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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 June 30th. 
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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June 2010
 
President's Corner - June 2010 
 
Carol Lauder, President 
 

Carol Lauder

 

Taking a look back...

 

As an organization we continually look forward by budgeting, planning, preparing and executing our mission, goals and objectives.  It also helps us to look back.  The Annual Report for 2009 has been compliled by the 2009 President, Shannon Kelley along with input from the board of directors.   To summarize, it was a fantastic year for Executive Women in Texas Government.  Sit back, relax and get ready to be amazed by all that our organization accomplished.  Please log into www.ewtg.org and go to the Annual Reports Section to view the full report.  Here are a few of the highlights.
 
We developed a new website, which featured:
  • a members only section that includes a searchable membership directory;
  • online registration for luncheons and mini-courses;
  • enhanced online conference registration; and
  • past newsletters and photos. 
     
The Executive Director Search Committee documented EWTG's organizational duties during the development of a Request for Proposals, with input from the board.   This information is the most comprehensive documentation of the organization's duties and will be the basis for future policy and procedure manuals.  
 
We hired CMP Management, a full-time association management company, to replace our part-time Executive Director position. 
 
More than 900 participants attended the conference.  There were 45 exhibitors, 39 breakout sessions and a terrific silent auction that raised more than $5,000 for the scholarship fund.  The feedback on the conference from the attendees, sponsors and exhibitors was exceptional. 
 
EWTG celebrated its 25th year of developing leaders with a networking reception the evening prior to the conference. This first-time-event was so well received that we are planning to repeat this networking opportunity again this year.
 
To thank our sponsors, the Development committee held the first EWTG Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast last year.  It was a record year of sponsor support.  We received donations in the amount of $16,500 from our sponsors, as well as generous in kind donations.  See the report for a list of our fantastic sponsors. 
 
We conducted a membership survey to obtain input on how to improve member services.  Thirty-four percent of our members provided valuable feedback, which we are using to make improvements this year and next. 
 
We awarded scholarships totaling $5,883 to ten members for professional and personal development. 
 
The Janus Balanced Fund and Janus Flexible Bond Fund earned a 24% AND 12.5% rate of return respectively for total investment earnings of $24,936. 
 
Barrie Cogburn, was nominated and chosen for EWTG's 2009 Woman of the Year.
 
Our affiliate organizations in Houston and Dallas continued to thrive with monthly meetings and social events under the direction of Carolyn Kirkwood and Heidi Negaard, respectively.
 
The Programs Committee kept members informed with cutting-edge speakers, including:  the new APD Police Chief, Art Acevedo, the new Austin Fire Chief, Rhoda Mae Kerr, Dr. Denise Trauth, President of Texas State University, and the new AISD Superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen. 
 
Please check out the full report for details on these items and so much more, including what we accomplished in the way of community service.
 
Congratulations and a big thanks to Shannon and the 2009 board, for an outstanding job.  They set the bar high for the 2010 board, so given our competitive spirit, we are on our toes.  
 
Carol Lauder
  
 
  

June 9th Mini-course
Melissa Schenker:  Getting Satisfaction with a Work/Life Coach
 
By:  Laure McLaughlin
 
Contrary to the legendary Rolling Stones anthem, “Satisfaction,” you can get what you want in your work life and get what you need, all at the same time. You can, that is, if you join EWTG for lunch on Wednesday, June 9th, for a mini-course with Melissa Schenker, a work/life coach.
 
Melissa’s goal is to help clients transform an unfulfilling or unhappy career or work situation into one that brings a sense of purpose. That does not always mean changing jobs or careers; it may just mean helping a client rediscover that sense of purpose in their present situation.
 
Melissa’s background in business and psychotherapy allows her to incorporate both to help her clients see and understand what is holding them back from achieving their goals. She has an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management and an undergraduate degree in economics from UT-Austin. She also received intensive public affairs leadership training through the CORO Foundation in New York City.
 
For more information, see Melissa’s website at http://www.worklifenow.com/home.html.
 
The mini-course begins at 11:30 AM and the program begin 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. Click here
to RSVP by Monday, June 7th, 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?
 
 
 
June 23rd Luncheon
 
Comptroller Susan Combs - A Woman of Many Firsts

By:  Laure McLaughlin

Comptroller Susan Combs will be the headline speaker at the first-ever “Bring Your Own Boss” EWTG luncheon beginning at 11:30a Wednesday, June 23rd, at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio.

