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March 2015 Newsletter
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March 2015

In This Issue

1. President's Corner
2. Monthly Minicourse
3. Building Buddies
4. Monthly Luncheon
5. Legislative Update
6. Easter Baskets of Love
7. Executive Success Team 
8. New and Renewing Members


Quick Links

EWTG Web Site

Board of Directors

Thank you 2014 Sponsors!

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 Email your 2015 first quarter application to the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2015.

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.

Debbie Peterson, 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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President's Corner

For me, March blew in like a lion…and I like it that way!  In the past two months, your EWTG board of directors has adopted a budget, begun planning several new initiatives, including redesigning the EWTG website, hosted two fabulous luncheons and one minicourse speaker, learned the foibles of video recording equipment and began planning a legislative reception.  And ladies, we’re just getting started!

Mark your calendars now to attend our March 25th “Bring Your Own Boss” luncheon to hear new Comptroller Glenn Hegar. This is your chance not only to hear the new comptroller, but also to bring your boss and introduce him or her to our thriving, educational organization. 

I especially want to thank five intrepid volunteers who, without hesitation, signed up to be an EWTG Building Buddy for their workplace:  Aelia Akhtar, Mary Castleberry, Tamala Fletcher, Lesley Guthrie and Maureen Vale.  Thank you, ladies!  Building Buddies are simply EWTG members who agree to be EWTG points of contact for their coworkers – helping sign up and include new members in EWTG activities, and provide information on EWTG to anyone who asks.  How many more Building Buddies are out there?  We need quite a few more to reach our goal of having a Buddy in every office building EWTG has members, so get your spring off to a good start and volunteer!

And did you know EWTG was on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn?  Find and “like” our pages to get up to date information.  Also, if you know of a job opening, post it on EWTG’s Facebook page.  After all, an active and thriving job bank is a wonderful benefit to all EWTG members.

Lastly, dear readers, check out the articles in this newsletter regarding Leadership Texas applications and EWTG’s scholarships for it. Scholarship Chair Denise Bettencourt will be accepting scholarship applications soon. Remember that each application will be scored according to the applicant’s length and level of EWTG participation, among other items.  So, start volunteering now!

See you around!


Laure McLaughlin
2015 EWTG President



March Monthly Minicourse

"Breadwinnner", "Lean-In", "Play Big", "Power Connector", "Thrive"

Making Sense of all the Latest Buzz Words in Personal Development 

Patricia V. Hayes, J.D.
Speaker & Consultant

By: Karen Howard, Minicourse Director   

If these words don’t ring a bell for you, then you might not have had the time to keep up with the bestsellers list over the last year. Or perhaps you do recognize them, but haven’t read them yet or are confused by all the hype. Let a self-professed bibliophile and personal coach help you sort through the pages. Patricia will help attendees understand the essence of the latest professional development books and determine which of these “reads” is relevant to your needs. 

Click here to read more.

2016 Leadership Texas - Apply Now, EWTG and LW Scholarships Available

By: Audrey Selden, Leadership Women Board President

Leadership Texas, a signature program of Leadership Women, has established an early acceptance process for the 2016 program year. Leadership Texas is a year-long educational and leadership development program that helps women leaders expand their knowledge of issues, challenges and opportunities that impact their work, personal lives and communities. High potential women leaders who apply now will receive a decision regarding acceptance as early as April 2015. EWTG and LW scholarships are available.

Click here to read more.


March Monthly Luncheon

Bring Your Own Boss" (BYOB)
Glenn Hegar,
 Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

By: Dokpe Ogunsanya, Program Director


Elected in November 2014, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is a vigilant steward of Texas tax dollars and a strong advocate for job growth in our economy. As a staunch supporter of government transparency, Hegar believes all levels of government should be open and accountable to those who pay the bills — Texas taxpayers.

Click here to read more.

Legislative Update

By: Susan Biles, Legislative Committee Chair

With two weeks left until the bill filing deadline, the Legislature has filed almost 3000 bills and another 2500+ will be filed in the next two weeks.  (I just got a little freaked out writing that.)  I have to say, I’m a little disappointed so far.  Is the debate over bag bans as crazy as its going to get?  What about sexy dancing cheerleaders? What about groping by the TSA?  Let’s hope somebody raises the entertainment factor in the next two weeks.

Click here to read more.

Easter Baskets of Love

By: Tamala Fletcher, EWTG Member

Two EWTG members, Tamala Fletcher and Charity Denning, are teaming up again this year with Huston-Tillotson University to provide Easter Baskets for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  In 2014, the two prepared and distributed more than 150 Easter baskets to disadvantaged children participating in the hunt, but unfortunately, there were more children than baskets.  This year, Tamala and Charity set a goal of 200 baskets and are asking for your help to bring Easter Baskets to all the children who participate in the hunt. 

To read more, click here



By: Debbie Peterson, Communications Director

EWTG Member Lucinda Edwards, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, was selected to participate in the 2015 West Region Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Student Simulation Competition.  The regional competition was held Saturday, February 28th in Los Angeles, California.   

To read more, click here

New and Renewing Members

February 2015

Annette Brown, Texas Department of State Health Services
Carol Dye, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Mary Gold, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Isis Johnson, TXDPS-Chief Auditor's Office
Barbara Mendoza, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Sherbert Mims, DADS
Donna Ribinskas,
Marie Welsch, TX Juvenile Justice


Aelia Akhtar, Health and Human Services Commission
Kay Arnold, Retired
Patricia Bordie, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Shalyn Bridges, Texas Legislative Council
Mary Castleberry, Department of Family and Protective Services
Cynthia Hale, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services
Susanna Holt Cutrone, Texas Workforce Commission
Elizabeth Lovaas, Texas Department of Insurance
Sylvia McPherson, Texas Workforce Commission
Meghan Patronella, Department of Public Safety
Shana Quintanilla, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services
Audrey Selden, Selden Consulting
Patricia Speed, The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
Maureen Vale, Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services
Kara Whiddon, Department of Aging and Disability Services


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