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Houston Hispanic Network turns 25

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Nick Olds, John Dabbar, and Jim Carlton play a game hosted by Mariana Torrealba-Prado at the Latin Food Extravaganza.

In 2017, the Houston Hispanic Network (HN) celebrated 25 years of meaningful contributions to ConocoPhillips and to the Houston community. During the past quarter century, the network provided leadership on Hispanic and diversity issues and built a platform to showcase members’ diverse backgrounds, talents and perspectives. The network also made a difference in the community, supporting Casa de Esperanza and Fundación Juventud Lider.

During October, the network hosted a series of events to celebrate its anniversary and Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration kicked off with a Cine Latino Lunch, featuring the documentary “Finding Gaston.” Participants enjoyed a traditional Peruvian meal while learning about Chef Gaston Acurio’s mission to change the world’s view of Peru’s cuisine.

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Mid-month, Richard Lunam, president, Exploration, Business Development & Other International, shared insights on business growth in Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Mexico. Lunam’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion featuring Global Operations Senior Vice President Steinar Vaage; Lower 48 Engineering & Operations Support Manager Keli Hand; New Ventures (NV) Projects (Unconventional) Manager Gustavo Gomez; NV Regional (Unconventional) Manager Douglas Moore; NV Projects (Conventional) Manager Duncan Thom; and Finance Manager Mike Mindrup. They provided insights and experiences on working in Latin countries. Network member Elicia Cicerone, staff project engineer, moderated the panel.   

To continue the celebrations, a Latin Food Extravaganza at the Energy Center 3 cafeteria featured Hispanic Network members sharing their culture through displays, music and homemade appetizers and desserts. Executive sponsor Nick Olds, vice president, Mid-Continent business unit, presented certificates of appreciation to members who have been with the Hispanic Network for 25, 15, 10 and five years.

The month of celebrations ended on Oct. 26 at Havana Houston restaurant for a volunteers appreciation night. The Hispanic Network took an opportunity to thank all the volunteers for making this year another resounding success.