Having Susan as our first “BYOB” speaker seems appropriate for this accomplished woman of many firsts. A strong fiscal conservative and fourth generation rancher in the Big Bend area, Susan was the first woman elected Texas Agriculture commissioner in 1998 after a legislative career where she sponsored and passed landmark legislation preserving private property rights. As a two-term Agriculture Commissioner, she took on the issues of rural economic development and childhood nutrition with her trademark gusto and energy.
 
Following her 2006 election as Comptroller, Susan became the state’s treasurer, check writer, tax collector and revenue estimator. Quickly, she also tackled many other duties with equal gusto: spearheading unprecedented government transparency efforts by putting state expenditures online; leading an effort to consolidate state agency data systems; promoting economic development opportunities within the state; studying the state’s energy, water and natural resources; studying the costs of obesity; and managing the state’s purchasing systems, to name only a few.
 
Please join EWTG members at this luncheon by signing up online as soon as possible as space is limited. Also, don’t forget to BYOB - Bring Your Own Boss! Ask your supervisor or boss to join you at this luncheon to introduce them to the terrific women, programs and training opportunities EWTG has to offer. Who knows, perhaps they will become more comfortable giving you more time to come to and receive training credit for EWTG programs, or even become a member themselves!
 
Ample, free parking is available on the Nueces entrance of the Woman’s Club between 7th and 8th streets. The buffet of a hot, delicious entrée, salad, vegetable, rolls, dessert, tea and coffee opens at 11:45 AM and costs only $20. The program begins at noon and concludes promptly at 1:00 PM.
 
See you — and your boss — there!
 
 
 
Affiliates Update June 2010
 
Ready, Set, Join EWTG Affiliate Luncheon Meetings
 
Our membership in the Dallas and Houston areas continue to grow.  Are you READY to meet great women in your local area?  Are you SET to learn about interesting and informative topics?  JOIN an EWTG Affiliate luncheon meeting.   
 
The EWTG Dallas May meeting included a health care reform presentation.  Dallas area members are staying abreast of new developments regarding this new federal legislation.  For detailed information about federal health reform visit www.healthreform.gov.  The June luncheon meeting topic is multiple generations in the workplace.  Nancy Northington, EWTG Dallas Affiliate Chair, encourages Dallas-area women to visit the EWTG website for more details about our activities:  www.ewtg.org.  
 
Carolyn Kirkwood, EWTG Houston Chair reported that the Houston EWTG continues to attract new and renewing members.  During the May 13 luncheon meeting, Carol Lauder, EWTG President, shared information about our 2010 goals, increased membership, additional Affiliates, and our scholarship process.  Audrey Selden, Affiliates Director, conducted a Speed Networking exercise.  The topic of the June 10 meeting is "Learn to Declutter: Organize Home and Office."  The Houston meeting location is 5425 Polk Street, Room 2E and F, from noon to 1:00 PM.  Membership applications will be available at the meeting.  New and renewing members are welcome.   
 
Additional affiliates are planned for College Station, San Antonio, and Tyler.  We will co-host meetings with the Foundation for Women's Resources, the nonprofit organization that produces Leadership Texas and Power Pipeline.  If you, a coworker, a relative, or a friend live in these areas, contact us to let us know of your interest in participating in our outreach events.  The general requirements to create a new EWTG Affiliate include having 10 members, approval from the EWTG Board, and at least two meetings conducted in 2010.  We welcome your input as we prepare to launch affiliates in the new locations Please contact us at affiliates@ewtg.org.
 
Everyone is encouraged to get READY, SET, JOIN EWTG.
 

 

 
 
EWTG Star
Karen Robinson Appointed Executive Director
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) Board announced May 20 that it had named Karen W. Robinson as Executive Director. As the head of DIR, Karen now serves as the Chief Information Officer for the state of Texas. She was appointed by Governor Rick Perry in October 2009 to lead DIR as Interim Executive Director. Following the board's decision and vote, DIR Board Chairman Charles Bacarisse said "Karen has the skill set, background, and legislative experience to do the job. She picked up the ball and carried it during the interim and is uniquely qualified to lead this agency."
 
Karen is a long-time EWTG member and volunteer. Congratulations on your appointment, Karen!
 
