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EWTG Star June 2017
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In This Issue

President's Corner EWTG Star Submissions Your Opinion Matters
Mini-Course Monthly Luncheon The Affiliates
Community Service Conference Update Seeking Conference Speakers
EWTG Woman of the Year Lady Bird Wildflower Adventure New and Renewing Members
Scholarships EWTG Board Meetings Volunteer

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors
President's Corner

Sometimes inspiration is readily available, and sometimes we (I) have to look for it. For this month’s column, I looked back at many previous EWTG president’s June columns in our on-line copies of our newsletters. I found inspiration in every single article along with summaries of all we have accomplished as well as what we hope to accomplish. I found the names of many old and new friends and all the many women who I have been privileged to meet through my involvement as a member of EWTG over the years. If you are looking for inspiration, check back through some of our old newsletters. We are truly a remarkable lot.

I want to echo our 2007 president, Connie Williams’ June article. One paragraph in particular of what she so eloquently wrote in her column is still true today, and I know I reflect our 2017 board’s feelings (ten years later!) by repeating it. “At the beginning of the year as the Board stood before you in the first months of our new offices, we thanked you for your warm welcome. Today, we thank you for your ongoing support. The contribution of your talents and skills to EWTG enables us to explore new ideas that create value and benefits for our members. In these first six months, we sought and obtained your involvement, we listened to innovative ideas and suggestions, and we forged ahead to advance EWTG’s leadership legacy. This is truly amazing, and we should be proud! Through the collective leadership of the board and committees, we are gaining momentum to shape EWTG’s future. The most exciting moments of our organization’s achievements are still ahead and will happen naturally with your continued involvement and support.” Thank you, Connie and all our past presidents, board directors, committee chairs and members, and every single one of you for your continued membership and participation.

This month in June, we have a slate of activities planned. On Thursday, June 8th, our Executive Success Teams and those who are considering joining gathered at the Dedrick-Hamilton House to visit and enjoyed hors d’oeuvers and drinks. On Wednesday, June 14th, our mini-training course features Donna Ribinskas talking about technology and going digital. This is followed by another big event scheduled on Saturday, June 17th in Bryan-College Station. Austin EWTG members have been delighted to see some of our Brazos Valley affiliate chapter members attend our mini-courses and luncheons and come en masse to our fall bat-watching cruise on Lady Bird Lake. I hope many of us will be making the short trek over to College Station to tour the George Bush Presidential Library, check out downtown Bryan, and hear a presentation by the College Station Assistant Police Chief over an early dinner. Again, check out the registration link for more details. Finally, don’t miss Margo Wickersham at our Wednesday, June 28th luncheon.

Our Community Service activity for June and July is the collection of food items for the Central Texas Food Bank, culminating in a three-hour service event at the food bank on Saturday, July 15th.

Thinking about taking a class? Don’t forget to take advantage of our scholarships. Check out the application online. Still looking for more? We always welcome volunteers for our committees, and there is still plenty to do this year to make this another great year.

Be sure to put as many of these activities as you can on your calendar and register in advance. I look forward to seeing you there!

Clare Dyer Signature

Clare Dyer
2017 EWTG President

EWTG STAR Submissions

email image EWTG STAR loves to celebrate the accomplishments of our members. If you know of any members who have achieved any accolades, promotions, acknowledgments, recognitions or other achievements, please let us know. We want to share with other members.

Please send the information to with the subject line– EWTG STAR. The submission deadline is June 23, 2017.

EWTG Star Submission

Did You Know…Your Opinion Matters?
Every change needs to be reviewed to measure its effectiveness and whether it is beneficial to those it seeks to help or problems it seeks to resolve. The Communication Team is checking in with you, the readers. We are seeking your input on how we are doing and what we can improve. This month we are focusing on the newsletter.

Send your feedback to with the subject line–Communication - Newsletter. Deadline June 23, 2017. We will be reaching out and conducting polls on EWTG social media sites also.
Your Opinion Matters!

Mini-Course - june 14, 2017

Donna Ribinskas photo

Navigating the Complex World of Information Technology
Modernization and What It Means to Go Digital

Guest Speaker

Donna Ribinskas
Texas.Gov/Texas NIC

Director of Product Management and Project Portfolio Management

Modernization. Going digital. It’s everywhere we turn. IT can no longer remain behind the scenes and has now become a priority for most, if not all, state agencies. Many agencies have strategies for the modernization process and some agencies are going all out and taking a full on digital approach. Either way, what does it mean to you and your agency’s constituents? How does it impact your everyday work life, the way you conduct business and the way you live?

Join Donna Ribinskas, Director of Product Management and Project Portfolio Management, to learn what these and other technology related terms mean in everyday, ordinary language. We’ll discuss and explore:

  • Modernization – an important statewide initiative
  • Going Digital – it’s a more than just going online; it’s a way of seeing and doing things
  • Big Data – it’s more than just reporting
  • And more!

