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EWTG Star March 2017
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President's Corner EWTG Star Submissions Mini-Course
Monthly Luncheon Legislative Reception Calling all Retirees!
2017 Conference Committee Community Service The Day I Made History…
The Career Center Business Etiquette 10 Simple Steps to Reducing Stress >
New and Renewing Members Scholarships Volunteer Volunteer
EWTG Membership Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors
President's Corner

The February mini-course was about the legislative process and included some informal rules for testifying before a committee. It was an excellent reminder of how useful information acquired at an EWTG mini-course or luncheon can be. I worked for the Legislative Council for 28 years and was asked to update legislative committees several times. Yet I feel that my presentations would have been better for the members and for me had I been aware of some of this information 10 or even 20 years sooner. It’s a case of knowing your audience and being prepared to cover the highlights of your testimony in a conversational manner. This information was priceless, yet all it cost me was the price of membership, which includes notifications of various mini-course and luncheon topics.

Many times, I have attended a luncheon or mini-course not knowing in advance if I would take anything away from it, and yet I have come away feeling refreshed and inspired to return to the office and my day with renewed energy and purpose.

And even if the topic isn’t something I can put to immediate use, the chance to visit with friends and colleagues is always nice. It’s something special I do for myself each month. I hope it is that way for all of you.

March will be a busy month. On March 7, EWTG and the LBJ School are co-hosting a legislative reception at the Capitol to honor a long-standing Texas public servant and mentor to so many, Patsy Spaw, the Secretary of the Senate. This reception is one of our premier social events and is open to all EWTG members. Registration is not required and there is no cost. Please come and visit while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and libations.

On March 8, EWTG retirees are meeting for lunch and a visit to the Harry Ransom Center afterward. Contact Barrie Cogburn at for additional information.

At our March mini-course (March 15 – note the date change) and luncheon March 22, the Community Service Committee, under the able leadership of Lenora Jones, will be collecting full and travel-size toiletries for SAFE Alliance. SAFE Alliance is the merger of the Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace and serves women and children in need of help. The article in this newsletter contains additional information.

I hope all of you have a safe and productive month, whether hitting the roads for spring break or doing some spring cleaning as the weather starts to beckon us to go outside and enjoy the longer days and milder temperatures.

Clare Dyer
2017 EWTG President

EWTG STAR Submissions

email imageEWTG 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 to share with other members. EWTG Star is looking for poets within the membership, please drop us an email @ with subject line POET.

Please send the information to with the subject line – EWTG STAR.

April submission deadline is March 24, 2017.

mini-course - march 15, 2017

Lynda Baker photoQuestions May Offer Best Answers for Talking About Tough Topics

guest speaker

Lynda Baker

President and Founder of MeetingSolution
Certified Professional Facilitator

Have you ever been in meetings where it was difficult to figure out the point of the discussion? Where only a few people participated? Perhaps it was unclear whether a decision was in sight? Chances are you are like most of us and sadly have had more than your fair share of these frustrating and unproductive experiences. The answer to these problems may actually be in learning how to develop and ask the right questions, whether as the leader or as a participant.

In this mini-course, Lynda Baker, a certified professional facilitator, will bring us more than twenty years of experience facilitating group dialogue and will provide insights into a meeting technique called the Focused Conversation.

Lynda Baker, president and founder of MeetingSolution, is a leader in the field of group process consultation and values-based meeting facilitation. She has served on the board of directors of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), as a past president of the Austin, Texas chapter of the Association for Talent Development, and on the regional board of the Southwest Facilitators Network.  

Reserve your seat and lunch selection today.  Online registration will end at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2017. Cancellations must be received twenty-four (24) hours before the event to get a refund for your pizza orders.

Submitted By Carol Lauder
Mini-Course Member

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monthly luncheon - March 22, 2017

Mary Castleberry photoEmotional Intelligence - Why It Is Important For Women


Mary Castleberry

Training Manager
Department of Family and Protective Services

Mary Castleberry is a native of Fort Worth. She, her husband, Donald, and their daughter, Jasmine moved to Austin in 1982. She retired from State Service in 2005 from the Department of State Health Services and returned to state service in 2006 and currently serves as training manager for the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Mary is a member of the Links, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, serves as a Sunday school teacher at the St. James Baptist Church and a past president of EWTG. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bishop College, certification in Special Education from Texas Woman’s University, and is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Texas.

The luncheon is held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas, 78701 – view map (ample free parking is located at the rear of the building on Nueces Street 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,” thank you!

Online registration will end at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 20, 2017. Cancellations must be received forty-eight (48) hours prior to the event to receive a refund or for your registration fee to be waived.

