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February 24 EWTG Luncheon

February 10 EWTG Mini-Course

News at CMP Management
Dallas and Houston Affiliate News
January Luncheon Recap
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First Quarter 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 March 31st. 
2010 EWTG Board Meetings
The 2010 EWTG Board holds its monthly meetings at the Carver Library in Austin on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The agenda for each meeting will be posted on EWTG's website by noon on the Monday before the meeting.
A summary of the board meeting minutes is also posted on the website.
Committee Volunteers Needed 
Please look over the Committee Descriptions on the EWTG website and consider becoming more active in the organization.
Participating on a committee is a great way to support EWTG, learn new skills and to meet other interesting executive women. As with so many things, "the more you give, the more you get."
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February 2010
President's Corner - Paying It Forward!
Carol Lauder, President 

Carol Lauder

I’d venture to guess that it takes only a glance at your calendar to be reminded that you have numerous commitments because you have volunteered to be of service to someone or something.  Your service may be in support of your church, a charitable organization, a friend, a co-worker or, most often, your family.  As women, it is what we do.  We typically do all that is asked of us and then some.  Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”

Some volunteer purely out of a sense of obligation, but for most, volunteering brings fulfillment and provides an opportunity for learning. The good news is that while we are doing for others, others are doing for us, and the cycle of support is complete.  While the board is busy raising funds for scholarships, putting together membership events, writing newsletter articles, maintaining the website, securing interesting speakers, assisting affiliate organizations, planning a conference and managing the finances, you are there to help. 

Committee volunteers make the organization what it is.  Without you, we could not have achieved the success of the last 25 years of leadership development for women.  So, once again, as is the tradition in February, I am asking you to consider volunteering to support one or more of the standing EWTG committees.  Below is a brief description of the activities of each committee.  I tip my hat to the board members and the ad –hoc committees and their volunteers for all that will be accomplished in 2010!

The Conference Committees select workshop speakers, manage the facility, organize the silent auction, solicit exhibitors, plan the reception, register attendees and summarize the attendee feedback. These committees require both committee chairs as well as members.  Mary Cheryl Dorwart is the Vice President and Conference Chair. To volunteer, contact her via email at vicepres@ewtg.org

The Public Relations Committee works with media to publicize our events, determines where EWTG should exhibit to increase exposure for the organization and organizes the Woman of the Year award. Dee McIlroy is chairing this committee.  To volunteer, contact Dee by email at pr@ewtg.org.

The Community Service Committee helps us participate with charitable organizations in the community.  Just as you help us, we as an organization want to help others.  To volunteer for this committee, please email ewtg@ewtg.org  and you will be connected with the committee chair, Heather Hall.

The Communications Committee is responsible for maintaining the content on our website and writing te monthly EWTG newsletter.  Whether you are a seasoned journalist, a novice write like me or a website guru, this committee needs your expertise.  To volunteer, please write the chair, Liza Chen Willmore at communications@ewtg.org.

The Program Committee brings us the monthly luncheon speakers, mini-course speakers and writes articles to share the information provided at these events.  To volunteer, contact the chair Laure McLaughlin via email at program@ewtg.org.

The Affiliates Committee works to support the current Houston and Dallas Affiliate organizations.  This year we are also working with women in San Antonio, Tyler and College Station who have expressed an interest in starting Affiliates in those communities.  This will be a very exciting year for this committee.  Audrey Selden is the chair and can be reached by emailing affiliates@ewtg.org.

The President Elect and EWTG Women of the Year for 2009, Barrie Cogburn, will be managing the Executive Success Teams (ESTs), our organization's mentoring program.   This committee publicizes the ESTs in the Spring and holds the kickoff meeting for new and existing teams.  The President-Elect also chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, which develops and tracks EWTG’s strategic planning measures.  You may volunteer for either of these committees by writing to Barrie at preselect@ewtg.org.

The Membership Committee works to recruit new members and retain existing members.  The chair is Deanna DeHaven.  Thank you to those of you who have already volunteered for this committee, as it is a good size committee already.  For questions or comments you may email membership@ewtg.org.

The Development Committee works to find companies who are interested in sponsoring events for our organization.  The goals of this committee is to spark interest in supporting EWTG and for us to then provide exposure for our sponsors to our 500+ members.  Jennifer Reck is chairing this committee.  Please write to ewtg@ewtg.org to provide names of potential sponsors or to volunteer to work on this committee.

The Scholarship Committee reviews scholarship applications on a quarterly basis and makes award recommendations to the board.  The chair is EWTG’s 1993 Women of the Year Elaine Powell who can be reached by emailing ewtg@ewtg.org.

You can also volunteer for any of these committees by completing the volunteer form on our website and emailing it to ewtg@ewtg.org.  You can download the form here.

As you can see, it takes many volunteers to put the pieces of this dynamic organization together. If you have a particular talent that would benefit one of these committees or if you are looking to expose yourself to a challenge in an area that interests you, consider volunteering!  I’ve heard it said and I believe, “Volunteering is good for the heart and soul.”

