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April 2015 Newsletter
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April 2015

In This Issue

1. President's Corner
2. Monthly Minicourse
3. EWTG Hosting a Capital Reception April 21, 2015
4. Monthly Luncheon
5. Save the Date - 2015 EWTG Professional Development Conference Update
6. And While You're Saving the Date...
7. Legislative Update
8. EWTG Membership Profiles
9. Executive Success Team News
10. EWTG Star
11. 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

In last month’s column, I said that March blew in like a lion…and now it’s blowing out like a lion, too.  How can that be?  Well, when you’re the titular head of an active, 400-member strong organization of dedicated professional women who want to accomplish great things, it’s pretty easy.

At the first meeting of the conference planning committee, headed by Bobbe Walker, I threw out an idea I once heard from Adm. Bobby Ray Inman, former director of the CIA and a longtime professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  Several years ago I called him, as a research analyst at the Comptroller’s office, to ask his ideas of funding higher education research.  Yes, he said, state government must provide regular research funding to higher education because we needed to develop future “disruptive technologies.”  “Disruptive”?  Uh-oh.  That sounded dangerous.

But think about it…what do disruptions do?  What are they?  Like the moveable type printing press, the light bulb and the Internet, they change our ways of life forever.  I’d add air conditioning to that list (seriously), because without it, Texas and many other states certainly never would have seen the population explosion we did in the 20th century; we wouldn’t be working in high-rise buildings cladded with plate glass; and – of this I am most certain – we would be a lot crankier.

The idea for “disruptive technology,” now known as “disruptive innovation,” came from Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen in the late 1990s, and quickly became the business and technology worlds’ favorite buzzword. Now Forbes magazine publishes annual lists of the “Top Five Disruptive Technologies.”

OK, wonderful.  But how does that affect EWTG and our conference?  The idea, ladies, is that we need to become the disruptive innovators of our day, in our workplaces and in society.  What law or process (state contracting leaps to mind – again) can we help change now that will forever after benefit others?  That’s our challenge, that’s our mission and this year at least, that is what I hope EWTG will help you accomplish.  

Now, let’s go get ‘em.

Laure McLaughlin
2015 EWTG President


April Monthly Minicourse

EWTG Women Entrepreneurs of the Future

By: Karen Howard, Minicourse Director   

Sherry P. Cherry
Executive Director 
Ken Ballage
Chief Operation Officer

Travis and Williamson African American
Chamber of Commerce

Join us on Wednesday, April 8th for the EWTG Mini Course Luncheon at 11:30 for a dynamic and empowering presentation called EWTG Women Entrepreneurs of the Future with Sherry P. Cherry and Ken Ballage. They will explain why entrepreneurship is important, and the four things all entrepreneurs should address in their business plans. They will show you some of the different business opportunities in Travis and Williamson counties and inspire you to prepare for your future. 

Click here to read more.

EWTG Hosting a Capital Reception Honoring Ann Bishop and Porter Wilson
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Legislative Conference Center
Room E2.002A
5:30p - 7:30p

Ann Bishop
Executive Director 
Porter Wilson
Executive Director Designee

 Employees Retirement System of Texas

By: Laure McLaughlin, President

To honor her years of outstanding public service to the state and her longtime support of EWTG, we are proud to announce that EWTG will be hosting a Capitol reception for the retiring executive director of the Employees Retirement System, Ann Bishop, and recognize executive director Porter Wilson. Our co-host will be the Executive Master in Public Leadership Program (EMPL) at the University of Texas at Austin.  

The reception will be in the Capitol on the evening of Tuesday, April 21st in the Legislative Conference Center, Room E2.002A, beginning at 5:30p. State legislators, their staff and EWTG Members in good stating are invited. There is no charge for the event, but all are asked to RSVP to 

Please help us say "thank you" to Ann and "congratulations" to Porter by your presence and by encouraging your legislators, professional legislative staff and potential EWTG members to attend. This is the very first EWTG legislative reception, and we want to make it a resounding success!


April Monthly Luncheon

The Influence of Leadership

By: Dokpe Ogunsanya, Program Director


Jerald Welch, Founder of Anchor Street Consulting

On Wednesday, April 22nd, EWTG will host Jerald Welch as our luncheon speaker.  Jerald is a consultant, strategist, speaker, and trusted advisor to diverse clients across North America. Jerald has over 20 years of experience in military intelligence, financial services and high technology companies. He has a proven track record of success working with start-ups, high-growth, and turn-around operations.

