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In This Issue
President's Corner
Handbags for Hope

EWTG March Mini-Course Announcement

An Evening for Austin's Leading Ladies

Legislative Luncheon

Pflugerville ISD Internships
Ann S. Bishop Returns as ERS Executive Director

EWTG March Monthly Luncheon Announcement

Annual Conference Save the Date
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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March 2013
President's Corner - March 2013
Mary Castleberry, President 

Mary Castleberry

Diversity in Action!   
At the February 2013 EWTG Monthly Luncheon and Mini-Course, members and guests were treated to a myriad of diversification.
The HHSC Associate Deputy Commission, Joyce James, who personifies the infamous Mahatma Gandhi quotation, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” reminded us to speak up and out about our passion. During her 30+ years of work in Texas’ child welfare system, Joyce James has turned her experiences, observations and a file folder of compelling data into a campaign designed to change the way Texas serves the poorest of its population.
The February Mini-Course on “Positive Facebook Promotion” was presented by Jon Lee, Technology Planning and Policy, Texas Department of Information Resources. He gave some great tips on promoting oneself on Facebook and showed us how to use features most of us did not know existed, let alone how to use.

March promises to be an exciting month and I urge all members to attend the monthly luncheons and the mini-courses. Hope to see you there. 


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

When:  Wednesday, March 13, 2013
12:00 - 1:00 pm
(Doors Open @ 11:30)
Where:  Carver Library
Topic:  Your Career:  Scripted or Improve?
Presenter:  Greta Contreras Fenley 

Contributed by: Grace Nobles, EWTG Mini-Course Director
Have you wondered why there is so much talk about having a “career-life-passion” balance? Have you questioned the advantages of creating rituals rather than resolutions? During this interactive presentation, participants will have the opportunity to explore the benefits of painting outside their personal and professional lines.
Greta Contreras Fenley | Business Honors Career Advisor & Lecturer
McCombs School of Business | The University of Texas at Austin
Greta Contreras Fenley is a coach and mentor with expertise in personal development and career transitions. Joining the McCombs School of Business in 2005, Greta is currently the Career Advisor and an Adjunct Lecturer for the Business Honors Program. Before joining The University of Texas at Austin, she was a Career Counselor at Texas State University in San Marcos. With an extensive career in education, Greta is an advocate for self-awareness, accountability and respect for diversity and aims to inspire in others the tenacity to create the life one envisions. Greta holds a Master of Human Relation with an Emphasis in Counseling from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University.

An Evening for Austin’s Leading Ladies 

EWTG Members are personally invited to An Evening for Austin’s Leading Ladies on Monday, March 18th from 6:00pm-8:30pm at Concordia University (Auditorium in Building A).

An Evening for Austin’s Leading Ladie
s is for women leaders who believe that, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”  Featuring thought-provoking keynotes by Courtney Clark and Amber Fogarty, you will be challenged to reflect on your life’s purpose and goals, while connecting with other strong, passionate women who are striving to answer the call to leadership in their lives, just as you are.

You don’t want to miss this powerful evening of inspiration and relationship building!
Special thanks to Mel's Meals, Cabo Bob's, and Custom Cakes by Laura for providing delicious food for this event, as well as The Concordia MBA for hosting!

For more information and to register: Click Here!
Pflugerville ISD Internships
Contributed by: Susan Johnson, EWTG Community Service Projects Chair
The students of today are the workforce of tomorrow and need to be prepared to become active participants in the global economy.  The EWTG Community Service Project Committee would like to invite our members to help PISD students learn first-hand what the real world of work requires.

During the week of April 8th - 12th, Pflugerville ISD students will participate in R.E.A.L. World Pflugerville, a job program where students job shadow employees at a local business.  R.E.A.L. is an acronym for relevant experiences achieve learning.  By spending time with a worker on the job, in a career area of interest, a student can gain working knowledge of a business, get an idea of the skills required in the world of work, discover the importance of networking in the local business community, and find out the academic preparation necessary to pursue a particular career.  Student job shadowing helps the student understand how classroom work relates to job success.  Each student, or group of students, will spend about 3 hours shadowing and observing all aspects of the workplace.

We would like to ask you to be a part of this exciting week.  If interested in participating, please contact Ryan Merritt at  You will be provided a business information sheet to fill out and an invitation will follow for the Information Session being held on March 19th for all participating businesses.

