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EWTG Star January 2018
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In This Issue

President's Corner EWTG Star Submissions EWTG Mini-Course
Monthly Luncheon – Stacey Napier December Holiday Luncheon and Induction Ceremony December Community Service - Christmas Cards and Teddy Bears
Executive Success Team - WISE Show Some EWTG Love! A Servant Heart - Giving Back
The Moment Is Now – Glenna Bowman New and Renewing Members Scholarships
EWTG Board Meetings Volunteer Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors
President's Corner

Deborah Shaw-Boatner - pic Happy New Year EWTG friends and family!

On New Year’s Day, I was wowed by how quickly 2017 had ended. Many of you were probably like me asking yourself “Where did the year go?” As is often the case when transitioning from one year to the next, taking time to reflect is important in launching new beginnings.

Last year proved to be one of the most challenging years in my personal life as I experienced the passing of my 81-year-old Mother in August. It was a very emotionally charged time for my family and me. And yet, amidst the sadness, I was able to fondly reflect on how proud Mom was to be able to attend the 2015 EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference where I was named Women of the Year (WOTY). As a nominee for the award, I remember thinking sadly, that if I won, my mother and only sibling wouldn’t be able to attend. Mom had suffered a severe stroke earlier that same year and was walking with support at that time. Imagine my shock and surprise when the presentation began to play, and I saw my Mom, my brother and a dear friend walking down the aisle towards me. I was completely overwhelmed. My mom’s words to me after the WOTY presentation were simply, “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!” To be recognized by my peers after twenty years of service and to have my mom present for the recognition is a memory I will always treasure.

My mom wasn’t here to celebrate the most recent EWTG milestone of assuming the role of President. But I was still able to create a new memory by having those closest to me to share this honor. It was awesome to share the beginning of this new experience with those who have played a significant role in my life personally and professionally. The Honorable Brenda Kennedy, a classmate from the 40 acres and sorority sister; Nancy Williams, a former colleague from then-Senator Lloyd Doggett’s office; Mattie Robinson, a longtime friend, and fellow gifted musician, was there. Also in attendance was my Aunt Gladys, who afforded me my first chance to practice a speech on her cherished living room table; my adopted niece Paulette Tyson; and besties Connie Williams and Dedurie Kirk helped me celebrate this moment.

As we move forward in creating new EWTG memories in 2018, I must first thank our immediate Past President Clare Dyer for her leadership in 2017. Clare worked long hours to ensure that EWTG business was handled and actively participated in many meetings and special events to make it happen. She and other past presidents left me an exemplary model to follow this coming year.

I am excited about being chosen to be your President and to have the honor and opportunity to lead this organization of outstanding professional women. I truly appreciate the confidence you have placed in me and will not let you down.

Here is my challenge to you in 2018: get excited about EWTG and decide what new memories you want to create as you get involved this year. There are numerous opportunities to engage in activities carefully crafted by the EWTG Board and committee leaders to ensure that you can pursue your career goals and dreams in a supportive environment. Whether it is through our professional development workshops, educational mini-courses, monthly luncheon meetings or our annual conference, these activities spotlight leaders in our professional community with extensive experience in areas relevant to you and your goals.

We want you to create memories of lasting relationships and learning opportunities. Develop valuable networks by joining an Executive Success Team or by attending one of our cultural or social events. As I noted above, it is through EWTG that I have developed close friendships and bonded with ladies that have assisted each other as we experience life challenges, even outside of work.

These are just a few of the benefits that EWTG offers that have provided hundreds of other women and me an outlet to share ideas and grow professionally. You can learn more by checking the website at

I look forward to working with each of you this year to create some awesome EWTG memories. Perhaps Corrie Ten Boom says it best: “Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.” Let’s build memories that will leave legacies for our friends and family for generations to come!

Deborah Shaw-Boatner
2018 EWTG President

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EWTG STAR Submissions

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

Please send the information to with the subject line – EWTG STAR. The submission deadline is January 23, 2018.

