Affiliates Outstanding in their Field - Charitable Giving Udderly Fantastic
By: Audrey Selden
If you visited Austin recently, you probably noticed the stampede that has taken over the city. The City of Austin and the Foundation at the Dell Children’s Medical Center are sponsoring the CowParade, a charitable art project featuring statues of 3-D cow sculptures designed by local artists, students, and community members. CowParade’s auctions raised more than $20 million for local nonprofits in more than 30 countries. http://cowparadeaustin.com/ Our Affiliates agree that charitable giving can be udderly satisfying.
Our Affiliates have helped local charities throughout the year. All three Affiliates gathered school supplies to support area schools. The Brazos Valley Affiliate will host the Executive Director from Twin City Mission at its October meeting. Twin City Mission helps homeless individual and families. Whether it is shelter, meals, clothing, household items or whatever, Twin City Mission operates on the premise of not seeing through each other, but rather, seeing each other through. Please visit our Affiliate web pages for the October meeting schedule.
EWTG congratulates Susan Biles on her promotion to the Director of Governmental Affairs at the General Land Office. Way to go Susan!
EWTG also congratulates Gaye Greever McElwain on her new position as the new Public Information Officer at the Railroad Commission of Texas. Great job, Gaye!
If you or someone you know has recently been promoted and would like to be mentioned in an EWTG newsletter, please contact the Communications Committee.
EWTG September 14, 2011 Mini-Course
"Career Transitioning in Challenging Times"
Patricia V. Hayes
By: Denice Bettencourt
Is your professional life in turmoil as a result of downsizing, economic downturns, or just feeling down and out? Well, “turn that frown upside down” as you learn to reframe your mindset and pursue your professional dreams and goals in today’s ever-evolving workplace. Leave the negative, limiting mindset at home so you can be open to a world of opportunities. In this interactive session you will be presented with a host of practical tips and helpful resources to start you on your journey to a new, fulfilling career.
Patricia V. Hayes will lead this interactive session. Patricia is the Owner of PVH Consulting Group, LLC., www.pvhconsulting.com, a public affairs and management consulting firm in Austin, Texas. A dedicated and experienced executive who is creative, visionary and solution-oriented, Ms. Hayes has served as a respected policy confidante, advisor and strategist to executive leadership in state agencies and legislative leadership as well as in non-profit organizations. A skillful public speaker with more than twenty years of experience, she has written and prepared speeches, presentations, legislative testimony and training materials for an array of audiences, from lay persons to chief executives in statewide agencies and legislators. A lifelong learner, in her current role Ms. Hayes is able to expand upon her skills and professional experiences to provide additional personal and professional development training opportunities to help others achieve individual success. A licensed attorney, Ms. Hayes earned her bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the George McConnell School of Law at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She is happily married and the mother of two.
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 August Mini-Course
“Navigating in Difficult Financial Times - 82nd Legislative Session Update”
Presented by Jan Thomas and Ray HymelAugust 10, 2011
By: Laura Johanssen
Jan Thomas opened the session by discussing the Texas Public Employees Association's (TPEA) history. TPEA is the state's oldest and largest employee member organization. It has represented the interests of all Texas state government employees and retirees since 1946. TPEA has more than 16,000 members who vote, write and call their legislators and who work to promote the interests of state employees and retirees.
TPEA's focus is on the salaries, benefits, and retirement of Texas state employees. Its role is critical to protect the rights of state government employees and retirees. TPEA staff members use their expertise and ability to build key relationships with legislators and their staff. These relationships are crucial in preserving and enhancing state employee benefits.
TPEA also provides data to legislators to help them make decisions. Jan Thomas shared a key bit of data. Over the last 10 years the population of Texas has grown 20%, but the state employee population has only increased by 3%. We are all members of an extremely lean and efficient work force.
Due to the hard work of Jan, Ray and the rest of the TPEA staff, they were able to influence the following committees positively during the last legislative session:
TPEA's efforts combined with the support of key legislators led to preserving affordable state health benefits and maintaining a strong ERS retirement fund for state employees. There will be no medical services deductible and no changes in co-pay or co-insurance costs. Longevity pay was also maintained at current levels for state employees. When legislation was proposed which could have negatively affected state employees’ longevity pay, TPEA mobilized members to conduct a grass-roots email campaign. This grass-roots effort had an overwhelming response and the bill was not passed.
TPEA prevented passage of other bills which would have negatively affected state employees:
Ray Hymel emphasized the importance of developing relationships with legislators and their staff whenever possible. He encouraged attendees to go to events and get to know the legislative staff. He also advised that if given the chance to interact with legislators or their staff on a professional level, ensure that you give prompt and courteous service to enhance credibility.
The mini-course concluded with a quick overview of two interim studies of interest to state employees. TPEA will be working with the legislature to study the state employee health benefits and retirement plans.
For additional information about the 82nd Legislative Session, please click here for a link to the summary of the bills of interest written and provided by the EWTG Legislative Issues Committee members. For additional information about the TPEA 2011 legislative accomplishments, please click here. For additional information about the Texas Public Employees Association, please call 512-476-2691, fax 512-476-1138, visit website http://www.tpea.org or email email@example.com.
Making History. Creating Leaders. Embracing Challenges.
