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Newsletter - August 2015
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In This Issue

1. President's Corner
2. Monthly Mini-course
3. Monthly Luncheon
4. President's Night Out Networking Event 
5. Membership Update
6. Conference Update
7. Save the Date - EWTG Networking Event
8. Building Buddies Update
9. New and Renewing Members

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Quarterly Scholarships

EWTG scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis to those wanting an opportunity for professional advancement or personal growth. All interested members are encouraged to apply; financial need is not a factor. Take a moment to treat yourself to a course you have been putting off or a conference you would love to attend.

Guidelines for qualifying for a scholarship and applications are available on the EWTG website at Email your 2015 first quarter application to the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2015.

EWTG Board Meetings

The EWTG Board holds its monthly meetings at the Carver Library in Austin on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The agenda for each meeting will be posted on EWTG's website by noon on the Monday before the meeting.

A summary of the board meeting minutes is also posted on the website.

Ruth Doss, Editor
Communications Director

Committee Volunteers Needed

Please look over the Committee Descriptions on the EWTG website and consider becoming more active in the organization.

Participating on a committee is a great way to support EWTG, learn new skills and to meet other interesting executive women. As with so many things, "the more you give, the more you get."

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August 2015

President's Corner

The dog days of summer are upon us, and the living is easy…unless you’re on the EWTG board or our many committees, that is!  While Karen Howard and the Conference Program Committee have been selecting presenters for you this fall, the board has continued planning for the November conference, finishing the new webpage design, having our usual monthly mini-courses and luncheons AND busy planning several EWTG social events.

In August, membership director Deborah Shaw-Boatner and the Membership Committee will be sponsoring a free-for-members networking event at Design for Consignment, a furniture consignment store in North Austin.  We have invited board members of Texas Women in Business (TWIB) to join us, as several EWTG members belong to TWIB, too.  And if you work and/or live in North Austin, this is your chance to join us for a glass of wine and finger foods.  So come!

In September, president-elect Jennifer Dormer and her committee will have our Executive Success Team Kick-Off.  This is your chance to be matched with EWTG ladies who have a variety of experiences, ages and backgrounds, to offer you another opportunity to be and have a mentor.  An EST’s cardinal rule is that everything said among EST members is confidential, since a mentor/mentee relationship is founded on honesty and trust.  Violators will be strung up by their toes…by me!

As if that isn’t enough, in late September, Deborah and the Membership Committee will be at it again with the almost-annual Capital Cruise on Lady Bird Lake.  The cruise is always a fun time, and if all goes well, the famous Austin bats (and likely, several other Austin, um, characters) will put on their stunning “keep Austin weird” evening display.

So mark your calendars and stay cool, my friends!


Laure McLaughlin
2015 EWTG President

August Monthly Minicourse

Wednesday, August 12th 
"Learning Porfolio Management: How Manages Projects"

By: Karen Howard, Minicourse Director

Donna Ribinskas
Director of Portfolio Management

Developing a Portfolio-based Organization
Do you find yourself with too few people and a seemingly infinite list of projects?  Determining what to do and when to do it, when everyone wants it now can be a daunting task, if not an impossible one. 

Our speaker Donna Ribinskas will help you determine which projects deserve your investment of time, money and effort, implement those projects in a manner that is logical, efficient and accountable, and see the value of your enterprise.

Click here to read more.

August Monthly Luncheon
August 26, 2015

Global Transformation
Dr. Jeremi Suri
University of Texas


By: Dokpe Ogunsanya, Program Director

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author of six books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. Professor Suri's research and teachings have received numerous recognitions. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media. Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs and holds a BA from Stanford University, a MA from Ohio University and a PhD from Yale University.

Please join EWTG members and friends for this insightful and dynamic program. The luncheon is held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street (ample free parking). Networking begins at 11:30 am. and lunch will be served at 11:45 am. The program starts at noon and concludes at 1:00 pm. The cost is $20 for EWTG members and $25 for guests. Remember to register early for the luncheon in anticipation of a “full house,” thank you!  

"President's Night Out"
EWTG Membership and Networking Event
Thursday, August 20, 2015

By: Deborah Shaw-Boatner, Membership Director

The EWTG Membership Committee cordially invites you to “President’s Night Out” on Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 6:00 pm– 8:00 pm. This event will be held at Design with Consignment, 3301 Steck Avenue Suite #100 in North Austin – an upscale furniture consignment showroom.  

The evening will feature EWTG’s fabulous past presidents sharing their wisdom on leadership, mentoring, and networking.  Our other special guests will be members of Texas Women in Business for those members who may be interested in starting (or have already started) their own business. 

Click here to read more. 


New EWTG Members Join at Monthly Luncheons and Mini-Courses

Left to right:  Membership Director, Deborah Shaw-Boatner; (New members joined at June Luncheon) Rachel Snell, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services; Shelia Craig, Health and Human Services Commission; and Sonja Gaines, Health and Human Services Commission.

By: Deborah Shaw-Boatner, Membership Director

The second Wednesday of each month from February through October, EWTG sponsors Mini-Courses at the Carver Branch Library and the EWTG Luncheons are held the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Austin Woman Club, January through October. These two programs are excellent ways for our members to grow their executive management and leadership skills. 

Click here to read more.

What Have You Done Lately to Build Your Career?

By: Bobbe Walker, Vice President & Conference Chair

If it has been awhile since you did something to further your professional goals, it's time to do something for yourself right now. Make an appointment on your personal and work calendars to join us for EWTG’s 29th Annual Professional Development Conference! The conference is set for Monday November 23, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference center in San Marcos, Texas. A networking reception will also be held the evening before on Sunday November 22, 2015.

School may be in recess right now, but our Conference Committee has been hard at work preparing for the EWTG 29th Annual Professional Development Conference.

Click here to read more.

All Aboard!
EWTG Networking Event
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Capital Cruise on the Pride and Joy

By: Deborah Shaw-Boatner, Membership Director 

The EWTG Membership Committee cordially invites you to a fun EWTG evening cruise on The Pride and Joy harbored on the shores of beautiful Lady Bird Lake by the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 208 Barton Springs Road. We hope to see the famous Congress Avenue bats and perhaps a few other famous Austinites during our two-hour cruise!! 

Click here to read more.

Building Buddies Update


We have had great response to the Building Buddies Program.   We still need a few more volunteers so if you are interested please send us an email at   Click here to see the current list of Building Buddies.

New and Renewing Members

July 2015

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