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EWTG Star October 2016
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President's Corner Annual Conference News Star Submissions
Strategy for Success Monthly Mini-Course Monthly Luncheon
The Affiliates Confidence and Success Rainbow Room Children Supply Drive
The Training Room New and Renewing Members Scholarships
Volunteer Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors
President's Corner

Jennifer Dormer

Brain Health and EWTG

With the greater levels of stress women have with working full time, taking care of the kids, home, etc., it is no wonder our health suffers for it. And our brain health suffers the most. For me, the more stress, the less sleep, so the more memory issues that occur. I was so happy when EWTG member, Audrey Selden, sent me a link to the Center for Brain Health (UT Dallas). This website has great articles about increasing your brain power and health.

The first article I even read was “Vitamin B12 as Protection for the Aging Brain”. As I read this article, it really made me think of my step-father who is 77 and already showing signs of dementia or early Alzheimer’s. He has never eaten well and is a huge drinker, so it would make sense his B12 could be deficient. That afternoon I called and spoke with my mom. She chuckled and said that they had just been to the neurologist and they were checking his B12 levels. Luckily they were already on top of that, but if they hadn’t been, I was giving them some information they could take to the doctor in the future.

Another good way to increase your brain power is to learn something new every day. One really great way to learn is to attend our Annual EWTG conference in November. Attendees will get to learn from our two Keynote Speakers, three classroom breakout sessions, the ability to talk with the vendors, as well as the opportunity to meet people. When you leave the conference that afternoon, you should feel good knowing you learned something new and hopefully will take some of that knowledge back to work with you. Early bird registration ends on October 14th.

EWTG also has one more mini-course luncheon (October), one more monthly luncheon (at Austin Women’s Club – October) as well as a great membership and networking event – Capital Cruise (an evening cruise on Lady Bird Lake). Please be sure to check these events out and learn something new.

Our final event for the year is our Holiday luncheon. This year it will be held at the Austin Women’s Club on December 13th. Please plan to join us to thank our out-going board, committee chairs, and all the wonderful volunteers that made this year special. We will also be swearing in our new board for 2017. I hope to see you there.

Tidbit: It's important to stop multitasking and instead focus on one task at a time and take periodic breaks throughout the day.

Jennifer Dormer
2016 EWTG President

EWTG 30th Annual Professional Development Conference
"Exceptional Women Transforming Government - Celebrating Our Diamond Anniversary With Four C’s Of Leadership: Character, Competence, Collaboration, And Creativity"

If you plan to take advantage of the special room rates negotiated for the EWTG 2015 Annual Conference, you need to make your room reservations no later than November 7th. After that date, the rates will go back to the normal Embassy Suites rates for overnight lodging.

The Conference is set for Sunday, November 20 through Monday, November 21, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas. We encourage you to consider arriving Sunday, November 20, and relax with a discounted spa treatment, reserved especially for our group. Then join us for a special welcoming reception Sunday evening as we gear up for the conference activities on Monday, November 21.

Early Bird Registration until October 14th

Member - $184
Non-Member - $259

Regular Conference Registration (October 15, 2016 – November 11, 2016)

Member - $234
Non-Member - $309

On-Site Conference Registration

Member - $284
Non-Member - $359

Submitted By Bobbe Walker
Vice President and Conference Chair

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STAR Submissions

EWTG STAR loves to celebrate the accomplishments of our members. If you know of any members who have achieved any accolades, promotions, acknowledgments, recognitions or other achievements, please let us know. We want share with other members.

Please send the information to communciations@ewtg.org with the subject line – EWTG STAR. October Submission deadline is October 21, 2016

Strategy for Success

What can you learn from some of the most powerful women in the United States? Hear from women with different backgrounds and different experiences sharing with others their success. Perhaps their strategy for success, see below.

  1. Stay Determined
  2. Be Courageous
  3. Think Bigger
  4. Take Calculated Risks
  5. Remain Disciplined
  6. Managed Your Career
  7. Hire Smart
  8. Delegate At Work And At Home

For more details check out the article - Eight Leadership Lessons From The World's Most Powerful Women by Jenna Gougreau.

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mini-course
STEM EDUCATION
Wednesday 12, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
featuring
Savita Raj
Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, Executive Director

We hear so much about STEM education and its economic importance. But what is STEM? Why is it important? How do women fare in these fields? What is being done to recruit, train and retain Texas students in STEM fields? As the traditional tech workforce reaches retirement age, how do we replace those workers with talented, trained students from all across Texas? What does this young workforce look like? What skills do they need? And how do we get them excited about STEM?

Make plans to attend the EWTG mini-course on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. to learn more about the STEM programs and opportunities that exist in Texas

Savita Raj, Executive Director at the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, one of the oldest STEM focused non-profits organization in the state will be our expert presenter on this topic.

Submitted By Barbara Charvis
EWTG Mini-Course Director

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monthly luncheon
Understanding Non-Verbal Communication – A Powerful Tool for Success
October 26, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
featuring
Dorothy (Dotty) Traska-Davis

It's well known that good communication is the foundation of any successful relationship, be it personal or professional. It's important to recognize, though, that it's our nonverbal communication—our facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, posture, and tone of voice—that speak the loudest.

Non-Verbal Communication has its very own language which is often felt but rarely perceived accurately unless you pay specific attention to its wordless signals. It is a language not normally taught in our best Colleges, Universities or Business Schools but it is a key tool for understanding people and their motivations and for giving us an awareness of how to change any false impressions others have formed about us.

