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President's Corner
A Year to be Thankful

EWTG 2012 Woman of the Year

Just a note...
EWTG Teddy Bear Drive
Legislative Update
EWTG January Monthly Luncheon Announcement
Executive Success Teams Grow in 2013
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, 2012. 
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.

Kathryn Harris, 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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December 2012
President's Corner - December 2012 
Carolyn J. Fry, President 

Carolyn J. Fry

An Amazing Year!   
What an amazing year this has been for EWTG! It has been a privilege for me to have worked with an exceptional 2012 board of directors. Each exceptional woman brought her own expertise and talents to the directors' table.  These women volunteered many hours and were truly committed to bettering our organization. We began our year with our Board orientation and agreed that “Teamwork is Best” and “It is OK to Agree to Disagree” but do so with respect.  
This year our Board worked together and added four new Executive Success Teams; had an exceptional conference with over 950 in attendance; upheld our financial obligations; created a powerful new membership brochure; established a Google+ site for live interviews; secured star-studded luncheon speakers including: Representative Wilhelmina Delco and Melinda Garvey of Austin Woman Magazine; enriched us with awesome mini course trainers including having our first Executive Level Leadership Series Panel; and, gave “EWTG Star” our newsletter a more “upbeat” appearance. 
It was also a privilege to work with the outstanding 2012 committee chairs. Each chair accepted the challenge to excel at their committee commitment.  EWTG gave back to our community through community service by participating in: For the Children, Soldier’s Angels, and donating to the Capital Area Food Bank and SafePlace.  We had exceptional education events. We toured Ballet Austin, Texas Music Museum, Harry Ransom Center, and participated in Story Circle Network. We accepted and reviewed scholarship applications from our members for further educational opportunities, registration for conference, and Leadership Texas. Our Nominations Committee secured an exceptional slate of Board of Directors for 2013. The 2012 Legislative Committee provided information that kept us up to date on the upcoming 2013 legislative session; and, the Development Committee secured over $30,000 in sponsorships.
I’d also like to thank my President’s Advisory Committee. These ladies were always a phone call or email away to provide support, encouragement and offer words of wisdom.
It has been an extraordinary year. Thank you for allowing me to serve EWTG.  Due to the outstanding board of directors, committee chairs and many volunteers and members who make up our organization, it has been a wonderful experience.
I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season and all the best in 2013.

A Year to Be Thankful!

By: Tanya Skaarup, Vice President

What an incredible year 2012 turned out be! The Conference Committee began 2012 by clearing our first major hurdle and finding a new host facility for the 26th Annual Professional Development Conference. After a new contract was signed the Cnference Committee was off and running.   
Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center proudly hosted the biggest professional development conference in EWTG’s history – with well over 950 conference attendees attending 36 Workshops throughout the day. 
Setting another milestone, for this year we ‘raised the stakes’ and brought in two well-known Keynote Speakers – Michelle Ray and Dr. Gloria Burgess! Both Keynoters connected their personal stories of leadership and perseverance, striking a chord with many of the attendees.
Behind the scenes, and working non-stop to make this year’s conference a success, were the incredibly dedicated 2012 Conference Chairs. These ladies worked tirelessly, much like a second job (but without the additional income) to bring to life the 2012 Conference. Please join me in congratulating and thanking the EWTG Conference Chairs for 2012:
Alta Alexander, Evaluations Chair
Jennifer Buaas, Facilities Chair
Katrina Burch, Silent Auction Chair
Jennifer Dormer, Resolutions Chair
Karen Howard, Programs Chair
Laure McLaughlin, Exhibits Chair
Mercie Zapata, Registration Chair
On behalf of the Conference Chairs, we also want to express our sincere appreciation to the 2012 EWTG Board for their support, with special acknowledgement to Carolyn Fry, President, for sharing her clear vision for Conference. 
Thank you, I have sincerely enjoyed serving as the 2012 Vice President and Conference Chair, and appreciate the opportunities for growth this position has presented.
~Tanya L. Skaarup, PMP
2012 EWTG Vice President and Conference Chair
2012 EWTG Woman of the Year
By:  Liza Willmore, Public Relations Chair and Jan Thomas
Each year Executive Women in Texas Government is proud to recognize a member as the Woman of the Year. This is a woman who has made a difference in EWTG, her profession, and her community through life-long learning and her support of other women.
Ginny Booton, Consumer Relations Division Director at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, received this top honor at the EWTG 26th Annual Professional Development Conference in San Marcos on November 5, 2012.
Ginny’s work in state government began in 1993 at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she helped develop the Leadership Challenge program, a public-private joint venture in the Center for Professional Excellence. Later, she moved to Austin, Texas to accept a promotion with the Texas Department of Human Services where she advanced to become the Director of Operations for the Lone Star Technology program. In this role, Ginny implemented the nation's largest electronic benefits system, which distributes assistance to recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program  through the use of an electronic debit card.

