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EWTG Professional Development Conference
Creating Leaders. Delivering Value.

EWTG Silent Auction Success
November Community Service Projects
EWTG 2010 Woman of the Year
January 2011 Monthly Luncheon
New and Renewed Members
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Quarterly Scholarships
EWTG scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis to those wanting an opportunity for professional advancement or personal growth. All interested members are encouraged to apply; financial need is not a factor. Take a moment to treat yourself to a course you have been putting off or a conference you would love to attend.
 
Guidelines for qualifying for a scholarship and applications are available on the EWTG website at ewtg.org. The Scholarship Committee will accept applications for this quarter until 5:00 p.m. on December 31st. 
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Decemer 2010
 
President's Corner - December 2010 
 
Carol Lauder, President 
 

Carol Lauder

Thank You!
 
Serving as President of EWTG has been a rewarding experience for me and to top it off, it was really fun! The most rewarding part of it was working week-in, week-out with a group of amazing women serving on our board and committees. We’ve all worked very hard, and we have some terrific accomplishments to show for our efforts. In addition to the individuals and accomplishments I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, I’d like to acknowledge some others who have helped make this year such a successful one.
 
Jennifer Buaas served as the 2010 Development Chair. She and her committee obtained 20 sponsors for EWTG, which contributed a total of $16,500 to help us provide an outstanding conference for our attendees. 
 
Heather Hall served as the chair of the Community Service committee, which had eight projects this year. From collecting clothing donations for Dress for Success, giving cash, food, blankets and toys to Austin Pets Alive! to preparing over 4,000 pounds of food for the Capital Area Food Bank, we can be proud that each project our volunteers worked on helped others in need.
 
Our Program Committee, chaired by Laure McLaughlin, brought many wonderful speakers and a little star power. We got to hear from Austin’s very own Judy Maggio, Amy of Amy’s Ice Cream, Judge Elizabeth Earle and many other noteworthy leaders. The “Bring Your Own Boss,” themed luncheon with State Comptroller Susan Combs brought in a record lunch crowd of 104 attendees. We developed “Table Talk” for some of the monthly luncheons in response to the membership survey that indicated many of you wanted more time to network and collaborate. 
 
The Membership Committee events included a social at Nuevo Leon where each board member discussed their board position, a fun bowling outing and our last event was an Austin original, the Austin Duck Adventures. All events were organized by our Membership Chair, Deanna DeHaven, and her committee. 
 
The Education Committee, chaired by Carolyn Fry, took us on a tour of a historic fire station, coordinated a visit to the Texas State Cemetery, and hosted  an event where we learned about retirement, health and finances.  
 
The annual EWTG conference was amazing! Mary Cheryl Dorwart and the conference committees provided a memorable experience that began with the conference reception and lasted until the final door prize was awarded. I am anxious to read all the feedback from the conference, but every person I’ve spoken with had a wonderful experience and had glowing remarks about our keynote speakers, breakout sessions, exhibits, and silent auction. Dee McIlroy and her committee managed the Woman of the Year program and completely surprised this year’s winner, Shannon Kelley.   
 
It also bears repeating that Retha Blakely and Aimee Smith of the Bryan/College Station area formed the EWTG Brazos Valley Affiliate with expert guidance from the Affiliates Director, Audrey Selden, while Houston and Dallas continued the good work they have been doing for years. All of our affiliates now create a yearly budget and have a handbook for reference in operating their chapters.
 
Our Communications Director, Liza Chen Willmore and her committee increased our social media presence with sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, while tracking the newsletter statistics with Google Analytics. Through their statistical research, we were able to bring more of what our members requested. The updated monthly newsletter and website homepage provide quick references to our education information, archives, and calendar to help our members gain the most value from their membership.
 
Elaine Powell and the Scholarship Committee evaluated each of the scholarship applications received this year and provided the board with outstanding recommendations. Past president Shannon Kelley chaired the 2011 Board of Directors Nominations Committee, which developed a stellar board of directors for 2011. 
 
