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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 2016 first quarter application to the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2016.

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The EWTG Board holds its monthly meetings at the Mitte Carriage House 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.

Cheryl Taylor, Editor
Communications Director


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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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February 2016   

The new board met in January for 4 ½ hours to get to know each other and to learn how we will work together via a personality test. We reviewed the 2016 draft budget, the by-laws, and strategized ideas and goals for the year.  On the 27th we had a fabulous luncheon speaker,   Shayla Rivera!  She was so enjoyable to listen to that I believe everyone left that luncheon feeling positive and wanting to make changes in their lives.  For those of you who took up my suggestion to attend more luncheons as a New Year’s resolution, I’m sure you weren’t disappointed by Shayla.  Wow, what a spunky and funny woman!  

My other New Year’s resolution suggestion was to join a board committee or conference committee.  I always tell new members that you get what you put into the membership.  Serving on a committee allows you to network and meet women that become friends and mentors; provides hands-on experience, knowledge, training and skills; builds your resume and enhances your opportunities for career advancement.  Since I joined in 2009, I have either chaired a committee or served on the board.  I have used those experiences and skills to beef up my resume.  When you go for a job interview, you will be able to talk about more than just your work experience.  You can bring to the table your experience and skills that you have acquired from this organization.  

For our organization to be successful, we have committees.  For our committees to be successful we have volunteers to serve on the committees. 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  - Helen Keller

Below are our current committees and chairs. Click here to learn more about these committees. No matter what your interest, EWTG has a committee for you.

  • Advisory Committee – Jennifer Dormer, President
  • Affiliates Committee – Grace Nobles, Affiliate Director
  • Communications Committee – Cheryl Taylor, Communications Director
  • Conference Committee – Bobbe Walker, Vice President and Conference Chair
  • Membership Committee – Dokpe Ogunsanya, Membership Director
  • Mentorship Committee & Strategic Planning Committee – Clare Dyer, President Elect
  • Mini-Course Committee – Barbara Chavez, Mini-Course Director
  • Program Committee – Karen Howard, Program Director
  • Public Relations Committee – Amy Redmond, Public Relations Director
  • Scholarship Committee – Denise Bettencourt, Chair
  • Community Service Committee – Tamala Fletcher, Chair
  • Development Committee – Shawana Abrams, Co-chair -  Vacant,  Co-Chair
  • Educational Events Committee – Deborah Shaw-Boatner, Chair

 To volunteer for any of these committees please complete the volunteer form on our website. 


Jennifer Dormer
2016 EWTG President


Announcing the February Mini-Course!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.

Get Fit, Have Fun, Make Friends, Kick Start Your New Year!

Live a Healthier Life.



Roz Davis
Certified Personal Trainer, Owner rozKz Fitness

By Barbara Chavis

Get Fit, Have Fun, Make Friends, Kick Start Your New Year! Live a Healthier Life. It’s that time again; with the start of the New Year! Many of us are setting goals to get better, happy and healthier life in 2016. Motivation is what gets you started, its habit that keeps you going! 

Make plans to attend the first 2016 EWTG Mini-Course on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 11:30 am to learn more about living healthier in 2016. You will learn about: 

  • How to get toned and slim in the waist forever! 
  • Nourishing your body 
  • Cardio and learn 
  • Water your body 
  • Women and weights 

The mini-course begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon, ending promptly at 1:00 p.m. The mini-course will be held at the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina St, TX 78702. EWTG will provide pizza, loads of fresh green salad, dessert and drinks for $10, or you can bring your own brown bag lunch. Also, wear or bring comfortable shoes.

Roz Davis is a certified personal trainer for National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is working towards her Master Trainer certification. Roz is the owner of rozKz Fitness which offers small group fitness and thru a partnership with Camp Gladiator; she offers Wellness and outdoor Bootcamps. Her philosophy is “It’s Not about Being Skinny Its about Being Healthy”. Roz Mays Davis was born in the hot summer of 1956 in Austin, Texas. She is a fun and energetic baby boomer with 6 children and 5 grand-children. Roz enjoys the love and support of her husband Ralph Davis.