Submitted By Patricia Hayes
Mini-Course Director
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monthly luncheon - June 28, 2017

Margo Wickersham photoIt's Never Too Late to Succeed


Margo Wickersham

“How I started over, dealt with difficulty and achieved more than ever, after the age of 50.” 

Margo Wickersham is a sales and marketing expert who specializes in showing people how to ask for and get what they want. She consults, coaches, mentors, speaks, writes, and collaborates with entrepreneurs and professionals to teach them how to earn respect, increase revenue and thrive.

Margo is a creative problem solver who finds innovative solutions for marketing and sales challenges. She quickly sees the big picture and identifies new opportunities for revenue, productivity and happiness growth. Margo also brings fresh light to existing problems and finds new opportunities for organizations that have become stagnant. She has a unique ability to maintain a positive focus on the primary goals, regardless of setbacks or conflicting views of others.

Margo earned her degree in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Florida, she self-financed her entire college education at out-of-state rates by waiting tables and graduated a semester early. Margo was one of Dell’s first internet business strategists in the late 90s. She trained hundreds of sales reps on how to use the company’s industry leading website to increase their productivity and sales. Promoted at the forefront of the e-commerce explosion, Margo was named Manager of She led her team to redesign the award-winning website for Dell, which resulted in increased conversion rates, average value of each sale and customer satisfaction rate.

Margo chairs the social media and live video efforts for the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). She is a member of the Association of Talent and Development (ATD) and volunteers her coaching and training services for Dress for Success Austin (DFS Austin).  She has been a guest speaker at a variety of meetings and events and volunteers with the Booster Club at the high school that her two teenagers attend.

Please join EWTG members and friends for this insightful and dynamic program. The luncheon is held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701 - view map (ample free parking located at the rear of the building at Nueces & 10th Street). Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The program starts at noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $20 for EWTG members and $25 for guests.  Remember to register early for the luncheon in anticipation of a “full house,” thank you!

You must log in to receive member lunch prices. Online registration will end at 10:00 AM Monday, June 26, 2017.

Submitted By Barbara Chavis
EWTG Program Director

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The Affiliates – A Day in the Brazos Valley
Join your EWTG sisters for a Saturday of fun June 17th, 2017. Beginning at 1:30 p.m, we will visit the George Bush Library located at the Texas A&M Campus.

George Bush Library photoAt 3:30 p.m., we will all depart the museum and head for Downtown Bryan. Here we will be able to explore local shops ranging from country and western attire and hats at Catalina Hatters, to antiques at places like the Old Bryan Market Place, and places to get a little something sweet to take home with you such as the Chocolate Gallery.

At 5:00 p.m., we will begin receiving guests at Caffe Capri, in Downtown Cafe Capri photoBryan for an hour of networking, and to give everyone an opportunity to place their chances for the door prizes where they would like.

At 6:00 p.m., we will begin serving dinner, and Brandy Norris, Assistant Police Chief of College Station Police Department will speak. Brandy Norris photo

After she has concluded, please feel free to continue to enjoy your time with your EWTG sisters, door prize drawings will take place no later than 7:30 p.m.

The $35 per person registration fee includes admission to the Bush library and dinner. Individuals are responsible for their own transportation.  Although registration for this event has closed, if you discover you have time and can join us for this event, please contact  and let us know.  We’ll try to accommodate anyone who gets in touch by Thursday, June 15.  

Submitted By Kim Everett
EWTG Bryan-College Station Affiliate
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June Community Service – Central Texas Food Bank

June/July Central Texas Food Bank Drive and Volunteer Event 

Greetings, EWTG Members. Thanks to your generous hearts, the Community Service Committee was able to collect 29 handbags in April, which were provided to Handbags for Hope to distribute to women in domestic violence shelters across Texas on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017.   

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The Community Service Committee’s June/July activity is supporting our local food bank. Did you know that an estimated 46,000 Central Texans (1/3 of whom are children) depend on the Central Texas Food Bank every week for food? By bringing food items to the June mini-course and luncheon and the July mini-course and/or signing up for the July 15th Food Bank volunteer event, you will help our local food bank meet some of this need. Volunteers are most needed during the busy summer months when children do not have access to free and reduced-price school lunches and cooling costs rise.  

Please check the requirements below for donated items 

  • healthy, non-perishable food 
  • items with intact, unopened, consumer or commercial packaging (no dented cans) 
  • items with non-breakable packaging (no glass please) 
  • food within the expiration date on the packaging  
Every $1 Donated = 4 Meals  
  • Donations via check payable to the Central Texas Food Bank are very welcome.
Items clients request most 
  • peanut butter 
  • canned chicken breast or tuna 
  • canned low sodium vegetables 
  • canned fruit in its own juice (no sugar added) 
  • dry pinto beans 
  • brown rice 
  • non-fat dry milk powder 
  • 100% whole grain cereal  
EWTG is volunteering at the food bank on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.  If you can volunteer for this Community Service event, we’ll love to have you.  Come prepared to serve.

