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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TENANTS OF THE DOW MICHIGAN OPERATIONS I-PARK: Cabot, Corteva Agriscience, Dow, DuPont, SK Saran, and Trinseo! We look forward to a new era of collaboration, opportunity and growth in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Partnered and supported the Dow team with plant services for over 40 years Well-equipped to handle all equipment, labor, and onsite management Helped clients achieve the ideal balance of people, process, and productivity in production processes Established a national reputation of performing at the highest levels of safety, quality, and dependability Cultivated a strong culture of safety, with significant time and resources in specialized safety training


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he Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, an inaugural LPGA official team event taking place July 15-20 at Midland Country Club, is teaming up with BeAlive, a digital video entertainment and media company, to create a regional culinary brand known as Eat Great. This series of food experiences will be introduced as part of the tournament’s weeklong schedule of events and will consist of three unique programs that will take place at various locations within the region. Eat Great will engage local restaurants, wineries and breweries to offer three distinct opportunities to celebrate the diverse culinary talent and flavors of the Great Lakes Bay region. Partnering with local brands enhances the event’s efforts to build community, drive business growth and further promote the collaborative format of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover all the Great Lakes Bay region’s culinary scene has to offer through three separate Eat Great programs. EAT GREAT FOOD FESTIVAL Kicking off the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational week is the two-day Eat Great Food Festival featuring live entertainment in downtown Midland on July 14-15. • Adult tickets are $40 each and are valid for one day. • Youth tickets (13-20 years of age) are $20 each and are valid for one day. • Children 12 and under receive free admission. Food Festival tickets include unlimited samples of beer, wine and signature dishes from more than 100 local restaurants, wineries and breweries from around the region. EAT GREAT HOSPITALITY TRAIL The four-day Eat Great Hospitality Trail presented by Garber Chevrolet from July 17-20 at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational allows spectators to purchase an upgraded food, beverage and viewing experience on-course at Midland Country Club.

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Adult tickets are $40 each and are valid for one day. Youth tickets (13-20 years of age) are $20 each and are valid for one day. • Children 12 and under receive free admission. Hospitality Trail tickets include access to four upgraded viewing decks spread throughout the golf course. Participants are encouraged to move between the decks, tasting unlimited samples of the dishes and brews unique to each county in the Great Lakes Bay region. EAT GREAT RESTAURANT WEEK Eat Great Restaurant Week, taking place July 15-28, is a twoweek promotion highlighting the best eateries in the Great Lakes Bay region. Restaurants across the region will create a threecourse, prix fixe (fixed price) menu at a special rate to entice both tourists and community members to explore more than 100 local restaurants, wineries and breweries from around the region. Eat Great Food Festival restaurants include Old City Hall, Molasses, Mountain Town Station and Brewery, The H Hotel, Whine, The Maple Grille, Grape Beginnings Winery, Tavern 101, American Kitchen, Forgotten Ciders, Soaring Eagle Casino, Sunsational Smoothies, Midland Brewing Co., Tri-City Brewing, Frankenmuth Brewery and Bavarian Inn. Eat Great participating partners include BeAlive, Garber Chevrolet, Midland Sports Rehab, Members First Credit Union, Midland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Three Rivers Corp., Midland Brewing Co. and Fabiano Brothers. Ticket sales for Eat Great and the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational are now available via the event website at DowGLBI.com. Matt Felan President & CEO Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

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Publisher: Marisa Horak Belotti marisa@greatlakesbaymag.com

ON THE DOORSTEP OF ADVANCEMENT Ideas and technology are the building blocks for innovation and transformation. That’s why I wanted to dedicate this issue to the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park. The power of what we have here in the Great Lakes Bay region is astonishing. • Dow, a global company with headquarters in Michigan, has been a leader of change and advancement, serving as a catalyst for the advancement of the Great Lakes Bay region for more than 120 years. • In 2017, Dow merged with DuPont with the intention to separate into three independent publicly traded companies. On April 1, 2019, DowDuPont successfully completed the spin-off of its Materials Science division, Dow. The separation of Corteva was completed on June 3, 2019. Dow, DuPont and Corteva Agriscience will each have its own clear focus, scale advantages, and an enhanced ability to deliver superior solutions and choices to customers.

• Each of the three new companies has a presence at the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park. Additional tenants include SK Saran Americas, Trinseo and Cabot. The Dow Michigan Operations I-Park will stand as an epicenter for future innovation that will only serve to strengthen the global prominence of the Great Lakes Bay region. These companies will not only solidify our economic foundations in the area, they will raise our region’s profile as a statewide hub of scientific manufacturing that brings improvements around the globe. The Dow Michigan Operations I-Park is an invaluable community partner in endeavors that improve the quality of life for our local residents. It’s an exciting time for the Great Lakes Bay region. Our backyard provides a gateway to worldwide advancements.

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Striving for More – Together We are honored to claim a long history of collaboration with our community, philanthropic organizations, and leading industrial partners. Together, we are more than jobs. We establish satisfying careers. Together, we are more than workers. We are top-notch talent. Together, we are more than individuals. We are a strong family. We are excited to play a part in building our region’s future.

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DOW MICHIGAN OPERATIONS I-PARK SETS STAGE FOR GROWTH, JOBS

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CHANGE OPENS A NEW CHAPTER IN THE GREAT LAKES BAY REGION

BECOMING THE BEST IN THE WORLD IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE DOW WORKS TOWARD A FUTURE THAT’S INSPIRED BY THE GROWTH OF ITS PEOPLE, THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND OVER A CENTURY OF INNOVATION

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER

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DIGITAL FARMING New alliances give farmers a technological advantage

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MAKING CHANGE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE Communication is key

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TIRED OF BEING PIGEONHOLED? Bold and audacious career advice to live your dream job

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DOW What’s new about the “new” Dow

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DUPONT Business as usual

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SK SARAN Positive social impact

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TRINSEO Collaboration and community

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CABOT CORP Welcoming new neighbors

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CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE Empowering women farmers

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THE FUTURE IS A SPACE FOR ALL Dow is refocusing its efforts through the lenses of inclusion and diversity

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STARTUPS p.10 • COACHING p.12 • CAREER MOXIE p.14

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farmers are fueled by investments made before the company’s official spin on June 3, 2019. COLLABORATION

digital FARMING NEW ALLIANCES GIVE FARMERS A TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE BY ADAM LANSDELL