Register Now 

Register now to ensure a reserved seat and order lunch. Cancellations must be received twenty-four (24) hours prior to the event to receive a refund for pizza orders.


EWTG Luncheon
February 24th, 2016


Craig D. Pedersen


Director, Executive Master in Public Leadership Program
LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin


By: Karen Howard, EWTG Program Director

Register now to ensure a reserved seat and order lunch. Cancellations must be received twenty-four (24) hours prior to the event to receive a refund Mr. Pedersen has been recognized for organizational innovation in both management and policy. He has over thirty years of experience in organizational management and leadership; state and local governance and finances; and water policy, planning and financing. He has successfully led large and complex organizations in both the public and private sectors. He has extensive executive and legislative experience as well as relationships with local, state and federal government organizations. 

Mr. Pedersen’s 1981-2002 career in the Texas state government included both administrative and policy positions, and culminated in eleven years as the Executive Administrator of the Texas Water Development Board. He has also served as a legislative and executive aide and as a regional business line leader and office manager of a 300-person profit center for a Fortune 500 engineering company. 

Mr. Pedersen is a 1981 graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the 1998 recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award. In addition to teaching and administrative duties, he also serves (since 2013) as Senior Vice President of a technology start-up company in the water arena.

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 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The program starts at noon and concludes at 1:00 p.m. 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!

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“The Star” will give your directors a chance to talk with you and keep you informed on the areas they support. This month, you can learn more about EWTG Mentorship in the form of Executive Support Teams (EST), the Strategic Planning committee and the Mini-Course committee.  Get involve, join a committee.

Mentorship & Strategic Planning Director
Clara Dyer 

The President-elect chairs the Mentorship and the Strategic Plan Committees.  The Mentorship Committee's main duty is to oversee the formation and support of Executive Success Teams, the major component of EWTG's group mentoring program.  The committee will be contacting current teams and collecting names from interested members for new teams.  A reception to introduce teams and collect names for additional team members will be held later this year.  As President-elect, I would like to make sure everyone who wants to be on an EST is given that opportunity and that the new ESTs are supported as they are forming with any help they need.

The Strategic Plan Committee meets every other year to evaluate current programs and activities to determine if EWTG is meeting the professional development and leadership needs and interests of its members.  One of the challenges for this committee will be compiling statistics on past activities.  After the current programs are documented and evaluated, the committee will propose suggestions for any areas identified as needing changes or improvement moving forward.  

I once heard someone say that "a good day begins the night before".  Keeping on top of everything this next year involves planning and preparation.  As we start EWTG 2016, your board is already preparing and making plans to offer you a great year.  I hope every member will get involved in some aspect of EWTG, attending monthly luncheons and workshops; getting involved in educational, community service, and social events; being on an EST; and by getting to know each other and expanding your skill set by serving on a committee.  

Mini-Course Director
Barbara Chavis 

The Monthly Mini-course committee is responsible for the selection of a speaker and topics for the Monthly Mini-courses.  With the start of the New Year February's topic is fitness; Get Fit, Have Fun, Make Friends, Kick Start Your New Year! Live a Healthier Life. The mini-courses are on the second Wednesday of each month from February through October, EWTG members and guests are invited to attend a mini-course educational event.  

In 2016, we will continue to provide a wide range subjects for the mini-courses that will provide training to the EWTG membership and are open to anyone interested in attending.  There is no charge for attending this event and, with a reservation, attendees have the option of purchasing pizza, fresh green salad, lemonade, iced tea and dessert for $10, or they may bring their own lunch.  Mini-courses are held at the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina Street in Austin. For more information or to suggest speakers, email

And the Winner is...

By Audrey Selden

YOU! EWTG is serious about its commitment to develop leaders to create positive results for Texas government - and we offer scholarships to backup this commitment.  EWTG members can receive scholarships for

  • Seminars, workshops, conferences, training ($500 maximum award)
  • Formal education ($1,000 per year)
  • Leadership Texas ($5,000 maximum award)
  • EWTG Professional Development Conference (early registration cost is maximum award)  

Scholarships are awarded based on the EWTG member's participation and commitment to EWTG as well as how the award will benefit the member, the member's organization, and EWTG. Last year EWTG awarded 12 scholarships totaling $17,771.

