Michelle Rogers

Challenges and Opportunities of Multiculturalism in the Workplace

Blog Post created by Michelle Rogers on Jul 27, 2017

By Ean Warren


Women in the Chemical Enterprise Breakfast

August 21, 2017, 7:30 am–9:00 am

Marriott Marquis Washington DC, Independence Salon E

(Ticketed Event)




For over 20 years, WCC has organized the Women in the Chemical Enterprise Breakfast, a long-lasting program designed to initiate discussion on topics relevant to women in the chemical sciences. We are delighted to have Carolyn Ribes as the speaker for the Washington, DC Breakfast. Carolyn will be talking about her experiences abroad and working in a multicultural environment. 


Carolyn is a Business Analytical Leader at the Dow Chemical Company and is currently based in the Netherlands. She earned her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University at Buffalo and has worked for Dow for 28 years. Carolyn experienced her first culture shock when she took her first industrial job with Dow Chemical near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1989. As a member of the Process Analytical Group, she developed methods and designed systems for real time analysis of process streams. She relocated to Freeport, Texas in 1997 when she started working more on global teams, ensuring that standardized analyses were installed in Dow’s plants globally. Carolyn spent one year in Argentina participating in the start up of a polyethylene plant. In 2006, she relocated to Holland, an employee-requested move that Carolyn refers to has “her mid-life crisis”. In her current role, Carolyn provides strategic analytical leadership to manufacturing plants in over 25 countries across six continents. Cross-functional interactions (Manufacturing, R&D, Maintenance, Quality, Supply Chain, Marketing, etc.) and international collaborations are key components for success in this role.   

Want to learn more about working overseas? See the article about Carolyn and her husband in C&EN: http://cen.acs.org/articles/86/i28/Tips-Overseas-Assignments.html.

Join us in Washington for what will be an enlightening discussion on multicultural issues in the workplace!