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EWTG Star March 2019
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President's Corner Making the Most of your EWTG Experience Membership News
Mini-Course Professional Development Luncheon Conference Update
Get Involved! Sponsor Appreciation Events & Announcements
President's Corner

Karen Howard - pic

February was an unforgettable birthday month for me. I attended the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA) Compliance Workshop in San Diego, California with more than 300 leaders from all over the United States attending this conference. I learned a lot but my favorite birthday present was going to see Michelle Obama at the Frank Erwin Center. She was phenomenal.

Our Mini Course for February was a great success, Mary Sampson, Audrey Selden and Lenora Jones were panelists for an informative discussion on the benefits of EWTG membership. They covered membership benefits, scholarships available, committee involvement and planning for 2019 conference. Their presentation must have been compelling, because we gained nine new members! Our Professional Development Luncheon for February featured Curtis Banks. Curtis is the award-winning author of The Book on Money Management – How to Build a Foundation for Wealth. He shared his money management strategies for home finance and businesses of all sizes with the EWTG membership.

March is always full of exciting events, whether you are attending the SXSW Film Festival, Urban Music Fest or spending time at a theme park with the kids during Spring Break. EWTG also has a special event coming in March, and I wanted to invite you personally. EWTG and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin invite you to a reception Honoring HHS Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner Cecile Young on Tues., March 12 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Legislative Conference Center. Cecile has over 30 years of state government experience in Texas. During her tenure in state government, she served four governors, an attorney general and a state representative. Please join us as we celebrate Cecile’s accomplishment and her service to the State of Texas.

On a different note, there have been some changes that affect the EWTG Board of Directors. Terri Pierce submitted her resignation as Vice-President. We wish her the best in her next endeavors, and we appreciate her serving on the board during this transition period. Kim Kizer was nominated and approved by the EWTG Board to serve as the Vice President and oversee the 2019 Conference. Kim is currently the Director of Employer Services at the Texas County and District Retirement System. She was a state employee for more than 27 years, and she has a strong background in meeting planning and extensive experience with conference planning activities. She previously co-chaired the EWTG Reception Committee and continued to serve on that committee. I want to thank Kim for accepting this position.

I hope you will invest in yourself by attending the Mini Courses and Professional Development luncheons, join an Executive Success Team, or become a mentor. Get connected with a committee as you continue to pursue your path of professional and personal growth by participating in all the wonderful opportunities that EWTG has to offer. Let’s support each other as you strive to reach your full potential as an EWTG Leader.

Karen Howard
EWTG President, 2019

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Mentoring Matters

Several EWTG members attended the Michelle Obama presentation at the Frank Erwin Center. She reminded us of the importance of mentorship:

If someone wanted guidance or help making a connection, I did what I could to give it. Later, during my time at Public Allies, I saw the benefits of more formal mentoring firsthand. I knew from my own life experience that when someone shows genuine interest in your learning and development, even if only for ten minutes in a busy day, it matters. It matters especially for women, for minorities, for anyone society is quick to overlook.
Becoming, Michelle Obama (2018)

Interested in EWTG mentoring activities? Complete the EWTG Executive Success Team (EST) Survey to join a new

EST, update information about existing ESTs, and share mentoring activities of interest to you. As we celebrate March as Women’s History Month, I hope you will also consider:

  • Volunteering to mentor an EWTG member;
  • Writing a letter to a woman who inspired you;
  • Attending the EWTG Legislative Reception on March 12 at the Legislative Conference Center;
  • Inviting a woman to the EWTG March mini-course or the March luncheon; or
  • Learning more about women in Texas history –

Submitted by Audrey Selden
EWTG President-Elect, 2019

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EWTG and LBJ School Legislative Reception at the Texas Capitol
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cecile Young
HHS Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner

It’s that time again! The 86th Legislature is in full swing, and so is EWTG. Together with UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, EWTG is sponsoring its third biennial legislative reception on Tuesday, March 12th, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the Legislative Conference Center, room E2.002A in the Capitol. All EWTG members are invited and encouraged to attend for free by RSVP’ing to or calling (512) 220-4298. All Texas statewide elected officials, legislators and legislative staff have been invited, as have other notable guests.