The future of farming depends on sunshine, rain, seeds and … advanced technology. The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont joined forces as DowDuPont with the intention to one day break off into three unique entities. One result of their actions is the formation of Corteva AgriscienceTM, the only global, pureplay agriculture company which is already impacting the environment and will continue to Keep Growing for generations to come. Merging their unique knowledge sets and proficiencies was intended to tackle unique areas including: seed technologies, crop protection and digital agriculture. Corteva Agriscience was created to support these areas, and more. Corteva Agriscience works across the global agriculture spectrum, investing in some of the most recognized and premium seed brands such as Pioneer, PANNAR and Brevant. Corteva Agriscience brings together the strengths and knowledge of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences to better serve growers around the world with a superior portfolio of solutions (seeds, traits, crop chemicals, seed treatment, agronomy and digital services) ensuring

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greater choice and competitive price for value. The combined capabilities and highly productive innovation engine will enable the agriculture company to bring a broader suite of products to the market faster, so it can be an even better partner to growers, delivering innovation and helping them to increase their productivity and profitability. The company grows by putting farmers and consumers at the heart of agriculture. In doing so, it is reshaping how the industry meets the needs of the 21st century. The company believes that the future of farming will be dependent on the ways the food value chain is measured from farmer to consumer. The company is adamant about harnessing the power of science and technology to optimize productivity, make resources more accessible and essentially work with growers to help chart their own long-term success stories. Corteva Agriscience directly impacts farmers by providing them with technologybased tools, which many generational farmers never used. Corteva Agriscience is an expert and is driving the innovation of crop protection. These applications for everyday

Partnerships produce technology that helps farmers grow. Founded in February 2014 and backed by leading venture capital investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures, the software company known as Granular designed the leading farm management solution—now called Granular—through collaboration with many of the largest, most progressive family farms in the country. Granular Business joined forces with DuPont Pioneer, combining the strength of Granular’s business software with DuPont’s robust agronomy expertise and the Encirca agronomy software and advisory services. Granular Business is an independent subsidiary of Corteva Agriscience and is responsible for all software and analytics products. Granular gathers and combines the experience and insight of farmers, the broad and deep knowledge of agronomists, data from scientists and industry partners and the rebellious, innovative business and technical acumen of the entrepreneurs and engineers who define Silicon Valley. Farmers are not only viewed as customers but as co-creators— collaborators in bringing new technologies to the farm so they can operate more profitably and sustainably and with increased transparency. Granular Business delivers a complete, real-time view of a farm’s operations and financial performance, giving farmers insight they need to efficiently manage more acres and increase the profitability of every field. Granular improves a farmer’s ability to assess and manage the profitability of their farm through strategic measures. Through increased visibility and insight, a farmer is able to think and act one step ahead of the curve. This strengthens business and operational efficiency. Together with Granular Business, Corteva Agriscience is the world’s leading supplier of agriculture software and data science and uses the latest solutions to equip farmers and their industry partners with the confidence and control they need to build stronger businesses and feed the world sustainably.


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making change a POSITIVE EXPERIENCE COMMUNICATION IS KEY BY CHRISTOPHER NAGY

CHANGE. A necessary transformation if a company wants to remain relevant and innovative. It is necessary because the world around us is in a constant state of change. Without change, we can’t keep up. Without change, we wither on the vine. With change we learn, we blossom and we grow. There has been some change within the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park. But this change in motion was planned and signifies tremendous progress. And progress means opportunity – plain and simple. Such intentional change can take some moxie and drive. And it becomes clear who can adapt: Those willing also succeed.

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How can an employer help a company’s staff adapt to change?

• It helps to have a modicum of

transparency between management and employees; with those employees understanding they don’t need to know every specific behind that change in order to get the job done. Lead your staff through transitions by focusing on the planned outcome. Reinvigorate them with team building, educational opportunities and recognition. Build confidence through leading by example. Positivity from management can quickly dispel any uncertainty.

• When presented with ideas to help

the transition, be open and flexible. Instead of saying “no” or “no, but,” learn to say “yes, and …” Communication is key. Your staff should be in the know before changes make the local news. Work with them, speak efficiently but listen just as effectively.

For some within the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park, the change is evident but so is the growth. That growth is leading to continued success and paving the way for the future. Change, when done with intention and proper planning is good. Very good indeed.


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biz 101 / CAREER MOXIE

tired of being PIGEONHOLED? BOLD AND AUDACIOUS CAREER ADVICE TO LIVE YOUR DREAM JOB

Golfers have their strengths. Some are known for their towering drives, others for their short game and some make a living on precision putts. Some could look at that as golfers being pigeonholed to a specific element of the game. That shouldn’t be an issue when the Great Lakes Bay Invitational tournament takes place July 15-20 at Midland Country Club. That’s because 72 two-golfer teams of the most talented female golfers can combine their individual strengths in the first-ever LPGA team event that counts for official money and official points. They will golf in an alternate-shot format on July 17 and 19 and follow a best-ball format on July 18 and 20. Fans can observe the play on the worldclass golf course beginning on July 15 during the practice rounds. Don’t pass up this opportunity to see the best women golfers in the world. Feeling pigeonholed is not limited to the golf course. Feeling frustrated and defeated from being passed over repeatedly for promotion and pigeonholed in your workplace? Pigeonholed means you’re stuck. You’ve been branded as someone who is skilled in

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by Beth Bryce, director of career advancement adjunct professor ADP & DeVos Graduate School of Management Career Advancement Center Virtual office, North America

only certain areas and not considered for any other type of work, including a coveted leadership role. Not only does this suck the mojo out of your soul, but it prevents you from stepping into your highest potential. “We believe what we want to believe, and once we believe something, it becomes a self-fulfilling truth.” Seth Godin My friend, it’s time to stop acting like a pigeon, pecking around for scraps, and start soaring like an eagle. Hold on. Before you make a hasty decision to quit, especially in a tight job market, take a deep breath, stop pointing fingers and resuscitate your reputation as a highly valued employee.

to prove you can successfully do other things. 4. Acquire new skills: Get additional training, understand what skills you lack and attend workshops and seminars, obtain a certification or an advanced degree. 5. Find a sponsor: Find a respected person higher up in your organization to serve as your mentor and champion to vouch for you and open doors. 6. Self-Promote: Document your past successes and practice self-promotion so your boss, mentors, and network know about your stellar accomplishments. 7. Network: Find your tribe outside of your company at professional and community organizations. Successful people want to help you.

What can you do? 1. Manage your mindset: Avoid complaining at all costs. Put your game face on, people are watching your behavior and attitude. 2. Manage your boss: Be on good terms. Open up a proactive, honest conversation about why you are parked, express your desire to contribute more and brainstorm on what you can do to advance. 3. Increase your visibility: Show initiative, actively look for ways to improve your company. Volunteer to work on teams and take on new responsibilities

If you aren’t making forward progress then it may be time to look for a new employer that will help you achieve your career and personal goals. You’ll know when it’s time to give yourself permission to soar like an eagle right out the front door. After all, there’s a reason why pigeons are perched by park benches. You are certainly no pigeon. And, keeping in mind that pigeons are birds, be sure to watch the LPGA teams search for birdies and eagles as they take part in the innovative LPGA Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.


