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Information, insights, and advice for ACS industry members
November 7, 2019
In this issue’s Boss Talk, DuPont’s Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer, Alexa Dembek, takes you inside her company’s approach to several critical issues: Leading change, fostering innovation, developing international markets while protecting IP, how the pursuit of perfection inhibits risk-taking, and much more. Be sure to read until the end to see who she places on her ‘Mt. Rushmore of Innovation.’

The issue also features ACS Career Consultant Joe Martino on how to best leverage the Ph.D. you worked so hard to obtain in an industry setting. And there’s more: A LinkedIn Learning summary on how to run more effective meetings, and in the Innovation Zone, a profile on Adriana Vela, Founder, MarketTecNexus.

John C. Katz
Executive Editor
"Change is essential to success but can provoke resistance. You helped change the culture at DuPont from a centralized R&D organization to one more focused on collaboration and innovation. What advice would you give to others leading significant change?"
Alexa Dembek
Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, Dupont
"I want to be very clear about what has changed. The culture of DuPont was always relentless innovation. That hasn’t changed. But as we looked out into the future and intentionally designed the new DuPont to meet 21st century demands, we realized..." Read More
The Four Tenets I Live By: Entrepreneur and corporate advisor Adriana Vela on the advice and work ethic that has kept her successful for more than 25 years
Adriana Vela
Founder, MarketTecNexus
Adriana Vela was 18 when she got her start as an entrepreneur—a self-made woman in the late 1970s. She knew at a young age that she wanted to be independent and have her own business, which stemmed from a core desire... Read More
"How do I make the most of my post-doc in industry?"
When you earn your Ph.D., you are exquisitely trained to identify a novel problem in your discipline of chemistry, develop a hypothesis to address the problem, run experiments and collect data to test the hypothesis in order to... Read More
Joe Martino
ACS Career Consultant
What you most need to know from an industry-connected LinkedIn Learning Course. Today's course: Leading Productive Meetings
If you ever wonder whether you’re having too many meetings, if your meetings are too long, or if they even accomplish anything, you’re not alone. Dave Crenshaw outlines a simple... Read More
Nominate for ACS Heroes of Chemistry 2020!
Nominations for the ACS Heroes of Chemistry Awards are now open! The Heroes of Chemistry Award is one of the highest honors the ACS gives to industrial chemists, recognizing teams whose work and research led to the development of successfully commercialized products greatly benefiting humankind. Celebrate your company's hard work and success in innovation...Nominate today
Dorothy Phillips Honored as Vanderbilt Trailblazer
ACS Board of Directors member Dorothy J. Phillips has been named a Vanderbilt Trailblazer by Vanderbilt University. The honor recognizes her as the first African American woman to... Read More
ProEd Course: Patent Law Fundamentals
Learn how to protect your intellectual property by learning everything you need to know about inventorship, documentation, patent applications and processes, and US patent laws. Sign up for our Patent Law Fundamentals course, available online this December, to familiarize yourself or refresh your knowledge with patent law as it relates to scientists, engineers, and managers involved in business or technology... Register for the course
Join ACS's New LinkedIn Group
Are you an entrepreneur or interested in entrepreneurship in the chemical industry? Join ACS's new Innovation Hub LinkedIn group to make important connections, get advice, and learn about the latest trends driving chemical industry innovation...Learn More
“I like to think of new DuPont as a 217-year old start up, with a rich heritage but an entrepreneurial culture.”
- Alexa Dembek, DuPont's Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer