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EWTG Star September 2016
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President's Corner Annual Conference News Board Nominations
Stars Are Shining Did You Forget To Update Your Email Address? Woman of The Year
Monthly Mini-Course Monthly Luncheon Membership Cruise
Affiliates The Director's Chair The Training Room
New and Renewing Members Scholarships Volunteer

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors
President's Corner

Jennifer Dormer

I’m sure many of you have taken one of those many personality tests…Myers-Briggs, MMPI, NEO Personality Inventory, etc. But, have you ever really thought about the results? The one that always got me was the Extrovert vs Introvert. Every test I take always puts me somewhere in the middle of both. I didn’t know what that meant until I took a simple online test related to the book I am reading about introverts. What I found out was that I am an Ambivert. Yes, there is a name for it. That means I fall in the middle of the introvert-extrovert spectrum. I am able to tap into the strengths of both introverts and extroverts as needed. Although, I sometimes feel as I age I become more introverted. I guess those partying days are over.

What I have learned is that everywhere we go, extroversion is highly encouraged. To an introvert, this is very difficult to adjust to. Our universities encourage it by grading students on group work and projects, our work encourages it by being a team player and working together and not alone, even our religious affiliations encourage it by emphasizing more community and group work and going to events and less on self-reflection. The good news is that there are ways for introverts to become more comfortable and successful in a culture of “teams” and events. I am very happy that I was put on to this book because my extrovert side wasn’t the part of me that caused me the most angst, it was my introverted side that pulls me away from those “teams” and events both at work and home. Once we know ourselves and our strengths and weaknesses, we can grow as individuals and grow in our careers.

I took the following descriptions of introverts and extroverts from my results of that personality test I took. See if one or both of these describe you. I’m sure there are many Ambiverts out there…either because it is your true personality or because you have been forced to be both to fit into an extroverted culture.


Given the choice, introverts will devote their social energy to a small group of people they care about most, preferring a glass of wine with a close friend to a party full of strangers. Introverts think before they speak, have a more deliberate approach to risk, and enjoy solitude. They feel energized when focusing deeply on a subject or activity that really interests them. When they’re in overly stimulating environments (too loud, too crowded, etc.), they tend to feel overwhelmed. They seek out environments of peace, sanctuary, and beauty; they have an active inner life and are at their best when they tap into its riches.

Extroverts relish social life and are energized by interacting with friends and strangers alike. They’re typically assertive, go-getting, and able to seize the day. Extroverts are great at thinking on their feet; they’re relatively comfortable with conflict. Given the choice, extroverts usually prefer more stimulating environments that give them frequent opportunities to see and speak with others. When they’re in quiet environments, they’re prone to feeling bored and restless. They are actively engaged in the world around them and at their best when tapping into its energy.

P.S. The book I mention is “Quiet” by Susan Cain. While I am not completely done with the book yet, I have enjoyed the read so far. Although, I am sure there are also many, just as good, books out there on this topic.

Here’s to good, quiet, reading – that is my introvert side talking.

Jennifer Dormer
2016 EWTG President

EWTG Conference Update: Preparing For Your Arrival…

The 30th Annual Professional Development Conference, "Exceptional Women Transforming Government - Celebrating Our Diamond Anniversary With Four C’s Of Leadership: Character, Competence, Collaboration, And Creativity," (long name, I know) has a lineup of 36 workshop sessions that offer training on leadership development, program management, organizational change, and much more. Attendees gain practical, hands-on practice in the sessions and gain the opportunity to network and experience the views of two keynote speakers. 

Submitted By Bobbe Walker
Vice President and Conference Chair
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Board Nominations

It’s that time to start thinking about next year’s board. Each year a nominating committee identifies and recommends candidates for the next year’s board of directors. In order to create this new board, the nominating committee needs nominations. A nominating form can be found on our website.

The form may be used to self-nominate or recommend others for board positions. All nominees must be current EWTG members and be in good standing—meaning dues are paid prior to the nominating committee meeting. After the nominations are in, the nominating committee meets to consider all candidates. They look for women who have demonstrated leadership, willingness to serve, dependability, enthusiasm, commitment to EWTG, creativity, and a history of assuming responsibility.

The more active a member is, and the more often she has served on or chaired committees, the better opportunity that the individual has for consideration.

The nominating committee will be meeting from the end of September to the beginning of October to review the nominations. Be sure to get your nomination in soon, so you don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

Submitted By Jennifer Dormer
EWTG President

Join us in congratulating EWTG Stars...

Clare Dyer, President-Elect, Receives National Award

Earlier this month, EWTG President-elect Clare Dyer was awarded the prestigious Legislative Staff Achievement Award from the Research and Committee Staff Section (RACSS) of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).  The NCSL is extremely selective in bestowing this award.  This year only two staffers from the entire nation were considered worthy.  Clare was presented with the award at the NCSL's national convention attended by thousands of staffers and officials from legislatures around the country.

Submitted by Shalyn Bridges


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Did You Forget To Update Your Email Address?

On September 1, 2016, members of several agencies were consolidating into HHSC or members were transferred to other state agencies. As a result of these changes several members email addresses were changed. EWTG wanted to take this opportunity to remind all members to update their email addresses on the EWTG website.

Help keep the lines of communication flowing, remind your fellow members effective by the change to update their information, today. If your correct email information is not current, then you could miss out on valuable information.

