|In This Issue
EWTG 2012 Board of Directors - Slate of Candidates Announced
|October 2011 Monthly Luncheon Recap
|Membership Drive Update!
|Affiliates Update - A Fall Flurry of Activity
|October 2011 Mini-Course Recap
|Community Service Update
|Fourth Quarter Scholarships Now Being Accepted
|Help Us Help You...EWTG Membership Survey
|EWTG Goes International
|New and Renewing Members
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 November 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.
|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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|President's Corner - November 2011
Barrie Cogburn, President
25th Annual Professional Development Conference Scheduled for November 21st
The highlight of the EWTG year is just around the corner – the 25th Annual Professional Development Conference which will be held Monday, November 21 at the Hyatt Lost Pines. This year’s conference theme, “Making History. Creating Leaders. Embracing Challenges.”, recognizes the founders of our organization and the legacy of EWTG leadership. We are thrilled that several of the founders will be joining us for the day and we hope to make them proud of the organization that they created over 27 years ago.
The EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference may last only one day, but this event takes many months of careful planning. Mercie Zapata, Vice President and Conference Chair, began her work soon after the new year by organizing a dedicated group of women who agreed to serve as Conference Committee Chairs. These women, in turn, took on leadership roles by developing their own committees that worked hard all year long to plan and develop all of the details that make the event such a success.
Once again, our conference will be held at the lovely Hyatt Lost Pines, just east of Austin. Our day together will be packed with inspiring keynote presentations, exciting session speakers and the opportunity to make many new and interesting connections. You are in for a treat as our luncheon menu has been created just for us by the Hyatt’s own chef. It will begin with a green salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts and roasted pears. The main course will be a pairing of roasted sirloin and seared salmon. And finally, the dessert trio will include a hazelnut praline, flourless chocolate cake and an apple tart.
The conference will also include an exhibit area and a silent auction featuring over 100 items. Visit the conference website to see a list of the silent auction items and the various vendors as you’ll want to get a jump on your holiday gift list. We’re planning a very special day for you. If you haven’t registered yet, don’t delay because space is limited!
Consider arriving on Sunday so that you can attend our networking reception which will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This will be the perfect time to visit and network with conference attendees and sponsors before the busy day ahead.
I would also like to thank Stephanie Nestlerode, Chair of the Development Committee. Stephanie and her committee members have worked hard all year to spread the word about EWTG to the business community in hopes of attracting sponsors to support the conference and other efforts of our organization.
Thanks to Stephanie’s continued optimism, she and her committee secured a record number of sponsorships. These sponsors are listed on the EWTG website. Please take time to visit their websites and find an opportunity to seek them out at the conference to express your thanks for their support of EWTG.
EWTG 2012 Board of Directors
Slate of Officers Announced
By: Carol Lauder
The Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the slate of officers for the 2012 EWTG Board of Directors. Carol Lauder, immediate Past President, chaired the committee, whose members included Barrie Cogburn, 2011 President, 2009 Membership Director and 2010 Women of the Year, Carolyn Fry, 2011 President-elect and 2009 Vice President, Jennifer Buaas, 2011 Membership Director and 2009 Public Relations Director, Gaye Greever McElwain, 2007 Women of the Year and 2000 President and Rebecca Davio, 2005 Public Relations Director.
In accordance with the organization's By-laws, committee members contacted the identified members and sought their agreement to the nomination. Because no nominations were submitted by petition from the membership, the following individuals are elected to serve as the 2012 EWTG Board by acclamation.
The Nominations Committee chair presented the slate of officers to the Board at its October meeting. The 2012 Board will be sworn in at the December members-only holiday luncheon. Please join the 2011 Board and the Nominations Committee in thanking those members who have volunteered their time to serve EWTG next year.
President – Carolyn J. Fry, Employees Retirement System, Retired
Carolyn J. Fry, Employees Retirement System of Texas, retired. During her 22 years of service with the Employees Retirement System of Texas, Carolyn served as State Social Security Administrator for State and Local Governments throughout Texas and had oversight for the state’s Medicare Secondary Payer Program and Long Term Care Program. Presently, Carolyn is employed with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., and is assigned to the United States Department of Agriculture here in Austin.
