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February 2011 Monthly Luncheon

March 2011 Monthly Luncheon
Affiliates Update
February 9th Mini-Course
March 9th Mini-Course
Community Service Event - Capitol Area Food Bank
Executive Success Teams:  Ready, Set, Go!
March Community Service Event
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 May 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 
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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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March 2011
 
President's Corner - March 2011 
 
Barrie Cogburn, President 
 

Carol Lauder

Preparing for Opportunity
 
 
“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity“.   This famous quote is often attributed to Vince Lombardi, famous coach of the Green Bay Packers. Others say it originates from the Roman philosopher Seneca. The important point is that luck doesn’t just happen. However, if we work to fine tune our skills today, then we’re better prepared when opportunities present themselves tomorrow. Membership in EWTG offers you many ways to prepare for these opportunities. Take advantage of quality training and learn how to enhance your leadership skills by serving on one of our many committees. At the same time, you’ll be developing a strong professional and personal network. And with so many EWTG opportunities each and every month, there’s something for even the busiest of schedules:
 
Monthly Professional Development Luncheons
Held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the historic Austin Women’s Club, we enjoy lunch, networking, and a presentation from a prominent leader in our community.
 
Monthly Mini-courses
Held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Carver Library, we offer professional or personal training in an informal setting. You may bring your lunch or share in our order-in pizza lunch.
 
Annual Professional Development Conference
Held on the Monday before Thanksgiving (November 21) at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort, this event is the highlight of the EWTG year. We feature a networking reception on Sunday evening, outstanding keynote speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitors, a silent auction and plenty of networking opportunities.
 
Executive Success Teams (EST)
EWTG’s mentoring program is made up of several teams who meet regularly each month in a small and supportive setting. Watch the newsletter for more on this member benefit as new groups will be forming in April. 
 
In addition, we hold several Membership Socials, Educational and Community Service Events and Scholarship opportunities throughout the year. Your involvement in these EWTG events will expose you to new ideas, offer peer support and broaden your awareness of available resources so that you’re better prepared when a challenge or opportunity comes your way. EWTG brings people and ideas together – come join us!
 
Barrie Cogburn
EWTG President
 
 
 
 
Linda Watson

CEO of Capital Metro:  A Woman on the Move

February 23, 2011
 
By Bobbe Walker
 
Linda Watson, president/chief executive officer of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, shared with us the courageous journey that has transformed her into the successful business woman she is today. 
 
In 1976, Linda was a single mom with no formal education and no direction in life. While working at University of Texas Arlington, she started taking classes and later graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Affairs.
 
Linda then went to work for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. Curiosity drove her to learn more about how the transit system worked. She did everything from driving city bus routes in to working at dispatch. She was selected to go on an international study mission, traveling to several countries and major cities learning about their transit systems. This experience exponentially broadened her horizon. She decided then that she wanted to make a difference in the field of transit. In Fort Worth, she worked her way up to assistant general manager.
 
Linda later took the position as general manager of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority. Taking over after a major scandal in the agency, she had two goals: 1) Raising the bar in the organization; and 2) Building credibility in the community. Linda ran the Authority as a business and used her political skills to build relationships. Meeting with all levels of government and with the community, she sought how the transit system could help them. This was the most important step to bring about change.
 
Later in her career, Linda assumed the position of chief executive offices of LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Linda learned that building partnerships helped her in this position, and great strides were made for the transit system through a partnership she developed with Disneyworld.
 
Linda is now using the skills she developed in her prior positions, and, after only eight months, has already successfully advanced the Austin transit system. She is determined to run the Authority as a business, to hold everyone accountable, and to make a difference in Austin's transit system.
 
  
 
 
 
Etta Moore

Developing Leaders at an Early Age

March 23, 2011

 
By Bobbe Walker
 
Etta Moore is the Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Central Texas.   Ms. Moore directs the work of 85 staff serving 46 Central Texas counties. As a single mother, she enjoys hosting students from other countries, traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Ms. Moore has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Oklahoma State University. 
 
Growing up in Oklahoma, she began her career with Girl Scouts as a volunteer. That volunteer experience soon led to her first paid position as a receptionist. Etta was promoted to a variety of jobs in Girl Scouts. She joined the staff of the Lone Star Girl Scout Council in Austin in 1989. Advancing to the position of Executive Director in 1994, her accomplishments included the successful completion of an $8 million capital campaign for the construction of a new headquarters; the purchase of Camp Texlake which included a major renovation and construction project; and the reorganization which resulted in four Girl Scout councils, serving 46 counties, being merged into one – Girl Scouts of Central Texas - serving 20,000 girls. 
 
