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May 2011 Monthly Luncheon Recap

June 2011 Monthly Luncheon
Membership Challenge
Affiliates Update
May 2011 Mini-Course Recap
June 2011 Mini-Course
EWTG 25th Annual Professional Development Conference
Second Quarter Scholarship Reminder
EWTG Stars!
New and Renewing 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 June 30th. 
EWTG Board Meetings
The 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.
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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 2011
 
President's Corner - June 2011 
 
Barrie Cogburn, President 
 

Barrie Cogburn

The True Value of the EWTG Experience
 
 
With all of the professional organizations that compete for your participation, how do you decide which one is the best for you? Some organizations may be geared towards a particular profession while others may focus on more charitable causes. Usually the decision comes down to deciding on which organization gives you the most value for both your time and money. Therefore, I would like to advocate for what I like to call the EWTG experience. Certainly the $50 dues for state employees and employees of higher education, the $100 dues for public/private members and the $25 dues for retirees are reasonable compared to other professional organizations. Where else can you find such a wide variety of networking and professional development opportunities for such a reasonable cost? Let's take a quick look …
 
The member cost of the monthly luncheons is $20 (non-members $25). EWTG does not make a profit on the luncheons or the Mini-courses. If a reservation is not kept and we are notified too late to revise the number of reservations, EWTG must pay for the lunch reservation. For this price, you have the opportunity to hear an engaging speaker while enjoying a lovely meal at the historic Austin Woman's Club, a convenient downtown location. I believe that you'd be hard pressed to find another professional organization luncheon that includes parking and the tip for under $20!   Also, the monthly informal training Mini-course at the Carver Library is only $10 for pizza, salad and bottled water or free if you bring your own lunch. 
 
The EWTG experience continues throughout the year by offering the following opportunities at a small cost or no cost to members: 
  • Mentoring and peer support through Executive Success Team membership,
  • Polishing your leadership skills by participating on a volunteer committee,
  • Joining other members and friends for an educational outing (upcoming Oakwood Cemetery Tour on June 11th),
  • Volunteering for a Community Service activity,
  • Connecting with other members at membership socials, and
  • The opportunity to apply for scholarships which provide financial support for formal education and training courses.  
And the benefits of membership continue. Each November, EWTG's Annual Professional Development Conference offers a discounted rate for early registration and an additional discount for EWTG members.   Our year ends with a celebratory holiday luncheon at beautiful Green Pastures. Your Board of Directors works hard to keep prices low so that as many members as possible may participate in all that EWTG has to offer and so that our members can reap the benefits of continuing education and professional development. 
 
Speaking of membership, thanks to everyone who attended our festive Cinco de Mayo Membership Social last month. It was wonderful to see long-time members networking with new members and everyone sharing information with women interested in learning more about EWTG. The May luncheon continued the focus on Membership with the Bring a Buddy, Bring a Buck theme. Thanks to Jennifer Buaas and her hard working Membership Committee for organizing these fun membership events. 
 
There is no denying that the EWTG experience offers a high return on your small investment. Talk to any of our EWTG members and they will tell you that you get much more out of EWTG than you give. The opportunity to learn from leaders in our community, attend informal training events, develop leadership skills, participate in our professional development conference and continue to learn from interesting women who care about being part of a large support group? Priceless!
 
Barrie Cogburn
EWTG President 
 
 
 
 
Ross Ramsey
Covering the News Throughout Texas
May 25, 2011
Ross Ramsey
 
By: Bobbe Walker
 
Ross Ramsey, the managing editor of The Texas Tribune and the editor for Texas Weekly, the premier newsletter on government and politics in the Lone Star State, was our May luncheon speaker. His journalistic career spans almost three decades, with a 28-month interruption when he worked for the Comptroller of Public Accounts. Ross was formerly a staff reporter at both the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald, a freelance writer for a number of regional and national publications, and a reporter and newscaster at radio stations in Denton and Dallas. He became editor of the Texas Weekly in 1998.
 
The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit news organization providing information on politics, government and civics. Ross remarked that when he first considered entering this line of work, he asked himself, "Will people really want to read about government and politics?" The answer is, “Yes!” and Mr. Ramsey spent the hour giving our members a most interesting overview of the current state of legislative affairs. Including some of the more unusual legislation this session, which he referred to as the "Petting Zoo", bills related to the regulation of puppy mills, the practice of "noodling" for catfish, the problems associated with feral hogs and the protection of certain lizard populations. 
 