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SETS STAGE FOR GROWTH, JOBS

CHANGE OPENS A NEW CHAPTER IN DOW’S STORIED HISTORY

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here is definite strength in numbers. The Dow Michigan Operations I-Park is home to six industry powerhouses occupying the 2,600-acre site in Midland. The parent company DowDuPont, split into three independent companies, Dow, DuPont, and Corteva Agriscience, all of which will continue operations at the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park as separate organizations. In addition, SK Saran Americas, Trinseo, and Cabot Corp. already operate on the site and will continue to do so. The presence of the six dynamic leaders in industry development and production is intended to be the anchor that will draw other significant companies – and jobs – to the industrial park. To find out how the development will impact Midland and the surrounding communities, representatives of each company were asked how the Michigan Operations Industrial Park would position the region for growth and innovation.

DOW Dow’s impact on the region since it was founded in 1897, is derived through a strong community partnership as an active participant in Midland and across the Great Lakes Bay region. The company will continue to lend time, talents and people to community organizations that make the region a great place to live and work. Dow’s portfolio of performance materials, industrial intermediates and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of science-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow has six sites in Michigan, including its corporate headquarters in Midland. Approximately 5,300 of Dow’s 37,000 global employees are in Michigan.


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REINER ROGHMANN VICE PRESIDENT U.S. NORTH & CANADA SITE DIRECTOR MICHIGAN OPERATIONS

What’s new about the “new” Dow? Dow has 6 sites across the state including its global corporate headquarters in Midland. Approximately 5,300 of the company’s 37,000 global employees live and work in Michigan. In the Great Lakes Bay Region, Dow maintains a significant manufacturing presence in the Michigan Operations Site through its Performance Silicone business, including a silicones products manufacturing site in Auburn.

DOW IS A STRONG COMMUNITY PARTNER AND ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN MIDLAND AND ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES BAY REGION. WE WILL CONTINUE TO LEND OUR TIME, TALENTS AND PEOPLE TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THAT MAKE THE GLBR A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE AND WORK.

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TIM LACEY, GENERAL MANAGER & VICE PRESIDENT OF PERFORMANCE BUILDING SOLUTIONS, DUPONT SAFETY AND CONSTRUCTION

How does DuPont plan to continue to be an innovation leader? For more than 200 years, DuPont’s research laboratory has been the birthplace for some of the biggest innovations in the world. … Our new portfolio enables DuPont to continue to be an innovation leader composed of technology-driven specialty businesses with highly differentiated products and solutions that transform industries and everyday life. WE ARE ALWAYS

LOOKING FOR GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES.

DUPONT DuPont’s operations will be business as usual in Midland, and the company’s commitment to safety will remain its top priority. Company officials said they are proud to be a part of DuPont Michigan and the Great Lakes Bay community. The organization will continue to carry on the legacy of strong corporate citizenship through financial and in-kind contributions, including team member volunteers. In the Great Lakes Bay region, DuPont manufacturers a number of products that serve the water, automotive and electronics markets

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with leading brands like Filmtec, StyroFoam, Great Stuff and Betamate. DuPont employs more than 2,000 people in Michigan with locations in Midland, Auburn, Auburn Hills, Hemlock, Hillsdale and Troy. The company employs 1,200 Midland-area workers. DuPont plans to continue to be an innovative leader composed of technology-driven specialty businesses that transform industries and everyday life. It is always looking for growth opportunities.

DUPONT EMPLOYS APPROXIMATELY 2,000 PEOPLE IN MICHIGAN


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CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE Corteva Agriscience has their largest manufacturing facility in the world located at the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park. It is dedicated to partnering with communities in the Great Lakes Bay Region not only by creating jobs for local families, but also continuing to participate in food drives and partnerships with Hidden Harvest and the United Way. The Midland location produces beneficial herbicides for rice, corn, soybean, cereal and other crops. The facility also produces a growth insecticide and commodity insecticide with

associated formulations and packaging. Corteva Agriscience Michigan is focused on supporting growth of its crop protection platform. The company employs 700 people in Midland, with an additional 40 contractors supporting 10 facilities involved in crop protection. Harbor Beach employs more than 100 employees and produces two main product families through a natural, classical fermentation process. The Midland and Harbor Beach locations combined are critical to the success of Corteva Agriscience and hold the potential of significant positive impact on the region.

CORTEVA IS FOCUSED ON SUPPORTING GROWTH OF THE CROP PROTECTION PLATFORM. DAVID MIDKIFF, CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE MICHIGAN DIRECTOR

How is Corteva Agriscience positioned for growth? Corteva Agriscience Michigan specifically is well-positioned and sharply focused on supporting growth of the Crop Protection Platform. Midland is Corteva’s largest global strategic site, employing more than 700 people, with an additional 40 contractors who support 10 stand-alone manufacturing facilities producing a variety of crop protection chemicals. MIDLAND

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SK SARAN SK Saran is the first American operation for SK Global Chemical Group. SK Group is the second-largest company in South Korea. In addition to creating more job opportunities and economic growth throughout the region, SK Saran and the other Dow Michigan Operations I-Park tenants are focused on community safety and a positive social impact. SK Saran produces Saran PVDC barrier polymer resin, which is sold to converters that produce film for food packaging, medical and industrial applications. The product is known for providing moisture

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and oxygen barrier performance, excellent chemical resistance, an exceptional flavor and aroma barrier, and low solubility to prevent product flavor degradation. SK Saran performs product development work in Midland in addition to manufacturing. The firm’s product development efforts are targeted at protecting its current business and future growth opportunities. SK Saran occupies 12 acres in the I-Park and employs 39 people.


feature STEPHEN PERSYN, SITE LEADER, SK SARAN AMERICAS

How will SK Americas meet the needs of advanced chemical manufacturing? The industrial park will be home to some of the most innovative companies in the world. THANKS TO LOCAL

UNIVERSITIES AND SKILLED TRADE PROGRAMS, WE HAVE ACCESS TO THE TALENTED PEOPLE NECESSARY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ADVANCED CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING. Our region has great schools and health care providers that help with talent acquisition and retention.