Etta will tell you it is all about the girls and the opportunities Girl Scouting provides to them. The Council provides services for many girls who couldn’t otherwise participate, from Girl Scout troops at public housing facilities to the nationally acclaimed Girl Scouting Beyond Bars, for girls whose mothers are in prison. 
 
Of her many community awards, she is proudest of her recent feature exhibit as one of the Carver Museum and Cultural Center’s 10 “Women Who Do”, receipt of the 2005 Ring of Honor from the Mental Health Association in Texas for her work in developing a weal around Girl Scout program that serves girls whose mothers are incarcerated, the AISD H. L. Gaines Human Relations Award in 2006 for her work in providing the Girl Scout program to girls in low income and rural communities, and the Austin Community Foundation Sheffield Award for excellence as a non-profit executive.
 
Ms. Moore is a member of and served in leadership positions with the Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff; United Way Capital Area; Leadership Austin; Leadership Texas; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Trinity Episcopal School Board; Trinity Episcopal Head of School Search Committee; and Board of Directors for Partners in Education during the group’s transition from Adopt-A-School.
 
Join EWTG members for a wonderful buffet lunch with Etta Moore. 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.
 
 
 

Professional Development Opportunities
Across Texas

EWTG Affiliates Update March 2011

 
By:  Audrey Selden

Executive Women in Texas Government develops and encourages women in Texas government and higher education by offering professional development opportunities. We mentor others and offer guidance regarding executive success models. Our affiliates in Brazos Valley, Dallas, and Houston are networking in a variety of ways. 

Brazos Valley has started a talent bank to share the expertise of its membership. The Brazos Valley Affiliate met on February 23 to hear a presentation from the Executive Director of the Twin Cities Mission, a charitable organization that EWTG supported last year. Additional Brazos Valley 2011 meetings will be held the fourth Wednesday in April, June, August, October, and December. 
 
The Dallas Affiliate will staff an exhibit at the 25th Annual Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Dallas on February 28. We hope to recruit additional EWTG members. The Dallas Affiliate will host “Organizing 101” on March 10th. Continue to visit our website for updates about additional 2011 meetings.
 
The Houston Affiliate met February 11 at Pappas Seafood Restaurant to give the members an opportunity to network during lunch. Additional Houston meeting dates this year include April 11, May 12, July 8, August 8, October, 12, and a November/December date will be selected later in the year. One business meeting and one social event is planned each quarter. Veteran EWTG members are mentoring new members in navigating executive success paths. 
 
This year we plan to work with EWTG members in the San Antonio area to rekindle an Affiliate. The EWTG Bylaws allow affiliates to be established in cities outside of the Austin area. The general requirements include the need for 10 current EWTG members in each affiliate, approval from the EWTG Board of Directors, and at least two meetings conducted per year. If you are interested in helping us launch the San Antonio Affiliate, please contact us at affiliates@ewtg.org. We welcome your participation!
 
 
 

February 9th Mini-Course Recap

Peter Harrell:  Gender Communications

By: Denice Bettencourt and Laura Johannsen
 
Did you know that on an average day, women use 4,000 – 7,000 more words than men? Did you know that the games we played as children affect how we behave in the workplace? Did you know that studies show that women have more connective tissue between the right and left sides of their brains than men do?
 
On a very chilly (ok, downright cold) Wednesday afternoon, 40 EWTG members and their guests attended the February mini-course at the Carver Library. Peter Harrell engaged the group in a discussion about gender communication.  
 
One of his messages was that girls learn to play intimate games, such as jacks or hopscotch, with one or two close friends. On the other hand, boys grow up learning to be part of the herd. They play games such as cops and robbers, baseball, football, and other team sports. This teaches boys to work as a team and understand the hierarchy of a team at a very young age. Is it any wonder women and men communicate and cope differently in the workplace? Peter also explained to the group that the focus of communication is different between the two genders Women tend to focus on rapport conversation and men focus on report communication. In other words, women communicate to build relationships and men communication to talk about what happened. 
 
Peter ended his discussion with a challenge to the group. He told the group that every 30 days he creates a “gratitude list” of all the things he is thankful for during that time. He challenged EWTG members to do the same. Not only does the list inspire good feelings, it helps keep a list of everything one has accomplished over the last month. He also challenged women to stop worrying about what other people think and focus on using the knowledge he gave them to communicate better with male counterparts. 
 
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.
 
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.

 
 

March 9th Mini-Course

Can You Really Make Your Workplace Less Stressful?

By:  Denice Bettencourt

Find out the answer at the March 9 Mini-Course. Professional Organizer, Jennifer Lava, will teach you strategies for gaining control of your workspace, managing your time, and improving communication. You will walk away with specific steps that you can immediately implement to help become more productive and less stressed, including 7 Steps to Controlling Your Email Inbox, Cutting down the Piles, and Balancing Your Schedule.
 
