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In This Issue
President's Corner
Handbags for Hope

EWTG April Mini-Course Announcement

All-State Employee Celebration

Leadership Texas Class of 2013

Annual Conference Update

EWTG April Monthly Luncheon Announcement

Texas Lone Star Salute!

Making a Difference
Tribute to Janis Guerrero
New and Renewing Members
Quick Links
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 The Scholarship Committee will accept applications for the 2013 first quarter until 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2013.
EWTG Board Meetings
The EWTG Board holds its monthly meetings at the Carver Library 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.

Tanya Skaarup, Editor
Communications Director

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."
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April 2013
President's Corner - April 2013
Mary Castleberry, President 

Mary Castleberry

Spring Has Sprung! 
Whew!  This month has been challenging for me with all my travel!  March through May is my travel season at work and this year, I had the added bonus of personal travel as well.  Most recently I travelled to New Orleans to my sorority's regional conference and had a blast with my sorority sisters.  All I can say is if you don't have friends to travel with you, get some! Those are some of my most cherished times with friends.
Just as I cherish my time with my sorority sisters, I treasure my time with my EWTG sisters.  You are some of the smartest and wisest women I know.  During my travels, I miss seeing your faces but do hope that you will consider and/or continue enjoying the benefits of being with your EWTG sisters at the monthly mini-courses and luncheons.  We just want to see your face in the place!
This quote was sent to me this week and I would like to share it with you:
"Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.  May you not forget the infinite possibilities in yourself and others.  May you use the gifts that you have received and pass them on to others.  May you be content with yourself just the way you are.  Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow you the freedom to sing, dance, and love.  It is there for each and every one of us."

EWTG Community Service Project for
March & April

Contributed by: Susan Johnson, EWTG Community Service Projects Chair

Handbags for Hope
Each spring the Texas Advocacy Project partners with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to collect new or gently used handbag donations from the community.  Each purse is carefully cleaned and outfitted with agency brochures and a discreet H4H hotline purse label.  The processed bags are delivered to shelters across the state in time for Mother’s Day so that resident children may select a special gift for their moms.

Please bring your donations of new or gently used handbags to the March and/or April meeting monthly luncheons and the mini-courses, too!  Spring cleaning is in the air, so go to your closet (or the store) and pick out a few purses to support this worthy cause.

  EWTG Mini-Course

**Important Location Change - April Only**
Please note the the April Mini-Course will be held at the Austin History Center.
When:  Wednesday, April 10, 2013
12:00 - 1:00 pm
(Doors Open @ 11:30)
Where:  Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701
Topic:  Collaborative Leadership - The 6 Principles You Need to Lead Great Meetings
Presenter:  Byron Van Arsdale

Contributed by: Grace Nobles, EWTG Mini-Course Director
Did you know that mastering the ability to lead groups by phone makes you significantly more confident when leading face-to-face meetings and presentations?  Would you be surprised to find out that virtual meetings are the best place to develop your collaborative leadership skills?
Using a simple leadership model based on 6 Principles, you’ll quickly see how to build more collaboration into every meeting.  In this fast-paced, interactive session, come prepared to ask questions, work in teams on assumption sets that block our ability to collaborate, and learn how the 6 Principles help you establish a collaborative environment in both virtual and face-to-face meetings.  And yes, it’s going to be fun!
Byron started coaching professionals and executives in 1991. He is a graduate of Coach University and holds the highest professional coaching designation in the business coaching industry, Master Certified Coach. From 1997 – 2005, he served on the faculty of Coach University mentoring thousands of new and experienced coaches worldwide.  An internationally recognized speaker, he is the co-author of No More Lame Conference Calls – The 6 Principles You Need to Lead Great Meetings and author of six Audio CD training programs: 6 Principles of Powerful Conference Calls, Executive Conference Call Leadership, 16 Secrets to a Great Conference Call, 6 Principles of Learner Driven Teleclasses, 21 Ways to Screw Up a Teleclass, and 19 Best Practices of Teleclass Leadership.
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 Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78701.  EWTG will provide terrific pizza, loads of fresh green salad, dessert and drinks for $10, or you can bring your own.  RSVP here to ensure you get both a chair and lunch.  Cancellations must be received twenty-four (24) hours prior to the event to receive a refund for pizza orders.
*Remember to bring your new and/or gently used handbags to the April Monthly Luncheon and Mini-Course in support of the EWTG Handbags for Hope - Community Service Project! 