THE SK GROUP IS A FORTUNE 100 COMPANY

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TRINSEO Trinseo is a leading global materials company, founded in 2010, committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and being a good neighbor. The company’s largest employee base in the U.S. is located in Midland, MI. Trinseo’s Midland manufacturing location includes research laboratories and manufacturing facilities for latex binders used in paper coating and adhesives, as well as plastics used in cars and durable goods. Midland is also home to Trinseo’s North America Operations Center, with offices for employees in customer service, procurement, supply chain, finance, public affairs, and executive management.

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feature JEFF DENTON, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS SERVICES, TRINSEO

How will the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park increase collaboration between orgnaizations? Because the I-Park has more tenants inside the fence line, there’s more diversity in corporate culture, ways of thinking and conducting business than ever before.

WITH THAT, THERE IS GREATER OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE, SHARE BEST PRACTICES, LEARN, GROW AND INNOVATE ALL FOR A GREATER INTEREST IN SERVING CUSTOMERS AND THE COMMUNITY.

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BILL CHURM, FACILITY GENERAL MANAGER OF CABOT, MIDLAND

How is the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park significant to our region? The new Dow Michigan Operations Industrial Park is significant for our communities.

THIS DEVELOPMENT WILL BRING JOBS, INNOVATION AND GROWTH TO THE REGION, and we look forward to welcoming new neighbors who will join our commitment to upholding the highest standards in safety, health and environmental practices, while also striving to make a positive and lasting impact in our local community.

CABOT CORP. The new Dow Michigan Operations I-Park is significant for local communities. The development will bring jobs, innovation and growth to the region, and Cabot Corp. officials look forward to welcoming new neighbors who will join the company’s commitment to upholding the highest standards in safety, health and environmental practices, while also striving to make a positive and lasting impact in the local community. Cabot is a leading global specialty chemicals and performance materials company in operation for over 135 years. In Midland, Cabot manufactures fumed silica, an ultrafine, high-purity particle used as

a performance additive in adhesives and sealants, coatings, printing and packaging. As a neighbor to Dow in the industrial park for 20 years, the two companies have been successful in creating value for each other. Cabot officials look forward to collaborating with new neighboring companies to continue to uphold high safety, health and environmental standards and drive new innovation in the region. The Midland facility employs 25 people and occupies 40,000 square feet.

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The Face of Dow Michigan Operations I-Park:

BUILDING IDENTITIES A Q&A ON STRENGTHENING THE REGION AND A GLOBAL ECONOMY

Much like a community, it takes many individual pieces to create the whole picture. The companies taking residence at Dow Michigan Operations I-Park illustrate the premise well. In the following, we talk to various community leaders and employees and ask their views on how the new face of the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park is impacting the region and beyond.

JIMMY GREENE, CEO AND PRESIDENT OF ABCTHE GREATER MICHIGAN CHAPTER/GREATER MICHIGAN CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY

HOW WILL THE DOW MICHIGAN OPERATIONS I-PARK FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE SKILLED TRADES INDUSTRY IN THE GREAT LAKES BAY REGION? It’s not that it just strengthens the skilled trade industry and creates opportunities in the Great Lakes Bay region but it reinforces how strong the skilled trades talent is in this region. Each of the companies relocating into this region certainly demonstrated that their due diligence on talent clearly suggested we could meet that demand.

LORI FLIPPEN, STEM INITIATIVE LEADER OF THE GREAT LAKES BAY REGIONAL ALLIANCE

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF STEM EDUCATION LOOK LIKE RELATED TO THE NEW INDUSTRIAL PARK? The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance has continued its commitment to making STEM a key part of the region’s culture, thanks in part to the foresight of visionary financial backers including the Dow Chemical Co. Foundation and the former Dow Corning Corp. Foundation. Regional funders invested in the landmark STEM Impact Initiative launched in 2014. The initiative recognized that regions with a strong STEM workforce can generate higher standards of living as well as long-term economic growth and stability. The region is home to some of the most prominent STEM companies in the world, and with research forecasting that STEM jobs will fill an increasingly large share of the future economy, the Great Lakes Bay region is poised to reap the benefits of ongoing investment in STEM.

ADRIANNE COLE, DIRECTOR OF STEM@SVSU

HOW WILL THE DOW MICHIGAN OPERATIONS I-PARK FURTHER STRENGTHEN STEM EDUCATION IN THE GREAT LAKES BAY REGION? STEM is present in all aspects of our daily lives. Therefore, students need to be given the appropriate tools to effectively contribute to our global society. Dow Chemical Co. and its employees have been an integral asset in the partnership between K-12 schools, higher education and local businesses. As businesses join the I-Park, their focus on innovation and collaboration will allow us to make an even greater impact on the future of the STEM pipeline in the Great Lakes Bay region and beyond.

JENNIFER HAYES, MICHIGAN OPERATIONS LEARNING LEADER AT THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY

HOW WILL THE DOW MICHIGAN OPERATIONS I-PARK FURTHER STRENGTHEN WORKPLACE EDUCATION? The I-Park will feature a wider variety of manufacturing companies to further the growth of the region. A key criterion for business growth is always the talent pool/pipelines. All of the businesses in the I-Park will want to further train and invest in their talent or risk losing them to another regional business. The opportunity to grow and learn is one of the top reasons that employees join and stay with companies. Many companies that manufacture products here will be able to build on a strong foundation of collaboration and partnership in the arena of workplace education. Having had similar roots (Dow), our foundational training can be shared and allow for specialization as needed. I anticipate we will find ways to leverage things with each other both to support a strong talent pipeline and technology growth.  

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“The changes we have made to Dow's portfolio, cost structure and mindset are significant. The new Dow is a more focused and streamlined company with a clear playbook to deliver long-term earnings growth and value creation for all stakeholders. Team Dow is well positioned to achieve our ambition of becoming the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. We have all the tools in place to innovate more quickly, to operate more productively, and to invest more prudently to deliver value creating growth, higher returns and enhanced shareholder value.” JIM FITTERLING, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Already a recognized global industry leader, the new Dow is more ambitious than ever. While its past holds historical significance among consumers, the corporation has loftier goals that reach far beyond their bottom line. Today, under its singular identity, the corporation is reinvigorated. It’s on a mission to become the world’s best by becoming the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company in the world. INCLUSION IMPORTANCE Perhaps the biggest change the company has undergone in recent years isn’t the result of its separation from DuPont but rather, it’s the way it has engrained a focus on diversity and inclusion in the workplace as a driver for growth.

