LinkedIn, Facebooked, Twittered: Affiliate Members Network Socially
By: Audrey Selden
Can you remember a pre-computer age? A world without cell phone traffic concerns because we did not or could not text or talk while driving? Some say that the information superhighway has created information overload and the true art of communicating with one another is under attack due to technology. Others argue that it is technology that has allowed the world to become smaller – that within minutes of major events, the world is on notice to a call to action. Whether you are engaged in social networking or like networking in a social setting, the EWTG Affiliates have great opportunities available for you.
On July 28, the Dallas Affiliate hosted a meeting about Social Networking with presenter Brenna Smith. The Brazos Valley Affiliate will meet August 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the State Headquarters of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), with guest speaker TEEX Deputy Director Sue Shahan. Our Houston Affiliate will host an August networking luncheon at an area restaurant. Please visit our Affiliate web pages for more details.
If you are in the San Antonio area and interested in joining EWTG, please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be all a twitter to have you linked to us.
July 13 Mini-Course Re-cap
Leadership Texas: What's Up With the "W"?
Presented by Leadership Texas Graduates: Audrey Selden, Mary Castleberry, Heather Hall and Gena Minjares
By: Denice Bettencourt
What is Leadership Texas? It is a statewide year-long women’s leadership program divided into five three-day sessions held in five different cities throughout Texas. Sponsored by the Foundation for Women’s Resources, the program provides valuable education, training and networking opportunities to Texas women. One Leadership Texas graduate commented that not only do participants in the program improve their leadership skills and increase their knowledge about Texas and global issues but they are also informally educated by the other women attending. Cutting-edge topics are addressed with behind the scenes access. A diverse class of 100 women from across the state is selected each year. 2012 is the 30th anniversary of Leadership Texas, which has 3,000 graduates to date.
Leadership Texas graduates described their experiences as exemplary, renewing, amazing, inspiring, and fabulous. Many form life-long connections with participants.
What are the 2012 program cities and topics?
Session 1: Dallas, February 27-29, “The Future of Community”
Session 2: El Paso, April 23-25, “The Future of Security and Immigration”
Section 3: Amarillo, June 18-20, “The Future of Education”
Section 4: Houston, September 10-12, “The Future of the Economy”
Section 5: Austin, November 15-17, “The Future of Texas as a Global Leader”
Leadership Texas graduates noted the most significant topics which included environmental and health care legislation, stem cell research, women’s leadership, and cancer. The most meaningful places they visited were the women’s prison in Waco, the military base in El Paso, the women’s museum in Dallas, and the cancer center in Houston.
How do you apply?
The Leadership Texas application is on-line at www.womensresources.org/app and is due November 4, 2011. When completing the application, highlight what makes you unique, how you can bring a different perspective to the family of Leadership Texas participants, and why you want to become part of this life-long commitment. A non-refundable fee of $55, a head shot photograph, and a 150 word biography must accompany the application. Also, applicants must have three letters of recommendation submitted to the Selection Committee.
Previous Leadership Texas graduates have asked the following persons for recommendations: Chief Executive Officer, direct supervisor, former supervisor, professor, customer, EWTG President, friend, and former Leadership Texas graduate. One Leadership Texas graduate noted that it is always smart to ask your supervisor for a recommendation.
What are the expenses?
Tuition cost is $3, 7000. In addition, participants have to pay for their own travel and hotel accommodations. Tuition may be paid by participants, employers, sponsors, or scholarships. Scholarships are available through Leadership Texas and Executive Women in Texas Government. The EWTG scholarship deadline is September 30.
For more information, you can visit the website at www.womensresources.org, e-mail the Foundation of Women’s Resources at email@example.com, or call 214-421-5566. The Leadership Texas graduates are also great resources.
Listen to Audio Recording of Mini-Course:Click here if you would like to listen to the mini-course in its entirety.
