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July 2018 Mini-Course
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When: Wednesday, July 11, 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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Sheila Sturgis Craig - photoBloom Where You are Planted


Sheila Sturgis Craig, MA
Associate Commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Career journeys are also an inner journey. These days, we change our job and our life path, and each time we must decide when, where, and how we connect with the world. Despite the best-laid plans, our journeys may take us in directions we never imagined, and we learn a lot about ourselves. Career journeys lead us to our destinies and when we receive “lemons,” along the way or what we perceive to be something we did not plan for, we should learn to make the best lemonade this side of the Mississippi. We should bloom where we are planted, accept our journey, take ownership of where we are, and invest in where we want to be. In doing so, in creating a vision and space for our lives; for who we want to be, how we want to give, and what we to do, with integrity and humility, we can set a course for a life that is beyond our imagination, our hopes, and our dreams.

Sheila Sturgis Craig is the Associate Commissioner for the Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Sheila has twenty-seven years of experience in the field of Health and Human Services providing service to children, families, and communities through a cross-systems approach. As Associate Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement formerly known as the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, Sheila heads the Minority Health and a team of regional equity and inclusion staff across the state.

Sheila considers working in partnership with agencies and communities to develop solutions through a shared vision as keys to success. Examining policies through a race equity lens, looking at data by race/ethnicity, and hearing the voices of individuals who experience and are impacted by our programs and services tell a story.

Sheila received a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Marketing, and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sheila is involved with various local, state, and national organizations. She currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) at the University of Texas at Austin, a Commissioner on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families, and as a Board Member for Change1 Mind Change1 Life.

Sheila is currently a member of the Texas Health and Human Service Commission’s Cross Agency Mental Health Liaisons group and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA). She is also a member of the City of Austin’s Equity Action Team, the American Counseling Association, and the Executive Women in Texas Government. Sheila served on the Planning Committee of the Texas Courts’ Beyond the Bench Summit and was a member of the Texas Health and Human Service Commission’s former Children and Youth Behavioral Subcommittee. She has received numerous honors for her work and dedication to children, families and vulnerable populations.

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 welcome to bring your own brown-bag lunch, and 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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