Let us “Show YOU the Money!” Active EWTG members are encouraged to apply. The scholarship application deadline for the first quarter is March 31, 2016.  Click here to access the EWTG Scholarship application.  

Help us invest in you.  Apply today.

Executive Success Teams
Clare Dyer, President-Elect

What are Executive Success Teams?

Executive Success Teams are the major component of EWTG’s group mentoring program.  Teams are groups of five to seven women who meet regularly to learn with and from each other in an open, relaxed, and confidential environment while developing and expanding their EWTG network.  Team members commit to meeting throughout the year to support each other in personal and professional development.

Each group sets their own team rules for meeting, including the time, place and agenda.  Meeting times can vary: lunch, after work, or weekend.  Most groups meet monthly.  Some teams have professional topics of interest, while others are more social in nature, and many cover a mix of professional and social activities.  Each group offers a fun and relaxed way to meet other EWTG members in a small and supportive setting. 
For current ESTs, please expect a call or email requesting information on your team soon.  This allows our committee to gather demographics on your team as well as find out if you would like new members.  In addition, EWTG would like to spotlight various ESTs throughout the year in newsletter articles.

A reception for all teams, both current and new, will be held later this year.  This reception is an opportunity for new team members to become acquainted and to seek ideas for getting started from existing teams.  The date, time and location for the reception will be announced in a future newsletter.  Do you want to be a member of an Executive Success Team? Click here and fill out the Executive Success Team New Member Questionnaire.


Not a Fan of Social Media? Try this.

By Shalyn Bridges

Social media is exciting. For some, exciting is good; it's like a cool swimming hole in the dog days of August that calls our name and we jump right in! For others, exciting is not so good; it's more like a haunted house where you never know what's coming next, but you're pretty sure you'll want to scream. Whether you find it fun and refreshing or an annoying nuisance, we're here to help you make the most of what social media has to offer today's professional woman.

Let's start with LinkedIn. If you're a professional, LinkedIn is practically a requirement. If you have shunned social media because you don't have time to waste on a seemingly endless stream of cat videos or baby photos, LinkedIn is the place for you because you won't find any of those things here.

LinkedIn is where people showcase the very best version of themselves. It's the professional's network.

The tools this social media platform provides modern professionals are second to none:

  1. Your LinkedIn profile is an electronic résumé. Changing jobs? No need to dig through stacks of paper for an old résumé or rack your brain to remember projects from 10 years ago. You can easily tweak your LinkedIn profile as your work life evolves, thus keeping a constantly current résumé with very little effort. If you've been in the field for a while, emphasize your work history; if you're a more recent grad, emphasize your education. Demonstrate commitment to your field by including involvement in professional organizations (like EWTG!), or highlight dedication to your community by including charitable causes you support. There's even a Résumé Builder tool that will compile the information in your profile to create a document you can print or e-mail when a traditional résumé is needed.

  2. Your LinkedIn profile is also a professional portfolio. Upload work samples (provided your employer approves, of course), articles, or papers you've written, or PowerPoint presentations, artwork, photos, or video you've created. You can endorse or recommend other people's work, and ask others to endorse or recommend you. It's a great way to substantiate your contributions to your profession and give recognition to those who have helped you.

  3. Your LinkedIn profile is the door where opportunity knocks. Even if you're not job hunting, having your information "out there" opens doors you might not find otherwise. I have a great accountant. Know how I met him? A LinkedIn connection of mine is a financial advisor, so I sent her a message: "Hi Pam, know any CPAs that 'get' small business and can help me file a taxes for my LLC?" She sent me a couple of names from her LinkedIn network. I looked at their profiles. Two days later, I had an accountant who is perfect for me. 

LinkedIn is networking made easy. Humans are built for connection, and especially in professional life, success is built through our connections.

