Growing the Organization
By: Jennifer Buaas and Susan Kirkpatrick
While we would like to increase the membership, it involves more than just adding numbers to the roster. The main goal is to create more opportunities for EWTG members to learn from one another. It’s also about making the foundation as solid as it can be and ensuring that EWTG remains a resource for the women that will support our great State in the future. Growing the organization is the task of the Membership Committee and this year, the Membership Committee is excited to bring you several new membership drives.
The “Bring a Buddy or Bring a Buck” membership drive will occur at the May and September luncheons. If a member is unable to bring a “buddy”, we ask that they either bring a “buck” or a canned good. All money and canned goods collected will be donated to the Central Texas Food Bank.
In the spirit of healthy competition, the Membership Committee will run an “Agency New Member Contest” from June 1 – October 1. The agency with the highest percentage increase of new members will receive public recognition at all EWTG events as well as a reserved front table at the conference and a congratulatory letter to the agency head.
Both membership drives will be announced at upcoming EWTG events, but please spread the word and encourage your friends and colleagues to consider joining EWTG.
On your mark, get set, go find some new members!
Affiliates Developing Women Leaders:
By: Audrey Selden
Recently, I was listening to NPR during my commute to work and heard about a book titled, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girly-Girl Culture. The book explores the current trend that little girls want to be princesses – a swing back to a girly-girl culture, a preference for pink, painting, and plucking. If you called in sick to watch the royal wedding, you may be a princess wannabe. The Cinderella author expresses concern princess divas and asks what this means for our daughters’ identities and the future. It looks to be an interesting read. The concern is not so much what we are wearing when we get to the corner office as it is what we do when we get there.
Our EWTG Affiliates are sharing their leadership experiences with one another, providing a forum for community service projects, serving as buddies to new members, and creating a talent bank. We are intentional in our efforts to develop tomorrow’s professionals today.
Join us during the next Affiliate meeting. We look forward to seeing you in the Brazos Valley (Bryan/College Station, Dallas, and Houston). For specific meeting dates and times, please visit our Affiliates web pages at www.ewtg.org. Visitors and EWTG members are welcome. For more information send an email to email@example.com.
Attend the next Affiliates meeting in your area. The door prize is a copy of Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Wearing pink is optional.
April Mini Course Recap
By: Denice Bettencourt
Rebecca Brindley, a development and training specialist, discussed conflict in the workplace. Rebecca explained that conflict happens everyday. Conflict occurs when values, perspectives and opinions are contradictory. Conflict can be productive because it can help raise awareness and address problems, can motivate employees to participate, and can allow employees to learn to recognize and benefit from differences.
However, conflict can become a problem. When this happens, conflict hampers productivity, lowers morale, causes more conflicts, and causes inappropriate behaviors. Common types of conflict in the workplace are (1) insufficient or misused resources, (2) personality differences, and (3) leadership problems.
Rebecca reminded us that effective communication is the most important tool for managing conflict. She gave us these pointers:
The end results of managed conflict include strengthening relationships, building teamwork, encouraging open communication, increasing productivity, dealing with issues, and concentrating on win-win solutions in a positive and supportive environment. Conflict can be constructive if handled in the proper way.
EWTG recorded its first webinar to help our Affiliate members stay connected to Austin. The webinar can be accessed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ewtg. EWTG thanks Rebecca for her willingness to participate in the webinar!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 11 Mini-Course
Discovering and Leveraging Your Own Brand of Fearlessness
By: Denice Bettencourt
We all have fears. We are born with instincts that keep us safe, and our experiences are supposed to make us smarter and savvier. But what if some of our so-called fears, aren’t really fears at all? What if they are merely habits, worries, myths, and mindsets that serve only to create anxiety and hold us back? What if your perceived fears are preventing you from experiencing more joy in your life, success and satisfaction in your work, and reward in your relationships? Would you be willing to explore and face your fears and even let some of them go?
Patti DeNucci, one of 40 female entrepreneurs featured in the book Fearless Women, Fearless Wisdom, shares stories, secrets, and tips from her own life and career that will offer you inspiration to reach beyond your current comfort zone. Patti also helps women recognize what’s fear and what’s not, adopt a more creative, confident attitude and discover strategies women can use to attract, recognize, and seize opportunities and relationships that are right for them. These strategies can help women find greater purpose, passion, success, and satisfaction in their personal lives and careers.
