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EWTG Woman of the Year - 2001 - Penny Johnson
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Penny Johnson
2001 Woman of the Year

Penny Johnson was named EWTG's 2001 Woman of the Year during the 15th Annual Professional Development Conference in Austin. The purpose of the Woman of the Year Award is to acknowledge an individual woman who has distinguished herself in our organization, her profession, and her community. The EWTG Woman of the-Year epitomizes the values for which EWTG stands and represents the best of who we are as women and leaders,

Penny started her career with the Texas Employment Commission in 1967 as an Interviewer, worked for 29 years and retired in 1996 as the Public Information and Media Director at the Texas Workforce Commission. During her career, Penny helped many people, both employed and unemployed, develop their skills. She directed a staff of forty-two employees in public information, graphics design, video production, studio filming, and print shop operations.

Penny has been a member of EWTG since 1991. She has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors and was the Conference Chair for the EWTG Annual Conference in 1995. In 1996 she chaired the Mentorship Committee and in 1997 Penny served as President of EWTG. She continues to participate in the many functions of EWTG and serves as facilitator in the Executive Success Teams. She regularly attends EWTG luncheons and conferences.

Penny is both a leader in her career life as well as her community life. As President of the Dripping Springs Library, she lead a community effort to create a taxing authority to fund the library. The voters approved the referendum and created a taxing district with Penny at the lead of the new publicly elected Board, Penny serves on the Pound House Development committee and writes grant proposals to obtain restoration funds for this historic farmstead, She volunteers at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Research Center and she was the Chair of the "The Gathering". an annual fund raising art festival in Dripping Springs.

Penny gained her academic training in Education at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

This year’s judges were Dawna Dukes, State Representative of District 50, Betty King, Retired Secretary of the Senate, and Julia Johnson, Retired Legislative Aide. These women shared their wisdom and judgment in determining this year's winner. As judges they were charged with a difficult task, as all of the nominees were so highly qualified. We thank them for their time in determining the 2001 EWTG Woman of the Year.

This year’s nominees were Joy Anderson, Penny Johnson, Gaye McElwain, Eileen Sandy, Joelyn Weeks, and Carol Willis. These women were judged on their EWTG participation, career accomplishments, community involvement, educational accomplishments, and overall leadership characteristics.

Penny joins a distinguished group of EWTG Women of the Year: Elaine Powell, Claudia Stravato, Frankie Watson, Mary Lou Ralls, Lora Weber, Mary Lambert. Donna Rolland. and Denise Pittard.


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