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President's Corner

EWTG February  Mini Course Announcement

EWTG February Luncheon Announcement
Affiliates Update
Go Red for Women!
EWTG Stars
2012 Conference Update
Call for Job Postings

EWTG & You:
January 25th Luncheon Recap

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 this 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 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 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.
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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February 2012
President's Corner - February 2012 
Carolyn J. Fry, President 

Carolyn J. Fry

Finding Your Voice ... 

Reflecting on Ginny Booton’s February 2005 President’s article, Ginny mentioned that in Stephen Covey’s, “The 8th Habit – From Effectiveness to Greatness”, Covey talks about finding your “voice” and inspiring others to find theirs. Let’s think about this; … with increased pressure to produce more with less staff and resources, it is imperative to become self-aware and to find your "voice." Your “voice” is to give your life meaning and purpose. In doing so, you tap into your talents and capabilities to develop your effectiveness and potential. Ultimately, you are one of your greatest assets!
I joined EWTG in 2000, but it wasn’t until 2005 that I made a commitment to get involved and Chair the Conference Facilities Committee. I learned so much that year. As I continued to participate through the years, I was given an opportunity to Chair the 2009 Conference Committee. During that year I learned about our conference budget (which is huge); how to delegate (I realized that I could not coordinate this conference on my own); to value the skills of others (especially the conference committee chairs that were working with me); to prioritize and meet deadlines (that needs no explanation, right?); and to negotiate with outside vendors that assisted with the coordination of the entire conference. I also learned to appreciate those who support us - our sponsors. I learned all this and much more, but hopefully I’ve convinced you that I grew personally and professionally as I continued to invest time and effort into the growth opportunities that EWTG offers. Now I look back on the 2009 Annual Professional Development Conference as a success because I “found my voice and inspired others to find theirs!” The 2009 Conference Committee Chairs and Committee Members accomplished the 8th Habit through participation in EWTG! 
I began this column with this message to help make you aware of the resources at your fingertips. EWTG offers many opportunities to tap into your own talents and capabilities and invest in your personal and professional development, education and career advancement. You are invited to take advantage of participating on one of our many committees and watch the world open up to you in ways that will amaze you. 
Service on a Committee:
•Gives you an opportunity to showcase your leadership skills;
•Builds credibility with other members;
•Builds confidence in yourself and your abilities;
•Allows you to network and meet remarkable women that become friends and mentors;
•Grants you more visibility;
•Provides hands-on experience, knowledge, training, and skills;
•Builds your resume and enhances your opportunities for career advancement; and
•Helps to empower your value and success!
Below are our current committees and chairwomen. Learn more about these committees by clicking here. No matter what your interest, there is an EWTG committee for you.
Affiliates Committee - Gena Minjares, Affiliate Director
Communications Committee – Kathryn Harris, Communications Director
Community Service Committee – Del Randall, Chair
Conference Committee – Tanya Skaarup, Vice President and Conference Chair
Development Committee – Shannon Kelley, Chair
Educational Events Committee – Mindy Eppler, Chair
Legislative Committee – Jan Thomas, Chair
Membership Committee – Susan Durso, Membership Director
Mentorship Committee & Strategic Planning Committee – Mary Castleberry, President Elect
Mini-Course Committee – Connie Williams, Mini-Course Director
Program Committee – Denice Bettencourt, Program Director
Public Relations Committee – Liza Willmore, Public Relations Director
Scholarship Committee – Joelyn Weeks, Chair
You can volunteer for any of these committees by completing the volunteer form on our website and emailing it to  Download the form here.
“To grasp and hold a vision, that is the very essence of successful leadership—not only on the movie set where I learned it, but everywhere." - Ronald Reagan

Grow Your Leadership Skills: 
Leadership - It's All About You!
Darlene Templeton
February 8, 2012