Carolyn has been a member of EWTG since 2000. Her EWTG service includes: 2011 President Elect; 2009 Vice President; 2011 Mentorship Committee Chair; 2011 Strategic Planning Committee Chair; 2010 Education Events Committee Chair; 2010 Conference Networking Reception Committee Chair; 2005 Conference Facilities Committee Chair; 2010 and 2011 Member, Nominating Committee; 2006, 2009 and 2011 Member, Community Service Committee; 2004 Member, Conference Facilities Committee. Carolyn studied Education and Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and today holds an honorary lifetime membership in the National Conference of State Social Security Administrators, where in 2008 she served as Senior Vice President.
President-Elect - Mary Castleberry, Department of Family and Protective Services
Mary Castleberry retired from Texas Department of State Health Services in 2005 after a 25-year career of state service where she served as Training Manager. Mary served as Chief of Staff for the Deputy Executive Commissioner for Support Services at the Health and Human Services Commission, as a training specialist with The Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Texas Parks and Wildlife and as a teacher in the Austin, Abilene and Houston school districts. She is currently employed by the Department of Family and Protective Services as manager for the Certification and Leadership division.
Mary has served on the EWTG Board of Directors as 2007 Affiliates Director and 2006 Vice President. Mary has presented numerous workshops during the last 20 years including several for Executive Women in Texas Government Annual Conference, Association of Texas Professional Educators and American Society for Training and Development.
Mary has a degree in Education from Bishop College, a professional certification in Special Education from Texas Woman’s University and a passion for enhancing adult learning.
Vice President - Tanya Skaarup, Office of the Attorney General
Tanya Skaarup has served over 5 years with the Office of the Attorney General in the Child Support Division. Tanya became a member of EWTG in 2009 and has been actively involved since joining; first with the Silent Auction Committee in 2010, then on the Conference Exhibits Committee for 2011. She brings to this role an extensive list of accomplishments and honors. The one that she is most proud of is the Civilian Patriotic Service Award presented to her in 2001 in Heidelberg, Germany for her exemplary Program Management of two key family initiative programs for USAEUR Department of Defense - Army.
Tanya is involved with PMI International, Capitol Area Food Bank (CAFB), Austin School for Assisted Living, the Wells Branch Schools and Community, and the Austin Cancer Council. Tanya has served on the Austin PMI Board of Directors as the COO, her neighborhood HOA Board as President and as Director.
Tanya earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification in 2000 and has honed these skills while working in the private sector, federal government and now with the State of Texas.
Program Director - Denice Bettencourt, Texas Department of Transportation
Denice Bettencourt is an Administrative Assistant with the Audiovisual Production Section, Travel Information Division, of the Texas Department of Transportation. She is a 28-year veteran of state government. She has certifications in mediation and training. Denice holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and a Master of Arts in Human Services Administration from St. Edward’s University.
Denice has been an EWTG member for three years serving on the Program Committee for two years and serving on the 2011 EWTG board as the Mini-Course Program Director. She is an active member of the Executive Success Team and participates in many of the EWTG social and community service events. Although Denice has been a member for only a few years, she has been involved in EWTG activities and conferences for over 16 years. In addition to her role with EWTG, Denice is the Historian Committee Chair of Austin Junior Forum, a Focus Committee member of Impact Austin, a care caller and grocery shopper for Meals on Wheels and More, and a division blood drive coordinator and recycling coordinator for the Texas Department of Transportation.
Mini-course Director - Connie Williams, Retired from HHSC
Connie Williams retired as a Manager of the Family and Community Services Division in January 2011 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) after serving 30 years in state government. She is currently the CEO and Chief Strategist of Connie Williams Consulting, Inc., a business advisory firm that provides organizations with a performance measurement framework and business strategies to gain a competitive advantage in their industry.
Connie has been a member of EWTG since 2004, serving on the EWTG Board as 2006 President-Elect and 2007 President. She has served on several committees including Mentoring Committee Chair, Strategic Committee Chair, Search Committee, Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, Conference Program Committee Co-Chair, Membership Committee, Executive Success Team Facilitator and member, Scholarship Committee, Community Service Chair, and the Development Committee. She has also served as a conference presenter and moderator at EWTG conferences. Connie is a graduate of Leadership Texas and a founding board member of Lisa’s H.O.P.E. Chest. She holds a BBA in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the University of North Texas.
Communications Director - Kathryn Harris, Office of Injured Employees Counsel
Kathryn Harris is the Associate Director of Communications and Outreach for the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC). In this role she serves as the Legislative Liaison, writes and edits publications, and oversees the communications program for OIEC.
Kathryn joined EWTG in October 2010 and is currently serving on the Public Relations Committee and is active on her Executive Success Team. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Kathryn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and a Master’s degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin. Kathryn is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer.