Our honoree this year is Cecile Young, the top-ranking administrator at Texas Health and Human Services, the agency overseeing a $42 billion annual budget and 53,000 employees. Cecile began her 30+ year career in state government working for Governor Bill Clements, becoming a budget analyst. Later, Cecile worked in the Texas House of Representatives, then returned to the Governor’s Office for 11 years where she worked on hurricane recovery efforts, a major anti-fraud initiative, landmark government reorganization legislation, Medicaid and welfare reform, CHIP implementation, and state budgets under Governors Bush and Perry. In 2015 Governor Abbott selected Ms. Young as Chief of Staff for the Health and Human Services Commission where she assisted in legislative efforts to streamline the agencies under HHSC’s oversight. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Cecile is married to David X. Young. They have one son, George, who is starting college this fall.

Come out to enjoy a few adult beverages, hors d’oeuvres and to support Cecile, EWTG, and the LBJ School. And, by all means, contact your legislative contacts and encourage them to come. We want an exceptional turnout – see you there!

Submitted by Laure McLaughlin
EWTG Legislative Liaison and Legislative Events Chair

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Accenture welcomes you to join them for their FREE Women in Texas Government Leadership Summit, Thursday, April 4th. At Accenture, inclusion and diversity are fundamental to its culture and core values. Accenture believes that Diversity makes it stronger—more innovative, more competitive and more creative, helping it better serve its clients and its communities, like Texas State & Local Government and Higher Education. At Accenture, we believe creating a culture of equality unlocks women’s potential and uncovers the key drivers of a workplace culture where everyone can advance and thrive. WHEN SHE RISES, WE ALL RISE.

The Women in Texas Government Leadership Summit will be dedicated to a day of learning, networking and expert speakers from Texas Government and within Accenture. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from speakers on topics including inclusive leadership and avoiding unconscious bias, as well as network with peers, gaining valuable insight and inspiration to further your career as female leaders in Government. Accenture believes fostering an inclusive community where women can seek advice, insights and experiences will advance both women and men in the workplace. Thank you in advance for your support of the Women in Texas Government Leadership Summit. For more information and to register visit #TXWomenRise.

DIR serves as an educational sponsor and will award continuing education credit.

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The Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for the EWTG social media accounts, the newsletter and the website. We want to hear from our members. If you have an idea for an article, a suggestion or would like to serve on this committee, let us know at The committee meets monthly via Google Hangouts.

Submitted by Marie Cohan
EWTG Communications Director, 2019

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Connect with EWTG Online!

On Facebook, get connected by joining our EWTG Members Group. This group is for all EWTG members statewide — Austin and affiliate chapters — and it's private, so only group members will see what you post there. It's great for posting photos of EWTG events, sharing job postings, or asking questions of fellow EWTG members. Request access to the group by emailing: Feel free to follow the EWTG Page and the EWTG Houston page.

Social Media icons - graphicOn LinkedIn, get connected by joining our group page. As a professional networking site, this is an even better place to share job postings and articles on professional development or women in government. Any member of the group can post, but keep in mind that these posts are public, so please do not post personal information there. Log into your LinkedIn account, type "Executive Women in Texas Government" in the search box (or go to and click "Ask to Join" in the upper right corner.

On Twitter, get connected by following @EWTG. This is the easiest one of all! Log into your Twitter account, type "EWTG" in the search box, and click "Follow" on the right under the photo.

If you have news to share, we'd love to hear from you!
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See who joined & renewed membership last month!

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Mini-Course Luncheon - Wednesday, March 13th

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Ginger Gossman

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board


Ginger Gossman

Please join us on March 13, at the Carver Library to hear Ginger Gossman from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board discuss 60 x30TX. What is 60x30TX? It is a goal set by state officials to have 60 percent of its residents age 24-35 earn a certificate or degree by 2030. Ginger will provide attendees with insightful information on how this statewide initiative will affect the further career paths of tomorrow’s leaders.

Ginger Gossman is the Senior Director for Innovation and Policy Development, Academic Planning and Policy with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Mini-Courses are held the second Wednesday of each month, and are located at the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina St., Austin, Texas. Ample parking is available, doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. A pizza buffet lunch is available for $10/person.

