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January 2015 Newsletter
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January 2015

In This Issue

1. President's Corner
2. January Luncheon
3. EWTG Star
4. Get Involved!
5. 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 2014 first quarter until 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

When you looked in the mirror on New Year’s Day, what did you tell yourself?

1. Wow, that was some party last night!
2. This is the year I’m going to eat better, lose weight and exercise more. No, really.
3. Oh, Lord, another legislative session is coming.
4. This year, I believe I’m going to enhance my professional skills, learn things simply to learn them, get to know other professional women and do some community service work.

While statements 2 and 3 probably come closest to what you really said, maybe you should be asking yourself why you didn’t think about growing professionally and personally this year.  Sure, it’s what we all want deep down, but we often don’t take the time to say it, out loud.

Years ago, I remember hearing some advice Martina Navratilova gave about how to push toward excellence.  “Consider a plate of ham and eggs,” she said.  The chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.”

Now, think about that.  Many of us are involved in a world of things that, from time to time, seem to sweep us haplessly through our own lives: our families, our work, our spiritual life, our communities.  But few of us take the time to discern what, exactly, we are committed to.  Are we just going to see what cards we are dealt, or are we going to pursue excellence?  Are we going to think, “Oh, surely someone will step up to take care of that,” or are we going to be that someone?  Are we going to be the “chickens” in our own lives, or are we going to be the “pigs”?

My challenge to you, dear EWTG members, is “Be The Pig.”  Bring your commitment to all the women of EWTG have to offer.  Decide that this is the year you grow, the year you take a chance and the year you find both personal and professional achievement.  Come to our minicourses every second Wednesday of the month.  Come to our luncheons every fourth Wednesday of the month.  Dedicate yourself to engaging in the work of EWTG’s committees or join an Executive Success Team to find – and perhaps become – the mentor you’ve always wanted.  Your character, your life and the lives of others will be the richer for it.  Promise.

Laure McLaughlin
2015 EWTG President


January Monthly Luncheon

By: Joelyn Weeks, 2014 Program Director

The first 2015 EWTG Luncheon is scheduled for January 28, 2015.  The Monthly Luncheon meeting will feature, Ann Kitchen, Austin City Council, Place 5.  Ann is a member of the new 10/1 single member council districts for the city of Austin.  Ann will talk about collaboration strategies with other women leaders to accomplish missions and goals.
Ann is committed to public service; she is a consumer advocate and attorney.  She was elected to the City Council on November 4, 2015 where she garnered 54% of the vote in a field of seven candidates and avoided a runoff election.
Ann Kitchen, an attorney, graduated from the University of Texas’ School of Law in 1986.  She began her career with the Texas Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.  In 2000, Ann was elected to the Texas State House of Representatives, District 48.  Her time in the Legislature is best remembered by the contributions she made to HB 1156, expanded women's access to health care; and SB 11, the Medical Records Privacy Act.
Prior to her election to the State Legislature, Ann Kitchen's experience included managing the health care regulatory group of Price Waterhouse Coopers.  She also served as a policy adviser to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  Ann has been involved with efforts for a more affordable Austin, protection of children, women’s health, strengthening public schools, and protecting Austin neighborhoods.  Ann continues to be active on the local, state, and national levels to improve access to quality health care.
After leaving the Legislature, Ann Kitchen was named Executive Director of the Indigent Care Collaboration, a regional collaboration of public and private hospitals, clinics, MHMR, public health departments, university medical departments, and medical societies responsible for providing care for uninsured individuals.
Most recently, Ann served as the Vice Chair on the City of Austin Charter Revision Committee before her election to the Austin City Council.  In her spare time Ann enjoys tap dancing, biking, kayaking, walking, swimming, and yoga.

We hope you will be able to join us!  Click here for registration information.  


Lora Weber, EWTG Woman of the Year for 1997, was elected Chair of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Partnership, serving through 2015.  In this role, she also co-chairs the Economic Development Advisory Council with the Mayor of Round Rock.

