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In This Issue
President's Corner
EWTG January Monthly Luncheon Announcement

Community Service Update

EWTG February Monthly Mini-Course Announcement
Call to Volunteer
New Year's Resolution
Community In Schools
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.

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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January 2013
President's Corner - January 2013 
Mary Castleberry, President 

Carolyn J. Fry

It's on in 2013!   
As I get ready for the New Year, I consider it a privilege and a challenge to serve as the 2013 President for the Executive Women in Texas Government. Through my involvement in EWTG and Leadership Texas, I have learned:
    • Leadership skills by serving on committees and serving twice on the EWTG Board,
    • Women can do whatever we set our minds to do, and that
    • Women are remarkable creatures that will always rise to the challenge!
The EWTG theme for 2013 is community; we will continue with some of the great Community Service Projects we have established and expand upon these efforts to support leadership and personal growth for young women.  EWTG also strives to expand our reach to more women in the community as luncheon speakers and partner with other community organizations.
As your President, I want to encourage you to grow personally and professionally and to participate in the 2013 luncheons, mini-courses, educational opportunities, community service activities and the conference.  The 2013 Board Members and their Committee Chairs have been updated on the website at  Look for an email blast to the membership with more details on the EWTG Leadership for this year. Now is the time to get involved – if you haven’t already signed up for one of these great Committees!
Several members have asked about the poem I read from the Holiday luncheon at Green Pastures, so I have included it below. Enjoy!
When I was younger I used to believe in the concept of one best friend,
And then I started to develop both personally and professionally
And I found out that if you allow your network to open up,
EWTG would show you the best in many women.
One member is needed when you're going through things with your supervisor.
Another member is needed when you're going through things with your co-workers.
Another will sit beside you at the luncheon as you delight in your children and their activities.
Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.
One member will say, 'Let's cry together,'
Another, 'Let's fight together,'
Another, 'Let's walk away together.'
One member will meet your spiritual and motivational  need,
Another your shoe fetish,
Another your love for movies,
Another will be with you in your season of confusion, divorce, and health issues,
Another will be your clarifier,
Another the wind beneath your wings, by serving on a committee.
But whatever their assignment in your life,
On whatever the occasion,
On whatever the day,
Or wherever you need them to meet you, with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back,
Or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself …
These members will become your best friends
So whether you have been a member for 20 minutes or 20 years, stay in the EWTG Circle of Friends.
It’s going to be a great year!  
Mary Castleberry
EWTG President 
Please join me in welcoming the 2013 Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

"Bring Your Own Boss" - EWTG Luncheon, January 23, 2013
Dr. Beverly Chiodo - "The Doctor of Encouragement"

National Business Teacher of 1997

By: Dokpe Ogunsanya, Program Chair

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 include 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!
Community Service:  How to Make Time for Giving Back
By:  Susan Johnson, Ph.D., Community Service Committee Chair
As women, we know that the balancing act of juggling family, work, friends, church, and civic organizations can be both challenging yet very rewarding.  The EWTG Community Service Committee was implemented so that members could be involved in both structured and non-structured community service projects and activities to help you maintain that balance. 
The Community Service Committee will present a Master Calendar for the year in February that will focus on activities and/or projects that will have something for every member’s needs.  We want our members to view these projects as an opportunity to give back to the community as well as the ability to squeeze in an opportunity for networking, charitable giving, and some non-stress time.
We will kick-off the New Year with a book drive to support the Carver Library (our monthly meeting facility).  NOTE: EWTG will be collecting books during our January and February Monthly Luncheons.  New books for children and adults as well as “leadership books” would be a great contribution.  Our goal is to donate 100 books!


Plan to Join EWTG for the First Mini-Course of 2013!

When:  February 13, 2013
Where:  Carver Library
 Topic:  Promote Yourself Using Facebook!
Presenter:  John Lee, Texas Department of Information Resources


By: Grace Nobles, Mini-Course Committee Chair
MINI-COURSE Presenter:
Jon Lee is a Policy Analyst in the Technology Policy, Planning, and Governance group at the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). Jon has almost 10 years of experience in eGovernment and emerging technologies for state and local government. Jon examines the latest technology trends such as mobile, social, and cloud and looks for ways to implement them in the public sector.  Jon holds Bachelor's degrees from UC Berkeley in Legal Studies and Sociology, and a Master of Public Affairs from UT Austin with a focus in technology policy.
Facebook is often seen as a dangerous playground where your personal life could be used against you in your professional endeavors.  However; if used correctly, Facebook can also be a platform to promote yourself positively to anyone who's looking.  You have heard horror stories where a candidate was not offered a job because the employer discovered some dirt on their Facebook page; or an employee was fired because she called in sick but posted pictures of herself at the beach. In this mini-course, we will cover tips and tricks to showcase your marketable attributes and how to control your account to show people exactly what you want them to see.


