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The Perfect Storm

February 2011 Monthly Luncheon
Affiliates Update
February 9th Mini-Course
EWTG Buddy Program
Community Service Event - Capitol Area Food Bank
Preparing for Opportunity
Cell Phone Recycling
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 March 1st. 
2011 EWTG Board Meetings
The 2011 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 2011
 
President's Corner - February 2011 
 
Barrie Cogburn, President 
 

Carol Lauder

Call to Volunteeer
 
EWTG is recognized by many women in state government primarily because of our well-known annual professional development conference and the quality speakers at the monthly luncheons and mini-courses. But there’s so much more to our organization behind the scenes. EWTG is the product of many committed and hard-working volunteers. So my hope this month is that you will choose to join us by signing up to participate on an EWTG committee.    
 
Offering the opportunity for our members to develop their own leadership skills is one of the premier goals of EWTG. Volunteering for a committee is a great way to develop networking, budgeting, marketing, writing, and speaking skills – all while making new connections. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to work on your marketing skills. Then working with the Development Committee is for you. And don’t discount the skills you may learn in a volunteer capacity. Many EWTG members, including myself, have drawn upon the very skills we acquired by working on an EWTG committee to advance in our careers. 
 
Recently I was reading an article on the topic of social connections. The author Jaqueline Olds, mentioned something that I think ties in perfectly with the topic of volunteering, “We’ve known for a long time that people who do not feel connected to something outside themselves feel a malaise, as if there’s a hole in their lives. Any situation where people meet regularly to work together on some common cause is likely to result in deepening relationships - it’s good for the soul.” I don’t know about you, but working with old friends while making new ones, does my soul good!
 
The list of EWTG committees and volunteer opportunities is varied:
 
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.  Mercie Zapata 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. Mary Howerton chairs this committee.  To volunteer, contact her by email at pr@ewtg.org.
 
The Communications Committee is responsible for maintaining the content on our website, social networking sites and monthly EWTG newsletter.  Whether you are a seasoned journalist or just want to learn more about website layout, this committee can put you to work. Deanna DeHaven chairs this committee. To volunteer, contact her by email at communications@ewtg.org.
 
The Program Committee brings us the monthly luncheon speakers and writes articles to share the information provided at these events.  Bobbe Walker serves as the Program Committee Chair. To volunteer, contact her by email at program@ewtg.org.
 
The Mini-Course Committee plans the monthly informal luncheon speaker series held at the Carver Library. To volunteer, contact chair, Denice Bettencourt by email at mini-course@ewtg.org.
 
The Affiliates Committee works to support the current Brazos Valley, Dallas and Houston Affiliate organizations.  This year the committee is also working with women in other cities who have expressed an interest in starting an affiliate chapter. Audrey Selden has agreed to continue the great strides made in 2010 and chair the committee again this year. Contact her at affiliates@ewtg.org.
 
The Mentorship Committee manages the Executive Success Teams (ESTs). This committee publicizes the effort each spring and holds a kick off meeting for new and existing teams. This committee is chaired by our President Elect, Carolyn Fry. Carolyn also chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, which develops and tracks EWTG’s strategic planning measures.  You may volunteer for either of these committees by contacting Carolyn at preselect@ewtg.org.
 
The Membership Committee works to recruit new members and retain existing members. This committee also plans the fun membership socials. If interested, contact chair Jennifer Buaas at membership@ewtg.org.
 
The Development Committee works to find companies who are interested in sponsoring events for our organization.  The goal of this committee is to develop those interesting in supporting EWTG and for us to then provide exposure for our sponsors to our membership.  Stephanie Nestlerode chairs this committee. Please write to ewtg@ewtg.org to provide names of potential sponsors or to volunteer for this committee.
 
The Scholarship Committee reviews scholarship applications on a quarterly basis and makes award recommendations to the board.  Susan Durso, EWTG 2008 President, chairs this committee. To volunteer, please email ewtg@ewtg.org and your message will be directed to Susan.
 
The Education Committee works to plan events that inform us about interesting opportunities in our community. Debbie Mitchell chairs this committee. To volunteer for this committee, please email ewtg@ewtg.org and your message will be directed to Debbie. 
 
The Community Service Committee helps us to be more aware and participate with charitable organizations in the community.  Chairing this committee in 2011 is Paula Griffin, longtime Community Service Committee member. To volunteer for this committee, please email ewtg@ewtg.org and your message will be directed to Paula. 
 
You can also volunteer for any of these committees by completing the volunteer form on our website and emailing it to ewtg@ewtg.org.  Download the form here. 
 
Barrie Cogburn

EWTG President
 
 
 
 
The Perfect Storm
 
By Bobbe Walker
 
Our January speaker, Senator Leticia Van de Putte was unable to attend as her duties with the 82nd Texas Legislature required her presence in order to vote on important legislation taking place that day. Unfortunately our backup speaker had a last minute change of plans.   And there you have it, the perfect storm!
 
