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President's Corner
Early Bird Registration

EWTG Mini-Course Announcement

EWTG Monthly Luncheon Announcement

EWTG Affiliate

Member Advertisements

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 second 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 
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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October 2013
President's Corner
Mary Castleberry, President 

Mary Castleberry

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of screening and the early detection of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

The good news? Many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early.

Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this opportunity to spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
  • Encourage women age 40 and older to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
  • Talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.

How can I help spread the word?

  • Tweet about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Spread the word on Facebook.

Let’s beat this!

Early Bird Registration - Extended to 10/18/13!
Contributed by: Jennifer Dormer, Vice President/Conference Chair
Early bird registration is being extended two weeks.  To take advantage of this discounted rate, please get your registrations in soon.  If you did not receive the e-mail broadcast, please visit our website to register for the conference.

Early Bird registration opened 8/5/13:
• Member - $179
• Non - Member - $209

 Regular registration begins on 11/15/13:
• Member - $209
• Non - Member - $259
Registration Rates Increase After 11/15/13:

• Member - $250
• Non - Member - $300

The EWTG Annual Conference provides a venue for expanding your professional network, elevating your ideas, embracing new solutions, and connecting with other women across the state. The conference features prominent keynote speakers, as well as more than 30 individual workshops focusing on Leadership, Growth & Balance and provides participants with numerous opportunities for hands-on learning and development of leadership skills regardless of your current career level. This conference is an opportunity to invest in your professional development, personal growth, and explore new career networking opportunities.
Consider arriving on Sunday and staying the night at the Embassy Suites. EWTG has negotiated some concessions for our conference attendees, such as:
  • Rates from $109/single occupancy thru $129/four-person occupancy – reservation deadline 11/3/13
  • 15% discount in Spa Botanica
  • Free surface lot parking for conference attendees
  • Negotiated Room Block rates available Saturday 11/23/13 through Tuesday 11/26/13
Sunday afternoon will also feature the EWTG Networking Reception (4:30 – 6:30pm); with light snacks provided. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at
  October 9th Mini-Course

"Eating Healthier for Less!"

When: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
12:00 - 1:00 P.M.
(Doors Open @ 11:30)
Where: Carver Library

Presenter: Andrea Sellers
Life Manager, Device Protection Program Management


By: Grace Nobles, EWTG Mini-Course Director

If you’re tired of running through the drive through every evening to feed your family, take a step back and come hear how Andrea Sellers made some changes that you can make too. These changes have saved her family hundreds of dollars every month, even as prices at the store continued to increase. Other families have had success too, with balancing their schedule, lowering costs for food and eating healthier foods.

About the Speaker:

Andrea is a wife, mom with a 4th grader still at home, two grown sons, and two really cute grandkids. She lives in the country, but works at a full time corporate gig in the city. She loves to organize, garden, cook, find frugal ways to do everything and blog about all of that. She does not clean house well, because something has to give.

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. RSVP
here to ensure you get both a chair and lunch.  Cancellations must be received twenty-four (24) hours prior to the event to receive a refund for pizza orders.

*The EWTG Community Service Committee will be collecting items and canned goods for the Food Bank (Hands-on Project). Please bring canned goods and other items for the Food Bank to the mini-course and luncheon in October.

EWTG Monthly Luncheon
October 23, 2013
Patsy Woods Martin
Founder & CEO of I Live Here, I Give Here®
By Dokpe Ogunsanya, EWTG Program Director
Our featured luncheon speaker for October is Ms. Patsy Woods Martin. As founder and chief executive of I Live Here, I Give Here®, the Central Texas Campaign for Philanthropy, Martin leads a collaboration of individual philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, family foundations, local businesses and religious leaders. The group is working to increase awareness of the needs in Central Texas and the role each of us can play in creating solutions to those needs. This pioneering movement to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy in our community by inspiring Central Texans to give more, and more Central Texans to give is built on public awareness, nonprofit mobilization, and donor education. The public awareness campaign includes an interactive and informational website, and programing that educates Central Texans about the needs in our community, as well as a mentorship program to foster thoughtful, intentional philanthropy among Austin’s leaders and a giving circle for young professionals.
Prior to launching I Live Here, I Give Here, Patsy Woods Martin has been an outstanding contributor to the local Austin community for many years. In 1992 the Governor of Texas appointed Patsy to serve as a Regent at her alma mater, Texas Tech University. In the four and a half years she worked for United Way Capital Area (2002 – 2006), Patsy advanced quickly to the position of Vice President of Resource Development where she oversaw a seven percent increase in the annual fund campaign, the first in four years. In addition to her other duties at the United Way, as Director of Major Gifts and Leadership Giving Patsy wrote and successfully solicited two $1 million matching grants from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and she launched the Women’s Giving Network.

