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EWTG Woman of the Year - 2008 - Lynn Whitten
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Lynn Whitten

Lynn Whitten
2008 Woman of the Year

Lynn Whitten, long-time EWTG member and past President, was named Woman of the Year at EWTG’s 22nd Annual Professional Development Conference on November 24, 2008.  The award acknowledges the recipient’s significant contributions to EWTG, her profession, and her community.

Susan Durso, 2008 President, presented Lynn with an engraved crystal award celebrating her selection, after a lovely video tribute to Lynn’s many accomplishments.  Lynn was received on stage by past EWTG Woman of the Year award recipients and joined by her three siblings, Jeff, Jill, and Holly.

Lynn has been a very active member since joining EWTG in 1996.  She served on the EWTG board as President in 2003, as President-Elect, and as Communications Director (1999 and 2006), as well as serving as an advisor to the board in 2007.  She has served on numerous committees, including the Program Committee and the Communications Committee several times, the By-Laws Committee, two Executive Director Search Committees, the Scholarship Committee, the Community Service Committee and most recently as Chair of the 2008 Nominating Committee.  Lynn has been a member of an Executive Success Team, the ”Ments”, since 1998. 

Currently employed by the Department of Information Resources, Technical Center Operations Division, Lynn is a Service Representative on the Data Center Services consolidation project.  She has over twenty-five years of state experience, mostly in information technology.  Lynn has served in a variety of roles, including systems analyst, project manager, business manager, contingency planning coordinator and quality assurance specialist.  Process improvement has been an area of particular focus. 

Her career in state government has afforded Lynn the opportunity to work with a number of strong women leaders.  Previous state service includes work for the Railroad Commission, the State Treasury, and the State Comptroller’s Office, each headed by women at some time during Lynn’s tenure at those agencies. 

Her education includes a Master of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 12 hours in the Community and Regional Planning Master’s degree program in the School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Austin.  Lynn is a 2001 graduate of the Leadership Texas program and has remained active in the Leadership Texas Alumni Association. 

In addition to devoting time to EWTG, Lynn has given many hours of volunteer service to the Austin community. She served on the Austin Tenants Council Board for 25 years, is a regular blood donor, has been a voter registration volunteer, and has volunteered in various political campaigns.

She has been married since 1984 to Jim Butler and has many interests, including gardening, the arts, traveling, live music, Zydeco dancing, and her regular Jazzercise class.

Lynn is often sought out for her input, advice and counsel and her knowledge of the EWTG by-laws and the organization’s history.  While her board and committee roles showcase her commitment to the organization, the support and guidance Lynn continues to offer to other members reflects her interest in policy and dedication to the EWTG mission and to its members.  Women like Lynn demonstrate strength of character by their commitment to EWTG, their professions, and their community, and we are proud to be in their company.

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