The Finance Committee, chaired by the Finance Director, Cindy Bordovsky Stone developed a sound process for bill validation and payment and obtained a Chase Visa card that gives cash back to EWTG on all purchases. 
 
I was challenged to write a monthly newsletter; I hope I met the challenge. One of my goals was to make some of the articles about thought-provoking topics.    This exercise was a little frightening and at the same time rewarding because it required me to dig deep to try and write about something others might find interesting. I enjoyed the process immensely and thank those of you who provided positive comments.
 
My goals at the beginning of the year have been realized for the most part. I continue to hope that state agencies will embrace EWTG as an avenue for employee development, and that more employees will take advantage of the tremendous benefits of membership in EWTG and the outstanding opportunities to volunteer, learn new skills, and apply for scholarships. 
 
Looking to the future, what does 2011 hold for you? Will you challenge yourself in new and exciting adventures? Will you make new goals for yourself and take steps to accomplish them? For me, I will be retiring from state service and transitioning to a new career.   I will remain active in EWTG to continue my journey of learning and to make sure I get to spend time with the many friends I have made through our organization.   I am anxious to support President Barrie Cogburn and the outstanding 2011 board of directors who will be working hard to ensure EWTG thrives in the future. Please support them by enthusiastically volunteering your time and talents, and then apply for a scholarship so EWTG can give back to you!
 
Thank you for allowing me to serve EWTG. Due to the outstanding board of directors with whom I was able to serve and the many volunteers and members who make up our organization, it has been a wonderful experience. I thank each of you and your committees. It has been an honor to serve with you.  
I am reminded of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” It is the dedication and enthusiasm exhibited by the members of this organization that has helped us to succeed in this and in past years, and will help ensure we achieve even more next year.
 
I wish each and every one of you much love and laughter this Holiday Season and beyond!  Be safe and take good care of you and yours.
 
With gratitude,
 
Carol
 
 
 
 
EWTG Professional Development Conference

Creating Leaders. Delivering Value.

 
EWTG Professional Development Conference
Creating Leaders. Delivering Value.
 
val·ue [val-yoo] noun, verb, -ued, -u·ing
 
1. relative worth, merit, or importance
2. equivalent worth or return in money, material, services, etc
3. something (as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable
 
This year’s Professional Development Conference was a resounding success. Brava to the Conference Committee, Conference volunteers and Moderators who all contributed to making the 2010 Conference a truly remarkable experience. The Networking Reception created the perfect environment to meet new people, renew acquaintances and catch up with long-time friends. The sponsor recognition provided the opportunity for EWTG to spotlight and thank those whose contributions helped make the conference such a superb event. The first-ever introduction of the Women of the Year nominees at the reception gave us a chance to recognize the accomplishments of the nominees.
 
The conference was kicked off by the thought-provoking keynote given by Merrie Spaeth. Adding to the morning’s excitement was the announcement of Shannon Kelly as the 2010 EWTG Woman of the Year. Shannon’s career accomplishments were highlighted in a video produced by the Public Relations committee. 
 
The hallways buzzed with the excitement generated by the workshops and the presenters who donated their time. EWTG members, serving as moderators, were the workshop hosts. High marks were given to the breakout sessions throughout the day. Janet Sue Rush delivered a high energy keynote on leadership in all aspects of life during the lunch session.
 
The Exhibit Hall received rave reviews for the new layout. Conference attendees visited the exhibitors, networked and bid on Silent Auction items. The Silent Auction generated friendly competition among the bidders on the diverse and sought-after items.
 
My sincere gratitude and admiration to the women who served as the 2010 Conference Committee Chairs who made the conference exceptional:
 
Joanne Severn, Exhibits Committee
Susan Durso, Evaluation Committee
Mercie Zapata, Facilities Committee
Grace Nobles, Program Committee
Melinda Eppler, Registration Committee
Deborah Arellano, Resolutions Committee
Del Randall and Karin Darnell, Silent Auction Committee
Carolyn Fry, Networking Reception Committee
 
Special thanks to Carol Lauder and Barrie Cogburn for their support and contributions to the Conference planning. 
 