Call to Volunteer

By: Jennifer Dormer, Vice President/Conference Chair
It’s a new year and that means new planning for the 2013 EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference! Planning for a conference as large as ours has become, requires a lot of outstanding volunteers… and we know just were to get them… the EWTG Membership.
Volunteering on a Conference Committee can be very rewarding. Being part of this culminating effort gives you the opportunity to develop organizational, leadership, and networking skills that you may not be afforded in your daily work life.   
If you are looking for an exciting (and fun) way to contribute to our organization, consider joining one of the many Committees it takes to bring our annual conference to fruition. Each of the Committees has a unique purpose and importance that, combined, make for a successful conference.
The committee functions are described below:
The Program Committee secures workshop presenters for the conference and ensures that their presentation requirements are met.
The Facilities Committee coordinates the logistical requirements for the conference, including coordination with the conference site hotel to ensure appropriate facility support for all aspects of the conference.
The Silent Auction Committee coordinates donations and collects the items sold at the conference’s silent auction. This team also solicits contributions throughout the year from a wide variety of sources.
The Exhibits Committee finds exhibitors for the conference that match the EWTG goals and vision. At the same time, this team ensures that each exhibitor is satisfied with their experience at our conference.
The Registration Committee handles the registration on the day of the conference. Other responsibilities of this committee include conference brochure development, printing, and soliciting items for the gift bag.
The Evaluation Committee develops the evaluation criteria, collects the evaluation information from the conference and tabulates it for delivery to the conference stakeholders (speakers, workshop presenters, exhibitors, etc.).  So that we can continuously improve!
The Resolutions Committee develops the Certificates of Appreciation for the conference stakeholders (speakers, workshop presenters, exhibitors, silent auction donors, etc.).
To volunteer to be on a committee, please contact me directly at
A successful Conference is the product of many committed and hard-working volunteers.  My hope this month is that you will choose to join us by signing up to participate on a conference committee and lending your skills to better our Conference – for everyone.    

New Year Resolution #1 - Invest in Yourself

By: Genoveva Minjares, Scholarship Committee Chair
It is that time of the year again. Time to make a list of all those resolutions that we promise ourselves we will really keep this year. The EWTG Scholarship Committee encourages you to make “Investing in Yourself” your number one goal and we are here to help.
The EWTG Scholarship Committee is now taking applications for 1st quarter scholarships. Scholarships in the amount of up to $500 are available for professional development training, workshops, seminars or conferences. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are available for formal education. NOTE: You must be a paid member in good standing with EWTG to apply. Scholarship applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are awarded quarterly. The deadline for 1st quarter scholarships is March 31, 2013. Additional information, as well as the scholarship application and instructions, are available on the Scholarship page of the EWTG website at
Let EWTG help you invest in yourself by assisting with your professional development goals. It will be one resolution that you check off your list this year!
Open Call for Groundhog Job Shadow Day Host Companies!
By:  Susan Johnson, Ph.D., Community Service Committee Chair

Communities In Schools needs Austin companies to host small group of students on the morning of Friday, February 1, 2013.
The goals of Groundhog Job Shadow Day:

) Educate the students about your place of business.
2) Immerse students in the real world of work, exposing them to career options.
3) Provide the space for students to ask questions such as “Why did you choose this career?” and “What kind of education do you need for this job?”
4) Instill hope that a career in your field is a real possibility for our students.

The commitment:
1) Host a small group of students (number and age depends on your capacity).
2) Provide information and simple, hands-on activities that demonstrate a variety of different jobs in your field.
3) Provide lunch for the students (if possible).
Please contact Eric Metcalf at or 512-464-9723 for more information.
New and Renewing Members 
December 2012
New Members
Kimberly Coleman, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Angelia Conn, DADS
Denise Davis, Davis Kaufman PLLC
Hazel Enriquez, Department of Aging and Disability Services
Lisa Kaufman, Davis Kaufman PLLC
Neira Roman, State of Texas
Renewing Members
Sarah G. Bauer, Waddell & Reed, Inc
Beverly Bavousett, Retired
Alsie Bond, CIty of Bryan
Kimberly Carter, VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority
Mary Castleberry, Department of Family and Protective Services
Sarah Clawson, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Kimberly Coleman, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Denise Davis, Davis Kaufman PLLC
Jennifer Dormer, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services
Trina Edwards, Texas Department of Public Safety
Hazel Enriquez, Department of Aging and Disability Services
Brenda Grays, Texas Engineering Extension Services (TEEX)
Kay Howard, Retired
Lisa Kaufman, Davis Kaufman PLLC
Laurie Najjar, City of Austin
Verna Neal, Health and Human Services Commission
Amy Redmond, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Neira Roman, State of Texas
Retha Youell, City of College Station




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