Come prepared to serve. Remember, you’ll be on your feet, moving around, so please dress comfortably. Jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers or work boots are perfect. For your safety, open toe shoes and sleeves shirts are not allowed. Helping others can help you, a smile and a warm heart is a good side-effect of service.

Please sign-up for the event so that the food bank can plan accordingly. 

Submitted by Lenora Jones
EWTG Community Service Chair
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Annual Conference

"Bold Leadership: Courage, Confidence, Compassion”

Conference Hotel photoMark your calendars and make plans to attend the EWTG 31st Annual Professional Development Conference on Monday, November 20th, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas. Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend a Welcome Reception Sunday evening before the Conference, so when planning your trip, consider making reservations to arrive Sunday and join your fellow conference attendees for this unique and exciting opportunity.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Bold Leadership: Courage, Confidence, Compassion.” This theme will be the center of the Conference workshops and speaker presentations. The Conference Committee is diligently striving to make this your best conference ever. Conference participants will benefit from listening to and learning from confident government and industry leaders. They will benefit from networking with other professionals, attending seminars, gaining hands-on experience, receiving bold leadership training and developing analytical thinking skills. In addition, attendees will gain new ideas on how to solve problems with courage and compassion as they advance their careers.

Submitted By Karen Howard
2017 Vice President, and Conference Chair

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Seeking Workshop Presenters for EWTG 2017 Conference
EWTG is seeking high-quality professionals for workshop presentations at this year’s conference. The conference format allows for up to 36 workshops, conducted concurrently during three separate time slots to offer 12 workshops Seeking Speakers graphicduring each breakout time period.  Do you know a speaker that can add value to our 2017 Conference participants? Do you know a speaker who can relate to our theme and empower our participants? Do you know a speaker whose courage has changed lives and uplifted women? Do you know any bold speakers that exhibit confidence in leadership and are willing to share? Do you know a speaker whose compassion for leadership and mentoring can make a change in the lives of our participants?

If you said “YES” to any of the above questions, then pass along this speaker information and look for an exciting conference knowing you helped.

Speaker Selection Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:
  • display relevance to professional development
  • alignment with conference theme - Bold Leadership: Courage, Confidence, Compassion
  • creative approach to presenting topic
  • applicability to challenges facing professionals in Texas Government
Priority will be given to presenters whose proposals demonstrate new ideas or approaches, teach specific techniques, and include resource materials and handouts. 
Proposal Instructions
Each presenter must complete the Presenter Form, which includes the following information, by June 16, 2017:
  • presenter biography,
  • list of three references and reference contact information, and
  • a 100-word abstract of the proposed session including the title and category selected.
Only complete proposals will be considered.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Karen Howard at or (512) 220-4298. Thank you in advance for your support.

Submitted By Karen Howard
2017 Vice President, and Conference Chair
Call for Presentations

EWTG Woman of the Year - Start Thinking About Your Choice
Women of the Year graphicIt’s only June, but now is the time to start thinking about the EWTG Woman of the Year. Take this opportunity to honor your favorite EWTG members for EWTG’s most prestigious award.

Who do you know who is involved in EWTG and her community? Who do you know who has achieved great things in her education and career? Who do you honor and respect for her demonstrated leadership abilities and character? Whoever she is, she’s a good candidate for EWTG’s Woman of the Year!

Submitted By Shalyn Bridges
Public Relations Director


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Lady Bird Wildflower Adventure

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower tour photoOn April 29, several EWTG members participated in a docent-led tour of the Lady Bird Wildflower Center for our first 2017 Educational Event. Marie Cohan, Committee Chair, organized the event, including the tickets, tour guide, and lunch.

We took an easy walk through different terrains and types of gardens, strolled past water features, a play area for children, and a forest, noted a multitude of flowering plants that grow well in Central Texas climate conditions, and had plenty of time to visit with each other.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower tour photoA bonus was seeing an owlet that had fledged the day before and was waiting for the evening to take flight with his family.

We finished by relaxing over lunch on a shady terrace and taking the time to enjoy our surroundings.Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower tour photo




Submitted By Clare Dyer
EWTG President

New and Renewing Members

See Who Joined and Renewed in May 2017!

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 Email your 2017 second quarter application to the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

EWTG Scholarships

EWTG Board Meetings

The EWTG Board holds its monthly meetings at the Mitte Carriage House 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.

EWTG Board

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."

Get Involved

Board of Directors

Cheryl Taylor, Editor
Communications Director

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