  
 
 
 
EWTG Silent Auction Success!
 
The preparation and hard work all paid off as the final return for the 2010 Silent Auction is $4,321!   The proceeds from the silent auction fund the professional development scholarships available to EWTG members for various training and educational opportunities. This successful event is made possible because of the volunteers, local business sponsors, exhibitor donations and all the bidders. The Silent Auction Committee wants to thank all who took part in this endeavor.   
It is because of you that we can make educational and professional development scholarships available for women who are developing their own success.
 
The Silent Auction had a wide variety of donations with items ranging from a gorgeous Micah purse to a fun Yogi frog. The day was full of high impact and fast paced bidding and events! As the volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the day assisting the bidders, Susan Durso demonstrated the art of selling. Brenda Parnell projected her voice in the exhibit hall to countdown 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and everyone chimed in as Susan Durso counted down the seconds to the end of the 2010 Silent Auction!
 
Special thanks and great appreciation goes to the all our volunteers:
                        Amosetto Barron-Whitely
                        Betsy Ford
                        Brenda Parnell
                        Christy Davis
                        Deborah Arellano
                        Kathy Garrett
                        Lesli Fitzpatrick
Margaret Earnest
                        Mercie Zapata
                        Sheri Givens
                        Sidne Tiemann
                        Susan Biles
                        Susan Durso                
Tanya Skaarup
                        Jennifer Dormer
                        Trina Edwards
Mary Cheryl Dorwart
 
 
The evening closed with a successful event and a whole group of new friends!
 
 
 

November Community Service Projects
 

The EWTG Community Service Committee was pleased to support two outstanding organizations in November at the 2010 EWTG Professional Development Conference. 
 
Soldiers’ Angels (http://www.soldiersangels.org) is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and 
their families.
 
Founded by the mother of two American soldiers, its hundreds of thousands of Angel volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.  
 
Through special projects, dedicated teams and individuals supporting our troops, they make a visible difference in the lives of our service members and their families.
 
Members of the EWTG conference committee provided an exhibit table for the Community Service Committee to collect holiday outreach cards from conference attendees.  Conference attendees wrote inspiring and encouraging messages on each card. The committee collected almost 300 cards that have already been mailed out to deployed soldiers.
 
 
 
Texas Service and Hearing Dogs (http://www.servicedogs.org) had two tables at the conference for their non-profit organization that trains dogs to assist people with disabilities.  In-between training sessions, the canine ambassadors Juneau and Pearl charmed the conference attendees with their tricks and amazing manners.  Founder and President Sheri Soltes, accepted donations and shared with everyone the wonderful work they do. 
 
Hearing dogs are trained to alert their deaf owners by touch and lead them to everyday sounds, such as a door knock, smoke alarm or telephone.  Service Dogs assist individuals with physical disabilities by opening doors, fetching wheelchairs, retrieving dropped items, operating light switches, moving paralyzed limbs and getting help.  All Texas Service and Hearing Dogs canines are adopted from animal shelters and rescue leagues. Utilizing positive reinforcement, they train the dogs, pair them with their new partners and then train them as teams - all free of charge to the recipients. 
 
Please visit these organizations and share their links with your friends, families and colleagues as these great causes need our help year round!
 
 
 
 
EWTG Woman of the Year 2010
   
 
EWTG Congratulates Shannon Kelley who was named the 2010 EWTG Woman of the Year at our 24th Annual Professional Development Conference on November 22, 2010. The video tribute highlighted Shannon’s many accomplishments in her work, community, and EWTG.   Shannon was presented with an engraved crystal award celebrating her selection.
 
A member of EWTG for ten years, Shannon has been very involved in carrying out the work and mission of the organization. Before becoming EWTG president in 2009, her previous experience included a total of five different board positions and service on nine different EWTG committees. It was stellar preparation for leading the board. 
 