To update your email address:

  • Go to EWTG website (
  • Log into the website to reveal your profile.
  • Click on the [EDIT] link on the Professional Information bar.
  • Update your email address along with any other outdated information and save.
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Woman of the Year Nominations

Each year, Executive Women in Texas Government honors one of our members who have distinguished herself in the organization, her career, and her community with the Woman of the Year Award.
The award epitomizes the values for which EWTG stands and represents the best of who we are as women and leaders.  Lean more about the Woman of the Year Award.

Naming a deserving EWTG member as Woman of the Year is the highest honor EWTG can bestow.  Reflect on the wonderful EWTG women you have worked with on boards, committees and other volunteer positions.  Watch the 2015 EWTG Woman of the Year's video to see the caliber of women who are considered "Women of the Year."  Then, nominate the woman who best represents what an EWTG member can be: smart, talented, dedicated and effective.  You know her, and you know she deserves recognition!

Note:  The winner of this award will not be notified in advance and will be announced at the annual conference.

You must be a member to submit a nomination. Nominations are due Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Leadership Women
The Who, What, Where, When and How of It All
September 14, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Audrey Selden
Leadership Women Board Member

Audrey Selden, Leadership Women (LW) board member and former Texas Assistant Secretary of State and Texas Department of Insurance Deputy Commissioner, will describe the country’s longest running women’s leadership development program – Leadership Women. A panel of LW graduates will share their program experiences and discuss strategies to garner state agency support for your leadership development. Join us to get the details about the five programs Leadership Women offers: Leadership Texas, Leadership America, Leadership Pipeline, Leadership International and Leadership Launch. Come learn about the competitive application process, EWTG scholarships and other funding sources. Let’s do this – help each other continue to learn more, lead well and leave positive legacies.

Submitted By Barbara Charvis
EWTG Mini-Course Director

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monthly luncheon
“Realizing the Promise of 10-1, Austin’s New System of Geographic Representation”
September 28, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Alison Alter, Ph. D.

Two years into Austin’s new system of geographic representation, what’s working and what remains to be done to enhance the relationship between the public and city government. Please join EWTG members and friends for this insightful and dynamic program on September 28, 2916.

Dr. Alison Alter is a candidate for Austin City Council, District 10. She is an independent philanthropic advisor who helps individuals, families, and foundations create a lasting legacy through their philanthropy. Dr. Alter draws on over 20 years of experience working in higher education, the nonprofit sector and through public-private partnerships. She is an experienced teacher and facilitator having taught at Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has served in the roles of management and planning at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Submitted By Karen Howard
EWTG Program Director

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membership cruise

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 cruise!! Cruise travel through Lady Bird Lake and neighboring islands and returns to shore at 8:00 p. m.

EWTG will provide buffet style finger food, drinks, door prizes and plenty of time to enjoy the tour of Lady Bird Lake. Registration is $20 for EWTG members and $25 for non-members. As a special incentive, guests who join EWTG at the event will receive a one-time $10 discount off the regular annual dues and an opportunity to win a free conference registration package!

Network, Learn, & Relax!!!

Please join EWTG members and friends for an inspiring evening with networking and relaxation. Each EWTG member is allowed up to three guests (friends, colleagues, or spouses). EWTG members with guest that join the organization will also receive a ticket for an opportunity to win a free conference registration package!

Register soon, RSVP closes September 30, 2016 or as soon as we hit capacity! 

Submitted by Dokpe Ogunsanya
EWTG Membership Director

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affiliates - houston

President-Denisha Ellis
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
What’s happening in Houston?

Houston has been busy! Last week the ladies participated in a Ladies Night at the Sugar Land Skeeters’ baseball game.

After having a dynamic speaker last month in the personality of Tristen Sutton, it was time for some friendly networking at the game.

Keep in touch with Houston Affiliate via Facebook, twitter and our website.

Submitted By Grace Nobles
EWTG Affiliate Chair

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from the director's chair

Greetings EWTG!

I’m Karen Howard, currently serving as Program Director for our awesome organization. I have been a member since 2009 and have served in several capacities during this time. My tenure with EWTG has been extremely rewarding.  

As the Program Director my responsibilities are to schedule the monthly luncheons, select the program speakers and topics; and make arrangements for the luncheons that are held at the Austin’s Women’s Club. I also prepare the newsletter articles announcing the speaker of the month. And my favorite part is introducing all the awesome speakers that have taken time to impart their knowledge, to share different perspectives for coping with life, to suggest ideals to empower us as women and to share their ideas on how to function in today’s work environment.

Submitted By Karen Howard
EWTG Program Director

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Leadership Courses at University of Texas

University of Texas Austin is offering several one-day seminars for working professionals thru their Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) program. Seminars are led by top faculty at UT Austin. These courses are designed to provide you with actionable and practical tools to become a more strategic, more fulfilled, and more effective leader.

Understanding & Balancing Motivations
Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza • September 16, 2016

Fulfillment in the Workplace
Dr. Raj Raghunathan • October 7, 2016

Learn more about HDO One-Day Seminars. Sign up for their mailing list so you will be informed when new seminars are added.

Free Leadership Tools

Leaders need the right tools to become great leaders who inspire and empower others. Having the right tools can improve productivity of your organization, agency and company. One site that offer leadership tools for free is The site offer many tools to use. Subscribe to their site for more resources. This is just one site among many to visit and explore. Expand your leadership needs. EWTG is not endorsing the site but providing you with alternatives to leadership training. Let us know if this site was helpful to you or if you have other sites you know that offer good leadership training.

Remember - Leaders Find A Way Or Make One.

Submitted By EWTG Communication Staff

New and Renewing Members

See Who Joined and Renewed in August 2016!

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 third quarter application to the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2016.

EWTG Board Meetings

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.

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."

Board of Directors

Cheryl Taylor, Editor
Communications Director

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