- Sponsored by ConocoPhillips, “Portraits of Courage: A
Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” features the artwork of former President George W. Bush
- Sponsorship underscores ConocoPhillips’ commitment to helping veterans
- Military veterans bring valuable technical knowledge, leadership skills to ConocoPhillips
By Gus Morgan
Retired U.S. Army
Sponsored by ConocoPhillips, the exhibit features colorful likenesses of some of America’s warriors who have served since 9/11.
The portraits are on loan from the George W. Bush Presidential Center, whose Military Service Initiative helps post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life and addresses issues of veteran wellness, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
Each of the portraits painted by former President George W. Bush
“Our ‘Portraits of Courage’ sponsorship is an element of our
A workplace where veterans can thrive
Veterans are at work across ConocoPhillips, and the company’s culture creates a workplace where veterans can feel at home and leverage their military skills.
“We value the different backgrounds, ideas and skills veterans bring to ConocoPhillips,” said Heather
ConocoPhillips supports veterans through a variety of events and organizations. For instance, the company’s Patriot Employee Network (PEN) provides a forum where employees and their families can support America’s troops, wounded warriors and military families.
In addition, ConocoPhillips actively recruits veterans and has a dedicated careers website to help veterans
The positions here are
U.S. Army veteran Phil Miller, associate, Vendor Relations, who works in Bartlesville,
“Veterans are mission-oriented and are always reflecting on how they can improve their performance. This can-do mindset translates well to the business world,” Phil said.
“The positions here at ConocoPhillips are challenging and give us an opportunity to continue our determined effort to perform at the highest levels.”
U.S. Army veteran Mark Shulman, senior production engineer, is the lead chair for PEN in Alaska.
“ConocoPhillips values and rewards their employees who
Many of the technical skills veterans
“I think it’s great that ConocoPhillips is sponsoring the ‘Portraits of Courage’ exhibit,” Mark said.
They have a lot to teach us
Alex Lisowski, controller, Norway business unit, is the wife of U.S. Army veteran Ryan Lisowski.
She said military veterans have a level of maturity
“They’re able to face stressful and difficult situations with calm and ease,” she said. “They’ve also experienced leadership and teamwork that is unmatched. They have a lot to teach us
Instant connection and credibility
Sara said ConocoPhillips values her military experience. “When I started working on the North Slope, being a veteran gave me an instant connection and credibility with so many people that helped me more quickly build relationships,” she said.
“Our ‘Portraits of Courage’ sponsorship
A great fit for veterans
Mike Hazen, Wells Supervisor, is actively serving in the Alaska Air National Guard.
Mike, who served four years of active duty in the U.S. Army between high school and college, has been a member of the Army and Air National Guard ever since.
Mike, who has President Bush’s “Portraits of Courage
ConocoPhillips is proud to be a military-friendly company that recognizes the life experience, technical knowledge and leadership skills that current, transitioning or former military employees may have to share. Visit http://careers.conocophillips.com/united-states-military/ to learn about our commitment to supporting and hiring veterans.
Want to go?
WHAT: Portraits of Courage: A
WHEN: Feb. 21
WHERE: Julia Ideson Building, Exhibit Hall, 550 McKinney St., Houston, Texas, 77002
DETAILS: The exhibit, featuring the artwork of former President George W. Bush, includes 66 portraits and a four-panel mural of service members and veterans. These portraits are on loan through the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a nonprofit organization whose Military Service Initiative helps veterans and their families.
COST: Free and open to the public
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to https://houstonlibrary.org/learn-explore/exhibits/portraits-courage or call or 832‑393‑1313