EWTG Star Submission

EWTG Mini-Course Kick Off in February

As tradition, we do not schedule a Mini-Course in January. EWTG will kick-off the Mini-Course in February under the leadership of Barbara Chavis, Mini-Course Director. Mini-Courses are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month unless notified.

Look forward to some exciting speakers and learning opportunities in 2018. If you have any recommendations, you can e-mail the information to Barbara at See you in February.

EWTG Monthly Luncheon

Stacey Napier - photoThe Road Less Traveled: The Not So Traditional Career Journey of Stacey Napier


Stacey Napier

Executive Director of the Texas
Department of Information Resources

Stacey Napier is the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Information Resources. Ms. Napier’s story is one of significant accomplishment. Stacey will share her not-so-traditional journey into leading the Department of Information Resources as Executive Director. She will also share a few lessons she has learned along the way and the traits she looks for in women who want to step into a leadership position within their organization.

Stacey began her career in state government working in the Texas House of Representatives as a legislative aide to State Representative Kenn George and later as General Counsel and Chief of Staff to Texas Senator Florence Shapiro. In 2003, she joined then-Attorney General Greg Abbott as the Chief of the Intergovernmental Relations Division at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

Over the next 12 years, she served in various roles of increasing responsibility at the OAG, including Senior Counsel to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General for Administration, where she oversaw eight administrative divisions within the OAG. In January of 2015, Gov. Abbott named Ms. Napier as the Director of Administration for the Office of the Governor. In this role, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the agency including Computer Services, Financial Services, Human Resources, Records Management and the Office of Compliance and Monitoring.

In February 2016, Ms. Napier was named Executive Director of DIR. As Executive Director, Ms. Napier oversees the agency’s $750 million biennial budget, all employees, contracts, and initiatives. DIR’s main focus is to improve Texas by being a leader in technology innovation and contracting.

Stacey earned a Bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law. She is licensed by the State Bar of Texas. Most importantly, she is a wife and mother of two very active young boys, aged 9 and 11.

The luncheon is held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas, 78701 – view map. (Ample free parking is available at the rear of the building at Nueces between 7th & 8th Streets.)

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. You must log in to receive member lunch prices. Online registration will end at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018.

Submitted By Barbara Chavis
EWTG 2017 Program Director

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December Holiday Luncheon and Induction Ceremony

On Tuesday, December 12, EWTG members met to review the year 2017 and to induct the 2018 Board. The tables were beautifully arranged, the tree was up, and the stage was set for an elegant event. The program began with Mattie B. Robinson performing special holiday songs while members were served lunch. Our first Holiday Sweater contest was held, with many fun and elegant variations, including one that came from Goodwill! Members won prizes for the first, second and third place in each category. In order, glamour sweater winners were Shawana Abrams, Carol Harper, and Cheryl Taylor and tacky sweater winners were Jennifer Dormer, Patricia Hayes, and Mary Howerton. All attendees received an “EWTG” tree ornament as our gift.

Clare Dyer, our 2017 President, thanked EWTG members for putting their trust in her this past year as she and the 2017 Board worked to promote the interests of the members and organization. She recognized the 2017 board of directors, committee chairs, conference committee chairs, and all members who had served in any capacity on these committees. She also thanked CMP staff for their support and thanked our sponsors.

Clare reviewed 2017 highlights of the year. Some of those were: the joint Legislative Reception held with the LBJ School of Public Affairs with over 150 people in attendance; Executive Success Team reception,; Brazos Valley Day hosted by the Brazos Valley affiliate for EWTG members from Austin, Houston, and the Brazos Valley area and the Capitol Bat Cruise. Annual Professional Development conference had the highest attendance in several years with 823 attendees.

Mary Castleberry introduced our guest speaker The Honorable Brenda Kennedy, Judge of the 403rd District Court and the Presiding Judge of all of the Criminal Courts in Travis County. She is a graduate of the University of Texas, School of Law at Austin and has served this community in a judicial capacity since 1987. She has served in various leadership positions in many political, community, and civic organizations, including, but not limited to: the Austin Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and its National Social Action Commission; Regional Associate Chairperson of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.