By: Connie Williams
Effective leaders must continue to identify and sharpen their own leadership skills for both personal and professional growth. Outstanding leaders know how to skillfully inspire, motivate, and empower others to do their very best. This fun, interactive, and creative presentation will provide you with tools and strategies that can be used to build on your existing leadership skills and engage others more effectively. You will leave with 5 strategies that will improve your leadership skills immediately, you will have more focus on what’s important to you, and you will have found “the leader in YOU!”   Come and join us for this inspiring and unique presentation! 
Darlene Templeton is a sought-after speaker and owner of Templeton and Associates. She specializes in transformation and transition, specifically for those who want to make a greater impact personally and professionally while rekindling their passion and drive for life. Her lectures, workshops, and seminars motivate and inspire as she engages and leads participants through dynamic transformations that enhance their ability to be effective and insightful leaders. Darlene is a corporate coach, recognized leader, and change agent who brings her extensive experience in the corporate world to her entertaining and interactive programs. She is an “out of the box” thinker and uses that skill to inspire business professionals toward extraordinary results. Fueled by her passion and enthusiasm, her presentations are fun, interactive, high energy, impactful, and results oriented. She provides clients, teams, and organizations alike, the tools for leadership and professional excellence.
Her expertise and experience includes the following:
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through Coaches Training Institute (CTI);
  • Leadership Program through CTI – one year program;
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) – International Coaching Federation (ICF);
  • Certified Dream Coach;
  • Coached 8 years at IBM, professionals to senior executives, and internationally;
  • Managed 30 years at IBM; and presented
  • Multiple leadership development classes at IBM.
For more information about Darlene and the coaching and training she provides, see her website at   
If you could enhance your skills with professional training for one-hour, and at absolutely no charge, would you take this opportunity? The mini-course begins at 11:30 AM on February 8 and the program begins at noon, ending promptly at 1 PM. The mini-course will be held at the Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina, eight blocks east of I-35 just off East 11th Street. EWTG will provide terrific pizza, loads of fresh green salad, dessert, and drinks for $10, or you can bring your own lunch. RSVP to ensure you get both a chair and lunch.
For 2012, make a commitment to increase your executive skills by attending every EWTG mini-course! They will be held on the second Wednesday of each month, starting with February and ending in October. The mini-courses provide benefits to your organization including better trained leaders, teams, and a commitment to organizational excellence. EWTG mini-courses and luncheons can also count toward state employees’ annual training hours. You will enjoy a nice, quiet, and catered meal with friends and colleagues while building a new portfolio for your enhanced skills.
Do you have ideas for interesting topics for monthly mini-courses? Do you know people who would be good speakers? Do you want to learn about arranging speakers and event planning? If so, the Mini-Course Committee needs your help. If you are interested in working with the committee, please contact Connie Williams.


February 22 Luncheon:
Marjorie McColl Petty, J.D., M.S.
Regional Director, United States Department of Health and Human Services

By: Denice Bettencourt
Our featured luncheon speaker for February will be Marjorie McColl Petty, J.D., M.S. She is the Regional Director of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Region VI. As Regional Director, Ms. Petty serves as HHS Secretary Sebelius’ representative responsible for guiding and coordinating HHS policies. Ms. Petty facilitates communication regarding HHS initiatives as they relate to state, local, and tribal governments. Petty’s region includes the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, as well as 68 federally-recognized tribes.
Marjorie Petty will discuss her journey to the Office of the Regional Director for the United States Department of Health and Human Services and provide an overview of the activities in which she is currently engaged as a Regional Director.
Ms. Petty’s health care experience and public service include both the public and private sectors. Ms. Petty has most recently served as Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection for the Kansas Corporation Commission, beginning in 2003.
She was chair of the board of directors of the Delta Dental of Kansas, a position she held since August 2008, and served on the company’s board of directors since 2001. From 2006-2008, she was president of the board of directors of the Delta Dental Foundation, where she reviewed and granted $2.9 million for oral health projects for Kansans. Previously, she served as a subcontractor for two regional offices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services as a public policy manager and was on staff of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
The Honorable Petty has also served as a State Senator in Kansas and a member of the Topeka City Council. She received a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law and a Masters in Education/Counseling from the University of Kansas. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University.
Register here to join EWTG member and friends for this insightful and dynamic program. The luncheon is held at the Austin Woman’s Club at 708 San Antonio Street (ample, free parking is available off of Nueces). Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch – a delicious entrée, salad, vegetables, rolls, dessert, tea, and coffee - 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.         