Carol Lauder

February 24 EWTG Luncheon
Amy Simmons, A One Woman Industry

Maybe you know her as a Westlake Hills city councilwoman. Or as a mother. Or an entrepreneur.  Or the founder of Choose Austin First, an alliance of locally owned businesses dedicated to fostering and promoting the city's unique lifestyle and sense of community. But undoubtedly, you’ve had her ice cream...Amy’s Ice Cream, that is. Yes, Amy Simmons is the founder, visionary and dynamo behind that most Austin of local stores responsible for the sweet, creamy treats.

 A native of  Ann Arbor, Michigan, Amy originally wanted to go into medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology at  Tufts   University  in  Boston . While working for Steve's Ice Cream, launching new stores in  Manhattan  and  Coconut Grove , Fla. , Amy decided to start her own company where she could focus on the quality, community, and customer service values that first lured her into the ice cream business. Finding  Texas  most hospitable, she opened Amy's Ice Creams in 1984 in  Austin .

 Amy attended the  University  of  Texas  and received her Option II MBA in 1992, where she received the Dean's Award. In 1986, Austin Business Journal voted her Entrepreneur of the Year. Based on the philosophy of "making people's day," Amy's Ice Creams has grown to 14 stores in three cities.

Through her stores, Amy inspires young people to have a lifetime of community participation. Amy's Ice Cream is well-known because of features in Inc., Southern Living, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, Fast Company, the Food Network, and many university textbooks.
Amy’s deep rooted concern for community motivated her to run for and be elected to Westlake Hills City Council Place 3 in May 2007. In addition to her businesses, Amy's personal time is also a priority. She has three children ages 14, 12 and 5; she is active in sports and education. She runs marathons and is the first female professional boxer in the state of  Texas . She is a strong supporter of non-profit and educational organizations and mentors others in small businesses.
Please join us for an entertaining and insightful program with Amy Simmons on Wednesday, February 24th at Austin Woman's Club,  708 San Antonio Street . 
Networking and lunch opens at 11:30, program starts at noon, and concludes at 1.  For information and reservations, please visit EWTG's website, email ewtg@ewtg.org, or by telephone at 512.220.4298.

February 10 Mini-Course

 “Growing Green in the Spring”

 Denise Delaney, City of Austin’s Green Garden Program

By Laure McLaughlin


If you’re like me, your yard right now is nothing but crispy, brown, desiccated vegetation.  Only the weeds seem to have survived the winter’s freezes, and they’re thriving. You don’t want to invest a lot of time, money, chemicals and water while reviving your landscape this spring, but you would like to be environmentally responsible and still have a decent flower bed.

Even though the winter rains helped, Central Texas is still in a drought, which not only means less water for all, but also a higher concentration of yucky things in the water.

Enter Denise Delaney. She is a horticulturist and the Grow Green Coordinator for the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department.  Denise helps citizens create landscapes that are well-adapted to Austin, reduce the need for pesticides, attract wildlife, conserve energy and—very important this year—conserve water.  Even more, Denise will talk about how landscaping affects the city’s water quality and overall environmental health. 

Denise has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture and over 24 years of professional experience in Central Texas. She is the former Director of Horticulture at the LadyBirdJohnsonWildflowerCenter in southwest Austin. Other experience includes working for landscape design, installation and maintenance companies, on private estates, in retail nurseries and at the University of Texas at Austin.

Join us for this exciting presentation at noon on Wednesday, February 10, at the Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina. To help you make the most of your lunchtime, EWTG will have Mangia pizza, fresh green salad, lemonade, iced tea and dessert for $10 per person, or you can bring your own lunch. Pizza will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The program begins at noon and ends by 1:00 p.m.

Please register online at www.ewtg.org or email ewtg@ewtg.org.

News at CMP Management 
There is a new face you will see around EWTG! Debbie Peterson will be our dedicated point of contact from CMP Managmenent. Debbie joined CMP Management in January and as a part of the CMP Management team, she will be working closely with EWTG. Debbie will coordinate our Monthly Luncheons and Mini-Courses as well as facilitate the day-to-day operations of EWTG. While this is a new role for Debbie, she is certainly no stranger to EWTG and state service.

Debbie has an extensive career with the State of Texas that stretches over 29 years! Her career with the state includes such roles as IT Director at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and Information Resource Manager for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). In those roles, she has led teams which made significant improvements in IT infrastructure and directed the implementation of several key application development projects.

Debbie is also an active member of EWTG. She has served on the registration committee and the facilities committee for the annual conference. Debbie is also an active member of an Executive Success Team. When asked about her new position, Debbie said “I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the team of professionals at CMP Management, and I am even more excited that one of the organizations I’ll be working with is EWTG. EWTG provides excellent opportunities for networking and provides outstanding educational opportunities for women. There isn’t a better combination than that!”

Please join us in welcoming Debbie to our team!