Patti is an award-winning entrepreneur, communicator and consultant based in Austin, Texas and one of 40 entrepreneurs across North America featured in Mary Halpin's book Fearless Women, Fearless Wisdom. Patti has owned her own business since 1989 and currently owns and manages DeNucci & Co., a referral and consulting firm that connects companies and organizations to the seasoned freelancers, consultants, and other experts they need to handle their projects and challenges. A respected expert on networking and business relationships, Patti's new book The Intentional Networker: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals & Results in Business will launch this summer. Patti speaks regularly on the topics of networking, business relationships, and fearlessness and has been featured in numerous local and national media. Prior to starting her own company in 1989, Patti was an advertising and public relations executive.
For more information, please visit Patti’s websites: www.denucciandcompany.com, www.pattidenucci.com and http://twitter.com/pattidenucci.
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.
Education Event: Tour of Oakwood Cemetery
By: Shawana Ellison
The Education Events Committee has organized a tour of Oakwood Cemetery for EWTG members, family and guests. Oakwood Cemetery, originally called City Cemetery, is the oldest city-owned cemetery in Austin, Texas. Situated on a hill just east of I-35 that overlooks downtown Austin, just north of the Swedish Hill Historic District and south of Disch-Falk Field, the once-isolated site is now in the center of the city. The cemetery dates from the mid-1850s. It may have begun even earlier, as legend states that its first tenants were victims of a Comanche attack whose bodies were laid to rest on the same hill.
The cemetery was renamed Oakwood in 1907 per city ordinance. It spreads over 40 acres (160,000 m2), including an annex across Comal Street to the east, and includes sections historically dedicated to the city's black, Latino, and Jewish populations. Paupers were historically buried in unmarked graves on the cemetery's south side. Graves without permanent markers were subject to reburial after a given period of time.
The cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985; its annex was added on October 30, 2003. Despite its protected status, the cemetery has been subject to crime, vandalism and decay for decades (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakwood_Cemetery_(Austin,_Texas), Wikipedia, 2011).
Who: EWTG members, family members and guests
What: One Hour Tour of Oakwood Cemetery
When: June 11, 2011, 9:45am – for donuts and water
Tour begins at 10:30am – bring extra water
Where: 1601 Navasota Street, Austin, TX 78702
Parking: Side streets of the cemetery
The Education Events Committee will provide donuts and bottled water before the tour. We also encourage you to bring additional water as we know it will be hot! You may want to bring an umbrella as well. There is adequate parking available on the side streets of the cemetery. We ask that you arrive by 9:45am so that we can be ready to begin the tour at 10:30 a.m. and so that you have an opportunity to network with other EWTG members. We hope that you, your family members and guests will join us!
The Education Events Committee will see you there and be sure to look for a forthcoming email reminder so you can RSVP!
Education Events Committee Members:
Debbie Mitchell, Chair
Jane Haney Rivera
Mark the Date.....May 23rd
2011 Executive Success Teams Kick Off Reception!
By: Carolyn Fry
There has been an amazing response to participation on Executive Success Teams (EST), our group mentoring program, and our “2011 Kick-Off EST Reception” is now on the calendar! It will be a great time for all new and current Executive Success Team members to get together to meet their new team members and brainstorm future meeting topics, times and locations.
Our kick-off reception will be held May 23rd, at Nuevo Leon, 1501 East 6th Street, with networking to begin at 5:30pm and our program to begin at 6:00pm. Current members and new members please look for a forthcoming email in May requesting your RSVP for the reception.
Executive Success Teams are the major component of the Executive Women in Texas Government’s group mentoring program. Teams consist of 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.
Thank You for a Successful and Generous
Community Service Event in April 2011!
By: Audrey Selden
EWTG Helped Teenagers with Prom
Thank you for your generous donations to the Prom Rack. EWTG members donated dresses, purses, shoes, gift bag items, and more. You participated in the stuffing party and helped 68 young women and 17 young men make their prom attire selections at the Four Seasons Hotel on April 2. A special thank you to EWTG member Cindy Bordovsky-Stone for sharing her make-up advice with the young women. Please recall that the Prom Rack collects items all year long. For additional information, please contact EWTG member Gigi Bryant at the Write to Me Foundation: www.writetome.org.
Your donations and time were greatly appreciated!