Thank you for considering this challenge to develop our future leaders and we look forward to working with you all during PISD’s R.E.A.L. World Job Shadowing week.
Ann S. Bishop Returns as Executive Director
The Employees Retirement System (ERS) of Texas Board of Trustees announced in its February 26 meeting that Ann S. Bishop will resume her duties as executive director of the agency effective March 1.

In December 2012, the board granted Ann a leave of absence to serve temporarily as chief of staff to Governor Rick Perry.  Speaking on behalf of the board, Chair Cheryl MacBride welcomed Ann’s return and thanked Paula A. Jones for her outstanding service as acting executive director over the last three months.  Paula will return to her position as general counsel and chief compliance officer for ERS.
March 27, 2013 Luncheon
Dr. Kevin Ann Kelsmark
Consultant & Educator
Devry University & Keller School of Management
By Dokpe Ogunsanya, EWTG Program Director
The EWTG featured luncheon speaker for March will be Dr. Kevin Ann Kelsmark, also known as Dr. K.  Dr. K earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology/Distribution from University of Houston, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Charleston Southern University, South Carolina and a Doctorate in Marketing Management from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale Florida.  Dr. K’s professional marketing and management experience includes: Business consultant working in several industries, academic marketing/entrepreneur professor at the graduate and undergraduate levels for several local universities, CEO/owner and designer of five (5) retail shops, served as Houston District Industrial Engineer, operations management, and Human Resources Manager at United Parcel Service (UPS), etc.
Dr. K believes that developing service and product brand equity is based on developing employee, customer, and vendor relationships.  It is important to business survival that a company knows how to effectively manage their marketing strategy, business operations, and business development. As an educator, she is passionate about student development, training, education and ability to critically think and solve problems, so they can become better managers and more informed consumers.  “My teaching philosophy is to not only educate on course subject matter, but to have compassion for each as I help to build their confidence and self- esteem.  Outside academia I tend to lead with compassion, always ready to be of service.”
Dr. K’s presentation will include best practices with the philosophy that Management is about being able to effectively and efficiently achieve desired goals while juggling several other tasks/variables including building close relationships and communicating at many different levels.  She has worked with Fortune 500 organizations in managing and restructuring marketing and operational metrics for high-tech aviation, mortgage, banking and credit card institutions, security technology, and retail industries.
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


EWTG Annual Conference Date Set…
Save the Date – November 25, 2013

By: Jennifer Dormer
Mark your calendars 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.
The conference committee is working diligently to plan and host another great event that will include educational workshops, keynote speakers and opportunities for networking with other conference participants.
As the plans and details of the conference activities are solidified, additional announcements and newsletter articles are planned to keep you informed.  In the meantime, ensure your calendar is noted for this event.  You will not want to miss another terrific conference.
We are also pleased to announce the EWTG Conference Committee Chairs for this year!  These incredible ladies have exhibited their commitment and selflessness in volunteering for our organization by accepting a critical Conference Committee Chair position this year.
Please join me in congratulating each of these leaders for reaching outside of their norms since becoming a member of EWTG and getting involved.  Our organization is incredibly fortunate that each has agreed to accept a crucial role in planning, facilitating, and successfully bringing to fruition a stellar 2013 EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference!
It is my privilege to introduce you to the 2013 Conference Committee Team:
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
Each of these ladies has already begun contacting volunteers.  If you would like to be added as a volunteer on one of these committees, please email me at
New and Renewing Members 
February 2013
New Members
Daphne Adams, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Tara Andrews, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Arilyn Carter, Texas Department of Transportation
Lovdy Grossman, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Julie Hildebrand, Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
Dalonika McDonald, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Tetyana Melnyk, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Wanda Simpson, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Lashonn Thomas, UT Southwestern
Renewing Members
Kate Canby, Texas Department of Transportation
Debra Doerflein, TWC & COA
Shawana Ellison, Health & Human Services Commission
Joanne E. Holshouser, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Carol Jackson, Primerica Financial Services
Regina Martin, Retired
Lisa Mutchler, Texas Engineering Extension Service
Brigitti Perry, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Denise Pittard, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Audrey Seldon, Texas Department of Insurance




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