By 2020, Dow intends lead in the area of inclusion: authentic, respectful and equitable. Dow’s efforts aren’t just fueled by numbers, but a powerful force for winning in the marketplace. To achieve that goal, the corporation has established seven foundational pillars: 1. Governance by institutionalizing an inclusive culture 2. Customers, deliver an unparalleled experience 3. Talent, to increase employee engagement and create an environment where all can thrive 4. People leaders, to cultivate an inclusive culture 5. Suppliers, to achieve to

benchmark performance in supplier diversity 6. Communities, to strengthen the places where employees work, live and do business 7. Reputation, by establishing leadership position and becoming recognized as a great place to work While plans are great, actions speak louder. To back its strategy for inclusion goals, the company established its first ever chief inclusion officer, Karen S. Carter. Guided by Carter are three committees made from various groups to generate top-to-bottom feedback: the President’s Inclusion Council, a Senior Leaders Inclusion Council and a Joint Inclusion Council.

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Dow believes that at the heart of every solution are its people Leadership, paired with additional employee resource groups, will all work together to create a Dow that works to celebrate the uniqueness of its employees and drive business forward with social responsibility for generations to come. SUSTAINABILITY Dow is globally recognized as an innovator of sustainable methods for product development and use – but is taking steps to show others how to

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do the same. Its third-generation of sustainability goals, launched in April 2015, is a working road map for sustainable-focused progress that will continue through 2025. Ultimately, the plan works to reduce the corporation’s footprint and achieve world-leading operations performance that delivers breakthrough product solutions to world challenges - to blueprint, leading the way for others through Dow’s thought leadership and actions.

In light of the long-term investment nature of the chemical industry and the fact that short-term annual goals couldn’t possibly address extensive system changes and issues, the organization decided that 10 years of goals was the best way to drive change throughout that global organization. Its 10-year goals are ambitious targets that stretch the imagination of its people, unleashing creativity at all levels.


At the heart of it all, Dow is passionate about advancing the well-being of humanity through science, innovation and collaboration. It understands that the companies that define the 21st century will earn the right to operate by delivering value to society. It will come to learn that the old mindset – companies must choose between doing well and doing good – is neither practical nor valid. Today, more than ever, you can do well by doing good.

So far, Dow set bold and aggressive sustainability targets, including developing breakthrough product innovations, which are positively impacting the lives of 1 billion people and delivering $1 billion in cost savings or new cash flow by valuing nature in business decisions. INNOVATION Since its genesis, innovation has been

the crux of the corporation’s success. The development of new ideas and technology has been an essential principle underpinning of Dow’s business philosophy and a pillar of the global economy. It’s a concept that is especially fundamental to the chemical industry, which has infinite potential for technological advancements that identify and solve problems facing the world.

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Trinseo was the first tenant of the Michigan Operations I-Park nine years ago, manufacturing plastics and latex for a wide variety of uses.

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rinseo materials are in products you use every day, and you probably don’t even know it. Trinseo delivers material solutions that help their customers create products that are intrinsic to how we live our lives. As a global manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, Trinseo is focused on delivering innovative and sustainable solutions that touch lives every day. Those solutions reach a wide range of end markets that include automotive, consumer electronics, paper and board, building and construction and tires. “We are passionately dedicated to helping our customers meet their most complex materials challenges– whether they are creating electronics that are thinner and lighter or cars that weigh less and use less fuel,”said Jeff Denton, senior vice president of corporate development and business services for Trineso. “Our polymers enable automakers to produce vehicles that are lighter weight and more fuel

efficient, and medical devices that are impervious to the harsh chemical cleansers used in sterilization,” he added. “Our latex binders enable manufacturers to deliver tailored solutions that enhance packaging materials and help highway infrastructure last longer. And our synthetic rubber allows tire manufacturers to make high-performance tires with low rolling resistance and improved wet grip for greater fuel efficiency.” The company has gone through significant changes in the past nine years to get where it is today – and that evolution remains ongoing. Trinseo is currently engaged in its next phase of maturity as a company as it envelops many of the services that The Dow Chemical Co. previously provided when Trinseo was divested, including purchasing, accounts payable, logistics, information technology and others. “As you can imagine, that is a big undertaking,” Denton said. “Not only have we put in a significant

amount of work to plan the program structure and independent project plans to ensure smooth transitions, but we have also welcomed and integrated many new employees into the company as we prepare to manage these activities directly.” It’s an exciting yet demanding phase full of changes with much more to come, said leadership officials. “The future is bright at Trinseo, but we couldn’t accomplish any of it without our passionate and creative people who have the attitude to deliver on that bright future,” Denton said. “Our employees have rallied together through the ups and downs, always seeking to deliver against the needs of our customers, shareholders and communities.” Understanding what drives the consumer and giving back to the community are intrinsic values for this organization. They’re not looking for recognition from the everyday consumer, but it’s nice to know Trinseo is providing solutions to make our products better.


The Midland facility of Cabot Corp. employs 25 people and occupies 40,000 square feet.

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abot Corporation is an innovative industry leader, delivering a wide range of products that provide solutions to key industries around the world while at the same time being a responsible steward of the environment. Cabot has been a good neighbor to the Midland community since the facility was constructed in 1999. Since that time, Cabot has safely and reliably manufactured hydrophilic fumed silica with a variety of innovative uses, including adhesives and sealants, chemical mechanical polishing, coatings, and printing and packaging. “As a neighbor to Dow in the Dow Michigan Operations I-Park for the past 20 years, we have been successful in creating value for each other,” said Bill Churm, Cabot’s external communications manager. “We look forward to collaborating with our new neighbors to continue to uphold high safety, health and environmental standards and drive new innovation in our region.” The 40,000-square-foot Cabot facility in Midland employs 25 people, and the new I-Park will

bring additional jobs, innovation and growth to the region. “We look forward to welcoming new neighbors that will join our commitment to upholding the highest standards in safety, health and environmental practices, while also striving to make a positive and lasting impact in our local community,” Churm said. Cabot and Dow have been partners for more than 30 years and will continue to grow that collaboration moving forward. “We greatly value our relationship with Dow as they are the global leader in silicones production,” Churm said. “Over the years we have developed a cooperative relationship as both supplier and customer to each other. As part of a highly interdependent and collaborative fence-line relationship, silicone byproducts made at Dow are used by Cabot as a building block for producing our fumed silica and, in turn, Dow uses our fumed silica in its silicone products as well as byproduct from our processes in its operations.

“By using one another’s byproducts, we are both able to better use resources and create value for one another,” she explained. “Our ability to deliver expert insight and innovative solutions enables our customers to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.” To that end, Cabot management believes the company is successful only when its technical capabilities are interwoven with an intense commitment to sustainable business practices that ensure the wellbeing of its employees, contractors, customers and the communities in which Cabot operates. “Throughout our 135-year history, our employees have embraced this challenge and demonstrated their continued efforts every day,” Churm explained. “Our manufacturing teams from around the world appreciate the responsibility of what it means to work safely, respect the communities in which we operate and work hard at protecting the environment. Our sustainability imperative spans all industries and touches our entire set of markets and customers.”


