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Newsletter - July 2015
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In This Issue

1. President's Corner
2. Monthly Minicourse
3. Monthly Luncheon
4. New Member Spotlight
5. EWTG Star
6. 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

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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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July 2015

President's Corner

Through a dear friend and EWTG member, I heard of comments made by an anonymous EWTG member. The anonymous member was very concerned that EWTG could go the way of many professional women’s groups – that is, nowhere – because of losing the interest of younger women, becoming self-satisfied and withering away. She said, “Professional women’s groups have evolved. The ones that are dying off – and there are plenty of them – have remained stuck…Women want to network to move up in their careers…We have to adapt to new ways of doing things.”

This member is right, and those concerns are not unfounded. Working women’s lives grow ever more complicated and busy, leaving little time to invest in networking. Social media provide new, but somewhat more superficial connections. State employees are under constant pressure to do more with less. And to some, EWTG programs meant to edify and educate may seem, at times, to be little more than expensive and time-consuming vacuums.

That’s one view. But I believe in another, one where the women of EWTG believe in and support each other, no matter our age, income or life circumstance. I believe that EWTG’s true purpose is to network, to meet women in other agencies and companies, learn new things and INVEST our time in ourselves and in each other. I know that vibrant EWTG exists because I see it everyday.

EWTG’s future is completely dependent on how powerfully we share that mission, and how energetically and eagerly we participate in it. A president or a board can’t do it all, only those women who put their time and effort into our organization can. And that means YOU.

It is no accident that our conference theme this year is “Innovation.” Innovation is how we thrive. Your EWTG board and committees are constantly looking for new ways to support our mission, but all of it is for naught without YOU.

So, ask yourself, when was the last time YOU went to a luncheon, a minicourse or the conference? Don’t YOU think it’s time you looked outside of yourself and did something that benefitted someone else? When was the last time YOU went to a luncheon not just for yourself, but to meet or bring someone new?

You’ve probably heard the old saw, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

I’m all into innovation. Are YOU?

Laure McLaughlin
2015 EWTG President

July Monthly Minicourse

2014 EWTG Woman of the Year
Shares Her EWTG Journey as a Leader, Mentor and Member

By: Karen Howard, Minicourse Director

Susan Durso

Come be a part of our celebration of our 2014 Woman of the Year Susan Durso. Join us on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 11:30am for our EWTG mini-course as Susan shares her journey with EWTG. The mini-course begins at 11:30 AM and the program begins at noon, ending promptly at 1 PM. The mini-course will be at the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina St., TX 78702.

The 2014 winner, Susan Durso has made a difference in EWTG since she joined in 1998. This year Susan is serving on Program Committee. She also has served five terms on the Board of Directors: Affiliates Director in 2003 and 2004, President-Elect in 2007, President 2008, and Membership Director in 2012. Susan gives back to EWTG through regular committee service and through her participation in annual conferences as a presenter and moderator. Susan participates in the organization's mentoring program by being a member of the same Executive Success Team for sixteen years! In addition, Susan has conducted board training to incoming EWTG boards for many years helping to prepare new board members for their service and contributing to successful accomplishment of the organization’s mission.

Click here to read more.

July Monthly Luncheon

Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor

By: Dokpe Ogunsanya, Program Director

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

Click here to read more.

New Member Spotlight

By: Ruth Doss, Communications Director

New member, Annette Brown joined EWTG in February of this year and her first meeting was a monthly luncheon. Annette recently volunteered to be a part of the Communications Committee and attended her first committee meeting. We asked Annette to share her experience so far with EWTG and here are Annette’s thoughts.

Did someone encourage you to join and why?
I came across EWTG online, when I was researching conferences and professional development opportunities for women.

Since joining what have you enjoyed most about being in EWTG?
I have really enjoyed the camaraderie of the professional women gathered at the meetings. Everyone is very nice. I am glad to be part of a professional women’s organization that has goals of further developing women in leadership roles. There is also a good outreach to the community through dynamic leaders who speak to us at the luncheons and mini-courses. There are also community service projects that are organized throughout the year. I am excited to join a committee and share in the work that EWTG puts forth.

What would you say to someone to encourage her to join EWTG?
Everyone makes you feel very welcome at the meetings, and as if you are a part of the group – even if you are new. There are opportunities to grow professionally, and to lead through this organization. Joining is well worth it, and you will gain more than opportunities; you will also gain the chance to be engaged with like-minded professional women. Joining EWTG will extend your network, and bring about new friendships.


The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Shannon Kelley to the position of Enterprise Contracts Manager within the Technology Sourcing Office. As a member of the DIR team for almost 8 years, Shannon has worked to save the state money while developing and negotiating information technology contracts. Shannon has been a member of EWTG since 1999 and has served in numerous Committee and Board positions, including EWTG President in 2009. Congratulations, Shannon!

New and Renewing Members

June 2015

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