EWTG Professional Development Conference
November 21, 2011
By: Mary Howerton
Many of you have already taken advantage of the early opening of registration for EWTG’s 25th Annual Professional Development Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Making History. Creating Leaders. Embracing Challenges.” It is easy to envision the EWTG Founders could have used this theme for the first EWTG Conference because making history, creating leaders and embracing challenges is what the founders wanted to accomplish with the creation of EWTG. You too can think of your attendance at this year’s conference in the same context and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to register now!
You will be Making History by being a part of the 25th conference. You will also make a little bit of your own history by investing in your professional development and learning from the outstanding keynote and workshop speakers, networking with other attendees and being a part of a tradition of excellence in leadership education. You will be Creating Leaders by providing yourself and your staff with the opportunity to attend the premier development conference for women in state government. You will be Embracing Challenges by learning new tools and techniques to bring back to your agency or university to start to tackle those day-to-day “opportunities” we all face.
We hope you’ll take a few minutes and visit the conference webpage to learn more about the Keynote Speakers, Workshops Sessions, Exhibitors, Silent Auction and Networking Reception. The Early Registration Discount is available so click here to register! The annual conference is an exceptional educational value and we hope to see you there as we continue “Making History. Creating Leaders. Embracing Challenges.”
Woman of the Year
Hurry.....Nominations Close September 15th
By: Kathryn Harris
She may be your colleague, best friend, boss, acquaintance, employee, or sister. She may be single or committed, a mother, grandmother, aunt, or simply a daughter. One thing is certain: she is a fantastic lady in all aspects of life.
The Woman of the Year (WOTY) Award recognizes an individual woman who has distinguished herself in the EWTG organization, her profession, and her community. The recipient of the WOTY Award epitomizes the values for which EWTG stands and represents the best of who we are as women and as leaders.
‘Tis the season to nominate yourself or another fabulous woman for the prestigious WOTY Award. Do you or someone you know deserve recognition for the service and leadership you have provided at work, within EWTG, and to better our communities? The WOTY Award is the platform to honor those women around us who inspire us to be better.
The nomination process is time-sensitive and the effort put towards a nomination may touch someone’s life forever. To assist with the nomination process, the August EWTG Monthly Luncheon featured a panel of past WOTY Award recipients who discussed what the award has meant in their lives. The panel was followed by table group discussions, also led by past WOTY recipients, on how to best go about the nomination process. For additional information about the August luncheon, please see the monthly luncheon article in this newsletter.
Nominations are now being accepted! Don't wait, start now:
If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Mary Howerton, EWTG Public Relations Director. Happy nominating!
A Reminder from the EWTG Scholarship Committee: Third Quarter Deadline is September 30th
By: Susan Durso
Your professional development is EWTG’s mission. Scholarships are available for training seminars, formal education and Leadership Texas. Training seminar scholarships can be used for registration costs for the EWTG Annual Conference, up to the earliest registration amount applicable to members. Leadership Texas applicants can submit a third quarter scholarship application, even before they know whether they have been accepted into the Leadership Texas Program. Awards for Leadership Texas can include travel expenses and tuition up to a maximum award of $5,000. The Leadership Texas scholarship is the only scholarship for which travel expenses are eligible costs.
Get your third quarter scholarship applications submitted by September 30th for the EWTG Annual Conference, for Leadership Texas, or for any other formal education, seminar or training program that will help you develop your professional and personal skills.
New and Renewing Members August 2011
Stephanie Baggett, Texas Department of TransportationWendy Benestante, Health and Human Service Commission
Sheila DeLeon, Legislative Budget Board
Renee Drabier, UNT Health Science Center
Tamala Fletcher, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Nancy Foster, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Sissy Gillis, Department of Information Resources
Janet Gilmore, Department of Information Resources
Twyla Heslop, Texas School for the Deaf
Erin Hutchins, NIC, Inc.
Aurora Meza, Texas Department of Transportation
Sheila Mills, Texas Department of Transportation
Shirley Mitchell, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Karen Morse, Texas Workforce Commission
Melissa Neeley, Texas Department of Transportation
Minerva Regalado, Texas Water Development Board
Jennifer Savoy, NIC, Inc.
Maggie Shepardson, State of Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations
Isis Vaughn, Texas Department of Public Safety
Raquel Vogt, State Comptroller of Texas
Dana Collins, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Sandy Barling, Texas Department of Transportation
Denise Benbow, Texas Board of Nursing
Ginny Booton, Department of Motor Vehicles
Terry Boyce, Texas Department of State Health Services
Katharine Chambers, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Mary DeShazo, Sam Houston State University
Clare Dyer, Texas Legislative Council
Roxanne Gruhlke, Texas Workforce Commission
Karen Howard, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Patricia Kuntz, Texas General Land Office
KaLyn Laney, State Bar of Texas
Jebron McCue, TDOA-Retired
Dianne Mendoza, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Nancy Northington, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Carolyn Penn, Texas Departpment of Family & Protective Services
Machelle Pharr, Texas Department of Public Safety
Tanya Skaarup, Office of the Attorney General
Ronda Tewell, Department of Aging and Disability
Gladys Tinsley, Texas Department of State Health Services
Marie Virtue, Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services
Julie Warton, Commission on State Emergency Communications
Carolyn Wofford, Texas Department of TransportationMarianne Woods Wiley, Teacher Retirement System of Texas