SK Saran occupies 12 acres in the I-Park and employs 39 people.

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ometimes you just know you’ve landed in the right place. At least, SK Saran didn’t look any further than Midland for its American operations. When SK Global Chemical branched out with SK Saran Americas, the Korean-based firm located its production and development facility in Midland. It is the only SK facility in the world producing Saran PVDC. The establishment of SK Saran’s facility on nearly 13 acres at the 2,600-acre Dow Michigan Operations I-Park enables the firm – an arm of SK Group, a Fortune 100 company – to maintain its current business and work toward future growth opportunities. SK Saran will continue production of Saran PVDC barrier polymer resin, which is converted to food packaging, medical and industrial applications. The 39 current employees at SK Saran will also continue product development efforts at the facility.

“SK Saran and the other I-Park tenants are focused on community safety and having a positive impact on people in Midland and the surrounding communities,” said Steve Persyn, SK Saran site leader. “The Michigan Operations Industrial Park will enable increased manufacturing capability and future job growth. More efficient operations will better equip SK Saran and other I-Park tenants to attract and retain key employees.” The products conceived and produced at SK Saran have many applications to improve the quality of life for people across the globe. Saran PVDC is a chemical resistant that creates an excellent flavor and aroma barrier to prevent flavor degradation. Among the products produced from the material are: • Shrink bags used in fresh meat packaging • Breathable cheese packaging • Containers for condiments and sauces • Dry food wrappings • Pharmaceutical packaging

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Kim Hyung-gun, president of SK Global Chemical, explained the parent company will continue to produce a diverse group of products that serve a variety of industries. “We will concentrate our efforts on securing diverse product lines and technological capabilities centering on high-value-added packaging materials and automotive materials, which are the next generation growth drivers,” Hyung-gun told Asia Today. “We have been securing sound technologies and developing new applications,” Hyung-gun added. “We will continue developing environmentally friendly, high-performing products.” SK Global Chemical has a workforce of 1,000, while SK Group employs 100,000 people across the globe.


Corteva Agriscience Michigan employs 700 people in Midland, with an additional 40 contractors.

CORTEVA AGRISCIENCE’S FOCUS IS FOOD SECURITY WORLDWIDE

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he heart of agriculture is farmers and consumers. At least, that’s how Corteva Agriscience sees it. Corteva Agriscience “grows” progress by helping reshape the agriculture industry to meet the needs of the 21st century. Believing that the future of farming depends on aligning the food value chain from beginning to end, the vision of Corteva Agriscience is to achieve a more financially secure, sustainable, innovative and responsive agricultural industry. “By 2050, the earth’s population will reach almost 10 billion people, and their appetite for quality, nutritious food will grow even quicker,” James C. Collins, chief executive officer for Corteva Agriscience, wrote in an article titled Agriculture at the Crossroads. “Yet the amount of arable land will decline by almost 10 percent as the quality of soil degrades and the forces of urbanization push ever outward. A changing climate adds further stress.” Bringing together DuPont Crop Protection, DuPont Pioneer and Dow AgroSciences, Corteva Agriscience separated from DowDuPont on June 1 to

create a company focused on safely and sustainably feeding the world, according to Carie LaFond, North American operations and site communications, external affairs, for Corteva Agriscience. “We are addressing this through our three platforms of crop protection: safely and effectively protecting crops; seeds: using our innovation pipeline; and digital farming: using technology to increase sustainable farming,” LaFond explained. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Corteva Agriscience has two global business centers in Indianapolis and Iowa as well as crop protection facilities, seed manufacturing facilities, research labs and technology centers around the globe. In the Great Lakes Bay region, Corteva Agriscience’s Midland facility is centered on the company’s crop protection platform along with a facility in the Harbor Beach area of the Thumb. Elsewhere in the state, Corteva Agriscience supports a seed manufacturing facility in Constantine as well as a research and development field station in Ithaca.

Collectively, the vast and far-flung arms of Corteva Agriscience are working in tandem with a singular mission to shape an industry that is better able to understand and react to global market demands. These demands need to effectively harness science, technology and innovation to optimize productivity; and with the know-how and resources to help chart its own long-term success in the face of challenge and change. “For me, the most fulfilling aspect about working for Corteva Agriscience is the idea of being part of creating something new, bold and game-changing for the agriculture industry and our world,” LaFond said. “I also love that every day brings something new and exciting, which I get to work on alongside the ‘best of the best’ colleagues.” According to LaFond, the future of Corteva Agriscience is clear: keep growing. “It’s what we do,” LaFond explained. “We’re solving the world’s food problems through innovation, technology and putting people first.”


Dow has six sites and its corporate headquarters is in Michigan. Approximately 5,300 of Dow’s 37,000 global emloyees are in Michigan.

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ow Chemical Co. established its first manufacturing location, Michigan Operations, in Midland, Michigan, in 1897. Since then, it’s grown into a $50 billion company and become one of the world’s largest producers and innovators of materials science – creating solutions that harbor success for a global marketplace. The Midland location is now home to approximately 5,300 Dow employees statewide. Dow lives for the opportunity to become the very best it can be in all that it does – reaching beyond its bottom line to focus on its people, its community and more. At its core its ambition is the desire to be the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable material science company in the world. With operations in 31 countries at 113 manufacturing sites, its global impact is bar none in both scale and impact.

Dow is known first and foremost as a materials science company – meaning it is responsible for the development of materials that fuel the manufacturing divisions of several industries such as coatings and performance monomers, packaging and specialty plastics, renewable and sustainable energy efficiencies, and construction chemicals for industrial solutions. Adjacent to its original Midland site is the brand’s Dow Michigan Operations I-Park, which is home to an inclusive group of manufacturing, agriculture and chemical providers in Corteva, DuPont, Trinseo, SK America and Cabot. These organizations operate independently on Dow’s 2,600-acre land site from 30 production plants and over 800 on-site buildings. Each specializes on the production of a facet that will fuel global innovation. In addition to being one of the world’s premier chemical and plastics manufacturers, the company is adamant about reducing its global footprint through

the creation of sustainable materials and efforts. The company has joined with a plethora of other globally recognized brands to do its part in putting an end to plastic waste. Thus far, there have been commitments and participation across the value chain, with companies like P&G, Veolia, PepsiCo, and some from across the petrochemical landscape including Dow, BASF, Exxon, and also some of the world’s best packagers, such as Berry Global. Everyone agrees plastic waste does not belong in our ocean, rivers or anywhere in the environment. Companies, governments, NGOs and consumers all have an important role to play helping to end plastic waste in the environment. In the years to come, Dow will continue to build upon its momentum as an organization of innovation and care, working diligently to provide resources and solutions to partners across the globe, without coming at a cost to future generations and the planet we call home.


