The Change Maker Next Door

Sustainable change starts with the ideas and passions of dedicated people. Hear America’s Change Makers – working with modern plastics to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges and create a more sustainable future.

Episode Featuring:

Dell, Senior TS&D Scientist, Dow

When Dell graduated college, he knew he wanted to use his education to make a difference in people’s lives. At Dow, he’s helping deliver clean drinking water across the country through the development of long-lasting and corrosion-resistant plastic piping.

Learn more about Dell.

Kait, Technical Service Representative, Covestro

Growing up on 12 acres of land in Ohio, Kait’s family taught her the importance of conserving our natural resources. Now, as a Technical Service Representative at Covestro, she’s helping customers save energy and become more sustainable by using innovative plastics.

Learn more about Kait.

Natalie, Value Business Manager, ExxonMobil

When Natalie joined ExxonMobil after graduating college, she quickly became interested in the company’s sustainability work and efforts to shape the future of plastics recycling. Now she specializes in finding used plastics to remake into new products, many of which had previously been difficult to recycle.

Learn more about Natalie.

Raul, Senior Manager, Reaction Engineering, Technology and Innovation, SABIC

Inspired by the Human Genome Project at a young age, Raul grew up wanting to solve some of society’s toughest problems. Today at SABIC, he’s developing technology that allows plastic to be reused again and again.

Learn more about Raul.

Kate, Sustainability Specialist, SABIC

When Kate was a child in Indonesia, she saw first-hand the harmful effects of unmanaged waste in the environment. Now, as a sustainability specialist for SABIC, she’s in a position to do something about it – helping some of the world’s biggest brands incorporate more recycled plastics in their products.

Learn more about Kate.

Our Hosts

Mia Quinn, Senior Director, Public Affairs at American Chemistry Council

Mia Quinn leads efforts to communicate the plastics industry’s major sustainability initiatives. She works to bring together experts to share insights in key areas of sustainability, including public policy, product design, recycling and infrastructure.

She is passionate about collaboration, clear communications and engaging audiences to learn more about and advocate for innovation and modern solutions for our communities and our country.

Mia has a degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. She grew up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and is a lifelong Denver Broncos fan. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.

Jennifer Killinger, Senior Director, Sustainability & Customer Outreach, American Chemistry Council

Jennifer Killinger has over 25 years of experience in communications, public affairs and sustainability initiatives for the plastics industry. She’s held several positions at ACC, and currently enjoys working on the America’s Plastics Makers®: Making Sustainable Change initiative, a collaborative effort of industry leaders dedicated to innovation, sustainability, and a more circular economy for plastics, which includes America’s Change Makers®. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and master’s degree from Temple University. She lives in Maryland, with her husband and daughter—both avid recyclers and Ravens fans. Jennifer had A LOT of fun joining Mia for this episode of Sustainably Speaking!