Public Relations Director - Liza Chen Willmore, Texas Legislative Council
Liza Chen Willmore, a University of Texas graduate in Economics, is the Project Manager for the Document Production Division at the Texas Legislative Council (TLC). In this role, she is responsible for supervising the legislative application developments and policy updates between individual business units and the IT division. In addition to her work, Liza was awarded the 2006 Outstanding Woman in Texas Government Award for helping other women in state government pursue education, professional development and career advancement. She has been a dedicated member in Executive Women in Texas Government since 2006. In 2007, she played a key role on the program committee in planning the conference logistics and organizing the 35 moderators and speakers for workshop sessions. In 2008, Liza served as the 2008 EWTG Public Relations Director which established substantial media partnerships which resulted in a record-breaking number of conference attendees. In the role of Communications Director in 2010, Liza gathered membership and external interests based on real-time web analytics and created a communication forum where members and industry professionals could collaborate.
Affiliates Director - Gena Minjares, Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company
Genoveva Minjares is a Certified Public Accountant. She currently serves as the Director of General Ledger Accounting for the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company. She is responsible for managing the day to day corporate accounting operations’, including establishing internal controls, financial reporting, and budgeting. Genoveva has over 14 years of accounting experience in the public and private sector. Before joining the Trust Company in 2001, she spent four years as a comptroller for a local start-up manufacturing firm in Austin. Genoveva began her accounting career with the local public accounting firm of Maxwell, Locke & Ritter, pc, providing attestation, tax planning and tax compliance services to closely-held businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations. Genoveva holds a BBA with an Accounting concentration from St. Edward’s University. In 2006, Genoveva completed a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics degree from St. Edward’s University.
Membership Director - Susan Durso, Texas Public Finance Authority
Susan Durso, a native of Port Arthur, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Government and from the University of South Carolina with a J.D. and Masters of Public Administration. She has worked as an attorney for over twenty years. Ms. Durso has served the State of Texas as legal counsel in a variety of positions, including as the General Counsel for the Public Utility Commission, the General Counsel for the Texas Residential Construction Commission, and for the last two years, as the General Counsel for the Texas Public Finance Authority. Additionally, in July of this year she was appointed the Interim Executive Director of the Authority.
Susan has been an active member of EWTG since 1998. She has served on and chaired several committees, including the Silent Auction Committee, the Community Services Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Nominations Committee, and this year she is chairing the Scholarship Committee. Susan has served on the Board four times: twice as Affiliates Director, and once each as President-Elect and President. Susan has also been an active member of the same Executive Success Team for thirteen years. Susan also has supported the organization through her efforts to educate new board members on their board responsibilities, her recruitment and support of new members, and her service as a conference workshop moderator.
Finance Director - Trina Edwards, Texas Department of Aging and Disability
Trina Edwards began her career in state government in 2002 after working 18 years as an Accountant and HR/Payroll Manager in the private sector. She is currently an Accountant at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and previously Texas Department of Public Safety.
An EWTG member since 2008, Trina served as the 2009 Conference Registration Committee Chair and a member of the 2010 Education Events Committee. She currently serves on the 2011 Board of EWTG as the Treasurer. Trina serves as a committee member for the 2010 TSABAA (Texas State Agency Business Administrators' Association) Annual Conference. Trina volunteers with the American Cancer Society where she chairs the Milam County Relay for Life.
Treasurer - Shawana Ellison, Department of Health and Human Services
Shawana Ellison is a Financial Systems Analyst with the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). She has been in her current position for the last 18 months supporting the Health and Human Services Administrative System (HHSAS) which is an adaptation of the Comptroller's Integrated Statewide Administrative System (ISAS) version of PeopleSoft Financials. She began her career in state government in 2005 after working 13 years at a medical center in Longview, TX.
A EWTG member since 2006, Shawana has served as a EWTG Conference workshop moderator and conference volunteer in 2006, EWTG Executive Success Team (The Kindergartners) Member in 2007 and Team Lead since 2008, EWTG Conference Exhibits Chair in 2008, EWTG Affiliates Director Board Member in 2009, EWTG Nominating Board Committee Member in 2009, Power Pipeline Member since 2010, Education Events Committee Member in 2010 & 2011, and Mini-Course Program Committee Member in 2011. Shawana has an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Computer Science from Kilgore College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from LeTourneau University, and will earn a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from LeTourneau University on December 10, 2011.
The nominating committee encourages EWTG members to introduce yourself to the new board members as the opportunity arises and to volunteer to support them by serving on an EWTG committee.