 

  Conference Call for Presenters Goes On-line

The 2010 EWTG Professional Development Conference Call for Presenters has gone on-line this year to make it easier for workshop presenters to submit their proposals.  In addition, having the information electronically will make managing the process easier on the Conference Program Committee which is led by Grace Nobles.
 
EWTG members are encouraged to consider presenting at the conference.  Also, be sure and forward the Call for Presenters to others you think have something to offer the attendees.
 
Proposals are due by June 15.
 
 
 
 
Conference Silent Auction Committee Reaching Out for Donations
 
The Silent Auction Committee is asking for donations.  Please reach out to those you do business with and ask for an item for the Silent Auction.  Businesses that submit items for the Silent Auction by October 1 will be mentioned in the Conference program.  Silent Auction forms may be completed on-line this year, eliminating the need for filling out paper forms.

Karin Darnell, Silent Auction Committee Chair, reminds us that the Silent Auction is not only a fun Conference activity but its proceeds provide the funding for the EWTG scholarships.  This important member benefit has made it possible for our members to attend workshops, receive undergraduate and graduate degrees, and to attend the annual Conference.  In addition, the Leadership Texas scholarships are funded by the Silent Auction.

Please help us make this year's Silent Auction successful by requesting donations or making a personal donation. To make donating easy for our members, you may bring your donations to the monthly luncheons or mini-courses.

 
 

EWTG Community Service Event!
 
In June, the EWTG Community Service Committee is supporting Austin Pets Alive! Austin Pets Alive(APA)! is a 501(c) 3 organization run almost exclusively by dedicated volunteers. Their mission is to promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals in Austin. Please consider donating any of the following items. Community Service Committee members will be collecting items at the June mini-course and luncheon. If you have items you would like to donate but cannot attend the luncheon, please contact Shannon Kelley, and she will arrange to meet you to pick up the items. APA! will also accept cash donations.
Austin Pets Alive! Wish List
Items to Support Adoption Program
  • Plastic baby pools to keep the dogs cool at adoption events
  • Plastic large and medium crates to safely transport the animals in the vans
  • EZ Up tents to shade our animals at outdoor events
  • Exercise pens – sold at Petco, Petsmart, and online
  • Bowls
  • Leashes
  • Medium & Large “Easy Walk” Harnesses
  • Collars- all sizes, especially small and extra small (kitten)
  • Bandanas to help the dogs stand out
  • Transport Vehicles – new or gently used vans or other large vehicles for transporting animals to and from offsite locations. Vans let us bring more animals to more adoption locations, directly increasing the lives we can save. Get rid of that old gas guzzler, get a tax deductible donation, and help save lives.
  • Building – 3,500–10,000 sf. Zoned CS, preferably South of the river very close to downtown
Food and Medical Supplies to Support our Foster Program
  • Nutro Brand Natural Choice dog/puppy food, snacks (canned and dry)
  • Towels, blankets, bath mats, sheets, and soft doormats
  • Nebulizers (can be bought at People’s Pharmacy)
  • KMR brand kitten milk replacement from PetSmart or Petco
  • PetAg brand kitten bottle/nipple sets from PetSmart
  • Baby wipes (without alcohol)
  • Cotton balls
  • Fleece or flannel baby blankets
  • Cleaning supplies – disinfectant wipes, bleach, paper towels, dish soap, laundry detergent
  • Digital postal scales – 5lb Pelouze DYMO digital scales from Office Max or any office supply company
  • Snuggle Safe Discs
  • Cat litter
  • Canned and dry cat food
  • Baby food (chicken or turkey)
  • Large and X Large collapsible (but with no pins) wire crates
  • Dog biscuit treats (Nutro brand)
  • Large plastic storage containers with locking lids
  • Dog toys – kongs, puzzle balls, tug ropes, etc. (especially L and XL Kongs)
  • Rawhides
  • EZ cheese, freeze-dried liver treats for training
  • Manual can openers
  • Cat toys, scratching posts, kitty grass and catnip
  • Cat and dog beds
Marketing or Office Supplies
  • Laminator
  • Notebook computers
  • Signs, banners, business cards, t-shirts, brochures, flyers
  • Color laser printer
  • Black and white laser printer
  • Toner
  • General office supplies or gift certificates to office supply stores
Items They Will Need for New Facility
  • Used desks and chairs for office areas
  • Used straight or folding chairs for lobby area
  • Telephone service- fax, reception, and hotline; estimated $250/mo.
  • Construction services to make improvements to the building to suit the needs of the animals (prevent disease, increase transport safety, enhance environment)
  • Cage banks = estimated at $5,000/ea. need 10 initially. (More will enable more animals saved)
  • Adoption cases with Plexiglas fronts = estimated $2200/ea. need 2 large spaces (state-of-the-art case with proven success of improving adoption rates by eliminating “wire bars.”)
  • Dog runs = estimated $2000/ea. (For use with high energy dogs or litters)
  • Computer system and software for tracking animals
  • Washer/dryer set, preferably industrial size to keep up with laundry
  • Other working appliances: refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave
  • Incubators for babies = estimated $450/ea. (need 10)
 