DuPont employs more than 2,000 people in Michigan with locations in Midland, Auburn, Auburn Hills, Hemlock, Hillsdale and Troy. The company employs 1,200 Midland-area workers.

DUPONT DELIVERS SCIENCE THAT SOLVES Creating change without cutting corners

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ecognized first and foremost as a worldclass science and engineering giant, it’s hard to look past the smaller processes and decisions that are being made at DuPont to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. From nylon and Kevlar to Styrofoam and Filmtec, DuPont has worked with brands to reshape the ways we think about and use modern materials. DuPont’s dynamic portfolio includes products, materials and services that meet the ever-changing needs of diverse industries in more than 90 countries. So, what drives DuPont? For starters, the opportunity to change the world through its innovative materials; yet there’s more to it than just being at the forefront of its competitors in terms

of production. Its sustained rise in acclaim has developed a platform for the company to showcase itself as a leader in industry ethics, environmentally conscious production, health and safety research, and more – setting the tone for an expansive industry that’s burgeoning with competition. This display shows the world that you can be the best, without cutting corners. For over 200 years, researchers at DuPont have worked to produce and perfect some of the biggest, most widely used and recognized products on the market. And while the results may be utilized around the world, the ideas start right in the Great Lakes Bay region at DuPont’s home within the Dow Michigan Operations Industrial Park.

Big ideas need large teams to become reality. From a statewide perspective, DuPont employs over 2,000 people within the regions of Midland, Auburn, Auburn Hills, Hemlock, Hillsdale and Troy. Twelve-hundred of those employees reside within its Midland-area facilities. As such, DuPont is recognized as one of the region’s largest employers and a beacon of economic impact. While change and innovation are constant, one thing remains certain – DuPont is committed to proudly creating safety-first products and procedures right in the Great Lakes Bay region for years to come. DuPont has its sights set on proudly carrying the torch of progress forward on its quest to leave behind a legacy of impacts that altered lives and made the world better.


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EMPOWERING WOMEN FARMERS CLOSING THE GENDER GAP IN WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE BY MARY GAJDA

In today’s world, the picture of a farmer has evolved. Technology has changed and new methods have emerged. Traditional gender roles are becoming a thing of the past. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report on female farmers that stated farms operated by women had nearly tripled between 1978 and 2007. According to the USDA.gov census of agriculture highlights, 30 percent of farmers nationally are women and 14 percent of the nation’s 2.1 million farms had a female principal operator in 2012. However, what is the future big picture and how much have the number of female farmers really changed? A deeper look at the 2012 study may not be able to shed full light on the issue. On its website, the Natural Resources Defense Council stated, “We just don’t have any way of knowing how many women in 1978 were ‘farmers’ by today’s standards. As a result, it’s difficult to know whether the number of female farmers has actually increased, and if so, by how much.” That’s where Corteva Agriscience, the former agriculture division of DowDuPont, comes in. To further understand the current status of women farmers around the world and create a baseline from which we can measure real future growth, Corteva Agriscience commissioned a study to look at the lives and concerns of women in agriculture among 17

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countries across five regions of the world. “Only half or less of these female farmers felt happy, acknowledged, heard, were given opportunities or could make decisions,” according to the report, and “almost 40 percent believe women’s salaries are lower than men.” The industry and its focus on women will change if companies like Corteva Agriscience have their way. Supporting women in agriculture globally is high on its list of objectives for Corteva Agriscience. Among projects the company is currently working on include educating women who are interested in providing leadership in the industry. In Brazil, Corteva Agriscience is launching the Women Academy, a partnership between Corteva Agriscience, Fundação Dom Cabral and Brazilian Agribusiness. Those women participating will learn leadership and good practice skills, along with public policies in agribusiness and sustainability. Closer to home, Corteva Agriscience sponsors a number of projects to support women in agriculture, including programs like Grow by FarmHer, which educates and empowers young women with events connecting them with peers, providing inspirational speakers and meeting ag-industry leaders. Corteva Agriscience also sponsors The Dairy Girl Network, which encourages young women to help one another in continuing to move the industry forward. The company knows empowering young women in agriculture through education and awareness is key to making real sustainable change. Knowledge is power. Corteva Agriscience is working to educate young women through female farmers who can – and will – break the “grass ceiling” and close the gender gap in agriculture.


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nder the guidance of Karen S. Carter, chief human resources officer and chief inclusion officer, the Dow Corp. is placing people at the heart of all it does to create a workplace unlike any before. Recognizing shifting cultural dynamics, Dow reengineered its focus on being an innovative organization to meet the need for a socially conscious, innovative and inclusive workplace for all. The following conversation with Carter has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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How is Dow going above and beyond to create a workplace for all? We are institutionalizing inclusion into everything we do – from hiring to who has a seat at the decision-making table to the way we brainstorm. Inclusion is becoming part of the fabric of every function and business at Dow. Dow has 10 employee resource groups, or ERGs. In 2018, Dow held EMERGE, our first-ever all-ERG conference in Houston, Texas. More than 500 Dow colleagues from over 35 countries and diverse job roles attended the highly interactive three-day event, which enabled Dow leaders and colleagues to share their passion for diversity and their commitment to ensuring a strong culture of inclusion at Dow. The conference resulted in goals and action plans to drive more cross-ERG collaboration and to advance business strategy through ERG advocacy, customer engagement, supplier diversity and community impact. Through Project SEARCH, a 30-week internship program first developed at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Dow is helping young people with developmental disabilities transition to the workplace by providing skills coaching and real-life work experience in Dow labs, plants and offices. Eighty-five percent of alumni from Dow’s Project SEARCH programs – currently available in Midland and Freeport and Houston, Texas – have gone on to achieve long-term employment. Our Women’s Innovation Network – WIN – held a workshop in Midland with Catalyst’s MARC, Men Advocating Real Change, about empowering men to engage in workplace inclusion.