The presentation would be an inter-active workshop format where the participants learn about non-verbal communication. They also experience hands-on activities that are helpful in detecting the differences in various types of non-verbal communication and demonstrating how this ultimately affects personal and business relationships.

Submitted By Karen Howard
EWTG Program Director

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affiliates - brazos valley
President-Brenda Gray
Sr. Customer Service Representative
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

In September, Debbie Eller and Brandy Norris, members of the Brazos Valley affiliate chapter, faced their fears and went Over the Edge to support United Way of the Brazos Valley. Funds raised through the event will go to support local programs that address health, education and financial stability. Over $120,000 was raised through the one-day event. These ladies are to be commended! Congratulations ladies.

EWTG Tailgate Party
This month the Brazos Valley Affiliates are planning a EWTG Tailgate Party for the TAMU vs New Mexico State game on October 29, 2016. The ladies are getting together for a day of fun activities and relaxation in Aggie Land. Check out Brazos Valley website for more details or contact the President Brenda Gray.

Submitted By Grace Nobles
EWTG Affiliate Chair
Brazos Valley Website

Confidence and Success

Have you ever asked the questions: What is the key to success? Or why are those around you successful? We try to make a science out of success. There are many self-help books written that supposed to guide us to success. We start to group characteristics of successful people to come up with a formula. One of those ingredients in the formula is confidence.

What role does one’s confidence play in one’s level of success? The Time Management Ninja – Craig Jarron offers 10 Reasons Why Confidence Leads to Success. In his article with the same name he rebukes a Harvard blog that he read titled, “Less-Confident People are More Successful” by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic. Follow the links to read both articles and see which view you take on the role that confidence play in one’s success.

The articles make us review what we have been taught about success. You may agree with one or the other on the role of confidence better yet you may have your on view which blends part of each. In the meantime I have listed Jarron’s list and Chamorro-Premuzic below.

10 Reasons Why Confidence Leads to Success highlights
  1. Confident people start things.
  2. Confidence allows you to stand up for yourself in a fair and consistent manner. 
  3. Confident people have the ability to say “No” where appropriate. 
  4. And at the same time, confident individuals say “Yes” to opportunity. 
  5. Lack of confidence can lead to paralysis from fear.
  6. Self-confidence means believing in you. 
  7. Self-confidence means believing in you. 
  8. Self-confidence means believing in you. 
  9. Self-confidence means believing in you. 
  10. Confident people believe in success.
Less-Confident People are More Successful highlights
  1. Lower self-confidence makes you pay attention to negative feedback and be self-critical.
  2. Lower self-confidence can motivate you to work harder and prepare more.
  3. Lower self-confidence can motivate you to work harder and prepare more.

Check out the articles to see the author’s explanations.

Submitted By D. A. Messenger Guest Writer

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Rainbow Room Children Supply Drive

The holidays are fast approaching and many people are in need; and before we become consumed in the holiday shuffle and bustle of finding the latest toy, gadget or electronic device. Let’s take a minute to shop for some of essential needs of the children in our community.  Children in the foster care system often leave their homes with very little if anything and need many basic items such as tooth brushes, underwear, and soap.  It’s also comforting to have something fun and unrelated to the family crisis which has caused you to enter the foster care system.   

The Rainbow Room is a 24-hour resource center located within the Child Protective Services (CPS) offices where caseworkers can gather new and essential items needed for the kids in their caseload whose lives are in crisis.

Sometimes, the difference between a child who goes to school and one who doesn’t is a pair of shoes, a winter coat and school supplies. Sometimes, the difference between an infant who is healthy and one who isn’t is formula, clean diapers and lotions — the Rainbow Room ensures that these children will not have to go another day without things that we all take for granted.

EWTG members have the opportunity to pick up some items that can improve the lives of children entering the foster care system.  Below is a list of items always in demand at The Rainbow Room (but any items for children will be accepted):   

  • Diapers/Pull Ups
  • Baby Hygiene items
  • Hair products/Combs and Brushes
  • Household cleaning products
  • Infant clothing
  • Bottles
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Pillows
  • Diaper Cream
  • Personal Hygiene items


Please bring your donated items to October's Mini-course and Monthly Luncheon for pickup. 

For more information contact:

Tamala Fletcher
Email: tterrellf@yahoo.com
Phone: 512 796-4485 

Submitted By Tamala Fletcher
EWTG Community Outreach Chair

Rainbow Room

the training room

Leadership Courses at University of Texas

Learning is an activity that never ends and a must for success. ETWG wants to see its entire membership succeed and in turn help others to succeed in the business world and in life. Our goal is to connect you with learning opportunities. EWTG Star is not endorsing these sites or programs but presents them to our readers as a means of review and evaluation for learning opportunities.

We have added some more information to this section and welcome your input on adding additional information to share with our readers. This is an opportunity to impact the life of others thru your knowledge and experience. Success is meant to be shared; it is no fun to stand on an island alone. True leaders impact the lives of those they lead. EWTG wants to impact lives. Our mini-courses and monthly luncheon are just a few ways of impacting the lives of others thru knowledge. Have you heard knowledge is power –empower someone today, share your knowledge.

Submitted By EWTG Communication Staff

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New and Renewing Members

See Who Joined and Renewed in September 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 ewtg.org. Email your 2016 fourth quarter application to the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. on December 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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