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Do you have questions about the Executive Women in Texas Government? The Communications Committee has created this group of questions and answers for existing Members as well as anyone that might be interested in joining, but would like more information.

‘EWTG’ stands for Executive Women in Texas Government, and was founded in 1984 by six visionary women who recognized the need for women in higher levels of state government to have an educational and networking support group.

EWTG is committed to supporting women in Texas government and higher education by increasing understanding of issues related to Texas government and higher education through educational meetings, seminars and conferences; by providing leadership and management training opportunities; by encouraging professionalism through peer support and mentor programs; by creating a vehicle for elected and appointed officials to recruit women for executive positions in Texas government and higher education; and by offering opportunities for professional interaction among women in Texas government.

Executive Women in Texas Government is committed to contributing positively to Texas government and higher education, and to maintaining the highest standards of ethics and social responsibility.

There are three (3) different member types to support the diversity of our Members:

  1. Full Membership: Any state or higher education employee, who develops, directs, manages, supervises, or administers people, programs, or policies or whose annual salary meets a level set by the Board. Annual Dues for Full Membership is $75.
  2. Partner Membership: Public or private employee whose work supports the purpose of EWTG. County, City and Federal Memberships are included under this category. Annual Dues for Partner Membership is $75.
  3. Retiree Membership: Must be retired from full or partner member status. Annual Dues for Retiree Membership is $40.


Each full member shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the membership. Full members are active members who may attend meetings, serve on committees, receive the monthly newsletters and access the membership directory, serve as officers and enjoy all the benefits of the EWTG organization.

Note: the term full member as used here indicates that partner members and retiree members can vote.

The “What’s In It For Me” (WIIFM) benefits to being an EWTG Member are plentiful! We’ve included several Membership highlights below:


  • Access to a huge network of professionals, located throughout the state of Texas;
  • Discounted rate to attend the monthly luncheons & listen to incredible speakers in the Austin Women’s Club downtown;
  • Opportunity to increase your skills by being on the Board of Directors, leading a team as a Committee Chair, and/or volunteering on a Committee;
  • FREE continuing education at the monthly mini-courses;
  • Substantial Member discount for registration to the EWTG Annual Conference in November;
  • Participation in Educational events such as a behind the scenes tour of Austin Ballet, a tour of the State Cemetery, etc.;
  • Participation in Membership events such as a Hill Country Wine Tour, a visit to Austin City Limits’, etc.;
  • Able to apply for EWTG Member Scholarships (based on involvement in EWTG);
  • Choice of joining an Executive Success Team (EST) of peers through with you can further develop personally and professional; and
  • Collaboration on Community Support Projects to benefit places such as the Austin Carver Library, Handbags 4 Hope, School Supply Coordination at Sanchez Elementary, Capitol Area Food Bank, etc.


CELEBRATE your accomplishment and plan to attend your first event – whether it is the monthly Luncheon or a mini-course. Introduce yourself to others, and let the current Board know what you are interested in doing.

Take the time to think about what you want to do and what you like to do. EWTG has many opportunities for growth and development – and you can make your Membership what you want and need it to be. It is up to you, to let the Board know about your skills and your interests.

Being on an EST is an excellent way to get to know other EWTG members in small group settings while developing professional and personal skills. Teams of five to seven members meet monthly to discuss topics of mutual interest and concern in a supportive and confidential setting. Some members develop life-long friendships within their EST.

On the second Wednesday of each month from February through October, EWTG Members and guests are invited to attend a mini-course educational event. These mini-courses provide training to the EWTG membership and are open to anyone interested in attending. There is no charge for attending this event for Members. With a reservation, Members have the option of purchasing a lunch for $10, or they may bring their own lunch. Mini-courses are held at the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina Street in Austin.

On the fourth Wednesday of each month from January through October, EWTG Members and guests can take advantage of a lunch networking opportunity while hearing from a distinguished guest speaker from the public or private sector. Luncheons are held at the historic Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street in Austin.

Certification of Attendance is provided to attendees who request this confirmation. These confirm the attendee’s name, the topic, date and that one (1) hour of continuing education was earned. Whether or not your particular certifying entity recognizes or accepts this form of CE, is between the attendee and the certifying entity.

GREAT! We would love to hear your ideas. Please know that you can contact the current Board at any time with your suggestions. We also encourage Membership to reach out directly to the Committee Chairs, posted at the web site under Leadership, to retrieve the Chair’s name and link directly to their email contact.

As a strictly volunteer organization, we welcome your input. EWTG has many opportunities to present. Depending on whether you are interested in presenting at a Luncheon, a mini-course, or the Annual Conference, you are encouraged to contact the Chair for that area. For instance, the Program Chair runs the Monthly Luncheons, the Mini-Course Chair runs this educational venue, and the VP/Conference Chair runs the Annual Conference and has an entire Committee under her that supports all the moving pieces for that event.

If you didn’t already select areas of interest when you signed-up, it’s not too late! Just let the current Board know about your interest(s) and, we assure you, we will match these to the organization’s needs –it is a mutually beneficial relationship.

Leadership Texas is the premier statewide women’s leadership program, the longest running and most successful of its kinds in the US. Leadership Texas provides educational and development opportunities to Texas women who seek to advance as leaders and expand their knowledge of the diverse dynamics, issues, challenges and opportunities that impact their work, personal lives and communities. Visit Leadership Texas for more information.

Simply click here to complete the Leadership Texas application. Please note: You can apply any time of year; application deadline each year is around November 1 for the following year’s program. Also, please note: Each year, the final schedule of topics, cities and session dates are available for review on the column to the left of this page by June 15th for the following year's program.

Correct; each year EWTG awards scholarships to its members to support professional and personal development and to reward and encourage EWTG participation. This program allows members an opportunity to enhance their skills, learn new ones through training, coursework, conferences, and more. More information can be found here.

Note: Scholarship Committee members review the applications and recommend awards to the Board of Directors depending upon the number of points earned. An applicant must score a minimum of 50 points to be considered.

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