Diversity and inclusion have become a bigger part of social and workplace conversations in recent years – with many companies now taking firm stands for or against certain issues. How has Dow managed to act on and be a part of those conversations? Dow actively participates in discussions around inclusion and diversity through formal events such as external conferences that may include peer companies or customers. We organize inclusion forums and events worldwide – many of which include customers, representatives from academia and industry organizations. Just last year, I was part of a panel at the United Nations, where I shared the business case for inclusion and diversity and how we’re taking deliberate steps to weave inclusion and diversity into the DNA at Dow. There are many organized venues in which Dow colleagues are interacting with peers in the industry, with academics, with NGOs and others on the topic of inclusion. We are sharing what we have learned, and we are learning from others. In 2017, Dow was one of the original 175 signers of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Pledge, which has become one of the largest CEO-driven business commitments to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We have engaged on major legislation in the U.S. impacting the LGBTQ+ community. We have called for a comprehensive U.S. federal framework to ensure fairness and opportunity for everyone such as the Equality Act. We

have joined America Competes and hosted several Human Rights Campaign events at our Latin America offices. And we have participated in several movements to support LGBTQ+ and human rights in locations around the world. You were recently recognized as a 2019 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality – could you touch on Dow’s history in supporting the LGBTQ+ community and what this award means to you and the efforts being made overall for equality? We have a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and we are proud to be at the forefront of equality efforts worldwide. Dow was among the first companies to offer domestic partner benefits and is proud to play a leadership role in advancing benefits policies that support workplace equality. Being recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality is a great affirmation of the work we are doing today. GLAD, our employee resource group created for LGBTQ+ and ally team members, has been championing diversity for nearly 20 years. We have approximately 40 chapters in 30 countries around the world. And interestingly, about 90% of the members of GLAD are allies – meaning that they are not LGBTQ+, but they support the issues that impact people who are. There are about 3,400 people in GLAD – so you can see how this would create a sense of inclusion and belonging for LGBTQ+ people at Dow. Everyone has a basic human right to be who they are.

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What are some efforts that Dow supports or ways they engage with communities within the Midland and the Great Lakes Bay region specifically? We are committed to all of the communities where we do business, including the Great Lakes Bay region where we are headquartered. We support many nonprofits. Some of these include Hidden Harvest, Habitat for Humanity, West Midland Family Center, Bay County Project Connect, Underground Railroad, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Project Lead the Way. Dow also sponsors and supports athletics in the area and supporting venues – for example, the Great Lakes Loons and Dow Diamond, The Dow Event Center, Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, Dow Tennis Classic, and Saginaw Spirit. This year we will host the first Great Lakes Bay Invitational LPGA Tournament in Midland, with 144 players from more than 55 countries. We are committed to the Great Lakes Bay region and will continue to help shape the community where a large number of our colleagues live and work. What drives you and your team to ensure Dow is bar none in terms of a positive experience for employees?

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We see inclusion and diversity as a business imperative and a critical component of Dow’s continued success. In fact, there is an indisputable business case for inclusion and diversity. Research by McKinsey, Gallup and Catalyst tells us that companies with greater diversity and inclusion show an 80%performance improvement compared to companies with less diversity. Diverse companies also have 48% higher earnings and are 45% more likely to expand market share. What is it exactly that makes Dow an unmatched employment experience? Dow offers a competitive benefits package to employees, and we are proud to play a leadership role in advancing benefits policies that support workplace equality. In fact, Dow was among the first companies to offer domestic partner benefits nearly 15 years ago. And Dow continues to take a leadership position by offering best-in-class policies promoting LGBTQ inclusion in the workplace, including equal benefits for same-sex partners. And Dow is one of the very few companies that offer coverage for transgender surgery and treatment. Creating an unmatched employee experience is a strategic priority for our

company. We are actively implementing a companywide strategy, but also giving the latitude for local customization. We actively listen to colleagues – through formal means like our annual employee survey, and through more informal means like town halls. Colleagues need to feel they are heard and that their feedback leads to action. I believe that an inclusive culture must be built on a foundation of equality. Inclusion is not about special opportunity; it’s about equal opportunity – giving all people the chance to contribute and demonstrate their value. Dow released its first Inclusion report in 2018 to promote transparency and showcase progress to both employees and stakeholders. In the report you state that “without an inclusive workplace, diversity is just a numbers game.” Can you elaborate on this? It’s simple. Inclusion is about bringing out the best in our people – creating an environment where they thrive and contribute. It’s not about counting numbers. It’s about making sure people’s contributions count. Diversity is critical, but we can only reap the full benefits through an inclusive culture.


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In 2017 you took on the newly created role of chief inclusion officer and have since grown into your current role. At that time, what was recognized as the need for the position and how have things changed since? Inclusion and diversity are not new concepts at Dow; we have been working to create an inclusive culture for decades. In 2017 it became apparent to the company’s top leadership that an inclusive and diverse workplace is more of a business imperative than ever. And that is why when Dow’s top leadership created the position of chief inclusion officer in 2017, they sought a businessperson for the role. Inclusion is about business opportunity. Inclusion is about business success. We have an active, three-tiered governance structure that involves everyone from the CEO and business leaders to members of our ERGs. We are implementing our Inclusion 2020 strategy, which includes elevating the role of our employee resource groups – as a business resource for the company. We’re already seeing a significant increase in our ERG memberships, which is just one sign of an increased engagement in inclusion.

I’m very pleased that for the first time, Dow made DiversityInc’s top 50 list last year. Every day we are assessing the work we are doing. So, it’s great to receive external validation of the progress we are making and the value we are delivering to our employees and to our company. Speaking on your personal experience, what motivated you to step away from the marketing and business side and begin working on the people side of things? What have been the most rewarding and challenging moments that have come as a result? Over the course of my more than 20-year career at Dow, I have had the privilege of working in a number of different business roles. I’ve lived in Shanghai and led Dow’s Asia-Pacific team serving the construction industry. And before assuming my current role, I led the Packaging and Specialty Plastics Business in North America as the commercial vice president. As a business leader, my focus has been on helping the company prosper and thrive by becoming more innovative and capturing market share and new customers. As chief inclusion officer, I am still a business leader. I am still charged

with helping the company prosper and thrive and become more innovative. I’m still charged with helping it capture new market share and new customers because our business success is not possible without our people. One of the most rewarding moments was EMERGE, that three-day event that brought together more than 500 Dow colleagues from over 35 countries. It was not your typical meeting of business leaders. We had colleagues from every job role – from the CEO to the shop floor. It was the most diverse and passionate group I have ever experienced in my career. This business event was focused on enhancing Dow’s inclusion culture and discussed opportunities to elevate the role of employee resource groups as true business partners and change agents to advance the business strategy of our company. This was truly a moment that sparked a movement. And even though that was an extremely amazing career moment, I get the most satisfaction when a colleague says that the work we are doing in terms of inclusion and diversity has made a difference to them. And because I firmly believe that our people power our success, the most challenging moments are when progress does not feel fast enough.

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