So what happened at the January luncheon? WE happened. The event quickly turned into Minute at the Mic. What is Minute at the Mic? It is an opportunity to quickly broadcast news, events or ideas to the audience. And we did! Minutes at the Mic included community services projects, informative data on the purpose of EWTG, therapy pets, and even Girl Scouts. We may have missed the scheduled speaker, but we didn't miss out on the camaraderie of women nor did we miss the opportunity to turn a lemon into lemonade. Women not only got to hear about leadership, but got to demonstrate it as well!
 
Next month's speaker, Linda Watson, is set and ready to go for our luncheon on February 23, 2011. Don't miss out on another opportunity for women to gather and experience the teamwork and support found as a part of EWTG! 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Linda Watson

CEO of Capitol Metro:  A Woman on the Move

February 23, 2011

 
By Bobbe Walker
 
Linda S. Watson is the president/chief executive officer of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas. She has more than 25 years of transportation related experience.
 
Before coming to Capital Metro, Watson was the chief executive officer of LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties covering more than 2500 square miles. She also previously served as the general manager of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority and was the assistant general manager of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.
 
Watson is the past chair of the Transportation Research Board, a past member of the American Public Transportation Association Executive Committee, a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and a past member of the Texas Transportation Institute Advisory Council. She is currently serving on the:
 
  • Board of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University
  • Board of the University of Florida, Center for Multi-Modal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation
  • Board of the Florida Public Transportation Association
  • Transit Research Analysis Committee which serves as an adviser to the Federal Transit Administration on their strategic agenda for transit research.
 
Currently Watson is one of two transit executives serving on the Board of Directors for ITS America, the leading advocate for technologies that improve the safety, security and efficiency of the nation's surface transportation system. She recently testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on "Maintaining our Nation's Highway and Transit Infrastructure.”
 
Watson is an alumnus of Leadership Texas, Leadership Fort Worth, Leadership Corpus Christi and Leadership Orlando. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Affairs and was recently honored as a “Distinguished Alumni”.
 
Join EWTG members for a wonderful buffet lunch with Linda Watson. Click here to make your reservation. The cost for EWTG members is $20 for a hot entrée, sides, bread, dessert, coffee and tea. The cost for non-members is $25. The luncheon will be held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street. Ample free parking is available behind the club on Nueces between 7th and 8th streets.
 
 
 

EWTG Affiliates Update January 2011

Resolve to Stay Involved

 


 

Go Back to School Spend More Time with Family Lose Weight
Get a Better Job Fit in Fitness Stick to a Budget
Get in Shape Tame the Bulge Reduce Debt
Make a Difference Eat Healthier Quality Time with Family and Friends
Find My Soul Mate Quit Smoking Quit Drinking
Travel More Save Money Get Out of Debt
Find a Better Job Get Organized Learn Something New
Take a Class Find Someone Special Help Others
Volunteer Clear the Clutter Focus on Important Relationships
Make Time for Me Go Somewhere Enjoy Life More

Which of these 2011 New Year’s Resolutions did you make? How many did you break? Resolve this year to stay involved in EWTG. 

 
EWTG has three active Affiliates:
  • Brazos Valley (Bryan, College Station, and the surrounding communities)
  • Dallas
  • Houston
We are all busy with the legislative session, budget concerns, work assignments, family responsibilities, and other community obligations. EWTG activities are wonderful opportunities to learn about current events, mentor others, help local charities, and have fun. Check out the Affiliates web page for upcoming meetings and events. Let your EWTG resolution be the one you kept throughout 2011. 
 
You may also want to consider joining the Affiliates Committee. Current members include Alta Alexander, Gena Minjares, Brenda Parnell, Alice Reinarz, and Audrey Selden. We meet monthly to provide support to the Affiliates and encourage new and renewing members to participate. Please send an e-mail to affiliates@ewtg.org to obtain additional information. We welcome your interest and energy!
 
 
 

February 9th Mini-Course

Peter Harrell:  Gender Communications

By: Denice Bettencourt and Laura Johannsen
 
We strive daily at home and at work to communicate effectively. Many times cultural and gender issues come into play. Sometimes we ignore the obvious. We forget that what we say may not effectively communicate what we mean. If you want to learn more about communicating between genders, join us on Wednesday, February 9 for a mini-course with Peter Harrell, Jr., President of Harrell Communications. This mini-course illuminates how we may heighten communication across culture and gender. 
 
Peter Harrell is retired from a 20-year career with the state of Texas where he excelled as an executive management trainer. He has been certified in training dispute resolution, managing group conflict, and Franklin Covey’s leadership programs. Peter has provided training and consulting for The University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Texas Association of School Boards, the City of Austin, and many other public and private entities. Peter has a BA Degree in Theatre Arts and Organizational Development from St. Edward’s University. He formed Harrell Communications in 1995 and hails from Austin, Texas.
 
For more information about Peter and the training he provides, see Peter's website at http://www.harrellcommunications.com.
 
