Abstract

Why did an environmental scientist and former regulator end up at one of the largest manufactures in the world? Sheryl Corrigan, Director of Environmental, health and Safety for Koch Industries, Inc., understands that successful industrial innovation requires efficiencies that create in-demand products and services that use less resources. Large manufacturers need employees that understand the balancing act of addressing environmental needs, business growth priorities, and consumer demand. Devoted to environmental work from the beginning, Sheryl’s career included roles at 3M and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency where her passion for environmental science and safety grew and was matched by valuable leadership experience. She then brought that passion and experience to her role at Koch where she serves as the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety, driving environmental excellence initiatives across all Koch companies. By focusing on responsible operations and efficiency, Koch industries is not only making products and services we use every day, but meeting the challenge of producing more using less resources. As of 2012, there has been a 33% reduction in production related waste across Koch Companies while meeting market demands. Koch Industries has been recognized by the EPA for the third year in a row for being among the top two companies with the most pollution prevention initiatives.

During this seminar, Sheryl will discuss how a diversity of experience and approach can make you one of the most valuable people at the table and explore the interesting career paths at Koch Industries. With 120,000 employees worldwide and 70,000 strong in the U.S., Koch is integral to creating the essential products that benefit daily life most: food, shelter, clothing and transportation. By focusing on people and values, while having access to a multitude of industries and resources, employees have the opportunity to make a real impact in their careers.

Bio

Sheryl Corrigan is director of environmental, health and safety for Koch Industries, Inc., driving discovery of excellence and innovation opportunities, and providing oversight of Koch companies' environmental performance. Previously, Ms. Corrigan was senior vice president of environmental, health and safety for Flint Hills Resources, LLC; a subsidiary of Koch Industries.

Before joining Koch, Ms. Corrigan was commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, advising the governor and helping set the strategic direction for the state on environmental matters. She has also worked for 3M in a number of positions focusing on environmental, health and safety operational excellence.

Ms. Corrigan earned a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology.

Based in Wichita, Kansas, Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America with annual revenues as high as $115 billion, according to Forbes.

It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining, chemicals, grain processing and biofuels; forest and consumer products; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; process and pollution control equipment and technologies; electronic components; commodity trading; minerals; energy; ranching; glass; and investments.

Since 2003, Koch companies have invested more than $70 billion in acquisitions and other capital expenditures. With a presence in about 60 countries, Koch companies employ more than 100,000 people worldwide, with about 60,000 of those in the United States.

From January 2009 to present, Koch companies have earned more than 1,000 awards for safety, environmental excellence, community stewardship, innovation, and customer service. Familiar Koch companies' brands include STAINMASTER→ carpet, LYCRA→ fiber, Quilted Northern→ tissue, and the Dixie→ brand of cups, plates and cutlery.

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