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THE PICTURE: Koch Employees Start Nonprofit to Help Student Entrepreneurs

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As another school year ends, many high school and college students will transition to summer jobs. Student Startup, a nonprofit organization in Wichita, Kansas, is preparing young scholars to launch their own businesses.

Joe Woodward and Abe Rodriguez co-founded Student Startup after learning about Principled Entrepreneurship™ as employees at Koch Industries. The concept is based on practicing a philosophy of mutual benefit, creating superior value for customers and society, and being a preferred partner – principles Koch uses to achieve much of its success.

THE PICTURE: A Closer Look at How Koch Hires

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When Cara Chennault-Reid flew in for her first job interview at Koch Industries’ corporate headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, she didn’t know exactly which job she was applying for, which company it was with or even where the role was based. But she was intrigued by the company and its management philosophy.

At the time, Koch was looking for strong human resources leads, so Cara prepped for all the requisite questions and potential conversations. Then she experienced something far different from what she expected.

The Unseen Hero Protecting the 'Mona Lisa'

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Every day, thousands of tourists flock to see Leonardo da Vinci’s "Mona Lisa" inside the Louvre Museum in Paris to catch a glimpse, or take a selfie with one of the world’s most famous paintings.

Engineering a Different Kind of Work Experience

The Molex Engineering Rotational Program prioritizes helping early-career engineers find their right fit
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Josh Zaagsma was never sure about what career path he wanted to take. He worked as a science teacher, academic researcher, mechanic and electronics technician before starting a degree in mechanical engineering.

He graduated in 2021 but couldn’t settle on a specific area to pursue. Enter Molex’s Engineering Rotational Program (MERP), which allowed him to explore a variety of engineering disciplines and discover he has a passion for computer programming.

Out of the Storm: Koch Employees' Resilient Spirit Helps Hurricane-Stricken Neighbors

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At the Koch Methanol plant on the banks of the Mississippi River, Marc Hoss was keeping a wary eye on Hurricane Ida as it lashed the Caribbean last August. The Midwesterner facing his first hurricane watched as Ida unexpectedly increased to a Category 4 hurricane and shifted course barreling towards the small Louisiana town between Baton Rouge and New Orleans where the plant is located. The team immediately began to put its response plan into action.

How Koch Is Giving One Man a Second Chance at His Future

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Cars on their morning commute zoomed by as a group of people from the Winfield Correctional Facility picked up trash along the highway.

It wasn’t glamorous work for Richard McMichael, but it at least got him outside. It was a welcome change after having already spent nearly four years in prison. Every day as the group moved its way along Kansas State Highway 96, Richard would often look up at one of the only buildings he could see from the road – Koch Industries' headquarters – and watch with fascination as people arrived for the day and entered the building.

Koch Industries Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for Energy Management

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WICHITA, Kan., May 5, 2022 /3BL Media/ – Koch Industries, Inc. (“Koch”) today announced that it has earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for 2022. This is the second consecutive year Koch has earned this award, moving the company into ENERGY STAR’s Sustained Excellence category. ENERGY STAR award winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies; it is the highest honor bestowed by the EPA.

Good Energy: How an Environmental Engineer Helps Pine Bend Achieve Stewardship Goals, Again and Again

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When Anne Lee tells people she works at Flint Hill Resources’ Pine Bend refinery off Interstate 52 in Rosemount, Minnesota, they’re always curious about what it’s like on campus.

“Everyone knows it as the place off the interstate. It’s all lit up at night and it looks magical. It kind of does seem like it is its own little town,” Anne says.

Connecting the Past to the Present: Georgia-Pacific's Enduring Partnership With the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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The first thing you hear after sitting down at a replica lunch counter and putting on your headphones is just above a whisper.

“You’ll be alright,” the voice assures. “Just stay calm.”

The quiet is quickly interrupted by the hollering of an approaching mob.

Someone shouts, "Get up!" followed by a loud thump as the table and seat your sitting at begin to rumble.

The experience intensifies – you can hear a physical altercation behind you – before it abruptly stops and a calm voice comes through your headphones, bringing you back to reality.

Into the Clouds: IT Product Manager Is Inspired by a Challenge

Whether managing the transition to cloud computing or planning her next mountaineering adventure, Rajani Bhakta is inspired by shared vision – and a challenge
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With each step higher, the air became colder and thinner for Rajani Bhakta, an IT product manager with Koch company Flint Hills Resources, as she worked her way up the side of Mount Rainier in 2015.

“It was really, really difficult,” Rajani admits.

The mountain rises 14,411 feet above sea level. It’s challenging enough of a climb that many use it to train for the world’s tallest mountain: Mount Everest.

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