The mini-course begins at 11:30 AM and the program begins at noon, ending promptly at 1 PM. The mini-course will be at the Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina, eight blocks east of I-35 just off East 11th Street.   EWTG will provide terrific pizza, loads of fresh green salad, dessert and drinks for $10, or you can bring your own. RSVP here 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 nice, quiet catered meal with friends and learn about something new, all while fulfilling a job requirement?

 
 

 Become an EWTG Buddy!


By Jennifer Buaas 

New members now have the opportunity to be matched with a “buddy” to help them become familiar with EWTG. Buddies are active members that are interested in welcoming new members by attending luncheons or mini-courses with new members, answering questions about the organization and introducing new members to fellow EWTG members. The Buddy Program is a great way for new and old members to get more involved in EWTG and meet new people!
 
Buddy Roles
New Members: Any member that feels new to the organization and would like to be paired with a more experienced member.
Veteran Member: A member that is familiar with EWTG, is willing to contact the new member at least three times in three months, and will try to attend at least one event with the new member.
 
Email membership@ewtg.org if you are interested in participating in the Buddy Program. We are looking for new and veteran members!

 
 

 Volunteer Night at the Capitol Area Food Bank

By Paula Griffin
 
The EWTG Community Service Committee is coordinating our first EWTG community service project for 2011: a Volunteer Night at the Capital Area Food Bank.This great organization nourishes hungry Central Texans by providing food and grocery products to more than 350 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties. If you haven’t volunteered for this activity before, the evening promises to provide you with high energy and a good time! There is a need for 30 volunteers for the evening.
 
When: Thursday, March 10, 2011
 
Where: 8201 South Congress between William Cannon Drive and Slaughter Lane
 
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Please arrive by 5:45!
 
Food Bank volunteers (our EWTG participants) will work in the Product Recovery area ensuring that donated food is sorted, cleaned and packed for delivery.
 
Please dress comfortably. Wear sneakers or work boots, long shorts or pants, and a t-shirt. Open-toed shoes are not permitted. If you are interested, please click here to register for this event online.
 
The Community Service Committee welcomes you to participate and will look forward to seeing you there!
 
Community Service Committee
Paula Griffin, Chair
Cindy Bordovshy-Stone, Member
Sara Clawson, Member
Carolyn J Fry, Member
Audrey Selden, Member 

 
 

 

Preparing for Opportunity


By Susan Durso
 
An EWTG Woman of the Year, and a good friend of mine, told me that every woman needs an up-to-date resume’, a current passport, and a black bra, so she’ll be ready to take advantage of any opportunity. With the current economic climate, it is a good time to ensure that you are prepared of opportunity’s knock. As chair of the Scholarship Committee this year, I would like to help EWTG members with the first item on the list. The Scholarship Committee offers two ways to stay on top of things personally and professionally: through working with other volunteers on the committee or through training funded by a scholarship award. Thus far, this committee has two other members--Sheri Givens, the Public Utility Counsel with the Office of Public Utility Counsel, and Katherine Holtz, PE, a Texas Construction Program Services Leader with the construction services firm of R S and H, CS.   Sheri, Katherine, and I welcome your help and input as we get to know one another and work as a team this year, reviewing applications and recommending scholarship awards to the Board. 
 
Or, the Scholarship Committee can help members take advantage of training and educational opportunities. Take a moment to evaluate your knowledge, skills and abilities. Are they up-to-date? Is there a course that would sharpen your edge in the market place? Review the Scholarship information about available awards and amounts, and the application process on EWTG’s website.   Only one scholarship per year is awarded to a member.    Deadlines for submitting applications for each quarter are March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and November 30th. The President, President-elect, Financial Officer, Treasurer, and members of the Scholarship Committee are not eligible for scholarships in the year in which they serve. 
 
Now that we’ve tackled the first item on the list, you are on your own for the other two. Excuse me...I hear a knock…

 

 
 

 

Give by Recycling Cell Phones


By Cindy Bordovsky-Stone
 
The Community Service Committee has chosen to help support the Mary Kay Foundation in their goal towards ending women's cancers and domestic abuse. Help out by donating your old cell phone. The Foundation contributes $2 for every cell phone received. From 2006 to 2009 the Mary Kay Foundation has raised $350,000. Throughout her life, Mary Kay Ash showed others how to live and how to give. And we ask that all EWTG members consider helping this worthy effort in 2011!
 
Please drop off your phone at an upcoming luncheon or mini-course.  Please feel free to contact Cindy at cbordovsky-stone@marykay.com or (512) 921-1357 for further information.
 
 
 
 

EWTG Welcomes New and Renewing Members!

New Members

Mildred Anderson
, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Mary Montgomery, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Adileen Ohanaja, Texas Department of State Health Services
Terri Peirce, Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
Shaun Barke, Health and Human Services Commission
Dana R. Jones, Luna Data Solutions Inc.

Renewing Members

Sheri Givens, Office of Public Utility Counsel