All-State Employee Celebration!!! 

Scholz Garten
1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas
Thursday, April 11, 2013
By: Julia Schacherl, EWTG Public Relations Director
The EWTG Public Relations Committee would like for you to join us at our booth as we celebrate our contributions and commitment to public service and the State.  All state employees, retirees and their families are invited to attend the All- State Employee Celebration hosted by TPEA and DPSOA on Thursday, April 11, from 5pm-7pm.  There will be snacks, beverages and live music!  We look forward to seeing you there, and don’t forget to stop by the EWTG booth!  We will be giving prizes away to those who join or renew their membership at this event so invite your friends and co-workers!!  For more details, please click here TPEA Event Flyer. 
Cinco de Mayo comes on May 2nd
for EWTG Members this Year!
Santa Rita's
1206 W 38th St., Austin, Texas 78705
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Watch for additional details at and via mass email to the membership.


  Women's Resources (WR) announces
The Leadership Texas Class of 2013
92 women competitively selected to explore
“The Future of Texas is Now: From Local to Global”
Denice Bettencourt, Information Specialist at the Texas Department of Transportation, and recipient of the 2013 EWTG Scholarship, has been selected to join an elite network of more than 5,000 women as a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2013.
Denice is one of 92 outstanding women leaders competitively selected from across the state to participate in the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the US.  Throughout the year-long program, she will have the opportunity to broaden her perspective on our state by exploring four Texas cities and receiving cutting-edge information from  renowned experts, government officials and other leaders to positively inform her work and community for years to come,” said Candace O’Keefe-Mathis, CEO of Women’s Resources. Leadership Texas, now in its 31st consecutive year, is the flagship program of the Texas-based foundation headquartered in Dallas.
Launched in 1983 as the first statewide program for women’s leadership development, Leadership Texas is patterned after, though not affiliated with, the co-educational civic programs that have found success in a number of cities throughout the state and nation.  “Our founders decided to create Leadership Texas to help women become better, more informed leaders in our state’s communities, organizations and corporations,” O’Keefe-Mathis added.
The theme for the 2013 program year is ‘The Future of Texas is Now: From Local to Global’  “Participants will visit Dallas, Bryan/College Station, Galveston and Austin where each city’s opportunities and challenges will help to illuminate the participants’ knowledge of our rapidly evolving state across three common themes– the economy, education and the environment,” O’Keefe-Mathis said.
“We consider it a privilege to offer these influential women leaders from a broad diversity of professional and personal backgrounds some new perspectives, opinions and validation on some of the issues, people and places they might not otherwise encounter outside of the program. We recognize that it is necessary for today’s successful leaders to understand the cultural, social and economic shift before us and the programming of Leadership Texas provides opportunities and access to help the women impact the future of our evolving state.”
Through the generous contributions of the Leadership Texas Program Partners, the program continues to provide the most up-to-date information on leadership and issues affecting Texas. Corporate Program Partners providing major support for Leadership Texas 2013 include Southwest Airlines, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Texas Instruments.
“Program Partners provide more than financial support for the program; their women leaders also participate in Leadership Texas to build connections for the benefit of the entire state,” O’Keefe-Mathis said.
Women’s Resources
Leadership Texas is a program of Women’s Resources (WR).  Established in Austin, Texas, in 1974, Women’s Resources seeks to advance the power of leadership and legacy through programs that connect, inspire, empower and honor women.  To extend Women’s Resources’ message of strength and build bridges to and opportunities for women, WR founded Leadership America in 1988 and helped in the creation of complementary women’s programs in California, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina, among others.  WR also established the nation’s first comprehensive women’s history museum, The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, which opened in Dallas, Texas, in association with the Smithsonian Institution in 2000. Since 1996, WR has been offering a series of national retreats for emerging women leaders called Power Pipeline.  In 2009, WR launched new globally focused programming under its newly acquired banner, Leadership International, the Sandy Tyler Regional Series and Leadership Short Courses for the 21st Century.
EWTG: A Community of Women Leaders
By: Jennifer Dormer, EWTG Vice President & Conference Chair
In case you didn’t see last month’s article, make sure you mark your calendar and make plans to attend EWTG’s 27th Annual Professional Development Conference on Monday, November 25, 2013, at the Embassy Suites - Hotel, Spa and Conference Center in San Marcos.
This year’s conference theme is EWTG: A Community of Women Leaders.  Our President, Mary Castleberry’s vision this year is on Community.  What bigger community do we have than our annual conference?  This annual event attracts almost 1,000 attendees including exhibitors and speakers.  With the theme confirmed, you can imagine our Conference Committee is in full gear brainstorming ideas to bring in exhibits and/or speakers that are community based.  If you know of someone who fits this idea and would like to have a chance to exhibit their services and/or products or present on a community related topic, please contact our Exhibits Chair or Program Chair.  If you are unsure whom to contact, you can always contact me and I will ensure you are connected to the right Conference Chair.
Also, it is not too late to volunteer to join one of our Conference Committee teams.  If you are interested in doing ‘something to get involved in EWTG’, but are unsure how to get started, please contact one of the chairs listed below and we will help get you started today!
2013 Conference Committee:
Conference Exhibits Committee - Cindy Bordovsky-Stone, Chair
Conference Evaluation Committee - Alta Alexander, Chair
Conference Facilities Committee - Trina Edwards, Chair
Conference Programs Committee - Karen Howard, Chair
Conference Registration Committee - Bobbe Walker, Chair
Conference Resolutions Committee - Roberta Rincon, Chair
Conference Silent Auction Committee - Yolanda Quinton, Chair
Vice President and Conference Chair - Jennifer Dormer