Submitted by Mary Sampson
EWTG Mini-Course Director, 2019

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In Case You Missed It; Mini-Course Recaps…

Wow, what a great turnout for the first mini-course of 2019! The Open House panelists provided the attendees with some helpful information about the benefits of an EWTG membership. The attendees not only found out about scholarships, committees, Executive Success Teams, and the annual conference, but they also had the opportunity to participate in creating the 2019 Strategic Plan. The best part of all is that EWTG now has nine new members! EWTG 2019 is on the move and bringing all members exciting professional development opportunities.

Submitted by Mary Sampson
EWTG Mini-course Director, 2019

Professional Development Luncheon - Wednesday, March 27th

Amanda Hainline - picWork Life Balance - Taming your Inner Chaos


Amanda Hainline


Worklife balance is a concept that we chase, hoping that when we find it, life will be calm or at least manageable. Taming your inner chaos offers a different approach to this balance, combining new perspectives with proven techniques. You will learn fun and easy, hands-on management techniques that you can use daily to bring balance into your life, no matter how chaotic it may be.

Amanda specializes in combining holistic living with realife practicality. In her 15 years of practice working with clients addressing the human energy system and nutrition, she has intuitively developed individualized methods to address their needs. This experience translates into quickly assessing the root issues of imbalances in the individual and their lives. Working with women of all ages, from teens and beyond has become a passion, seeing many women completely transform their lives and relationships with others, as well as themselves. Amanda holds a Certificate in Nutritional Counseling as well as being Naturopathically trained.

Submitted by Tonya Hofmann
EWTG Programs Director, 2019

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In Case You Missed It; Luncheon Recaps…

Curtis Banks - picTune-Up Your Finances


Curtis Banks

Money Smart Education, LLC


Curtis Banks is the award-winning author of The Book on Money Management – How to Build a Foundation for Wealth. He is an investor, educator, and founder of Money Smart Education.

Curtis told us that there is a growing divide between Wall Street and Main Street. He said that while businesses and investors enjoy the success of a booming economy, wage earners are more and more living paycheck to paycheck.

Curtis told us that achieving financial success is not just a measure of how much money you make. He said that financial success is a measure of how much money you keep and how you grow the money you keep.

According to Curtis, there are three things most Americans are missing that become barriers to financial success:

  1. Financial Education:
    • Most have good academic and professional education. However, very little financial education with a focus on building wealth. Financial literacy is not in the core K-12 or college curriculum.
  2. Financial Mentoring:
    • Money habits are learned from the people and environment where you grew up. Most people learn money habits from people who are not very good at managing money. Most people lacked the guidance from someone who know how to build wealth and had done it.
  3. Focus:
    • The average person grows up focusing on getting a good education and making lots of money. Consequently, they don’t consider that their money should be aligned to a broader objective. What was missing is a focus on life priorities and a long-term vision. Then align the money to the life priorities and vision.

Here are 3 steps you can take now to start building wealth for your future:

  1. Read three financial books every year.
  2. Select a financial mentor and schedule your first meeting within the next 30 days.
  3. Write down your top eight life priorities and vision in the next 30 days. This is where you align your time, money, and resources.

For more information, visit

Submitted by Tonya Hofmann
EWTG Programs Director, 2019

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Are you new to EWTG and looking for a way to meet other members and get involved in our organization? Maybe you are a seasoned member looking to try something new. Whether you are a new to EWTG or have been around a while, volunteering on a conference committee will give you the opportunity to give back to your organization. Planning for a conference as large as ours requires a lot of outstanding volunteers and serving on a conference committee affords the opportunity to develop valuable organizational, leadership, and networking skills.

If you are looking for an exciting way to contribute to our organization, join a conference committee. Each committee has a unique purpose and importance that, combined, make for a successful event thanks to many committed and hard-working volunteers.