Jerald's combination of successes in the world of business, leadership in the United States Marine Corps as an intelligence and reconnaissance officer, as well as his experience as a collegiate coach allow him to help companies and individuals break through, innovate, and solve problems. His ability to connect the right thoughts, people and circumstances is a gift that he passionately shares in helping people achieve their professional and personal goals.

Please join EWTG members and friends for this insightful and dynamic program. The luncheon will be held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street (ample free parking is available by the Nueces Street entrance). 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, as we anticipate a full house. Thank you!  

Save the Date - 2015 EWTG Professional Development Conference

By: Bobbe Walker, 2015 Vice President and Conference Chair

Save the Dates – November 22-23, 2015. That’s when EWTG will open its 29th Annual Professional Development Conference at the Embassy Suites – Hotel, Spa and Conference Center in San Marcos.  There will also be a networking event on Sunday evening, November 22nd.   

Click here to read more.

And While You're Saving the Date...
Maybe You Can Win a FREE Night in the Conference Hotel

By: Deborah Shaw-Boatner, Membership Director

What would you do for a free night in a swank hotel?  The EWTG board voted to award one lucky EWTG member with a FREE hotel room at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in San Marcos the night of Sunday, November 22nd prior to the EWTG Conference the next day.

Every EWTG member in good standing, either in the Austin or affiliate chapters, is entered in the drawing for the hotel room each time you sign in and attend an EWTG-sponsored event throughout the year.  The more you participate in EWTG and attend luncheons, minicourses and meetings, the more chances you have of winning…simple!

Becoming a new member or renewing your membership, volunteering and working on a committee or being a Building Buddy also enters you in the drawing, which will be held at the October 28, 2015 monthly luncheon in Austin.  The contest period begins April 15, 2015 and runs through September 30, 2015.

Contest rules will be published soon.

Legislative Update

By: Susan Biles, Legislative Chair

By the end of March, the Legislature had filed almost 6,500 bills and resolutions.  Now that the main bill filing deadline is behind us, committees are meeting in earnest.  A bill only has about a 20% chance of passing after it is filed and only about a 30% chance if it has a hearing, so don’t panic yet if you see something you don’t like. House and Senate committee schedules are online.  You can also personalize lists of bills to watch and schedule alerts on meetings here.  

The House debated the budget on the floor on March 31st and April 1st (April Fools Day, ha!). The budget is $210 billion for the biennium, which leaves about $2 billion on the table under the spending cap.  House members filed more than 300 budget amendments, but the bill survived mostly intact.  Health care benefits for state employees were fully funded.  The House also considered the supplemental spending bill on April 1st, which will add about $433M to the current biennium.  This is significantly lower than the state was anticipating.

To read more, click here

Membership Profile

By: Debbie Peterson, Communications Director

Alison Gilliam and Unyime Udosen are the Co-Chairs for the 2015 Conference Silent Auction.   Both Alison and Unyime served on the 2014 Silent Auction Committee and we asked them to share their perspective on their EWTG membership by answering a few questions.   

To read more, click here

Executive Success Team News

By: Jennifer Dormer, President Elect

Being on an Executive Success Team is an excellent way to get to know other EWTG members in small group settings while developing professional and personal skills. Teams of five to seven members meet monthly to discuss topics of mutual interest and concern in a supportive and confidential setting. Some members develop life-long friendships with their Executive Success Team.  

Save the Date
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Hosted by the Mentorship Committee

We will soon begin contacting existing Executive Success Teams to find out about the great things your team has been doing and to ask if you are interested in accepting new members.  If you are not currently on a team, we will also begin gathering the information needed to create new teams.

Watch your email and this newsletter for more exciting information about this year’s Executive Success Teams.  



By: Debbie Peterson, Communications Director

EWTG congratulates Grace Windbigler on her promotion to Director, Technology Sourcing Office at the Texas Department of Information Resources.  Grace has over 24 years of Texas State procurement experience managing several different types of procurements including major Construction, Environmental, and of course Information Technology projects.   Since joining DIR in 2005 as a Contracts Manager, Grace has been instrumental in several high profile contract procurements including DIR’s TEX-AN contract.  Congratulations Grace!

New and Renewing Members

March 2015



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