April 24, 2013 Luncheon
The Honorable Brenda Kennedy
403rd Criminal District Court
By Dokpe Ogunsanya, EWTG Program Director
Our featured luncheon speaker for April is the Honorable Brenda Kennedy.  She attended University of Texas and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations.  Immediately after that, she entered University of Texas Law School.  She did an internship at the Department of Justice in Washington DC and was later hired as a legal intern for Hilgers & Watkins Law Firm and the City of Austin.  After graduating and becoming licensed, she became an Assistant District Attorney for Travis County until she ascended to the judicial branch, spending several years (1987) on the County Court-at-Law bench until becoming a District Judge in 2002 to the present.  “I do have a passion for trial advocacy.”  She is also an event planner for a public service organization, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., South Central Region; and currently serves as Vice-President of Membership for the Austin Chapter of Links, Inc. She makes jewelry and salsa for relaxation.  Honorable Kennedy’s presentation will include her journey to the “Bench,” job requirements and expectations encompassing community and leadership.
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 (ample free parking).  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.  Please register at
*Please remember to bring your new and/or gently used handbags to the April luncheon and Mini-Course in support of the EWTG Handbags for Hope - Community Service Project. Thank you!


Strategic Partnerships
Salutes Texas' Lone Stars

The following is an excerpt from the Texas Government Insider, on EWTG’s 2012 Woman of the Year, Ginny Booton; printed in Volume 11, Issue 11 - Friday, March 15, 2013.
“Strategic Partnerships Salutes Texas' Lone Stars"
Ginny Booton, Director
Consumer Relations Division, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Career highlights and education: To pay for college, I worked a regular job during the day and attended classes by night throughout my twenties. For years I felt a twinge of jealously when others reminisced about their college experience and the fun they had, when I had missed all of that. Today, I am proud of how I went to college - the obstacles I overcame and the perseverance it took to receive both my undergraduate degree and MBA, were lessons larger than the classroom. "It's not the path, it's the journey," is the wisdom I realize now. It is the one fateful word, "Intrepreneuring," I learned in a class that lit my internal fire. Intrepreneuring is having an entrepreneurial approach within an organization. Applying the intrepreneural spirit to government would become my life's mission, and my personal commitment to put theory into practice opened doors to work with some of the brightest and most visionary leaders in Texas government. It began with Dr. Bob Lengel at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Thanks to his belief in me, I helped launch the university's executive education program, the Center for Professional Excellence, and the Leadership Challenge Program. From there, I went to work for Dr. Bob Ambrosino at the Department of Human Services, where I would become an integral part of implementing the Lone Star Card, the nation's largest electronic benefits system for food stamps and benefit checks, followed by a mandate to create and implement the nation's first public assistance biometric program - the Lone Star Image System. Lengel taught me the heart and soul of leadership while Ambrosino schooled me in the art of project management and the inner workings of public-private partnerships. During my career, I have also served as the Lone Star Technology Department director and in leadership positions at the Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Agriculture, Comptroller of Public Accounts and Texas Department of Transportation. Today, I am the Consumer Relations Division director for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
What I like best about my job is: I enjoy being a customer service leader in a customer-centric agency. I want us to be not just the best Department of Motor Vehicles in the country; I want us to be the best customer service experience, period. There is nothing better than receiving a compliment from a customer who cannot believe they just interacted with a "government" agency.
