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EWTG Star August 2018
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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

Deborah Shaw-Boatner - pic It’s August and we are two thirds of the way through the year. As the temperature hits triple digits and the pace seems to slow down as the heat continues to rise, it can be hard to maintain the energy level necessary to be motivated. I mean really, who is motivated to do anything right now besides sit beside a pool with an iced cold drink? But I digress!

This is the time of the year when you might be tempted to kick your goals to the curb. Fall is right around the corner, the year is almost over and its planning and retreat time for the next year. Too often we don’t follow through with our dreams and goals because it’s hard to see the value in pursuing them right now when everything and everyone around you are preparing to shut down and conserve energy. But we are not everyone else!

Don’t let the rising temperature outside affect your inner desires to achieve your goals. Today is just as good a day as any to decide to re-start, start over, or start anew on pursuing your dreams. I challenge you to use the final weeks of summer to get refreshed so that you can finish the year strong. But first, you must believe that it can be done!

As the saying goes, “you must believe it in order to receive it.” Yes, the year is halfway over. But is the cup half empty or half full? Shift your perceptions to focus on the fact that you have five more months to honor your commitments to yourself and take steps to achieve your goals, one day at a time.

We are not slowing down here at EWTG! We will continue to provide quality content and opportunities that support you in your professional development. In addition to the remaining monthly mini-courses and luncheons that lie before us, we are gearing up for our annual professional development conference coming up in November. We need your support in making sure that this the best conference yet! So, reach out to take on a leadership role in one of the planning committees, or provide leads for sponsors and exhibitors. There are plenty of ways for you to contribute!

It is never too late to seek out professional support either. The EWTG Executive Success Teams are still going strong, and I am sure that there is room is some groups to bring a latecomer or two into the EST fold.

Author Jen Grisanti once commented in her blog, “We each have the potential to create the destiny we choose.” Don’t let the calendar affect your choices to pursue your goals and dreams for the remainder of 2018. You have the opportunity to end the year on a stronger note than you started. I challenge each of you to make it happen!

Deborah Shaw-Boatner

Deborah Shaw-Boatner
EWTG President, 2018

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Who Should Be EWTG's 2018 Woman of the Year?


Each year, we honor one of our members who has distinguished herself in our organization, her career, and her community with our Woman of the Year Award. The recipient of this award epitomizes EWTG's values and represents the best of who we are as women and leaders. This is the highest honor EWTG can bestow.

Please take a moment to think about all the amazing EWTG women you know. Consider members of your executive success team, women with whom you've served on a committee or service project, or other EWTG members you've met at the annual conference or EWTG event. Then, nominate the member you think best represents EWTG. Here's a hint: she is smart, talented, dedicated, and effective. You know her, and she deserves recognition!

Tips to Make Your Nominee Stand Out

Preview the Nomination Form. Nominations are submitted online using a form on the EWTG website. Take a look at the form before filling it out, and give yourself time to prepare what you'd like to say about your nominee.

Be Both Thorough & Concise. Each question on the form has a character limit. Try to enter as much information as possible within that limit. (We have a limit because we assure the judges that each nomination form will not exceed a certain amount of text; we want to be respectful of their time, and a character limit ensures that we are.)

Fill Out the Form Like You're Writing a Letter. Write a separate answer for each question using complete sentences. Do not copy-n-paste from a résumé or LinkedIn profile. When you take time to actually write a glowing nomination, the judges will sense your sincerity and better understand the value of your nominee's accomplishments.

The 1st Question: The first question on the nomination form is your opportunity to introduce your nominee to the judges. This is where you speak in glowing terms of how much you admire the nominee and why you believe she is worthy of being Woman of the Year. It's okay to mention her accomplishments, but do not go into detail -- save the details to answer subsequent questions.

Career Accomplishments: How has the nominee demonstrated professional growth and progress in her career? How has she excelled over time? Has she obtained successively more responsible positions throughout her career, and if so what are they? How has she demonstrated innovation and creativity in her various positions to obtain a benefit for her agency? Has she consistently demonstrated exceptional job performance beyond what is normally performed or expected? How has she demonstrated a commitment to fostering the growth and development of other women in her field?

Community Involvement: How has the nominee demonstrated a commitment to her community? In what ways has she shared her time and talent to benefit the community as a whole or individuals within it? What volunteer work has she done? How has she demonstrated a personal commitment to civic endeavors outside her professional obligations?

You might not have answers to all of these questions -- these are just to help you get started. Just remember to be as thorough as possible while also being concise. The goal is to present the best possible profile of your nominee to the judges. Make it a tough decision for them! When you're ready, click here to submit your nomination.

EWTG's 2018 Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual conference in November, so be sure to save the date! You must be a member to submit a nomination. Nominations are due Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 5:00 pm.

Learn More

2019 EWTG Board Nominations

It is that time of year when EWTG selects its new leadership to serve as members of next year’s board. Connie Williams, 2007 EWTG President, and an active member, is chairing the Nominating Committee for the 2019 EWTG Board of Directors. The Committee is seeking nominations from the membership.

Here is a description of the board officers’ duties. Members may self-nominate or recommend others for board positions using this nomination form.

Suggestions: Please remember that nominees must be full members in good standing. If you are suggesting someone other than yourself, please get that person’s approval first. Simply submit your suggestion(s) by Friday, September 21, 2018, using the nomination form.

Formal Nominations: If you would like to make a formal nomination to be included on the ballot, please submit a petition for the nomination signed by 15 members in good standing, due by mail on Monday, October 1, 2018, to EWTG at the following address: EWTG, P.O. Box 1635, Leander, TX 78646.