Submitted By Barbara Chavis
EWTG Program Director

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legislative reception - March 7, 2017
Legislative Reception graphicExecutive Women in Texas Government and the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs are teaming up to host a legislative reception honoring Secretary of the Senate Patsy Spaw on March 7th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Capitol Legislative Conference Center, E2.002. Senators and House Members and their staffs, legislative support agency staff, EWTG members, and L.B.J. School and L.B.J. School Executive Master in Public Leadership Program professors and students are invited.

This is a wonderful opportunity to show our appreciation to Patsy Spaw, who was elected as Secretary of the Senate in 2001 following more than 30 years of Senate employment. EWTG members will also be able to learn more about the Executive Master’s Program and to mingle with members of the legislative community and other EWTG members. Food and drinks will be catered. There is no charge for this special membership event for EWTG members.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the reception, please contact event chair Laure McLaughlin at or 512-925-7043.

Submitted by Laure McLaughlin
Legislative Event Coordinator
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calling all retirees!
Calling all Retiree lunch graphicBarrie Cogburn has agreed to head up our little get-togethers for retired members of EWTG. And the first one has already been set.  
If your schedule is flexible, meet us for lunch at The Carillon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The Carillon restaurant is in the AT&T building: Texas Executive Education, 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705. It will be a good time to discuss other future event and venues.  

After the meeting, for those who wish to, head to the Harry Ransom Center located on the UT campus at 300 W. 21st St. "The Ransom Center's rich holdings highlight the struggles, the complexity, and the rewards of creative work in literature, art, photography, film, and the performing arts," per their website. They also have one of the five Gutenberg Bibles that are in the United States. Admission is free.  

If you have not already done so, please RSVP and send meeting suggestions to Barrie Cogburn at

As a side note: This is not the Wednesday of the mini-course for those who want to attend those monthly functions. The mini-course for March had to be changed to the 3rd week, which might be the week of choice for future retiree get-togethers. And if you can't make it to this particular event, plan to attend the next one.

Submitted by Clare Dyer
EWTG President
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2017 ewtg conference

Save the Dates - November 19 - 20, 2017

Save the Date graphicMark your calendars and make plans to attend EWTG’s 31st Annual Professional Development Welcome Reception on Sunday, November 19, 2017 and Conference on Monday, November 20, 2017, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center in San Marcos.

The conference committee is starting to plan and host another great event that will include educational workshops, keynote speakers, and opportunities for networking with other conference participants. If you know any exceptional speakers that you would like to recommend or a topic for a workshop, please send the information to using the subject line "EWTG Conference" by April 30, 2017.

As the plans and details of the conference activities are solidified, additional announcements and newsletter articles are planned to keep you informed. In the meantime, ensure your calendar is marked for this event. You will not want to miss another terrific conference.

Submitted by Karen Howard
EWTG Vice President

community service – welcome bags for safe alliance

Domestic logoWelcome Bags for SAFE Alliance

SAFE Alliance (a merger of SafePlace and the Austin Children’s Shelter) provides welcome bags to families as they start their new journey with SAFE Alliance. EWTG’s Community Service Committee is collecting toiletry items for SAFE Alliance at the March mini-course and luncheon.

  • SAFT Alliance welcome bag graphicHotel size (unopened containers of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, soap, and mouth wash)
  • Full size (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, soap, deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brush, dental floss, and mouth wash)
  • Feminine Products
  • Sippy Cups and wipes
Checks made out to SAFE Alliance will also be collected.

If you are interested in serving on the Community Service Committee, please contact Lenora Jones at

Submitted By Lenora Jones
Community Service Chair
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the day I made history…

2017 March on Washington DC photoI’m sixty years old. I’ve seen history made. I watched a little boy salute as his father was carried past. I saw a man take the first steps on the moon. I saw a military policeman crouched in the bushes behind our Air Force base housing with a rifle in his hands, as students from the local university marched down the street to protest the Vietnam War. I’ve seen history; from a distance, from in front of a TV, on the front page of a newspaper, on the cover of Time… that changed on Saturday, January 21, 2017. On that day, I saw history being made again, only this time I was there. I was on the spot. I was part of it. That day, I made history.

Submitted By Cindy Hale
EWTG Affiliate Director

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the career center

Career Center graphic

Six Secrets of Motivational Managers

Your company can make you a manager, but your employees determine whether or not you are a leader. Sadly, many managers fail to see that true leadership has nothing to do with the position they hold. Here’s a definition to remember if you want to excel at leadership: A leader is someone that people choose to follow. Follow, not obey. You can mandate compliance through the power of your position, but only your personal influence will inspire people to go the extra mile and contribute their best efforts. So here are some suggestions for increasing your influence.

