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President's Corner
Community Service Update

EWTG May Mini-Course Announcement

EWTG May Monthly Luncheon Announcement


New and Renewing Members
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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 June 30, 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 
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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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May 2013
President's Corner - May 2013
Mary Castleberry, President 

Mary CastleberryIn light of the recent incidents in Boston and in West, Texas, I write this article with a heavy heart.  It is disheartening watching as poeple show blatant disregard for the lives of others, but at the same time we see the human spirit shining through as people reach out to help one another.
In the past two months, I have traveled to Arlington, Houston, Lubbock and McAllen for work and to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New Orleans on vacation. These outings, whether work or play, were generally times of rejuvenation and inspiration. Whether sitting through a course on Strategic Planning or Integrity or attending a conference or a wedding, I was reminded of the human spirit and the hope that lies within.
This year, starting with Beverly Chido, our luncheon speakers and mini-course presenters have been inspiring. Ok, I can only speak for myself but those of you who have attended these sessions may also agree. Even at the recent event for state employees held at Scholz Garden, I was reinvigorated.  I saw former co-workers from the 80s and 90s and was somewhat shocked but mostly excited to be remembered. Whenever I venture out to attend one of our events, I get re-inspired and I want you to get that feeling as well. 
Thank you to those who attended the Cinco de Mayo celebration/Membership Event on May 2nd at Santa Rita Cantina.  It was well attended and we had a great time.

The annual Executive Success Team (EST) event will be held in June. With the closing of our usual venue, our president-elect, Liza Chen Wilmore, is looking for a new venue and the info will be coming soon.
Let's keep those affected by the recent tragedies in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of the human spirit, I would like to remind you of one of my favorite inspirational poems of all time:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.


EWTG Community Service Update

Contributed by Dr. Susan Johnson, Chair - Community Service Projects
Thank you for your generous contribution of books and handbags for the past two months.  We collected 75 books for the Carver library and 20 handbags for Project Hope.  Your continued support of our monthly service projects is greatly appreciated.

The EWTG Community Service Committee took on two community service projects for the end of April and beginning of May. 

Our first project was the “Relay for Life of East Austin.”  EWTG provided supplies for the bags that were decorated as part of the Luminaire Ceremony held at 10 PM, Friday, April 26th.  The Community Service Committee accepted donations of markers, color pencils, glue sticks, crayons, and pictures of flowers or other decorative items that could be used to decorate the bags.   The Luminaire Ceremony was a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past.  The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope. Thank you to all those who contributed and/or participated in the event held Friday, April 26, 2013, at the John H. Reagan High School. It’s not too late to support the American Cancer Society by making a donation, volunteering your time or your talents to ACS. 

The second project we are taking on is to collect prom accessories for the Prom Project.  We are in need of the following items; earrings, bracelets, shawls, hair accessories, evening bags, cocktail rings, gloves or gift cards (e.g., Sam Moon, Hannah D’s, and Charming Charlie’s).  Let’s bring sparkle and glam to their prom night experience!

  May 8th Mini-Course

"Building Unstoppable Confidence In Your Job!"

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
12:00 - 1:00 P.M.
(Doors Open @ 11:30)
Where: Carver Library

Presenters: Connie, Susan, and Darlene

Please click here to RSVP by COB Monday, May 6, 2013

By: Grace Nobles, EWTG Mini-Course Director

The Unstoppable Women return with a new program on overcoming fear and anxiety at work.   Are you hiding in your shell?  Do you engage in negative self-talk?  Do you overreact to criticism?  Do you think others are better than you?  You are not alone.  We all have times when we question who we are, our abilities and the decisions we have made.  These doubts may hold us back, personally and professionally.   Good news is that we are not born with confidence – it is a learned skill.  This program will share strategies of successful women.   Confidence is vital to create a strong sense of worth to lead you to success for any endeavor you choose.   We will share tips on how to:                

  • Crush the Procrastination and Perfectionism that hold you back
  • Communicate your value powerfully
  • Create your own confidence boost 

Connie, Darlene and Susan will help you on your next steps to being UNSTOPPABLE!  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 Carver Library, 1161 Angelina St., TX 78701.  EWTG will provide terrific pizza, loads of fresh green salad, dessert and drinks for $10, or you can bring your own.  Cancellations must be received twenty-four (24) hours prior to the event to receive a refund for pizza orders.

* Remember to bring your contributions for the ‘Prom Project’ in support of our EWTG - Community Service Projects!

EWTG Monthly Luncheon
"Bring Your Friends" (BYF) - EWTG Luncheon
May 22, 2013
By Dokpe Ogunsanya, EWTG Program Director

Our featured luncheon speaker for May will be Ms. Lisa Copeland. She is one of the most respected faces in automotive sales. With over 20 years of success within a male-dominated industry, Lisa is a dedicated pioneer for women on the automotive sales floor. As a member of the National Chrysler Dealer Council, Lisa represents the North American pulse of the FIAT brand. In 2012, Lisa was named one of the Five Most Powerful Women in Austin by the Austin Business Journal when she raised the bar on North American FIAT sales. As the Managing Partner of FIAT of Austin, Lisa was recently honored by Chrysler Group CEO for record-breaking FIAT 500 sales. Under Lisa’s management, FIAT of Austin became the first FIAT studio in North America to sell 100 Fiat 500’s in a single month. Lisa’s presentation will focus on the following:
Please join EWTG members and friends for this insightful and dynamic program.  Click here to register.  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

* The EWTG Community Service Committee will be collecting prom accessories for Project Prom during the month of May. The committee is in need of the following items: earrings, bracelets, shawls, hair accessories, evening bags, cocktail rings, gloves, and gift cards (e.g., Sam Moon, Hannah D’s, and Charming Charlie’s). Let’s bring sparkle and glam to their prom night experience!