Please review the list of committees below and decide which one is best for you. Once you have decided, contact, Kim Kizer the conference chair, at

  • Conference Evaluation Committee - The committee designs the conference evaluation form, establishes procedures for collection of the forms at the conference, analyzes the data obtained, shares data with speakers and workshop presenters and provides a written report to the Board. Committee follows direction of Vice-President.
  • Conference Exhibits Committee - The committee identifies and obtains exhibitors for the conference. The committee completes mailings to potential exhibitors, maintains frequent contact with those interested, plans layout of exhibits and writes follow-up thank you letters.
  • Conference Facilities Committee - The committee coordinates all logistical arrangements for the conference, plans the breakfast, luncheon and refreshments, provides final counts, reserves necessary sleeping rooms as needed, works closely with the Program Committee to assign workshop rooms, and arranges for conference audio/visual needs. Also works closely with the President and Public Relations Director to determine the logistical needs of the board, Keynote speakers, and Woman of the Year presentation.
  • Conference Program Committee - The committee develops the conference theme and workshop subjects, secures the workshop presenters, determines presenter audio/visual needs, secures and trains moderators, works closely with the Facilities Committee to assign workshop rooms, works closely with the Registration committee to develop the workshop presenter bios in the conference program and sends thank you letters to workshop presenters.
  • Conference Registration Committee - The committee coordinates with the conference committees and board directors to develop the conference program, purchases the participant gift, supplies the final copy to the printer, prepares the participant bags for the conference participants, and works registration the day of the conference.
  • Conference Silent Auction Committee - The committee identifies potential donors and obtains items for the silent auction. The group prepares the bidding sheets, staffs the silent auction tables on the day of the conference, awards the items to the high bidders, and sends follow-up thank you letters to donors.
  • Networking Reception Committee – This committee develops the theme and obtains the speaker/band for the Sunday night reception. They work closely with the Facilities committee to arrange the audio/visual needs, reception food/drinks, and possible speaker/band needs.

Submitted by the 2019 Conference Committee

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get involved!
Called to Serve

Be on the lookout for service opportunities during the year. EWTG has served the following organizations over the years: Red Cross, Safe Place Alliance, Central Texas Food Bank, Susan G. Komen, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Ronald McDonald House, and many other organizations helping women and children.

If you have any questions or want to join the Community Service Committee, please contact

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EWTG Birthday Club

graphic - happy birthdayEWTG has a Birthday Club! As a member, if you opt in to the Birthday Club, you will receive a $5 discount on the monthly Professional Development Luncheon registration fees. Also, the member will get a shout out in the newsletter recognizing her birthday that month.

Opting In…

You must “opt-in” by completing the consent form indicating you wish to participate. The consent form will request the following information: First and last name, email address, and birthday month.

  • Once you complete the form, only your birthday month is added to your membership profile. Only CMP (our management company) essential staff and the EWTG Membership Director will have access to the information.
  • You are eligible to receive a $5 discount off your Professional Development luncheon registration fees by using the discount code, BIRTHDAY19. NOTE: Only one $5 discount will be granted per month and cannot be combined with other luncheon discounts.
  • Since we do not have professional development luncheons in November or December, those members who have birthdays in those months will be recognized with the October birthdays.

Be on the lookout for an email asking you to opt in or opt out of the birthday club. Please respond to the email so we can recognize you during your birthday month. We look forward to seeing you at the Professional Development luncheon. The speakers have been fabulous this year!

Submitted by the EWTG Membership Development Committee

It's easy to get plugged in with EWTG committees — just fill out
this quick, online form and let us know what committees interest you!

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Sponsor Appreciation

If you would like to become a 2019 sponsor or know of a business that believes in the power of women and wants to support leadership development, please contact us at and please provide the business name, a contact person, and a phone number or email address. THANK YOU for supporting EWTG!

Submitted by Marie Cohan
EWTG Communications Director, 2019

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Events & Announcements

If you have an announcement to share, please send it to

March Announcements:
Congratulations to the following members on their accomplishments! Talan Tyminski started a new position at TWC and Marie Cohan was promoted at DIR.

March Birthdays: Wishing you all a wonderful celebration!
Susan Reyna, Mary Cheryl Dowart and Brenda Grays

March 8, 2019 – International Women’s Day

March 12, 5:30 p.m. – Legislative Reception at the Capitol, Austin, TX. See details above about this event

March 13, Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Mini-Course Luncheon at the Carver Library in Austin, TX. See details above about this event.

March 20, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Board Meeting at the Mitte House.

March 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Professional Development Luncheon at the Austin Women’s Club in Austin, TX. See details above about this event.

March 30 - 1st quarter scholarship deadline. [Learn More]

April 4, 2019 – 8:00 a.m. – Noon - Women in Texas Government Leadership Summit at the AT&T Conference Center. See details above about this event

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