Affiliates Shine in 2012

By: Gena Minjares
The Brazos Valley, Dallas, and Houston affiliates had a very successful 2011 and plans are in the work to make 2012 their best year yet. In December and January each affiliate group had the opportunity to meet and elect their new officers for 2012.
Congratulations to the 2012 Affiliates Officers!
Brazos Valley Affiliate
Aimee Smith, Chair
Lisa Mutchler, Secretary
Alsie Bond, Treasurer
Brenda Grays, Programs
Debbie Eller, Membership
Dallas Affiliate
Erin Prather Stafford, Chair and Communications
Tameka Johnson, Treasurer
Wendeline Jongenburger, Membership Coordinator
Karen Copeland, Programs Director, 
Dinah Barrilleaux and Regina Jones, Programs Committee
Brigitti Perry, Special Events
Nancy Northington, Past Chair
Houston Affiliate
Rhonda Tewell, Chair
Brenda McCoy, Chair-Elect
Patricia Clark, Secretary
Sherbert Mims, Treasurer
These accomplished and dedicated women are committed to strengthening their chapters, growing their membership, and continuing the EWTG mission of promoting leadership in service to Texas. 
We are also very excited to announce that, due to overwhelming interest, the EWTG members of San Antonio have met and taken the steps needed toward becoming our newest Affiliate. We encourage all current EWTG members to get the word out to your contacts in and around San Antonio and stay tuned to the Affiliates page on the EWTG website for more information.
If you live near one of these chapters, we invite you to attend one of the upcoming events and discover how rewarding a membership in EWTG can be. E-mail us at for more information.

Go Red For Women!   