Making History. Creating Leaders.
EWTG 25th Annual Professional Conference
Why is EWTG Still Relevant?
The article, Women Doing All the Right Things, Still Lag Men in Business, explains that women are still lagging behind men in career advancement. One of the trends noted in the article was that men are rewarded on potential, and women are rewarded for a proven track record. EWTG continues to provide quality development opportunities for women who want to take a leadership role in state government. We encourage you to read the article, and to take a moment to be sure that you are taking the steps that are within your control to improve your opportunities for advancement in the workplace. EWTG is a great resource for helping to progress in your career.
Can you afford not to attend the conference where you might learn more about opportunities to help make yourself the most attractive candidate for the next big opportunity at your agency? Learn the skills, then offer to take on the next “extra” project and create your own proven track record. For detailed registration information, please check our conference website.
We hope to see you at the EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference on November 21, 2011.
Monthly Luncheon Recap
Paul Carrozza: Founder of RunTex
October 26, 2011
By: Bobbe Walker
Paul R. Carrozza of Austin, along with his wife Sheila, founded RunTex in 1988. They have since built their business into the Nation's largest store devoted exclusively to running. In addition to RunTex, Mr. Carrozza also founded RunTex University and RunTex Events. RunTex Events produces over 120 events per year and raises over $5 million annually for local charities. He is also co-founder and sponsor of RunTex Marathon Kids Program, which has successfully helped over 100,000 children achieve endurance and learn to enjoy running. Mr. Carrozza is the Co-Chair for the Governor's Fitness Council and currently serves on the Board for the Texas Department of Aging and the Greater Austin Sports Association. He also sits on the Board for Shoes for America, Austin Parks Foundation, and The Star of Texas Rodeo.
Born in Denver, Colorado, as the youngest in the family, Paul also had asthma and other health issues to combat. His body was genetically built to be an athlete, but the health conditions had to be overcome. He learned endurance through playing basketball in high school. A coach challenged him to run distance and he found he was able to run, though it was not easy for him. He continued running and became a California state champion in college and an all-American miler.
Paul Carrozza contributes his healthy lifestyle to having a 100-year health plan as opposed to a 100-year age plan. Eating wholesome foods and taking vitamins and supplements has helped him, his wife and three children to lead healthy, athletic lives. Several health-related tips were shared with the audience.
Six health healthy elements that each individual can control in their lives are exposure to sunshine, movement, rest, air that you breathe, water (BPA-free), and fuel. The food that we eat is the fuel for our bodies.
- Certain foods can bring you down. Figure out which foods those are and stay away from them.
- Will power goes down when blood sugar goes down. If you starve yourself, blood sugar will drop and will power will go out the window.
- Serotonin is produced by sugar, anti-depressants, and movement.
Mr. Carrozza explained that with present conveniences, we typically walk only one half mile per day in regular activity. However, we were created to walk 10 to 12 miles per day which would require a high density of food intake and adequate rest. He also provided advice on looking better and taller by informing the audience that hanging from a bar develops strength in the arms and back and helps improve posture with the decompression of the vertebrae in the spine.
- Be on a team;
- Have a coach;
- Have proper gear; and
- Train for something.
Mr. Carrzza encouraged the audience to live life as an athlete, which involves the following:
UT Southwestern Medical Center Wins Agency Membership Drive
By: Jennifer Buaas
Congratulations to the ladies from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Between June 1st and October 1st, the UT Southwestern Medical Center had 12 new members join the EWTG Dallas affiliate. With 12 new members, they were the hands down winner of the EWTG agency membership drive and will receive special recognition at the upcoming EWTG conference. Great job ladies
EWTG recognizes Marcia Becker at the Texas Department of State Health Services for recently earning a Ph.D. in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology. Congratulations Marcia!
Affiliates Usher in Fall with a Flurry of Activity
By: Gena Minjares
The 2011 Texas drought has been devastating to many areas of the state. With fall upon us, bringing some relief from the blistering heat and a scattering of much needed rain, many hope that perhaps the worst is behind us. Communities are coming together to begin the process of renewal and it is during this time that great leaders rise to the challenges ahead and create the vision for a better tomorrow.
This fall, the EWTG affiliates have been hard at work preparing for year-end community projects, socials, and recruitment events. Members of the EWTG Affiliates Committee have also been working closely with the local chapters.
