Written by: Catalina Lizarralde
Today was BYCTWD (bring your child to work day.. great official abbreviation huh? ha-ha).BYCTWD has probably one of the coolest days here at The Dow Chemical. NO, it is not only because of the free cookies, ice cream, candy or food nor the relaxed atmosphere that surrounds the day, but is the opportunity of explaining to curious fresh young faces (because I am sooo old now) what their parents do and how is that important to the company . . . and the world. Gratned, to be really involved with this activity, you have to have a lot of patience, love kids and an innate ability to coordinating logistics.
The way BYCTWD works is that kids are divided into seven groups based on their ages (4-13 year olds). The Dow Chemical Company puts together 6 stations that represent some of the different departments in the Houston Business Center. I was elected the Leader of the Supply Chain team and we put together what I believe was the coolest, funniest activity for the day!(feeling a little modest today.. ha-ha)
We created what we call “A Taste of What We Do in Supply Chain” and it was a station were each child would make their own cookie going through the different stops that represent the process of Supply Chain.
I know is a super simplistic way of explaining Supply Chain, but remember most of the children were 5 or 6.. and they got it!… I can’t even tell you how many grown ups still ask me: “what is it again that you are doing in the summer?” or even “What is Logistics?”.
My point with this Blog is to show you that if you want to get involved with the company and twist up your daily activities, you have to search all the options you have and talk to different people. You even get to network with other departments or the parents of some kids that just can’t wait to introduce you to themJ.
I recommend to anyone that has this opportunity to really take the time and spend some energy in something that is not necessarily required in your role as intern, for me this was just a great day!