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EWTG Woman of the Year - 2012 - Ginny Booton
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Ginny Booton

2012 Woman of the Year

Each year Executive Women in Texas Government is proud to recognize a member as the Woman of the Year. This is a woman who has made a difference in EWTG, her profession, and her community through life-long learning and her support of other women.

Ginny Booton, Consumer Relations Division Director at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, received this top honor at the EWTG 26th Annual Professional Development Conference in San Marcos on November 5, 2012.
Ginny’s work in state government began in 1993 at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she helped develop the Leadership Challenge program, a public-private joint venture in the Center for Professional Excellence. Later, she moved to Austin, Texas to accept a promotion with the Texas Department of Human Services where she advanced to become the Director of Operations for the Lone Star Technology program. In this role, Ginny implemented the nation's largest electronic benefits system, which distributes assistance to recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program through the use of an electronic debit card.

Her passion for leading teams has taken her to multiple state agencies, including the Texas Department of Transportation, where she managed over 200 customer service employees in the Vehicle Titles and Registration (VTR) Division. The value of taking care of other's needs extended to her service to her staff. For her, coaching others and watching them succeed is her greatest reward. Through this passion, she established a Leadership Academy for her 70 managers at VTR and designed activities and projects for her employees to grow and learn team building. "If you are in the ‘me,’ you are not in the ‘we,’” is one of her favorite sayings.

This amazing woman's lifelong learning and leading began when she financed her own education and obtained a Bachelor's in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Akron in Ohio. Ginny doesn’t leave her leadership skills at the office. She is the Seton Cove board chairwoman, which helps people of all faiths with spiritual formation and creative learning. In addition to being an active member of her Presbyterian church, she also volunteered for United Way, Big  Brothers and Big Sisters, Family Eldercare, and Manos de Cristo. Through one of her volunteer activities at Town Lake Animal Shelter she found and adopted her beloved rescue dog, Lucky. Ginny is a past president of EWTG and during her tenure the group supported the Capitol Area Food Bank, Any Baby Can, Safe Place, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The current EWTG vision, which the organization still lives by in everything we do, was created under her leadership in 2006, "Developing leaders to create positive results in Texas Government."
"Early in her career she became acquainted with the concept of servant leadership and helping others to develop their leadership skills,” Jan Thomas (EWTG member) wrote in Ginny’s nomination. "She believes the greatest reward for any leader is to make a difference in the lives of those you lead.” And, of course, we’re proud to honor her.
Ginny is a model of public service, leadership, mentorship, and community service. She's been instrumental in shaping EWTG in numerous and positive ways. Few members equal her accomplishments in career and giving back to others. Congratulations, Ginny!


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