Her passion for leading teams has taken her to multiple state agencies, including the Texas Department of Transportation, where she managed over 200 customer service employees in the Vehicle Titles and Registration (VTR) Division. The value of taking care of other's needs extended to her service to her staff. For her, coaching others and watching them succeed is her greatest reward. Through this passion, she established a Leadership Academy for her 70 managers at VTR and designed activities and projects for her employees to grow and learn team building. “If you are in the ‘me,’ you are not in the ‘we,’” is one of her favorite sayings.

This amazing woman's lifelong learning and leading began when she financed her own education and obtained a Bachelor's in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Akron in Ohio. Ginny doesn’t leave her leadership skills at the office. She is the Seton Cove board chairwoman, which helps people of all faiths with spiritual formation and creative learning. In addition to being an active member of her Presbyterian church, she also volunteered for United Way, Big  Brothers and Big Sisters, Family Eldercare, and Manos de Cristo. Through one of her volunteer activities at Town Lake Animal Shelter she found and adopted her beloved rescue dog, Lucky. Ginny is a past president of EWTG and during her tenure the group supported the Capitol Area Food Bank, Any Baby Can, Safe Place, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The current EWTG vision, which the organization still lives by in everything we do, was created under her leadership in 2006, "Developing leaders to create positive results in Texas Government."
“Early in her career she became acquainted with the concept of servant leadership and helping others to develop their leadership skills,” Jan Thomas (EWTG member) wrote in Ginny’s nomination. “She believes the greatest reward for any leader is to make a difference in the lives of those you lead.” And, of course, we’re proud to honor her.
Ginny is a model of public service, leadership, mentorship, and community service. She's been instrumental in shaping EWTG in numerous and positive ways. Few members equal her accomplishments in career and giving back to others. Congratulations, Ginny!
Thank You Debbie!  Debbie Peterson, CMP, whom many of you know and have worked with through the years will be leaving CMP, December 31st,, to join the ranks of state government. She will begin January 1 with the Comptroller of Public Accounts. Debbie has done an excellent job in assisting EWTG since late 2009. 


83rd Legislature - Regular Session - Dates of Interest 

By: Jan Thomas, Legislative Committee Chair
It is hard to believe that 2013 is just around the corner and the 83rd Legislative session will be here soon. Pre-filing of bills has already begun and the following are other significant dates that you will want to mark on your calendar.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Pre-filing of legislation for the 83rd Legislature began

Session Begins
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 (1st day)
83rd Legislature convenes at noon

Friday, March 8, 2013 (60th day)
Deadline for filing bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and bills that have been declared an emergency by the governor

Session Ends
Monday, May 27, 2013 (140th day)
Last day of 83rd Regular Session; corrections only in house and senate

Sunday, June 16, 2013 (20th day following final adjournment)
Last day governor can sign or veto bills passed during the regular legislative session 
Monday, August 26, 2013 (91st day following final adjournment)
 Date that bills without specific effective dates (that could not be effective immediately) become law 


EWTG Annual Holiday Luncheon and Teddy Bear Drive
By: Del Randall, Community Service Committee Chair
The EWTG Community Service Committee continued the long standing tradition of collecting teddy bears at the Holiday Luncheon. We received lots of teddy bears and we delivered them to SafePlace. The mission of SafePlace is to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change. 
Thanks for bringing a bear to share!
2012 EWTG Community Service Committee:
Del Randall - Chair
Betsy Ford - Member
Brenda Parnell - Member
Jan Washburn - Member
Jena Randall – Member
Karin Darnell – Member
Margaret Earnest – Member
Melissa Neeley – Member
Paula Griffin – Member
Vivian Brandt – Member
Alison Gilliam - Member


"Bring Your Own Boss" (BYOB) - EWTG Luncheon January 23, 2013
Dr. Beverly Chiodo - "The Doctor of Encouragement"
National Business Teacher for 1997