She is a graduate of both Leadership Texas and Leadership Austin and a charter member of the Austin Chapter of the National Charity League. She has received numerous awards and recognitions honoring her service, accomplishments, and commitment to youth leadership development, the community at large, as well as the legal community throughout the State of Texas.

Judge Kennedy inducted the incoming 2018 Board of Directors and introduced our incoming president, Deborah Shaw-Boatner. Deborah introduced her special guests and discussed her goals for 2018. We concluded the festive occasion by singing together “We Wish You a Merry Christmas (or holiday).”

Submitted By Clare Dyer
EWTG 2017 President

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December Community Service - Christmas Cards and Teddy Bears

Greeting EWTG Member,

Thank you for everything you have done in 2017 to help serve. Your service and spirit of giving were overwhelming. The women of EWTG have a heart of gold.

The boxes of unsigned Christmas cards, you donated at the conference were delivered to Ames Davis, the American Red Cross Program Specialist. She informed me she had accepted a new position with the organization. She will be allowed to deploy with the United States Armed Service members as a civilian to assist with the American Red Cross mission of delivering messages and mail to troops who are serving in a combat zone. The troops greatly appreciated the unsigned boxes of Christmas cards since they were unable to purchase cards to send to their loved ones. Thank you again, EWTG members for your continued support of the United States Armed Service members.

Members, your continued support of the Safe Alliance Incorporated's mission is greatly appreciated. By donating the stuffed animals to the Austin Children’s Shelter, you helped warm a child’s heart and put a smile on their face. The Holiday stuffed animals were given to children at the Austin Children’s Shelter. The shelter provides a child with one stuffed animal when they first arrive at the Shelter to comfort them; children are also given a chance to select a stuffed animal during the Holiday season.

EWTG ladies, may your service and compassion be endless.

Submitted by Lenora Jones
2017 Community Service Chair

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Executive Success Team Highlights

EWTG Executive Success Teams (EST) gives members a chance to give and receive support to and from members. These teams offer professional and personal support. One of EWTG’s dynamic EST affectionately known as the WISE Women has been in existence since 2005.

The WISE Women enjoy meeting at Chez Zee’s and other restaurants to discuss the latest professional development books and to have a wise and meaningful discussion. The group gathered at the Caf'e Monet in the Triangle to tap into their creative side.

This event was a departure from the book discussions but was a relaxing and ‘therapeutic’ treat. If you are looking for a place to expand or explore your creativity (while discussing the latest book on organizational leadership or another subject), you may want to schedule an event for your team at this venue. We also meet once a year in December at the Trio Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel for our Champagne Brunch! What a fabulous time to start off the holiday season!

What is so brilliant about our EST is that we all have a big vision for our personal and professional lives, a big heart and we want to make the world a better place with our unique gifts. There is always empowerment when more than one person gathers together to grow and develop.

We hope EWTG members who are not part of an EST get connected with a team this year.

Submitted By Connie Williams
EWTG & WISE Team Member

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Show Some EWTG Love!

Do you love EWTG? I do! Looking back on this year, we've had informative speakers at our professional development seminars and learned practical skills at our mini-courses. The extra-curricular events organized by our membership and educational committees provided fun opportunities to socialize, and our community service events opened doors to give back to the community. And then there's the conference! EWTG hosts *the best* conference for women in government in the entire State of Texas. It's truly my favorite conference of the year.

When you find something you love, you talk about it. And you know what happens when you talk about things you love? You help others discover things they might love too! That's what we do all year long on the Public Relations (PR) Committee. We talk about EWTG: how much we learn at the professional development programs and how fun our social, educational, and community service events are.

We are an organization of 331 women, but when we come together around things we love, our reach is *so* much greater! Over the course of 2017, more than 500 people attended our seminars and mini-courses, and more than 800 people came to the conference — wow!