The following article was provided by one of our Executive Success Team (EST) Members… enjoy!

Contributed by:  Cheryl D. Taylor

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”
--Margaret Fuller

“Abilities wither under faultfinding, blossom under encouragement.”
— Donald A. Laird

V.I.T.A.L.I.T.Y. - Leaning In

The buzz was blazing in the air.  CNN, Katie, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Good Morning America, TIME, Forbes Magazine  - Sheryl Sandberg had started a bonfire of conversations. Women – no, people were talking - Women Empowerment! A concept supported and promoted by EWTG.  There are people on the sideline with logs to feed the fire and others waiting with water to kill the flames.  No matter what side you are on - the conversations continue to blaze as people read and discuss the book “Lean In”.  I ask, what is in your hands, water or wood? – lean into the conversation.

V.I.T.A.L.I.T.Y. has decided to explore the pages that have ignited the flames associated with this book.  We wanted to know what had created this blaze.  Were there truths that needed to be discussed and implemented or false hope that need to be exposed and buried?  Was this just another self-help book that helped no one? Was this book for the average person that wanted to exceed in leadership?  Was this the latest roadmap to success for women? We wanted to know.

V.I.T.A.L.I.T.Y. is a team of diverse women with much to offer each other and those around them.  The team comes from different social, cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds, yet, we are open minded on different ideas and concepts.  We want to explore means of empowering women to succeed in all that they do - a common goal among our team and the EWTG organization.

This book has created a sense of excitement among the team. Last month we decided to read the introduction and the first three chapters of the book for our next meeting. One of our members found a companion guide that she shared with the group before we met.  We used some of those questions to kick off our discussion. Other members went beyond the assigned reading. One member shared that she does not normally do “book clubs” but she really enjoyed the book and was looking forward to our discussions.

Before we even gather together members of the team were sharing the book with others and creating other discussion groups among family, friends and co-workers.  If nothing else this book has people talking and ready to take action.  People are coming to the table to share, knives and forks in hand and a refreshing beverage of boldness to wash it down.
“Lean In” has brought us to the table where each course starts with “WHY”.  Why are there not more women in leadership roles?  Why are the floors leading to success for women sticky?  Why are more women not helping other women move upward?  V.I.T.A.L.I.T.Y. is trying to digest the “WHY’s brought up in this book. We come together to share our experiences as we try to figure out the missing ingredient in women success.

I must say we had so much fun discussing the book that we only got thru the introduction and the first chapter during our sharing time.  We learned a little more about each other as we discussed the book and shared our personal experiences. I can see nothing but good things as we continue our discussions over this book.  We may not agree with all that is in the book but we agree that is ok.  We want to encourage you to pick up the book and decide if you want to carry a log or a bucket of water when you come to the table to digest the WHY’s.

EWTG Conference Evaluation Winner!

Congratulations to Virginia Pickering for completing
the 2012 Conference Evaluation;
you won a $25 Visa Gift Card!!

New and Renewing Members 
May 2013
New Members
Karen Leonard, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Cory Lukens, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Serena Boaz, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Patrice Toles, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Diane Polk, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Maribel Villa, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Sonja Warren, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Sharon Rena Jones, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Alejandra Madrigales, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Shirley Rigmaiden, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Andrea Jasper, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Cedel Evans, Texas State Comptrollers
Adrienee Carter, TxDOT 
Renee Norred, TDHCA 
Celina Mizcles, TDHCA 
Mary Ann Griffin, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Karen Ross, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Keniesha Trimble, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Wendeline Jongenburger, UT Southwestern Medical Center
LaTosha Hall, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Paula Levier, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Carol Hampton, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Sharon Leary, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Margarette Harper, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Julia Kanellos, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Latonya Spencer, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Renewing Members
Karin Darnell, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Rebecca Davio, Texas DPS 
Marry Cheryl Dorwart, Texas Department of Information Resources
Grace Nobles, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Julia C. Schacherl, Texas Education Agency
Kathleen West, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Melanie A. Williams, Texas Department of State Health Services
Dorothee Staber, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Tracy Lynn Schanbacher, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Bonnie Cone, Texas Board of Nursing
Tricia Leal, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Kara Whiddon, Department of Aging and Disability Services
Ellen Thelen, Lower Colorado River Authority
Yolanda Quinton, DADS
Wanda Carter-Dyer, TxDOT
Melissa Burkhart, Texas Department of Insurance
Kay Arnold, Retired
Dr. F. Ethelynn Beebe, MHMR
Josefina Franco-Alvarado, Retired
Tammy Sturm, TxDOT 
Zellena Jay, Retired
Deanna DeHaven, MAXIMUS, Inc.
Jana Grimes, Austin Ribbon & Computer

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