Mr. Ramsey outlined the many interesting scenarios that could result if current state leaders decide to run for national office. The resulting domino effect might create vacancies that could cause a real shuffle of several statewide positions. Mr. Ramsey remarked that there must certainly be several current legislators who surely look into the mirror each morning and wonder if they might be the next Texas governor!
 
 
 
Gaylen Paulson
Associate Dean and Executive Director of Texas Executive Education Programs, UT's McCombs School of Business
June 22, 2011

Gaylen Paulson 
By: Bobbe Walker
 
Gaylen Paulson, Ph.D, has been a senior lecturer at the University of Texas since 1999 as well as an Associate Dean and the Executive Director of Texas Executive Education since July 2008.
He has done research in dispute resolution organizational behavior, and has been published in journals such as Teaching Materials for Negotiation and Decision Making and International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice.
 
Dr. Paulson has been recognized multiple times by UT for his teaching in MBA and executive MBA programs. He has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, 1998; a master’s degree from Northwestern, 1995; and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, 1992.
 
Click here to reserve your place and join EWTG members for a wonderful buffet lunch with Gaylen Paulson. 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.
 
 
 

Let the Competition Begin!

Agency Membership Drive Challenge
Kicks Off June 1st!


 

By:  Jennifer Buaas

From the words of Ivory
Madison, “Healthy competition encourages everyone involved to push themselves harder than they would have without competition, and as a result they achieve more personal or professional growth whether they won or lost.”
 
In the spirit of healthy competition, the “Agency New Member Contest” kicks off June 1st. The contest will run from June 1st to September 30th and the agency with the highest percentage increase of new members during this time will win the competition. Not only will they get to brag and boast to fellow EWTG members from other agencies, the winning agency will receive public recognition at all 2011 EWTG events as well as a reserved front table at the conference and a congratulatory letter to the agency head.
 
To keep the competitive spirit alive, the Membership Committee will provide regular updates on who is leading the challenge. Best of luck to all agencies!
   

 
 

Affiliates Are Not Puzzled;  They're Getting the Word Out About EWTG


 
By: Audrey Selden
 
Our Affiliates are not puzzled. They host great informational meetings and recruit new EWTG members and know that EWTG leadership includes taking care of all members throughout Texas. We all know that good health wellness, a live spirit, and financial strength are solid leadership characteristics. The Brazos Valley Affiliate had a May luncheon meeting that focused on wellness. The Houston Affiliate heard a Texa$aver presentation. Dallas EWTG members heard from Kimberly Cain about how we can connect with our own creativity. Her presentation titled, Move Your Sexy Spirit, was well-received at the Dallas May meeting. Ms. Cain so enjoyed working with the Dallas Affiliate that she made a scholarship donation. For additional information about Ms. Cain, visit her website at www.kimberlycain.com
 
We continue to plan for an EWTG Affiliate in San Antonio. If you live or work in the San Antonio area, contact us about participating in the planning meetings. The general requirements to create an EWTG Affiliate include having 10 members, approval from the EWTG Board, and at least two meetings conducted in 2011. We welcome your input as we prepare to visit San Antonio. Please contact us at affiliates@ewtg.org.
 
Join us at the June and July meetings in Brazos Valley, Dallas, and Houston. Please visit our Affiliates web pages for meeting dates, times, locations, and topics: www.ewtg.org. Don’t be puzzled about whether to join us. All are welcome.    
 
 
 
 

 May Mini Course Recap

Patti DeNucci

Discovering and Leveraging Your Own Brand of Fearlessness

By: Denice Bettencourt
 
Patti DeNucci, one of 40 female entrepreneurs featured in the book Fearless Women, Fearless Wisdom, shared stories from her own life and career to give us inspiration to reach beyond our current comfort zone. We are providing Patti’s PowerPoint presentation given at this mini-course so you will have the most insight information into fearlessness. Patti covered the different kinds of fears, allowed us to recognize what is fear and what is not, explained the power of fearlessness, and gave techniques to discover and leverage our own brand of fearlessness. Please click here for a link to Patti’s PowerPoint presentation.
 
Do you have ideas for interesting topics for monthly mini-courses? Do you know people who would be good speakers? Do you want to learn about arranging speakers and event planning? If so, the Mini-Course Committee needs your help. If you are interested in working with the committee, please contact Denice Bettencourt at denice.bettencourt@txdot.gov.
 