Lora and her husband, Jay, have owned MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery in Round Rock for ten years.  After retiring from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2009, Lora became active in the Chamber, serving as Chair of the Business Advocacy Council and as an Ambassador.  She received the Chairman’s Award in 2011 for her contributions to the organization, and MaggieMoo’s was named Small Business of the Year in 2012.  

The Round Rock Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Partnership is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Central Texas. Its approximately 1,000 investors collectively employ more than 25,000 people in the area. It is also the region’s only accredited chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  

Lora has been a member of EWTG for 30 years having joined at the organization’s very first meeting in 1984.  She served as President in 1989 and was honored as Woman of the Year in 1997.  Lora considers EWTG as essential to her success in state government and in private business. She deeply values the opportunities, education, support, and lifetime friendships she has gained through the organization.

Congratulations Lora!


By: Debbie Peterson, 2015 Communications Director

Each January brings a host of information about making and keeping your New Year’s Resolutions.   If you are like me, you’ll have good intentions, but sometimes the reality can fall short and I don’t complete that ambitious list of “to-do’s”.   One resolution that’s easy to keep, fun and rewarding is to get involved with one of the many EWTG Committees.   

  • Each member of the board of directors has committees to help them perform their duties, including help with Affiliates, Communications, which includes helping on social media, the newsletter, the website and our NEW video capabilities, Membership, Mentorship, Programs for both the minicourses and the luncheons, and Public Relations.
  • Conference Committee and various subcommittees:  under the direction of the Vice President, this committee builds our EWTG annual conference in November and includes subcommittees for:
    • Evaluations of the conference generally, including speakers and presenters,
    • Exhibits,
    • Facilities, 
    • Programs,
    • Registration, and
    • the Silent Auction, proceeds of which go into EWTG’s scholarship funds.
  • Legislative Committee:  updates members monthly via the newsletter on issues of general interest to EWTG members, such as major changes to appropriations patterns; state employee and retiree insurance and benefits; and constitutional amendments.
  • Scholarship Committee: evaluates all scholarship applications and recommends awards to the board of directors for eligible applicants.

Have you always been interested in how the speakers are selected for the annual conference?  Then the Conference Program Committee is for you.   Would you like to learn more about social media and how to “tweet”? Then consider signing up for the Communications Committee.  Want to help with fun networking events?   The Membership Committee would love to have your help.  

The committees have different time commitments and EWTG encourages you to review all the opportunities and see what suits your schedule and interests best.   Volunteering is a way to learn new skills, meet other EWTG members and make a difference you can really see! A list of all the committees and their responsibilities is located on the EWTG website by clicking here.   

We hope you’ll take the time to Get Involved!   You’ll be happy you did, and you can check at least one resolution off your list!    

New and Renewing Members
 December 2014

Deborah Bice-Broussard, Texas Workforce Commission
Angela Brodrick-Donohue, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Deborah Clark, DADS
Erika Crespo, TCEQ
Denisha Ellis, State of Texas-DFPS
Gehan Flanders, TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality)
Mistie Hinote, Texas Department of Insurance
Louisa Hoberman, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Sheila Hyde, Legislative Budget Board
Heather Jones, Tx. Dept. of Family & Protective Services
Sharon Moon, Texas Health & Human Services
Robin Smith, TX Controller of Public Accounts
Sonja Tindell, DADS

Sarah G. Bauer, Waddell & Reed, Inc
Beverly Bavousett, Retired
Denice Bettencourt, Texas Department of Transportation
Joanne Edge
Debbie Eller, City of College Station
Tamala Fletcher, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Arthur Mural Hernandez, Comptroller of Public Accounts
Kim Kizer, Texas County & District Retirement System
Jane Lundquist, Texas Department of Transportation
Mahshid Moaddeb, Texas Department of State Health Services
Robin Owen, Dept of Family and Protective Services
Elaine Powell, Retired, Department of State Health Services
Michelle Zahler, DSHS


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