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EWTG Woman of the Year - 1998 - Mary Lambert
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Mary Lambert
1998 Woman of the Year

Mary Lambert was named EWTG's 1998 Woman of the Year during the 12th annual professional development conference held in Austin on November 22nd and 23rd. EWTG's Woman of the Year award is intended to recognize an individual woman who has distinguished herself in our organization, her profession, and her community. The recipient of the 'Woman of the Year award epitomizes the values for which EWTG stands and represents the best of who we are as women and as leaders.

Mary joined EWTG in 1991 and has been an active participant from the very beginning. She served on the EWTG Board of Directors as Director of Membership in 1993 and 1994. She chaired the Nominations Committee in 1995 and Co-Chaired the Mentor Committee in 1997. She was Co-Founder of the Executive Success Teams in 1997 and has spent 1998 working in the role of Co-Facilitator of an Executive Success Team. Throughout Mary's EWTG tenure she has assisted with special projects and championed significant advances within the organization.

Mary has made great contributions and advances in other aspects of her life as well. Her career has evolved out of her eagerness to try new things. She began as a high school teacher, but managed to learn Fortran in two weeks and became a programmer.

Two years later Mary was awarded in Internship in Guatemala which required that she learn Spanish in two months so that she could write curriculum guides in Spanish. Next on her list of new things to try was starting a family. She stayed at home with her young children and, along with her husband, exercised her entrepreneurial skills to launch a cottage industry.

Mary began state service as an entry level programmer at the University of Texas and soon found herself managing a staff of five systems analysts designing software systems. Four years ago Mary made the move to Instructional Technology, and within three years was managing a staff of sixteen and had responsibility for several new initiatives at St. Edward's University. She opened a Faculty Resource Center, established a new university wide Help Desk, and proposed a technology competencies initiative to prepare students for the information age. Currently Mary is co-chair of the task force proposing a signature initiative creating a Center for Ethics and Moral Leadership which will not only benefit the community of St. Edwards, but will also be a resource for the greater Austin community.

Mary has also demonstrated outstanding community involvement. She was Vice President of the PTO at Pease Elementary School, chaired the Adopt-A-School Committee, served as member of the AISD Gifted and Talented Advisory Board, and worked with American Field Service, providing housing for exchange students from Spain and Japan. Last year Mary began to explore her creativity in a new way when she acted in a play for the first time. Currently Mary is appearing in the play "Black Elk Speaks". Also on Mary's list of "firsts" is completion of a Triathlon in June.

While participating in the Triathlon, Mary noticed a woman wearing a T-shirt that read "'When was the last time you did something for the first time?" She has taken this phrase as her personal mantra and is determined to keep her answer to less than a few months.

Congratulations to EWTG's 1998 Woman of the Year. Marv Lambert.


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