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June 2019 Professional Development Luncheon
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When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Austin Women's Club
708 San Antonio Street
Austin 78701
United States
Contact: EWTG

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Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza

Mayor Pro Tem Garza will share her leadership story, including her motivation for pursuing nontraditional careers, public service adventures and the importance of mentoring.

Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza was first elected to Austin City Council in November, 2014, as part of Austin’s first 10-1 Council. She was reelected in November, 2016, and was elected by her colleagues to serve as Mayor Pro Tem in January, 2019. Garza was the first Latina to serve on the City Council in Austin, and she is the first Latina to serve as Austin’s Mayor Pro Tem. She represents District 2 in Southeast Austin.

Garza comes from a very civically engaged family who inspired her to dedicate her career to public service, advocating for working families. Following in her father’s footsteps, she became a firefighter, serving as one of the first Mexican-American women firefighters in the Austin Fire Department. As a member of the Austin Firefighters Association, Local 975, Garza worked tirelessly for her union, advocating for fair wages and safer working conditions. She represented firefighters during contract negotiations, was elected to the Local’s executive board, and was the first woman appointed to chair the Local’s political action committee.

Remaining committed to public service, Garza left the Austin Fire Department in 2007 to pursue a law degree and extend the reach of her advocacy. She served as an Assistant Attorney General advocating for Texas families in the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General. In her service on Austin City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Garza is the Chair of the Regional Affordability Committee and Vice Chair of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CapMetro) Board of Directors. She has also served on the Health and Human Services Committee, Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee, and Mobility Committee.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.

Join us at on June 26 at the Chateau Bellevue, home of the Austin Woman's Club, 701 Nueces, Austin TX 78701. Ample free parking is available. Enter the parking lot on Nueces between 7th and 8th Streets. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The presentation will start at noon. and the program will conclude at 1 p.m.

Please register early in anticipation of a full house. The cost is $20 for EWTG members and $25 for guests. Members must log in to receive member pricing. Online registration will end Sunday night, June 23, 2019. Cancellations must be received 48 hours before the event to receive a refund or for your registration fee to be waived. Onsite registration is available at $30. 

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