 
 
May 26th Luncheon
"Bill Spelman:  City Councilman, LBJ School Professor and Leader"
 
By:  Laure McLaughlin
 
City Councilman and LBJ Public Affairs School professor Bill Spelman began his talk at the May 26th EWTG luncheon with a question: what do the city departments of parks and recreation, watershed protection, small and minority business resources, libraries, neighborhood housing and community development, finance, law and fire have in common? The answer: women.
 
After praising former city council member and finance director Betty Dunkerley for her political and business acumen, Spelman went on to say that she helped open the door because of her obvious competence, her helpfulness and her non-threatening manner.
 
The Councilman took several questions from the audience related to animal control, animal shelters, redevelopment and opportunities for state, city and University of Texas cooperation.
 
Spelman also shared information about his wife Niyanta’s Rainforest Partnership, a non-profit she started a few years ago to promote native economic development in rainforest environments that keep the rainforests intact. He promised she would put anyone who asked on the group’s email list. The Rainforest Partnership’s website is www.rainforestpartnership.org.
 
EWTG thanks Councilman Bill Spelman and his assistant Deena Estrada-Salinas for carving time out of his schedule to address EWTG members.
 
 
 
 
May 12th Minicourse
Texas Highways with Cindy LEffingwell
 
By:  Sharon Buckley and Laure McLaughlin
 
A true expert on the off-the-beaten-pathways of Texas, Texas Highways magazine marketing manager Cindy Leffingwell treated EWTG members to the joys of discovering small, charming areas of Texas. She was joined by Louri O’Leary, tourism research manager in the Governor’s Office. The Texas Department of Transportation publishes Texas Highways magazine for and about Texans, while the Governor’s tourism efforts recruit out of state and international tourists.
 
Cindy rose to the challenge to talk about some of the least known areas of the state easily accessible for weekend getaways: Washington County in the Prairies and Lakes area, the Piney Woods in East Texas and the Texas Coast.
 
Brenham, in Washington County, has many historic sites and a good number of bed and breakfast inns. Blue Bell Creameries, the Monastery of St. Clare with it miniature horse farm and Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park are popular spots. The towns of Marshall and Jefferson in the northeastern Piney Woods offer antique shops, recreation and the mysteriously beautiful Caddo Lake State Park. Along the coast, Port Aransas, Corpus Christi and Galveston offer seriously delicious seafood, recreation, wild bird sanctuaries, the USS Lexington carrier and the Texas State Aquarium by Corpus Christi Bay.
 
Cindy encouraged all to use the TravelTex.com website for more information on travel areas and trip planning around Texas. If you would like a list of the websites Cindy used in her presentation, EWTG has posted them on our website here.
 
 
 
EWTG Welcomes New and Renewing Members!
New Members
 
Denise Benbow, Texas Board of Nursing
Carol  Nichols, Health and Human Services Commission
Kaysie Reinhardt, Department of Family and Protective Services
 
 Renewing Members
 
Shalyn Bridges, Texas Legislative Council
Melody Chatelle, Chatelle and Associates
Joanne D. Edge, City of Austin
Josefina Franco-Alvarado, Texas Department of Public Safety
Janelle Gbur, Retired TxDOT
Susan Johnson McClure, Health and Human Services Commission
Stephanie Nestlerode, Omega Point Int. Inc.
Pamela O'Conner, Retired 
Louri O'Leary, Office of the Governor
Sharon Scarborough, Texas Senate
Joanne Severn, Texas Department of Information Resources
Susan K. Steeg, Texas Department of Health
Darla Walton, Texas Department of Transportation
Rose Wheeler, Texas Department of Information Resources
Delores Williams,  Department of Information Resources
E. Carol Willis, Region XIII Education Service Center