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EWTG Woman of the Year - 1993 - Elaine Powell
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Elaine Powell
1993 Woman of the Year

At the EWTG Holiday Reception on December 14, Elaine Powell was named Woman of the Year. Congratulations, Elaine!

Elaine's participation in EWTG has included President, 1992; President-Elect, 1991; Program Director, 1989; Spring Seminar Chair, 1991; Historian, 1993. Elaine also served on the Leadership Texas Scholarship Committee, Membership Committee, Mentorship Committee, and Nominations Committee.

As Executive Director of the Texas Productivity and Incentive Commission, Elaine has maintained start-up momentum while getting the programs to a more steady operational state. She implemented the Productivity Bonus Program and is most proud of implementing Relay Texas, the telecommunications program that makes it possible for hearing- and speech-impaired individuals to have full access to the telephone network.

In 1982, Elaine was appointed by Governor Mark White to serve on the State Select Committee on Agency Services Management. Also, she was among the first women professionals to transfer to the headquarters of the Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia, and she was one of the staff members selected to work on the transfer of the company to Saudi ownership (1989-91).

Elaine is a graduate of the 1992 Leadership America program, and she currently is on the Leadership Texas Alumnae Association Board of Directors. She is active in several organizations related to state government and has served on the board of the Texas Women's Center and the Texas Photographic Society. In 1989, she was a delegate to the US/USSR/Hungary Emerging Leaders Program, a dialogue held in Indiana among business and labor representatives of the three countries.

Elaine was an American Field Service student abroad. She was sent to Istanbul, Turkey, where she lived with a family with whom she still maintains contact. She attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and graduated with highest honors in history and economics. She attended graduate school at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and received a National Defense Scholarship for the study of Arabic. She was selected for the summer program of Arabic study at the American University in Egypt.

Honorable mention goes to the following candidates who were nominated for the Woman of the Year Award: Dr. Janice Caldwell, Executive Director, Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services; Marjorie Fortner, Deputy Regional Administrator, Texas Department of Human Services; Patricia Hiller, Executive Assistant, Board of Directors, State Bar of Texas; Susan Johnson, Director, Program Planning, Health and Human Services, Governor's Office; Dr. Kathleen Wilburn, Director of Training, Human Resources, Texas Department of Transportation; and Lora Williams, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The EWTG Public Relations Committee is grateful to the judges who had a difficult time choosing one recipient from the many talented and worthy candidates. The judges were Louise Waddill, Executive Director, Board of Nurse Examiners; Emily Untermeyer, Executive Director, Texas Cancer Council; Lucy Todd, Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services; Leilani Rose, Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation; Leslie Pool, Texas Department of Transportation, and Rosie de Leon-McCrady.

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