What I Learned

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    Thomas H. Lane

    Thomas H. Lane, former ACS President gives his perspective on engaging young scientists, developing critical non-technical skills and his advice for mid-career industry professionals

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    Alexia Finotello

    Alexia Finotello, Dow Chemical TS&D Scientist, shares what she most likes about working at Dow, how her university years helped prepare her for a career in industry, where academia could stand to improve a bit, and the instrumental role of internships to careers in industry

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    Erica Ocampo

    Erica Ocampo, formerly with Dow and one year into her new role as Global Director of Sustainability with Sims Metal, shares some suggestions on how each of us can help reduce the 50m tons of e-waste generated each year, and identifies three fundamental learnings from Dow that are instrumental to her success at Sims Metal

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    Jennifer Maclachlan

    Jennifer Maclachlan shares how the pandemic has impacted her family’s small business, a strategy for getting girls interested in science, and how the Cape Cod Science Café encourages chemists and others to discuss scientific topics in a relaxed atmosphere

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    Lynn Andrews

    CoorsTek’s Lynn Andrews shares 10 proven tips on successfully leading teams. MBA or Ph.D? Lynn tells you which to pursue. And the one business leader with whom she would like to have dinner

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    Catherine T. “Katie” Hunt

    Katie Hunt discusses her tenure as ACS President, what it was like working for Rohm & Haas and Dow, and teaching at UVA. Katie also provides advice for younger chemists, and why it is so important to always ask questions – specifically the question “Why?”

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    Beth Lorsbach

    Beth Lorsbach from Corteva explains the similarities and differences in how the agro and pharma industries discover and develop chemical compounds. She also comments on future sustainability challenges, the “one that got away,” and coping with failure

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    Tiffany Hoerter

    Tiffany Hoerter discusses the domestic employment outlook for the chemistry enterprise over the next three years, avoiding data-driven paralysis by analysis, and the personality trait most responsible for her career success

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    Dee Strand

    Dee Strand, formerly with Dow and Wildcat Discovery Technologies, explains how an internship with Chevron helped her visualize working in industry, whether she would start her career over with a large or small company, and the two-edged sword of a strong work ethic

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    Elsa Reichmanis

    Elsa Reichmanis on obtaining her undergrad and PhD in only six years, the secret to Bell Labs’ success, leading teams, and raising twins

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    Matt Grandbois

    DuPont’s Matt Grandbois shares some insights on what early career chemists value from the perspective of industry management. Matt also talks about the outsized influence his parents have on his leadership style, and the four musicians he would pick to put on Mt. Rushmore

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    Jon Siddall

    Jon Siddall walks through his decision to change jobs late in his career, he tells us what he learned at The Dow Chemical Company and Cabot Corporation, the fundamentals of the “Nylon Problem”, his stance on sustainability, and more

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    Dorothy Phillips

    Dorothy Phillips remembers what it was like to be one of the only African Americans at Vanderbilt University, explains how her competitive streak advanced her career, and offers some suggestions to advance diversity, inclusion and respect in the chemical enterprise

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    Katherine Lee

    Katherine Lee explains how to effectively lead teams, how universities can better prepare students for careers in industry, and why she is passionate about helping people advance in their careers

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    Ken Fivizzani

    Ken Fivizzani identifies safety considerations before reopening labs, assesses how industry, academia and gov’t are executing lab safety, and more