You know why? Well, partly because EWTG is awesome, but also because we talked it up — at work, after work, to friends who work in government, to friends who work elsewhere but know people who work in government. That's all PR is: talking about things you love.

So show your EWTG love, and join the conversation! It's easy — just fill out this quick, online form saying you'd like to help out on the Public Relations Committee or e-mail with the subject line "Sign Me Up!"

The Public Relation Committee ist for new members who want to get involved but aren't sure how. PR touches everything, so it's a great place to start if you're looking for your niche. Also, serving on a committee comes with these additional benefits:

  • you'll meet more people and get to know them;
  • you'll earn points toward eligibility for EWTG scholarships; and
  • you'll reap some benefits for doing something you're probably already doing anyway — talking up EWTG!

Submitted By Shalyn Bridges
2017 Public Relations Director

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A Servant Heart - Giving Back

EWTG is composed of members with a Servant Heart – those with a passion to serve others. For the past 12 years, Prom Rack has supported more than 150 foster children across Central Texas. Foster children not only get the opportunity to choose a Prom dress but they are also taught proper etiquette. One of our past EWTG Presidents, Mary Castleberry, believes etiquette classes will benefit the Foster Children in any area of their life.

Mary has a passion and purpose to serve. As a part of her service, she also teaches dining and business etiquette classes to Austin community churches, teen groups, and the adult degree program at Huston-Tillotson.

EWTG members, please help our former President Mary Castleberry support the Prom Rack mission by donating new or gently used evening gowns to Prom Rack. You can help make a memorable moment for a high school student.

Please Drop off your donation at one of the following Austin locations:

  • Any Westbank Dry Cleaning
  • Rainbow Room Facility at the Department of Family and Protective Services
    14000 Summit Dr., Ste. 100 Austin, Texas 78728
  • Dropbox at the front security desk in
    H1 – 2323 Ridgepoint Drive, Austin, TX 78754

This is just another example of EWTG members giving back to the community and making a difference. You can make a difference too.

Submitted By Lenora Jones
2017 Community Service Committee Chair

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The Moment Is Now

“When your dream is all you have and going back is not an option.”

Glenna Bowman served EWTG for many years, including three years as a board member, from 1992 to 1995, and many years after that as a conference speaker and mini-course presenter. She loves to talk about budgets and the state appropriations process For thirty years, Glenna applied her time and talents to state service and worked tirelessly to achieve excellence every step of the way. She was a founding member of the Statewide Financial Reporting team, the Uniform Statewide Accounting System project, and the USAS Users Group. She was Chief Financial Officer for four state agencies and part of the original Texas Fiscal Officers Academy (TFOA) Curriculum Committee. She advised the chief justices of the state's sixteen appellate courts for fourteen years on all things financial. And, in 2014, Glenna was named Administrator of the Year by the Texas State Agency Business Administrators Association (TSABAA). Suffice it to say, she knows her way around a calculator - and maybe a public policy or two.

But that was then...And this is now.

Glenna retired in 2015, and immediately set to work on the next "stage" of her life - the performance stage, that is. An avid musician, Glenna started her own company, SoundBeacon Entertainment, whose mission is "to entertain audiences through live performance, with a focus on musical theatre; to share stories that challenge, support, and inspire our daily lives and artistic pursuits."

"It has been an amazing journey," says Glenna, "one that has unfolded in many unexpected ways." Glenna is currently working with two partners, Matthew Shead (writer and director) and Thomas Azar (composer) on an original musical entitled, "Esther, A New Musical." Her dream is to one day present this musical on a Broadway stage, and she has engaged in numerous activities over the last two years to move her toward that goal.

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New and Renewing Members

See Who Joined and Renewed in December 2017!

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 2018 first quarter application to the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2018.

EWTG Scholarships
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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.

EWTG Board

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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Cheryl Taylor, 2017 Editor
Communications Director

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