Jennifer Lava worked for years in retail and administrative assisting positions for both the State of Texas and in the private sector. When examining her responsibilities in those positions, she realized that she was often assigned the organizing projects: the parties, the files, the storage rooms, the work schedules, the fundraisers, etc. In 2006, she started her business helping others get organized using her experience, natural skills, and compassion for their struggles. She works with creative people to develop a workspace that frees them to practice their art and allows their creativity to flow. Jennifer holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from St. Edward's University. Since 2008, she has served as the National Association of Professional Organizers Austin Chapter, Membership Director.
 
For more information, see Jennifer's website at http://www.jenniferlava.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 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?
 

 
 

 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 

 
 

 Executive Success Teams:  Ready, Set, Go!

By:  Carolyn J. Fry

Sign Up During “Spring Enrollment” for an Executive Success Team … Deadline April 29th!
 
WHAT ARE EXECUTIVE SUCCESS TEAMS?
 
Executive Success Teams are the major component of EWTG’s group mentoring program. Teams are groups of five to seven women who meet regularly to learn with and from each other in an open, relaxed, and confidential environment while developing and expanding their EWTG network. Team members commit to meeting throughout the year to support each other in personal and professional development.
 
Each group will set their own team rules for meeting, including the time, place and agenda. Meeting times can vary: lunch, after work, or weekend. Most groups meet monthly. Some teams are purely social in nature; others have mini-courses presented by team members or an outside presenter on topics of interest. Each type of group offers a fun and relaxed way to meet other EWTG members in a small and supportive setting.
 
There will be a reception for all teams, current and new, in May. Information about this event will be announced soon. This reception is an opportunity for new team members to become acquainted and seek ideas on how to get started from existing teams.
 
Does being on an Executive Success Team sound interesting? Then simply fill out a profile found on the EWTG website. Profiles must be completed by members wishing to join a team for the first time and those wishing to broaden their EWTG network by moving to a new team. Teams will be created using responses in your profile for:   1) Geographical Preference for Meeting Location; 2) Professional Development vs. Social Support Activity; and, 3) Special Interest Teams. Profiles are due Friday, April 29th.
 
Please contact the Mentorship Committee at preselect@ewtg.org if you have any questions about an Executive Success Team.

 
 

 March Community Service Event

Help Teenagers in Foster Care with Prom


By:  Audrey Selden
 
Do you remember choosing your dress for the prom? That special pair of heels? Searching through magazines for just the right “up” do? You can help to share these memories with teenagers in the foster care system. 
 
The Prom Rack distributes appropriate prom attire to youth who have been in the foster care system. Evening dresses, tuxedos, women’s and men’s shoes, jewelry, purses, accessories, and monetary donations are appreciated. Tuxedo rentals, etiquette sessions, and mentors throughout the community share their time and life experiences. The students receive attire, a gift bag, make-up consulting, a hair style certificate, and store gift certificates for incidentals. EWTG member, Gigi Edwards Bryant, spearheads this effort to assist foster children during the prom season. This is the sixth year for the Prom Rack event in Central Texas. 
 
Hundreds of dresses and prom items are needed for this special event. Volunteers are also needed to help young women and men select items on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers must be pre-screened through the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. If you are available to help on April 2, please visit www.writetome.org to complete a volunteer application. Click the “Donate and Volunteer” link, and then click the “Volunteer” link towards the bottom of the page.
 
If you wish to donate monetary donations for the event, the Community Service Committee will collect your donations at the March EWTG luncheon and mini-course events. Visit the Write to Me Foundation for volunteer registration, other drop off locations, and donation information: www.writetome.org.
 
Thank you for donating items, money, and your time to assist with this Central Texas charitable event!
 
 
 
EWTG Welcomes New and Renewing Members!

New Members
Valerie Brown, Texas Department of Insurance
Alison Gilliam, Legislative Budget Board
Aelia Khan, Texas Department of Insurance
Teresa Schoenfeld, Department of Public Safety
Crystal Thompson, Department of State Health Service
Cheryl Wright, City of College Station
 
Renewing Members 
 
Cindy Bordovsky-Stone, Texas Department of Transportation
Jennifer Buaas, Texas Department of Information Resources
Kate Canby, Texas Department of Transportation
Patricia Clark, State of Texas
Karin Darnell, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Susan K. Durso, Texas Public Finance Authority
Mary Gerdes, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Zellena Jay, TxDOT (Retired)
Mary McKeown-Moak, MGT of America
Vicki Moores, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Brigitti Perry, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Denise Pittard, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Ashley Schweickart, TX Dept. of Housing & Community Affairs
Audrey Selden, Texas Department of Insurance