun intended) to a perpetual search for the truth.

When I first joined Celanese, I evaluated new business ideas for our AI business. Like most fresh- faced graduates I completely missed the point. I wanted every project to be an overwhelming success and was deflated when an ROI looked unfavorable or we couldn’t justify the resources needed for…

Improving The World

Christmas In Germany: Bringing Joy To Kids In Need 

“Corporate social responsibility” to me is giving something to the communities without expecting something in return … pretty much like Christmas.

For me Celanese is not just a great place to work, but also being a part of the communities where we work. We have four sites here in Germany employing approximately 1,500 people. A lot of people live close to where they work or have their kids in kindergartens and schools nearby.

The opportunity to get a day off work and do something good in a community project is something that is not really common here. That’s why I was more than surprised by how…

Collaboration

Five Security Tips For The Holidays 

As the holiday season approaches, it is that time of year when crime tends to rise. And although the list of security tips listed below is nothing new, it’s a good idea to remind ourselves of these useful tips to ensure we are not victims of identity theft, digital fraud or any other sort of crime. 

Tip 1: Keep your money and credit cards safe.

While you are out shopping for gifts, make sure your cash and credit cards are not readily visible or easily lifted.  For the ladies, this means keeping your purse closed at all times and for the men keeping your wallet near your body where you can feel it. 

Tip 2: Email scams

Do not click on links embedded in your email or open attachments from random sites or people unless you are absolutely sure it is a legitimate email.  This is how malware can end up installed on your PC for the purposes of stealing your identity or learning more about you and your…

Employee Growth

A New Perspective Through The GBS Rotation Program 

Everyone who has changed jobs or departments can understand how enlightening it is to suddenly see Celanese from a different perspective.

In the Nanjing Shared Service Center (now GBS), we have been running a Rotation Program that has been designed to broaden peoples perspective as well as develop their technical skills. This is not a new idea by any means, but what is different is we have stuck with the program and have seen how people grow.  From an employee who was processing invoices in Accounts Payable, to becoming a supervisor after her rotation, and now moving into a team lead role.  Or another employee who left Nanjing as a quiet young graduate and came back more experienced, full of confidence and knowledge in his area.  My favorite stories are those candidates who are brave enough to…

Improving The World

One Time That Spinning Your Wheels Does Accomplish Something… 

We’ve all heard the old adage “spinning your wheels,” meaning doing something that achieves nothing.

But what if those wheels weren’t figurative wheels, but were real wheels — say bicycle wheels?  And what if the spinning of those wheels accomplished something great — like raising money to fight diabetes?

You may ask: Why is it so important to raise money to fight this disease?  Diabetes has become the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.  Given the statistics of diabetes in the U.S., there’s a pretty good chance that even if you don’t have diabetes, you probably know someone who does.  According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, diabetes affects approximately 25.8 million people in the U.S.  Nearly 2 million of those cases are…

Collaboration

Unlock Employee Engagement 

SmartBrief published a guest blog post about leadership and communication by Gretchen Rosswurm, Celanese’s vice president of communications and corporate social responsibility.

The full post is re-published here for the convenience of Celanese’s audience:

One of the best parts of my job is working with leaders to engage their employees. While the engagement buzzword has launched thousands of books, conferences and employee surveys, there are simple techniques you can do today to engage yourself and your employees.

You already know what engagement looks like. It’s the extra effort your employees invest to make their team and company a success. It’s the individuals who go out of their way to…

Improving The World

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…

Improving The World

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…

Collaboration, Improving The World

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…

Improving The World

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…

Employee Growth

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…

Improving The World

Barbecue For Our Troops – Helping The Country Through The Community 

At Celanese we believe in giving back. Recently I had the opportunity to do that, and give back to those who serve in the US Army.

I work at the Clear Lake, Texas plant and volunteer with a program called “BBQ For Our Troops.”

BBQ for Our Troops is a non-profit, volunteer initiative “To honor those who protect our freedoms, and their loved ones, with the hospitality of the uniquely American meal of barbecue.” Why does this mean so much to me?  I get the honor of cooking and serving your typical backyard barbecue picnic of meat and sides, active duty American soldiers and wounded soldiers.  

This is the fourth time I’ve helped with the project and the second time my…

Being Sustainable

Florence Site Highlights Safety Best Practice 

It was intern training day 2011 for Celanese and there I was, sitting in Florence, Kentucky, waiting for orientation to end and excited to start my new internship.  We watched the site safety video, filled out some forms, and heard numerous other lectures about job-related safety.  At the time, I figured that safety education began and ended on orientation day.  I had learned how to be safe, what else was there to know?  Wow, was I wrong.  I immediately learned that safety at Celanese was first and foremost on everyone’s mind.  “Safety First” wasn’t simply a catchy slogan around the office, it was a credo, a way of life.  Throughout my summer in Florence from the business office to operations, safe practices were taught, discussed and acted upon.

Fast forward to summer 2012 and my second internship at Celanese.  I began orientation day at the Bishop, Texas, site in much the same way as the previous year, except this time the culture of safety was already something I was used to – until I arrived at my department the Reliability Engineering Group in the Reliability and Maintenance Section.  Here safety is taking on a whole new meaning thanks to the innovative ideas of several mechanics and maintenance staff.  The site leadership places an active emphasis on safety, personalizes it, and fosters a family environment.  Characteristics like “Family,” “Attitude,” and “Brother’s Keeper” encourage everyone to look out for each other and speak up when they see something unsafe.

The responsibility is on everyone – not just site leadership.  Even as an intern I know…