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    Conoco Honored

    Houston oil company named one of 10 "Best Companies for Women."

    HOUSTON -- Conoco Inc. has been named one of the 10 "Best Companies for Women" by Health Magazine.

    According to the July/August 2002 issue, the top 10 list was compiled by canvassing working women and workplace experts around the country to find out what they truly value.

    Conoco was selected for its vacation policy that includes the purchase of five extra days per year, its extensive online training and career management courses and various network groups that are supportive of women in the workplace.

    One such group is the Women's Informal Network Group (WINGS), which organizes monthly meetings featuring speakers who cover women's interests from health to work/family issues.

    Also noted by Health Magazine was the availability of private rooms for nursing mothers at many Conoco's refineries.

    "Companies are realizing more and more that it's essential to understand the needs of a diverse employee population," said Tom Knudson, Conoco's senior vice president of human resources, information management and corporate communications. "By creating an environment where women can develop their careers while managing homes and families, we are retaining outstanding talent and contributing to the bottom line."

    Other companies listed in the magazines top 10 for working women included The Hartford Financial Services Group, Discovery Communications, New York Life Insurance Co. and Tom's of Maine.

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