What is the number one killer of women? It is heart disease. The American Heart Association began the Go Red For Women campaign in 2004 to help raise awareness of heart disease in women. EWTG member Denice Bettencourt recently participated in a fundraising event to benefit the American Heart Association. This gorgeous photo of Denice “wearing red for women” has been published in the February 2012 issue of Austin Woman Magazine.
By participating in a Go Red for Women event this February, you can be a part of the fight against heart disease. For information about local Go Red events and how you can help, go to For additional information about heart disease and stroke, go to”
EWTG Stars
EWTG congratulates Teresa Cabral and Lucinda Edwards on their acceptance into the Leadership Texas Class of 2012! Great job, ladies!
If you would like to share your own or another EWTG member’s accomplishments, please email and tell us about the great things happening!
Superwomen of the 2012 Annual Professional Development Conference
By: Tanya Skaarup
On behalf of the EWTG membership, and especially the 2012 Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce the EWTG Conference Committee Chairs for this year! These incredible lady leaders 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. Each of these ladies came highly recommended for their specific Chair position and our organization is incredibly fortunate that each has agreed to accept a crucial role in planning, facilitating, and successfully bringing to fruition a stellar 2012 EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference!
It is my privilege to introduce you to the 2012 Conference Committee Wonder Team:
Conference Exhibits Committee - Laure McLaughlin, Chair
Conference Evaluation Committee - Ardra Alexander, Chair
Conference Facilities Committee - Kenya Johnson, Chair
Conference Programs Committee - Karen Howard, Chair
Conference Registration Committee - Mercie Zapata, Chair
Conference Resolutions Committee - Jennifer Dormer, Chair
Conference Silent Auction Committee - Katrina Burch, Chair
Vice President and Conference Chair - Tanya Skaarup
The first order of business for these Superwomen is building their respective Committees of ‘do-ers.’ Each would welcome your interest in contributing your skills and growing your talents to the organization. So, if you are asking yourself how you can get involved, develop your professional skills, and be a leader amongst your peers, simply contact one of these ladies or submit your information via the EWTG website and your interest will be conveyed to the appropriate Committee Chair.
"It's not about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself." - George Bernard Shaw
Call for Job Postings
Our EWTG website has a fantastic “Members Only” feature that is rarely used – the job postings webpage. What better way to recruit employees to your agency or place of work than through EWTG?
Do you know of openings in your agency? Post the job description on our website and you just might support the career advancement of a fellow EWTG member. Please email for more information.
EWTG and YOU:  January 25 Luncheon Recap
By: Jennifer Buaas
The great thing about EWTG is you can choose to be as involved as you would like and you can choose to be involved at a time that it is most convenient for you. Once I started getting involved, I met so many incredible people that it was hard not to stay involved.
If you have decided that you are ready to invest more time in EWTG, volunteer for a committee or pursue a board position. There are numerous committees that need volunteers – and you can really get involved at any time of the year. You can gain experiences and learn skills that you might not be acquiring in your current job. Then, if a job opportunity arises, you will have the confidence and skills to succeed because you have already accomplished the experience, courtesy of your work with EWTG.
If you don’t have time to volunteer on a committee or pursue a board position, choose to attend these different activities:
Membership activities:
•Membership socials are held at various times and places throughout the year. These events are a great place to meet and connect with EWTG members. Examples of membership socials from last year included a Luau at Hula Hut and the Austin Duck Tour on Town Lake.
•Educational events are held at various times and places throughout the year and give members opportunities to come together and learn more about the local community. Two of the educational events held last year were a tour of the Austin City Limits Theatre at the W Hotel and a tour of the historic Oakwood Cemetery.
•Community service activities give members opportunities to give to those in need. Community service projects last year included volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank, donating teddy bears to SafePlace, and sending holiday cards to soldiers.
•Executive Success Teams are part of EWTG’s mentoring program. Members meet with their assigned teams on a regular basis in small and supportive settings for both personal and professional development. This is a great way to support each other. Some teams meet in members’ homes while others meet at restaurants to hold discussions, solve problems, and share experiences.
Professional development activities:
•Luncheons are held each month (January through October) at the Austin Woman’s Club. They feature speakers who are successful leaders and share stories of their journey to personal and professional growth.
•Mini-courses are held every month (February through October) at the Carver Library. The mini-courses are training opportunities for members to improve leadership skills. The speakers at the mini-courses focus on topics for career and job enhancement and personal growth.
•A professional development conference is held annually in November. This is a one day event that offers networking opportunities, great speakers, and workshops directly supporting professional and leadership development.
All of these events are tied together by NETWORKING – networking is happening at all EWTG functions. It is very helpful to know people from different agencies or branches of government that you can reach out to with a question or comment. EWTG networking helped me to quickly realize that this world is small and things change every day…you just never know what opportunity is waiting for you when you begin networking. 
In addition, EWTG stands true to its mission by providing financial support for professional and leadership development. EWTG members can apply for scholarships for formal education, training courses, the EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference, and Leadership Texas.
Get involved and join in on the fun!
 New and Renewing Members 
January 2012
New Members
Beth Bailey, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Brenda Grays, Texas Engineering Extension Services (TEEX)
Kate Rader, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Gwen Reaves, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Darcie Schipull, Texas Department of Transportation
Renewing Members
Marcia Becker, Texas Department of State Health Services
Ann Bishop, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Kate Canby, Texas Department of Transportation
Mary Castleberry, Department of Family and Protective Services
Deanna DeHaven, MAXIMUS, Inc.
Sheri Given , Office of Public Utility Counsel
Tameka Johnson, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Shannon L. Kelley, Texas Department of Information Resources
Aelia Kha , Texas Department of Insurance
Brenda McCo , Retired
Melinda Metteauer, MAXIMUS, Inc.
Jamie Michels, Teacher Retirement System
Genoveva Minjares, Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company
Gail Parrigin-Clark, The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
Debbie Peterson, Retired
Crystal Thompson, Department of State Health Services
Christy Webb, Office of the Attorney General
Carolyn Williams, Texas Workforce Commission
Shirley Zwinggi, UT Southwestern Medical Center




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