By Dokpe Ogunsanya, Program Committee Member
Dr. Beverly Chiodo will be the headline speaker at the “Bring Your Own Boss” (BYOB) EWTG luncheon beginning at 11:30am on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013, at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio.
Having Dr. Chiodo as our first speaker of the year and our “BYOB” speaker seem appropriate for this well accomplished extraordinary woman also known as “The Doctor of Encouragement.” Dr. Beverly Chiodo is a business educator at Texas State University. She is also a consultant and seminar speaker for professional organizations, community programs, and industries. She has received state and national recognition for her teaching including National Business Teacher for 1997 by the National Business Education Association. Dr. Jerome Supple, President of Texas State University said, "She has won every teaching award this university has to offer."
Dr. Chiodo earned an undergraduate degree from Baylor University, Master’s degree from Texas Tech University and a Doctorate from Texas A&M University. She is well accomplished and has received several awards, recognitions and accolades including the following:  Hero of the Day," CBS (national TV), This Morning, October 7, 1996. "Piper Professor," awarded by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation as one of the top ten college professors in the state of Texas. "1994 M-PBEA University Business Teacher of the Year," nine-state area. "State Collegiate Business Education Teacher of the Year," Texas Business Education Association. "TBEA Collegiate Business Education Teacher of the Year," TBEA, District 13 "Southwest Texas State University Alumni Association's Teaching Award of Honor." "Professor of the Year," one of five elected by Non-traditional Students, SWT "Alpha Chi Favorite Professor," SWT "Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching," SWT "CASE National Teacher of the Year Award," SWT nominee, (Carnegie Foundation). "Outstanding Graduate," Texas A&M University, 20th Anniversary Celebration "School of Business Advisory Council Teaching Excellence Award," twice, etc.
As a consultant, her clients includes the following:  Fiesta Texas, Governor's Executive Development Seminars, Eden Homes, Norton Company, Harkins and Company, Mensor Corporation, National Association of Suggestion Systems, Texas Forestry Service, Texas Incentive and Productivity Commission, Texas Association of Institutional Research, State Purchasing and General Services Commission, Texas State Agency Business Administrators Association, American Business Women's Association, Heart of Texas Council of Governments, U. S. Air Force, Texas State Auditors, Custodial Management Association, Alabama Department of Education, South Carolina Department of Education, Brazosport College, Texas A&M University, Austin Community College, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary, International Facility Managers, Building Owners and Managers Association, Inc., Rehabilitation Hospital (Austin), Central Texas Medical Center, State Comptroller of Public Accounts, Austin Area Teachers Federal Credit Union, Washington State Highway Patrol, Texas Attorney General, Texas Department of Human Resources, and others.
Please join EWTG members at this luncheon by signing up online soon, as space is limited. And don’t forget to BYOB! Ask your supervisor or boss to join you at this luncheon to introduce them to the terrific women, programs and training opportunities EWTG has to offer. Who knows, perhaps they will become more comfortable giving you more time to come to and receive training credit for EWTG programs, or even become a member themselves!
Ample, free parking is available on the Nueces entrance of the Woman’s Club between 7th and 8th streets. The buffet of a hot, delicious entrée, salad, vegetable, rolls, dessert, tea and coffee opens at 11:45a and costs only $20 for EWTG members and $25 for guests . The program begins at noon and concludes at 1pm.
See you — and your boss — there!
EWTG Mentoring Committee Report 2012
By:  Mary Castleberry, President Elect & Mentorship Committee Chair

The EWTG Mentoring Committee, led by President-Elect, Mary Castleberry, had a great year. Its members were
Kenya Johnson, Livestrong; Dr. Susan Johnson, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; Abbie Hinesley, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services; Susan Raney, Health and Human Services Commission and Alta Alexander, Texas Department of Transportation.
This committee solicited Executive Success Team (EST) membership applications, assigned members to teams, created a roster of teams, planned the annual meeting in June and followed up on the teams during the year.
The year kicked off with the EST facilitators meeting at the home of the president-elect to show appreciation for organizing their team, coordinating monthly team meetings and maintaining team’s membership records. Each facilitator was asked to review their roster of current members on file and contact team members to ensure that: 1) they were an active member of EWTG; 2) they will be remaining on the team; and, 3) correct contact information if necessary.  
Alta Alexander coordinated the Executive Success Team Kick-off Reception (location and food details) for the annual meeting.  Members and perspective EST members came out and met the new teams and networked with other EWTG members. All but one of the 13 established teams is still meeting and was represented at the kick-off. New members were added to established teams and four additional teams were added to the EST roster bringing the total to 16 teams.   The meeting was fun and informative and was held:
June 5, 2012
5:30-7:30 pm
Nuevo Leon Restaurant
New and Renewing Members 
November 2012
New Members
Veronica Boulden, Office of Injured Employee Counsel
Marty Bowie, HHSC - Office of Inspector General
LaTasha Brown, Texas Department of Transportation
Danyale Bryant, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Karen Dunn, Texas State Department Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Virginia Fields, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Elaine Graves, DADS
Susanna Holt Cutrone, Texas Workforce Commission
Elizabeth Lopez, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Deana McHorse, Texas Department of Transportation
Mattie Mendoza, Texas Department of State Health Services
Esteria Miller, Baylor Health Care System
Rose Morris, Texas Department of Transportation
Royce Myers, Texas Department of Public Safety
Wanda Polk, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Ann Reeves, Office of Injured Employee Counsel
Kasey Rogers, Texas Department of State Health Services
Diane Shepard-Hill, Texas Department of Public Safety
Cheryl Sorensen, Grainger
Patricia Woods, MAXIMUS
Renewing Members
Alta Alexander, Texas Department of Transportation
Elaine Chaney, Office of Injured Employee Counsel
Susanna Cutrone, Texas Workforce Commission
Margaret Earnest, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Cheryl Fee, HHSC - Office of Inspector General
Tamala Fletcher, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Luz Loza, Office of Injured Employee Counsel
Jane Lundquist, Texas Department of Transportation
Mary McClain, Health & Human Services Commission
Melinda Metteauer, MAXIMUS, Inc.
Patricia Ortiz, Health Professions Council
Jane Haney Rivera, Texas Workforce Commission
Deborah Shaw-Boatner, State Comptroller of Public Accounts
Denise Welch, HHSC - Office of Inspector General




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