When you set up a LinkedIn profile, you'll be prompted to connect with people. LinkedIn will suggest people based on information you provide, or you can use a search tool to find people or groups. EWTG has a LinkedIn group we'd love all EWTG members to join! There are other groups too: professional organizations, alumni associations, motivational groups.

When you connect with people, join groups, or follow industry leaders or businesses on LinkedIn, you are creating your professional network, and you will get information from that network in your feed. A "feed" is a stream of announcements people in your network push out. So, if one of your connections publishes an article, you'll see it in your feed; if a business or industry you follow makes a discovery or advancement, you'll see it in your feed; if a group you've joined hosts an event or starts a discussion, you can to be part of it. Your LinkedIn feed can be a valuable tool for staying current in your profession.

Ready — Set — Go!

Getting started on LinkedIn is free and easy:

  1. Go to and enter your name — use Capital Letters as appropriate (that should go without saying, but…) — plus your e-mail address and a password. Then click the button that says "Join Now." Using a personal e-mail address is recommended. You can use a work e-mail address, but if you forget your password and you've changed jobs, accessing your account will be challenging.

  2. Under "Summary," enter a basic statement of who you are professionally. It can be a simple description ("Board certified in Administrative Law" or "Experienced public relations specialist") or a narrative statement: "I work with creatives and engineers, bridging the gap between innovative design and practical functionality, to create products that achieve the highest standards in the industry."

  3. Under "Experience," enter your current job title, employer, duties, and start date. LinkedIn will create a headline for your profile based on that title and employer, but you can change it to something that speaks more to your career specialties.

  4. Under "Education," enter your last educational institution, even if you didn't get a degree. Enter the dates you attended, your main field(s) of study, and any credentials or recognition you earned.

  5. Under "Organizations," enter Executive Women in Texas Government! Enter the date you became a member and any role you've held in the organization, whether it was a leadership position or service in some other capacity.

  6. Join EWTG's LinkedIn group. In the search tool box at the top of the screen, type "Executive Women in Texas Government." You'll see EWTG's LinkedIn group near the top of the list. Click the blue button that says "View" and on the following screen, click "Ask to join."

Going forward, do take some time to add to your profile. Fill in your previous work experience, education, organizations, and other areas of the profile template. These areas help present a well-rounded image of who you are as an individual. You don't need to go all the way back to that summer job you had between junior and senior year, but do include all experience relevant to your career, all your education since high school, and your involvement in professional organizations. And add a photo of yourself — just a headshot — it will make you seem more human as well as more professional.

You are more than just your job. This is your life's work. Be proud of it!

There are many EWTG members with great LinkedIn profiles you can use as a models, but as the writer of this article, I offer you mine:


Have a Job Opening in your Organization, Unit, or Division?

By Annette Brown

Did you know EWTG members can post job openings on the EWTG website, in the Career Center section?

Posting a job opening on the EWTG website benefits you, your agency or organization. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Free advertisement for your organization or agency
  • Instantaneous access to highly qualified candidates
  • Opportunities for expanding your candidate pool (EWTG members make excellent candidates) 
  • Posting is easy, and only takes a few minutes. 
  • Access to unlimited job posting.


How to Post a Job:

  1. Sign-In to the EWTG website with your unique log-in credentials,

  2. Then go to “Resources” and click on “Career Center”: 

  3. Then click “Submit Opening” and enter data. 
  4. Enter the pertinent data along with the validation code.

  5. Hit the submit button.  It’s that easy!
  6. Once submitted the post will be reviewed and approved by EWTG administrators.

    (Photo courtesy of, March 2014)

This is a wonderful resource for your agency or organization. The Career Center offers a great way to provide professional opportunities to your EWTG colleagues.  


The Communication Committee is asking for your help.  Help us, help you.  We are asking for your opinions and feedback on EWTG communication efforts. Currently members receive information from EWTG email blast, Website, Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In.    We are seeking your opinions in order to improve the way EWTG communicate with its members. 
Please take the survey by clicking here.  Your opinion is important to us. 

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January 2016

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