The National Association of Black Accountants and Multicultural Business Programs introduced 16 Broad students to accounting and finance career opportunities available at the Dow Chemical Company through a site visit hosted at the corporation’s headquarters in Midland, MI.
Students received an overview of Dow’s global operations and finance leadership rotation program as well as new product innovations. Jeff Tate, Global Finance Director -Performance Plastics, talked to students about the importance of leadership in their professional and personal lives. He encouraged students to remember “You are too good not to be better and you are too good not to be great.”
“As a graduate student I still take advantage of every opportunity to learn new information and better myself both professionally and personally. The Dow Site visit provided me with an exceptional experience,” said Demetrius Scott, graduate advisor of the National Association of Black Accountants. “I especially enjoyed the presentation on leadership from Dow’s Senior Finance Director Jeff Tate. His presentation struck home and really inspired me to take my leadership capabilities to a new level”
A highlight of the day was a tour of Michigan’s second Net Zero Energy Home, which is a collaboration between Dow Chemical and Cobblestone Homes. The house is an affordable home that produces as much energy as it consumes despite Michigan’s cold climate. The house utilizes many Dow products including Dow’s POWERHOUSE solar shingle system.
Students spent the afternoon rotating through job shadows with several accounting and finance professionals in order to learn about their daily responsibilities and how the professionals support Dow’s operations.
Mwemba K. Mwemba from Dow’s Finance recruiting team, hosted the site visit and said the Dow employees found the Broad students very engaged in conversation and generated thought provoking dialogue.