EWTG August 10, 2011 Mini-Course
"Navigating in Difficult Financial Times - 82nd Legislative Session Update"
Presented by Jan Thomas and Ray Hymel
Learning to navigate in difficult financial times has become a requirement for every state agency employee. At the beginning of the legislative session, Texas was faced with a $25 billion deficit. Across-the-board pay cuts, health insurance premium increases, elimination of longevity pay, mandatory furloughs, retirement plan design changes with funding reductions and hiring freezes were a real threat to the general state government workforce. How were these prevented in this severe economic time and what is the status of your benefits and retirement plan? This legislative update will share strategies and the final outcome of one of the most challenging legislative sessions in Texas history.
Jan Thomas and Ray Hymel will provide valuable background information and insights into the legislative process and the difference that participation in professional associations can make in your career in state government. Jan is the former Director of Human Resources and Staff Development at the Texas Workforce Commission and Ray is the former Director of Governmental Affairs for the Employees Retirement System (ERS). Currently, Jan and Ray are putting their state government expertise to work on behalf of state employees and retirees at the Texas Public Employees Association (TPEA). TPEA is the oldest and largest non-partisan, non-union professional association for state employees and retirees.
This mini-course is scheduled July 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The presentation starts at noon. We look forward to visiting with you at the Carver Library located at 1161 Angelina Street. EWTG will provide terrific pizza, loads of fresh green salad, dessert and drinks for $10 (or no charge if you bring your own lunch). RSVP to insure you get both a chair and lunch.
Something worth remembering, especially in tight budget times: EWTG mini-courses and luncheons can count toward state employees’ annual training hours. Where else can you have a catered meal with friends and learn about something new, all while fulfilling a job requirement?
Making History. Creating Leaders. Embracing Challenges.
EWTG Professional Development Conference
Save the Date - November 21, 2011
By: Mary Howerton
If you haven’t already marked your calendar for November 20 – 21, then stop everything and block those days! You will not want to miss EWTG’s 25th Annual Professional Development Conference. The theme of the conference is “Making History. Creating Leaders. Embracing Challenges.” and that is exactly what the EWTG Founders envisioned when they formed EWTG 27 years ago. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Lost Pines in Bastrop, Texas again this year and the EWTG Conference Committee has a wonderful event planned.
This conference will “Make History” by marking the 25th anniversary of the annual conference. The opening keynote address will be given by Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders. Also, as Advisor to Goldman Sachs, Ms. Liswood's career has focused on globalization issues and workforce diversity. The luncheon keynoter speaker will be given by Connie K. Duckworth, founder and CEO of ARZU STUDIO HOPE. She will share her philosophy of economic empowerment through ARZU's goal of providing sustainable income to Afghan women by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave.
This conference will “Create Leaders” by providing 35 workshops for developing your skills as well as opportunities for networking with attendees and sponsors to broaden your knowledge of the issues and concerns facing women in leadership positions. You’ll also be inspired by the EWTG Woman of the Year Presentation, which honors one of our members who has demonstrated leadership skills, dedication to service and commitment to community.
When it comes to “Embracing Challenges” EWTG members are ready to tackle tough issues and problems. We all know that budgets are leaner than ever, so EWTG has opened registration early to allow you to register now and have the information you need to prepare your budget requests for the 2012 fiscal year. You can learn more about the Keynote Speakers, Workshops Sessions, Exhibitors, and Silent Auction by visiting the conference webpage. The Early Registration Discount is available so click here to register! The annual conference is an exceptional educational value and we hope to see you there.
So, have you marked your calendar?
Board of Directors Nominations
By: Carol Lauder
It is that time of year when we begin looking for those women who want to serve EWTG by membership on next year’s board. Carol Lauder is chairing the Nominating Committee for the 2012 Board. If you would like the nominations committee to consider you for a board position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nominating Committee makes every effort to achieve diversity of ethnicity, age, job titles, and agency representation when developing its slate of candidates. The corporate bylaws provide that the Nominating Committee will present a recommended slate of candidates to the Board at its October meeting. Nominations from the membership are due by October 1, 2011, and must be supported by a petition of at least 15 voting members. The list will indicate which candidates are recommended by the Nominating Committee and which candidates are recommended by petition. If no candidates are recommended by petition, the slate is elected by acclamation. If there are petition-recommended candidates, then a vote will be taken and voting instructions and eligibility information will be published in the November newsletter.
