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April 2011 Monthly Luncheon Recap

May 2011 Monthly Luncheon
Cinco de Mayo Social
Growing the Organization
Affiliates Update
April 2011 Mini-Course Recap
May 2011 Mini-Course
EWTG Education Event - Tour of Oakwood Cemetery
Executive Success Team Kick-Off
Prom Rack Community Service Update
Quick Links
 
 
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 
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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May 2011
 
President's Corner - May 2011 
 
Barrie Cogburn, President 
 

Carol Lauder

Surviving Change
 
 
As the legislative session draws to a close (pending special sessions of course!), many of us are wondering what changes will be taking place at our agencies over the next few years. The budgetary concerns that were such a priority this session have taken their toll and state government is faced with the absolute reality that changes are on the way.
 
This bleak forecast is enough to give any self-respecting state employee the blues. An uncertain future can be distressing and worrisome. However, if we know that change is on the horizon, isn’t it smart to be well prepared? With that thought in mind, I was examining my very own self-help bookshelf recently and came across the Price Pritchett and Ron Pound book, "The Stress of Organizational Change". I remember reading this short but straightforward book several years ago when my own agency was undergoing a management restructure. As I reread the book, I recognized that the information is just as timely today as it was then. The authors point out the fact that sooner or later, change is going to impact you. However, they recommend that instead of behaving in ways that actually create additional stress, we should get better at adapting to change. "If we can't change the situation, we can at least make big changes in the way we handle it." Sounds so easy, right?
 
One way to ease stress in times of change is to simply take better care of ourselves. Certainly each of us does have total control over this one aspect of our lives. However as women, we tend to take care of ourselves only after everyone else has already been taken care of - so there's rarely enough time left for our own needs. Perhaps now is the right time to put yourself a little higher on your list of important people. One way to increase your "me" time is to attend an EWTG event this month. Taking one hour a month to attend a networking luncheon, mini-course, membership social or perhaps the kickoff event for the Executive Success Teams offers you the opportunity to meet all kinds of interesting new contacts. Do you enjoy spending time with thoughtful, outgoing and motivated women? Women who enjoy working together towards common goals? Women who support each other and empower others to do the same? Spending quality time with these women helps to remind me that there's so much more to life than what's happening in my own corner of the world. Can you see where I'm going here?  When I think about all of the wonderful activities that are available to our membership, I just know that taking time to be part of EWTG is good for me. Come join us!
 
Barrie Cogburn
EWTG President 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Barbara Mink

Austin Community College: A Valuable and Growing Resource in Central Texas

April 27, 2011
 
By: Bobbe Walker
 
The April luncheon featured Dr. Barbara Mink who is the current Chair of the Board of Directors at Austin Community College. During her introduction, she said she asks herself these questions:
 
- Who am I?
- What defines me?
- What do I want to do next?
 
Using many visual aids, Dr. Mink showed us what was important in her life, what anchors her: family, profession, home, travel. Everyone plays many roles in their lives, making many daily decisions, and being culturally aware of those around us. She spoke of the principle of putting the large things on our calendars first before the days are filled up.
 
One of the many areas Ms. Mink has pursued is one to help the social equity by helping build a strong middle class through education. In a six-year, non-paid, elected position at Austin Community College (ACC), she devotes her energy in a very necessary organization in our city. There are eight campuses and over 45,000 students. Two new campuses will be built in Elgin and the Kyle/Buda area. ACC owns 80% of Highland Mall and is making decisions on how best to use the property.
 
Barbara Mink offered each person to take one of the rocks, to ask what defines each of us. From there it is a matter of asking these questions:
  • What do you need to do, to try?
  • What defines you?
  • Where do you want to make a contribution?
  • Where will you push yourself next?
 
 
 
Ross Ramsey

Covering the News Throughout Texas

May 25, 2011

 
By: Bobbe Walker
 
Ross Ramsey is managing editor of The Texas Tribune and continues as editor of Texas Weekly, the premier newsletter on government and politics in the Lone Star State, a role he's had since September 1998. Texas Weekly was a print-only journal when he took the reins in 1998; he switched it to a subscription-based, internet-only journal by the end of 2004 without a significant loss in subscribers.
 
As Texas Weekly's primary writer for 11 years, he turned out roughly 2 million words in more than 500 editions, added an online library of resources and documents and items of interest to insiders, and a daily news clipping service that links to stories from papers across Texas.
 
Before joining Texas Weekly in September 1998, Ramsey was associate deputy comptroller for policy with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, also working as the agency's director of communications. Prior to that 28-month stint in government, Ramsey spent 17 years in journalism, reporting for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as the paper's Austin bureau chief.
 
Prior to that, as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, he wrote for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ramsey got his start in journalism in broadcasting, working for almost seven years covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.
 
Click here to reserve your place and join EWTG members for a wonderful buffet lunch with Ross Ramsey. 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.

Featuring the Bring a Buddy or Bring a Buck Membership Drive!
 
The “Bring a Buddy or Bring a Buck” membership drive will occur at the May and September luncheons. If you are unable to bring a “buddy”, we ask that you either bring a “buck” or a canned good. All money and canned goods collected will be donated to the Central Texas Food Bank.
 
 
 

Cinco de Mayo Social
May 5, 2011

 
By:  Jennifer Buaas

 

Hold onto your sombreros we're throwing a !!!!!


Please join us on May 5th as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo in EWTG style.

 

Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Location:  Nuevo Leon (East 6th Street) – back room of restaurant

 

In a casual and fun environment, come learn what EWTG is all about and how you can get more involved in the organization through programs, events, and committees. Don’t forget to bring a guest so you can enjoy several added incentives if they become an EWTG member at the event.

 

Member/Prospective Member Incentives include:

  • If your guest joins at the event, you will receive a $5 voucher towards a monthly luncheon
  • If your guest joins at the event, your name will be entered in a drawing for a free monthly luncheon
  • If your guest joins at the event, they will receive a $10 discount on their membership dues

EWTG will provide appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.  A cash bar will also be available.      
                                    

 
 
 

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:
Cinderellas and Princesses Welcome!


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.
  • If women now make up more than 50 percent of the workforce, why are our percentages in leadership positions still lagging?
  • How are we preparing for the next generation of leaders?
  • How do we support other women? 
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 affiliates@ewtg.org
 
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
Rebecca Brindley:  Out of Control or Managed Conflict?

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:

  • Take Responsibility. Deal with conflict; don’t let the elephant in the room grow; stay calm; if necessary involve a supervisor or mediator.
  • Listen. Stop talking; make eye contact; concentrate on what is being said; listen to what is not being said; listen to how something is said.
  • Question. Encourage open communication; ask non-threatening open-ended questions.
  • Discuss. Verify what is being said and heard; try to understand different viewpoints; acknowledge areas of agreement and disagreement; deal with issues not people; concentrate on win-win solutions; identify at least one action that can be taken; determine if there is a bigger issue and, if necessary, agree to disagree.
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 denice.bettencourt@txdot.gov.
 
 
May 11 Mini-Course

Patti DeNucci
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.
 
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?
 
 
 
 

 

    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
Cost:       None
 
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
Shawana Ellison
Carolyn Fry
Jane Haney Rivera
Marietta Storey
Laure McLaughlin
Patricia Cantu
YuVonda Galloway

 
 

           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.
  
See all of you there!

 
 
 
   

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!