  1. Realize that you are a manager, not a monarch.
    If you really get off on having an important title, a private office, a big desk, a company car, or other symbols of power, get over yourself. You have a bad case of executive-itis (even if you are only a first-line supervisor). Managers with executive-itis feel they should be deferred to by lesser mortals simply because someone put them in a higher position. No one with executive-itis should ever be allowed to become a manager, although they are usually the first to apply for the job.
Submitted By EWTG Communications Staff
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business etiquette

Business Etiquette Meeting graphic

10 Etiquette Tips for Business Meetings

Do you remember the Ms. Manners (Emily Post) articles from back in the day? She would provide information on how we are to carry ourselves in certain situations. While there are off-springs, some traditions are carried on. This month we wanted to look at business meeting etiquette and we found tips from the Emily Post Institute site - when in doubt check Emily out.

  1. Be on time. Even better, be five minutes early so you can find your seat and get situated. Being ready on time shows respect for others’ time and avoids having to start out with an apology for being late.

  2. Bring your business cards. Offer your business card as you introduce yourself or are introduced to other participants. Treat cards that are given to you with respect—read the card when it is given to you and then put it away carefully in a card holder (never slip it into your back pocket where you will then sit on it). Tip: Place cards from others on the table in front of you so you can easily be reminded of peoples’ names.
Submitted By D. A. Messenger
STAR Staff
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10 Simple Steps to Reducing Stress

All of U - You and Stress

stress graphicStress affects all us in different ways. Women by nature put other people and other things before themselves. Scientists have documented that stress can have a negative impact our health. We are good multi-taskers, overachievers, and go-getters. Are we good self-health checkers - mental and physical?

We must remember there are only so many hours in the day, and so many days in the week, and so many weeks in the month, and so many months in the year before time runs out. Friends and loved ones are depending on you to be around for a long time. They care, about all of you.

We want you around for a long time. Asking for help can save your life. Learn to recognized and manage your stress. Check out the article below on ways to combat Stress.

10 Simple Steps to Reducing Stress

My Care Plus

You can significantly reduce stress by understanding how it affects you and by learning the best ways to respond or prevent it. 

yoga graphicStress is something we all deal with regularly, which cancer patients and their caregivers know all too well. So, why is it some people are better at handling stress than others? 

Effectively managing stress is a matter of knowing your triggers, your automatic responses and how to prepare yourself to handle it. 


You’re Just 10 Steps Away From Reducing Stress

The 10 science-based stress reducers listed below were provided by Barbara L. Andersen, PhD. Dr. Andersen is a clinical psychologist, professor and cancer researcher at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. In her work, Dr. Andersen has studied the effects of stress and immunity and its relationship to cancer. Here are the actions she suggests you take to find stress relief:

  1. Understand stress and your responses to it. It’s important to recognize your stressors and the physical changes stress may produce in you. Responses are unique to each person, but common responses include headaches, heart pounding and abnormal breathing. Emotional responses may also manifest, such as fatigue, difficulty making decisions, and/or anxiety.
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EWTG Membership

2017 is going to be an exciting year in EWTG. Membership is going to be shaking things up a bit. First, for all members who have served as President and/or been distinguished as Woman of the Year, you will receive a $10 discount on a full membership up until the time you get the bigger Retired Members discount. We appreciate all that you have done for the organization and we are thankful.

Speaking of our retired members, we have already organized a group of EWTG retired ladies who will have some of their own adventures while the rest of us are working. The first event has been scheduled for March 8th, meeting at the Carillon restaurant. Barrie Cogburn is going to lead the group and see what other events they wish to do together. Information on future events will continue to be emailed out to all active retired EWTG members.

Every month beginning in March, there will be a special EWTG group emphasized at the monthly luncheon. In March it will be our past presidents. They will have a reserved table with a special table arrangement. They will also receive a discount on their lunch. Invitations will be sent to them with a promo code for the luncheon discount. Did I say, you have to be present to win?

And now that we mentioned winning, each month at the monthly luncheons we will have a special winner. A name will be drawn from all pre-registered members who attend the luncheon. The winner receives a free luncheon the following month. Must be present to win… January's winner was Mary Beth Delphia. And that's not all Mary Beth won. For bringing a guest with her, she AND her guest each received a nice EWTG gift. I hope to give out lots of gifts, so please bring guests!

I'm looking for others to help shake things up a bit with me. If you, too, are a mover and a shaker, send an email to or and hang on for the ride.

Submitted By Bobbe Walker
Membership Director

New and Renewing Members

See Who Joined and Renewed in February 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 2017 first quarter application to the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2017.

EWTG Scholarships

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."

Get Involved

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Cheryl Taylor, Editor
Communications Director

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