 
 
 
June 8 Mini-Course

The Daytripper with Chet Garner

By: Denice Bettencourt
 
Wanna see the world? Start in your own backyard. Chet will help us see the beauty and experiences all around Central Texas that we so often overlook and share with us ideas about how to have amazing experiences on a short time frame and on a budget.
 
Chet Garner is the creator and host of The Daytripper on PBS. After practicing law for 3 years, Chet decided it was time to follow his passions and share his genuine love for all things Texas with viewers who often don't realize the beauty in their own backyards. So, with a video camera in one hand and a plate of BBQ in the other, Chet and a small crew set out to travel Texas. What started as "The Austin Daytripper" has now grown to be a statewide travel show and was the recipient of a 2010 Lone Star Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in a Texas Heritage Program. When not traveling Texas Chet is at home with his wife and two children - although he's usually got them on the road too.
 
Tune in to THE DAYTRIPPER on your local PBS station. For details, visit www.thedaytripper.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 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?
 
 
 
 

     EWTG 25th Annual Professional Conference

Save the Date - November 21, 2011

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend EWTG’s 25th Annual Professional Development Conference on November 21, 2011 at the Hyatt, Lost Pines Hotel, Lost Pines, Texas.
 
The conference committee is working diligently to plan and host another great event that will include educational workshops, keynote speakers and opportunities for networking with other conference participants.
 
The conference format continues to include an Exhibit Hall and Silent Auction activities.
As the plans and details of the conference activities are solidified, additional announcements and newsletter articles are planned to keep you informed. In the meantime, ensure your calendar is noted for this event. You will not want to miss another terrific conference.
 
 

           Second Quarter Scholarship Reminder from the
 EWTG Scholarship Committee
 
Scholarship Applications
Second Quarter Deadline:  June 30th
 
By: Susan Durso
 
Do you need continuing education to maintain a professional license or certification? Do you have a new job duty and need to incorporate a new skill set to help you perform better? Is there a seminar you would like to take, but your agency can’t pay for it? Is your agency willing to pay the fee, but not the travel costs for you to attend a class?   Are you this close to finishing your degree but need to take a couple of classes?
 
Your professional development is EWTG’s mission. Take advantage of EWTG’s scholarship program available to members only. Affiliate members, this means you, too. Scholarship categories are: training seminars and classes (up to $500), formal education classes (up to $1000), and the Leadership Texas Program (up to $5000, if accepted). 
 
 
 
 
EWTG Stars
 
 
 EWTG congratulates Karin Darnell, SPHR, who became an HR Consultant at the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles in January.  Way to go Karin!
 

 
 
 
   

New and Renewing Members
April/May 2011

 
New Members
Christa Arocha-De Leon, Office of the Attorney General
Shalyn Bridges, Texas Legislative Council
Anna Dunn, Texas Department of Insurance
Molly Hitchcock, City of College Station
Lynnette Moore, Texas Health and Human Services
Kristen Reynolds, Texas Education Agency
Vanessa Ross, Department of State Health Services
Kara Whiddon, Department of Aging and Disability Services
 
Renewing Members
Stacy Avery, Texas Education Agency
Dr. F. Ethelynn Beebe, MHMR
Ginny Booton, Department of Motor Vehicles
Melody Chatelle, Chatelle and Associates
Liza Chen Willmore, Texas Legislative Council
Donna Clay, Texas Department of Information Resources
Jennifer Concannon, Texas Workforce Commission
Rebecca Davio, TxDPS
Christy Davis, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Debra Ditta, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Mary Cheryl Dorwart, Texas Department of Information Resources
Susan K. Durso, Texas Public Finance Authority
Joanne D. Edge, State of Texas
Lucinda Edwards, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Lesli Fitzpatrick, Texas Senate Office of Engrossing and Enrolling
Janelle Gbur, retired TxDOT
Melissa Hield 
Veronica Inchauste, University of Texas at Austin
Krista Julian, Texas Workforce Commission
Dee McIlroy, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Deborah Mitchell, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Amy L. Morgan, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Ann O’Connell, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Dokpe Ogunsanya, Dupsy Enterprises
Susan Raney, Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Wendy Sanchez, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Sharon Scarborough, Texas Senate
Julia C. Schacherl, TX Legislative Council
Gerda Sessions, Texas Department of Information Resources
Tammy Sturm, retired TxDOT
Kathleen West, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Melanie A. Williams, Texas Department of State Health Services
E. Carol Willis, Region XIII Education Service Center