 
 
Since 2008 Shannon has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate of Travis County. CASA promotes and protects the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected, by training volunteer advocates to oversee their wellbeing.   Shannon serves as the Guardian Ad Litem to a child or siblings to represent their best interest in court and ultimately to find them a permanent and loving home. 
 
Currently employed by the Department of Information Resources, she works as a contract manager.   Shannon epitomizes the EWTG values that represent the best of who we are as women and as leaders. In everything she does, she maintains a positive outlook and great sense of humor. 
 
The 2010 Woman of the Year nominees were Shannon Kelley and Mary Castleberry.   They are both outstanding examples of leadership and service to others and EWTG is a better organization for their participation.  
 
 
 

January 26 Monthly Luncheon
Senator Leticia Van de Putte: A State and National Leader


By Laure McLaughlin
 
Senator Leticia VandePutte
 
 
She’s a wife, a mother of six, a grandmother of two, a practicing pharmacist, a nationally-recognized leader and a Texas state Senator from San Antonio since 1999 with ten years’ experience as a state representative. Webster’s dictionary has a word for this lady: “Dynamo.” Texans just call her Senator Leticia Van de Putte and she is the guest speaker at EWTG’s January 26, 2011 luncheon.
 
 
 
 
Senator Van de Putte has many other remarkable achievements. She is a past president of both the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She was the co-chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, following in the footsteps of Ann Richards and Barbara Jordan. In 2009, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials honored her with the Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service. And in 2005, the Vietnam Veterans of America named her Legislator of the Year. She has received other awards from the National Guard Association of the United States, the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, United Way of San Antonio, Texas Classroom Teachers Association, Texas Pharmacy Association, and the American Pharmacists Association and the Center for Policy Alternatives.
 
As these groups would indicate, the senator’s legislative focus is on family, children, health care, veterans and public education. The San Antonio Thomas Jefferson High School graduate received her Bachelor of Science from UT-Austin in 1979 and was a Kellogg Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1993.
 
Join EWTG members for a wonderful buffet lunch with Sen. Van de Putte by emailing ewtg@ewtg.org to reserve your place today. The buffet luncheon includes an entrée, sides, cotillion rolls, dessert, coffee, and tea. Cost for EWTG members is $20 and $25 for non-members. The luncheon will be at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street. Self-parking is available behind the club on Nueces between 7th and 8th streets.

 
 
EWTG Welcomes New and Renewing Members!
 
New Members

Loretta Brown, Texas Department of Transportation
Gigi Bryant, GMSA Management Services
Leah Burton, Health and Human Services Commission
Erin Chastain-Harris, City of College Station
Lisa Cornelius, Texas Department of State Health Services
Lori Hamilton, TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Susan Heck, Grainger
Cynthia Hooper, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Monique Kollar, Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company
Amanda Lyles, Texas Department of Agriculture
Shay McBurney, Corporate Cheerz
Tracey McCoy, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Jamie Michels, Teacher Retirement System
Phyllis Polito, DSHS
Nancy Ragland, TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality)
Perla Rossi-Racine, HHSC
M Kim Soucek, Texas Department of Transportation
Donna Stolpman, Texas Department of Transportation
Sheryl Swift, Galveston County Tax Office
Ann Tillman, TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality)
Orlanda Valka, Texas Department of Banking
Cinde Weatherby, Texas Transportation Institute
Velvet Webb, Texas Department of State Health Services
Carolyn Williams, Texas Workforce Commission  

 Renewing Members

Linda Angel, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas

Brendia Brooks, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services

Sharon Buckley, Office of the Governor

Jennifer Concannon, Texas Workforce Commission

Jennifer Dormer, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services

J. Lane Goetsch, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services

Charlotte Jones, Department of Aging and Disability Services

Annette Lara, Texas Department of State Health Services

Sherbert Mims, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services

Jane Haney Rivera, Texas Workforce Commission

Ronda Tewell, Department of Aging and Disability

Jan Washburn, Office of the Attorney General