Patsy currently serves as Vice-Chair of the board of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. She is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Junior League of Austin, Leadership Austin, the Women’s Fund of Central Texas and was a founding member of Impact Austin and UWCA’s Women’s Leadership Council. Patsy has been recognized by Ballet Austin as a “Woman on Her Toes”; by the Junior League of Austin as “Volunteer Extraordinaire” and by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas as a “Woman of Distinction.” A fourth generation rancher in Montague County, Texas, Patsy is active in her family ranching and oil business. Patsy and her husband Jack have three grown children and have called Austin home for over 30 years.

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. Remember to register early for the luncheon in anticipation of a "full house," thank you! Special Offer! Be sure to bring your red tickets to the October Luncheon to find out who will win the FREE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION. You must be present to win! 
*The EWTG Community Service Committee will be collecting items and canned goods for the Food Bank (Hands-on Project). Please bring canned goods and other items for the Food Bank to the mini-course and luncheon in October.


Brazos Valley EWTG Affiliate



On Wednesday, August 28th the Brazos Valley Executive Women in Texas Government hosted their meeting at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The President of EWTG Ms. Mary Castleberry, and EWTG 2013 Affiliate Chair, Ms. Dee McIlroy were in attendance. Ms. Castleberry gave an overview of the EWTG, and Ms. McIlroy gave an update on the 2013 EWTG Conference and encouraged everyone to register and attend.

The program for the meeting was a fabulous tour of the Texas Forest Service, (TFS) Emergency Operations Center, given by Mark Standford, Fire Chief (TFS), and Don Hannemann, Emergency Operations Center Coordinator (TFS). The tour included admittance to the emergency command center and a presentation of their capabilities to oversee and monitor fires throughout the country.

There were approximately 20 women in attendance and we congratulate the three new members who joined EWTG following the meeting.

Brenda Grays
Chair, BV EWTG



Community Service Update
EWTG received a thank you card from the Ann Richards school for the over flowing box of school supplies that we donated.  A special thank you to all the members who donated to this effort.
As we prepare for the November conference we will be collecting Christmas Cards for  our conference community project.  We need at least 800 cards.  Each conference attendee will have an opportunity to write a special message to a member of our Arm Forces.  Let’s end our year with a bang.
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New and Renewing Members October 2013 
New Members
Abby Allford, The Law Office of Abby Allford
Lorraine Beach, DeVry University
Lou Blinn, The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Dennise Braeutigam, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Ashley Cheatham, Department of State Health Services
Joyce Cooley, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Nicole Cooper, City of Dallas
Lisa Cravotta, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Leticia Davis, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Anita Eddie, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Marti Geron, The University of Texas Medical Center at Dallas
Carolyn Gonzales, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Cory Handy, DSHS
Stephanie Jenkins, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Jacquelyne Malonson, Department of Aging and Disability Services
Janet Manley, Texas Department of Transportation
Stephanie Mask, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Wendy Mazzurana, Department of Information Resources
Wendy McAdams, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Ginny McKay, Sunset Advisory Commission
Rita Mooney, TxDPS
Erin Morgan, University of Texas at Arlington
Eliza Paul, TxDOT
Jelondra Phillips, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Schnina Reed, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Susan Reyna, Texas Attorney General
Armida Sagaribay, Texas Department of Transportation
Michelle Schmidt, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Renee' Wheeler, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services
Kimberly Williams, Texas Department of Insurance
Sonya Willis, Texas Department of Public Safety
Lori Woznicki, Texas Department of State Health Services
Renewing Members
Christy Bearden, State Comptroller
Catherine Camp, Texas Department of State Health Services
Kamilah Chambers, State of Texas
Michelle Cravotta, Texas Department of Transportation
Sunitha Downing, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Dawn Eserini, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Paula Elizabeth Griffin, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Yolanda Hall, Texas Attorney General
Arthur Mural Hernandez, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Susanna Holt Cutrone, Texas Workforce Commission
Patricia Kuntz, Texas General Land Office
Mary Lewis, Department of State Health Services
Machelle Pharr, Texas Department of Public Safety
Del Randall, Retired (Department of State Health Services)
Taya Retterer, Texas Department of Transportation
Roberta Rincon, University of Texas System
Kay Steed, Employees Retirement System of Texas
Jan Thomas, Texas Workforce Commission, Retired
Joelyn Weeks, Consultant
Connie Williams, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Mercie Zapata, Texas Department of Public Safety

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