You can find a description of the board officers’ duties on our website. If you or someone you know has been active in EWTG and is ready to develop new knowledge and skills, board participation is a great way to serve the organization and a great learning opportunity.
Save the Date: Wine Down Wednesday
By: Carolyn J. Fry
Save the date August 31st … and join the Education Events Committee for Wine Down Wednesday at the ”W” to include live music, an EWTG cash bar, snack vendor and a tour of their new building! Be sure to look for an upcoming email with more details and a request for your RSVP!
EWTG Woman of the Year
Now Accepting Nominations
By: Mary Howerton
She may be your colleague, best friend, boss, acquaintance, employee, or sister. She may be single or committed, a mother, grandmother, aunt, or simply a daughter. One thing is certain: she is a fantastic lady in all aspects of life.
The Woman of the Year (WOTY) Award recognizes an individual woman who has distinguished herself in the EWTG organization, her profession, and her community. The recipient of the WOTY Award epitomizes the values for which EWTG stands and represents the best of who we are as women and as leaders.
‘Tis the season to nominate yourself or another fabulous woman for the prestigious WOTY Award. Do you or someone you know deserve recognition for the service and leadership you have provided at work, within EWTG, and to better our communities? The WOTY Award is the platform to honor those women around us who inspire us to be better.
The nomination process is time-sensitive and the effort put towards a nomination may touch someone’s life forever. To assist with the nomination process, the August EWTG Monthly Luncheon will feature a panel of past WOTY Award recipients who will discuss what the award has meant in their lives. The panel will be followed by table group discussions, also led by past WOTY recipients, on how to best go about the nomination process. For additional information about the August luncheon, please see the Monthly Luncheon article in this newsletter.
Nominations are now being accepted! Don't wait, start now:
(1) Think of that person who deserves to be recognized.
(2) Link to the nomination form can be found here.
(3) Submit your nomination by the due date, September 15, 2011.
If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Mary Howerton, EWTG Public Relations Director. Happy nominating!
The 82nd Legislative Session: Bills of Interest
By: The EWTG Legislative Issues Committee
The EWTG Legislative Issues Committee would like to provide you with a recap of some of the bills that passed during the recent 82nd Legislative Session. The most important of those bills is House Bill (HB) 1, the General Appropriations Bill.
HB 1 by Pitts, effective September 1, 2011, appropriated $172 billion or an 8.1 percent decrease from the current two-year budget. On a general revenue basis, HB 1 appropriated $80.4 billion which is a reduction of 2 percent for the biennium.
Regarding state employee and retiree compensation and benefits, the following summarizes the outcome of the 82nd Legislative session.
Other bills of interest can be found on the EWTG website.
New and Renewing Members July 2011
Alicia Adams, UT Southwestern
Cheryl Bedford, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Anna Benefiel, UT Southwestern Medcial Center
Carolyn Bradley-Guidry, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Karen Copeland, UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas
Betty Faust, Mywellbeing
Trissi Gray, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Lasheryl Harris, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Wendeline Jongenburger, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Michelle Nichols, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Minerva Regalado, Texas Water Development Board
Kametra Roberson, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Meagan Warncke, TCEQTaya Retterer, Texas Department of Transportation
Teresa Cabral, Attorney General of Texas
Mary Goehring, Lower Colorado River Authority
Valvree Kerr, State Comptrollers
Carolyn Kirkwood, DADS
Alice A. Mehringer, Texas Veterans Commission
Scarlett Spivey, RETIRED - Texas House of Representatives
Julie Warton, Commission on State Emergency Communications