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June 2018 Mini-Course
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When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Carver Branch Public Library
1161 Angelina Street
Austin, Texas  78722
United States
Contact: EWTG

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Liza Willmore photoStrategic Planning 101: Do you know how to chart your course?


Liza Willmore
Project Director, Railroad Commission of Texas

Famed author and educator, Dr. Stephen Covey, has said: “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.” Strategic planning is a systematic approach to reaching a desired future state, outlining that vision into objectives, and aligning the milestones with a timeline and sequence. In business or personal development, each decision has a domino effect on the next step in the process. With too many adjustments along the way, the end goal may not only seem further, but it is drifting away from the goal post. Strategic planning, much like Covey’s second habit in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, begins always with the end in mind. Where do you want to go ultimately? At every stage, a leader must ask, "What must be done here to reach the next stage?" At the end of each stage, the leader must also ask, “What must be done at the previous stage to get here?" After all, however beautiful the strategy, you must occasionally look at the results. In this session, participants with a current strategic plan will be able to evaluate the strengths of the plan in place and how to measure its success in reaching the final desired outcome. Even those with no plans in place will be able to identify the key elements in preparing a plan and set milestones to executing the plan.

Ms. Willmore is the Project Director of the Railroad Commission of Texas. In this role, she leads technology innovation projects across the organization and continually seeks ways of providing operational excellence and continuous improvements. In her most recent role as the ITS Strategic Innovations Manager, she helped conduct an organization-wide Information Technology Assessment and developed a strategic roadmap for the organization, identifying opportunities to enhance technology and business capabilities to deliver better service for the public and the industry. As the previous Executive Management Analyst and Hiring Manager, her firsthand experience in operational improvement plans and organization development structures adds the unique perspective to identify and integrate the ideal technology solutions. In her career, Ms. Willmore has led digital transformation initiatives transforming 65-year-old records into digital platforms, building enterprise database enhancements through ACE (Application Conversion and Enhancement) Project, and Executive Women in Texas Government’s interactive learning platform launch. Ms. Willmore is the Chair of the State Agency Council Executive Board and has served on various boards across Texas in the roles of President, Public Relations Director, and Communications Director. In 2006, Ms. Willmore was awarded the Outstanding Woman in Texas Government award by the Governor’s Commission for Women for her service in improving the lives of other women. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in technology commercialization from The University of Texas, McCombs School of Business.

Join us at the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina St., Austin, Texas. Ample parking is available - view map.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The presentation will start at noon and conclude at 1:00 p.m.

Please register early in anticipation of a full house. If you would like to partake in our pizza buffet, which includes various pizzas, salad, and dessert, the cost is $10, payable online in advance by credit card or on-site by cash or check while supply lasts. (For refund of pizza purchase, cancellations must be received at least 24 hours in advance.) You are also welcome to bring your own brownbag lunch. Drinks will be available for $1.

Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to the event to receive a refund for pizza orders. Acceptable forms of payment onsite are cash or check. For information, contact EWTG by email, or by telephone, 512-220-4298.

Submitted By Barbara Chavis
Mini-Course Director

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