The best advice I've received for my current job is: One of my best teachers was U.S. Ambassador Eric Bost. He taught me the importance of creating a clear vision, especially during a time of change. To be a part of a new agency where everything is in change, this guiding principle is my anchor.
If I ever snuck out of work early, I could probably be found: Running errands. How boring is that, but my "to do" list never seems to get any shorter.
People would be surprised to know that I: I like to be on the golf course with my husband on vacations. I once tried to have a golf game, but it does require making time to play, which I have neglected. I do like bicycling, reading as much as I can fit in and, most of all, having close friends over for a quiet meal at home. I love to cook and when my husband and I get a chance to travel, I can always be found in the local grocery looking for regional spices and provisions to take home.”

 Just a Little Can Make a Difference in Another's Life... and in Your Own

By Jennifer Dormer
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer.  However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community.  One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together.  Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place.  However, volunteering is a two-way street, and it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help.  Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.
I have been volunteering with EWTG since I joined in 2009.  But, I have been volunteering with a local Austin group called the Austin Summer Musical for Children (ASMC) since 2003.  I started off being a singing/dancing sheep on stage.  While this was fun…it is not my calling.  I then took up being a member of their stage crew and I have worked my way up to Stage Manager.  This will be my fourth year as their Stage Manager.  Also, since I enjoy this organization so much, I became a Board Member in 2012 and I am now their Treasurer for 2013.
ASMC is very much like EWTG in that they are a non-profit organization that thrives on donations and volunteers.  Our message is also to bring education to individuals.  Except in this case the “individuals” are children instead of executive women.  Our demographic is typically children aged 2 – 8 years but we find even adults enjoy our performances.
Their mission statement says it all:
Mission statement for ASMC
For over 25 years, the Austin Summer Musical for Children has provided free musical theatre for the youth of central Texas.  Through partnerships with local businesses and other non-profit organizations, we use drama, music and literature to enrich our community and provide an outlet for continued learning and growth.
Our organization is always looking for volunteers to hand out tickets/usher shows, stage crew, and be actors/actresses.  If none of these can fit your schedule, then we always welcome donations to the organization.  Please feel free to visit our website to get all the details for volunteering or donating:
Just for fun…I’m the sheep on the left.
A Tribute to Janis Guerrero
Austin school board members, Monday night, unanimously voted to name the new North Central elementary school for Dr. Janis Guerrero Thompson.
Guerrero Thompson, 58, who died of cancer in 2011, was a long-time educator with the district.  She had been a teacher in the district and most recently was the district’s Director for Planning and Community Relations.  Guerrero-Thompson was a Crockett High graduate.
The 98,000-square-foot school, at 102 E. Rundberg Lane, is slated to open in August 2013.  The building will have 40 classrooms and a two-story main classroom wing.
New and Renewing Members 
April 2013
New Members
Regina Jones, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Sharon Klinker, Texas A&M Forest Service
Tiana Lightfoot Svendson, UT Southwestern Medical Center
DeeAnna Looney, City of Watauga
Elizabeth Lovaas, Texas Department of Insurance
Theresa Posani, UT Southwestern St. Paul Hospital
Susan Rossiter, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Aimee Smith, TEEX
Christine Tata, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Charlotte Williams, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Renewing Members
Ann Biship, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Shalyn Bridges, Texas Legislative Council
Bonnie Cone, Texas Board of Nursing
Cynthia Hale, Retired
Carol Lauder, Lauder Communications
Valerie Onyett, PMP, MAXIMUS, Inc.




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