On October 13, 2011, Barrie Cogburn, EWTG President, and Carolyn Fry, President-elect, traveled to Houston. Barrie stated, "We were warmly greeted by Chair Glenda Wall and the members of the Houston Affiliate. The lunchtime meeting began with an "inspirational message" which was wonderful and timely - I'm taking that idea home with me!” The Houston Affiliate is very busy with a variety of activities including several great ideas for holiday community service events. Kudos go out to the Houston affiliate on the election of their new slate of officers and on the award of two $100 scholarships for members to attend the Annual Conference on November 20-21, 2011.
On October 19, 2011, Audrey Selden, 2011 Affiliates Director, and Gena Minjares, incoming 2012 Affiliates Director, traveled to Dallas to attend the local affiliate’s monthly luncheon. We were very excited to see such a great turnout. We had an opportunity to meet many of the wonderful members and hear about a fun event they are planning called “EWTG Women Gone Wild.” Attendees are encouraged to don their animal print fashions for a night of untamed adventure. During the luncheon we were treated to Eric Dyson’s presentation on “Developing Your Leadership Philosophy.”
Plans are underway to visit the Brazos-Valley affiliate in late November. The Affiliates Committee is looking forward to visiting the chapter and learning about the great plans for the recruitment event scheduled for November 30, 2011. The final monthly meeting is scheduled for December 21, 2011.
It takes great leaders who have a passion for service to make EWTG successful. The success of the local affiliate chapters is due to the vision and dedication of the officers and members of the local affiliates. Thanks to the affiliates for letting us participate in your meetings!
If you are in the San Antonio area and interested in joining EWTG, please send your contact information to email@example.com. We welcome your participation. Let us help you visualize how leadership in action can make a positive difference for you and your community.
October Mini-Course ReCap
“Eating an Elephant for Better Health”
Presented by D. Rozena McCabe, Ph.D.
October 12, 2011
By: Shawana Ellison
Dr. Rozena McCabe is a Professor of Kinesiology at Huston-Tillotson University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from Trinity University and Stephen F. Austin University, respectively. She earned her Ph.D. in physical education with a specialization in motor learning and control from Texas Woman’s University.
Dr. McCabe began the mini-course by passing out coins. We anxiously wondered what we would do with this change. She surveyed the room asking why we selected the coins that we did, and the participants responded with many different answers. She then asked us to tap on the table with the coins and asked us what sound we heard. Again, the participants responded with many different answers. The answer that Dr. McCabe was looking for was ‘change.’ We all need change in our lives, and we can start with exercising to change and improve our quality of life.
Dr. McCabe spoke to us about eating an elephant for better health. The way to tackle this feat is one bite at a time, small and slow. We will have our body for many years to come, and we should learn to take care of it. Dr. McCabe spoke about the first four bites of eating an elephant: show gratitude, be positive, be creative, and be smart.
• Show Gratitude
o List three things that we would like to change about our physical self
o List three things that we like about our physical self
o Promote a healthier relationship with our body by being thankful and showing gratitude
• Be Positive
o Our what you want
• Be Creative
o Maintain functional movements of daily living: ex: skipping, jumping, crawling
o Ask yourself: what are you not using that you will be losing later
o Add movement to your life: take stairs; move things in your office
o Be creative in types of movements; our body is designed to move
• Be Smart
o Exercise daily if possible
§ Moderate – 30 minutes 5 days a week
§ Vigorous – 25 minutes 3 days a week
§ Strength training – 2 days a week
o Exercise helps to maintain functional movements of daily living
o Exercise increases bone density
Dr. McCabe reminded us that before we begin to exercise, we should check with a physician. In starting an exercise program, we should start small and slow. What is the best exercise to do? The best exercise is the exercise that you will do. What is the best time to exercise? The best time to exercise is when you will do it. When will you start to exercise? Start now and at your own pace. Dr. McCabe ended the mini-course with an exercise session to Tina Turner’s music of Proud Mary.
For Dr. McCabe’s contact information and/or a link to her fitness newsletter, please click here.
Community Service Committee
EWTG Donates to Wildfire Relief Efforts
By: Community Service Committee
EWTG members … Thank you for your donations! As you know, disaster struck Central Texas and wildfires left many individuals, families, and pets devastated, including many without homes. Monetary donations were received from EWTG members and evenly distributed to the Capital Area Food Bank of Austin and the Austin Humane Society on behalf of EWTG. Thank you for your participation and generosity EWTG!
New Year's Resolution - Focus on Career
Fourth Quarter Deadline - November 30th
By: Susan Durso
The Fourth Quarter Scholarship Deadline comes a little early, so don’t let it get past you. Are there any classes in December or early next year that will help you get ready for a better 2012? Get some help fulfilling that New Year’s resolution to focus on your career in 2012 by applying for an EWTG seminar or formal education scholarship. Submit your scholarship application by November 30th to make the deadline to take advantage of this member’s-only benefit.
Help Us, Help You.....by completing the Membership Survey
By: Jennifer Buaas
As we approach the end of the year, many folks will begin to reflect upon the past months. In those reflections, what has EWTG done for you and how do you think it could do more? Help us make EWTG an even better organization by providing your feedback in the Membership survey.
The 10 topic survey will take approximately 10 minutes and upon completion of the survey, you can register to win a $50 Visa gift card. The winner will be announced at the EWTG Annual Conference on November 21st and the winner does not need to be present. Thanks for your invaluable feedback.
EWTG Goes International
By: Carolyn J. Fry
Barrie Cogburn, President, and Carolyn J. Fry, President-Elect, had the opportunity to meet with a small delegation of six women from Yemen who are in the United States under the auspices of the US Department of States International Visitor Leadership Program. This program fosters citizen to citizen diplomacy for emerging leaders. Pamela Mohamed, Global Austin, arranged the meeting and asked that we give them a sense of the networking opportunities for women in Texas government.
Barrie gave a brief presentation on how Texas state agencies and the Texas legislature were intertwined, the history and founding of EWTG, explained that our organization was established under our Articles of Incorporation, and that we operate under our organization’s by-laws. She shared that EWTG is a non-partisan organization that promotes leadership to women in Texas government through opportunities for professional and personal development, as well as, networking opportunities through monthly luncheons and mini courses, educational events, community service projects, executive success teams, and our annual conference. She explained that communications among our membership is important and that we utilize our EWTG website, Twitter, Facebook, monthly newsletters and membership emails. Barrie mentioned that EWTG provides scholarships for our members through an application process and encourages members to continue their professional development through formal education and attendance to professional developmental conferences and workshops.
These women were inquisitive and interested in our organization. They asked a number of questions including: “Do you get any support from men?”; “What is the difference between President and President-Elect?”; “Does your organization provide financing for women to get into business?”. Although, most of their questions focused on empowerment of women there was also an interest in the Republican and Democratic Parties here in the United States… to which Barrie then re-emphasized that EWTG is a non-partisan organization.
These ladies were also scheduled to meet with representatives of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, LBJ Journalism School, Dallas Morning News, Governor Perry's campaign staff, and the Secretary of State. It was a privilege that EWTG was asked to have an audience with this delegation and was an opportunity to share the mission of EWTG.
New and Renewing Members
Sandra Balderrama, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Saundra Collins, Texas Department of Transportation
Courtney Courville, VertiGO RECOVER
Michelle Cravotta, Texas Department of Transportation
Debra Edwards, DSGS
Lisa Elledge, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Sharon Gaskill, Health and Human Services Commission
Deborah Giles, SHI Government Solutions
Erin Little, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Pamela Locust, TX Higher Education Coordinating Board
Stella Rico, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Evelyn Robinson, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Pamela Scivicque, Texas Public Finance Authority
Natalie Skelton, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Beverly Storey, Texas Transportation Institute
Kim Whitton, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Mary Bennett, Texas Department of Transportation
Denice Bettencourt, Texas Department of Transportation
Alsie Bond, City of Bryan
Teresa Cabral, Attorney General of Texas
Patricia Carrington, State Office of Administrative Hearings
Ruth Ann Doss, Retired - Comptroller of Public Accounts
Trina Edwards, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services
Elizabeth (Betsy) Ford, Retired
Carolyn J. Fry, Retired - Employees Retirement System of Texas
Kathy George, Teacher Retirement System
Paula Elizabeth Griffin, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Sandra M. Guyn, Texas Department of State Health Services
Karla Jurrens, Texas Department of Public Safety
Gloria Maynard, General Land Office
Laure McLaughlin, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Regan Morton, Enterprise Holdings
Penny Mudgett, Texas State University System
Patricia Ortiz, Health Professions Council
Terri Peirce, Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation
Mary Lou Ralls, Ralls Newman, LLC
Del Randall, Retired (Department of State Health Services)
Alice Reinarz, Texas A&M University
Karen Robinson, Department of Information Resources
Sidne Tiemann, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - retired
Bobbe Walker, Department of Family & Protective Services
Lora Weber, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Carolyn Williams, Texas Workforce Commission