Corporate Bylaws Process:

  • The corporate bylaws provide that the Nominating Committee present a recommended slate of candidates to the Board at its October meeting.
  • The list will indicate which candidates are recommended by the Nominating Committee and which candidates are recommended by petition.
  • If no candidates are recommended by petition, the slate is elected by acclamation.
  • If there are petition-recommended candidates, voting instructions and eligibility information for members will be published in the November 2018 newsletter.

Serving on the Board is a great way to share your skills, talents, and knowledge to help our members while enhancing you personally and professionally! Speaking from a personal perspective it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my professional life. Consider nominating a fellow member or yourself to participate on the governing body of EWTG today.

Deborah Shaw-Boatner
EWTG President, 2018


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Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist - graphicWe invite you to join us for our first membership event for this year. It will be hosted at Painting with a Twist in Crossroads Shopping Center on Burnet Rd. in Austin on September 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The cost for members will be $25 and for guest, it will be $30. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Registration is limited to 40 people, so sign up early to get your spot. We look forward to seeing you there, ready to paint!

Submitted by Katrina Burch
EWTG Membership Director, 2018

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Spotlight on the Membership Committee

What exactly are the membership committee’s responsibilities? Since EWTG mission is about promoting leadership in service to Texas by offering professional development opportunities, the membership committee is involved pretty much in every aspect of the organization. We help with the mini-courses and professional development luncheons to promote membership to our guest and to get our members to these events to support our organization. We also put together membership socials and work with the education and community service committees to get our members involved with the organization and provide networking opportunities.

The membership committee reaches out to new members to help get them involved in the organization to get the most out of their membership. Whether it is going outside of your comfort zone and learning a new skill set or helping teach others your skill set, you get more out of our organization if you get involved. There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer with varying levels of time commitment to meet everyone’s schedule. We reach out to members to encourage them to renew and what we can do to get them more involved and benefit from their membership.

The membership committee is responsible for sending out a survey to see where we can improve on our services that we provide to our membership. We also work with our affiliates committee to do joint activities like the Johnson Space Center outing we are doing in August. Membership is the heart of this organization so the membership committee has a big job. I am still taking committee members so please let me know if you would like to help me increase our membership and provide awesome activities for our members. See you soon at one of our events! Come say “Hi”, and let’s get to know each other!

Submitted by Katrina Burch
EWTG Membership Director, 2018


Executive Women in Texas Government
Houston Affiliate News

There’s a lot going on in Houston for the rest of 2018! By now, you will have seen the July newsletter and read about our planned EWTG event at the NASA Space Center on August 11. We hope you have all signed up, it’s going to be fun! There are lots more great things happening over here in Houston as well.

In August, we anticipate hosting a speaker from the Houston Bar Association Speakers Bureau to discuss the subject of Elder Law. Many of our members have aging parents. Issues of long-term care, wills, trusts, medical and financial powers of attorney are on the forefront of our concerns. Bringing in speakers from the community with knowledge on this subject will give our affiliation an opportunity to ask questions, dialogue and troubleshoot our own personal concerns as well and formulate plans and goals professionally with these concerns in mind.

September’s Membership Drive will be a fun time for all. Members will host a pizza lunch for prospective members. This will present a time to discuss the advantages of membership. There is no substitute for the educational opportunities, leadership roles, sense of community and just good fun that membership in EWTG Houston.

In November, members eagerly anticipate the EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference. Houston Chapter Affiliates look forward every year to the opportunities for mentorship, networking, education, and socials. The Annual Conference is encouraged for all new members and prospective members to really get an understanding of the roles within EWTG, and the benefits we receive as part of this great organization.

Finally, we will conclude our year with a traditional Holiday Party in December. Members share a potluck meal. We celebrate our accomplishments, our challenges and each other. This is the best way to end a year in communion with friends. If you’re planning a trip to Houston, check out our Facebook page @EWTGHouston. There are plenty of exciting events and we would love to have our sister affiliate members join us.

With Best Regards,

Submitted by Elizabeth Patrolia
EWTG Houston Affiliates President, 2018


EWTG Scholarship for Leadership America

Have you applied for a Leadership America scholarship from EWTG? I’m guessing you may not be aware of this incredible opportunity! Leadership America is one of the amazing programs sponsored by Leadership Women. The program brings together a diverse cross-section of female leaders from throughout the country. Might you be one of them?

As one of the first recipients of this scholarship from our generous organization, I am learning about some of the most powerful forces and trends shaping the US and global business and social environments in the 21st century. The interactive learning opportunities, one-of-a-kind experiences, and high-level introductions to outstanding communities and individuals who are shaping the future will prepare you to contribute to the challenges we face as a society.

The program consists of visiting three cities across the nation, touring industry-leading enterprises and hearing experts from an array of business, social and governmental fields. You will also be networking with other attendees forging long-lasting relationships and collaborative opportunities. The deadline to apply for this EWTG scholarship opportunity for the 2019 Leadership America program year is September 30, 2018. It is an experience of a lifetime for serious women leaders who plan to make a difference in their and others’ lives.

Submitted by Carol Lauder
EWTG Member and Current Leadership America Honoree, 2018


Exciting Scholarship News

The Scholarship Committee is excited to announce changes in the scholarship amounts awarded by EWTG. These amounts had not changed in several years and will help with increasing costs of training and tuition. Effective immediately, the scholarship amounts will increase as follows:

Seminar, Workshop, Conference, and Training – up to $750
Formal Education – up to $1500

The scholarship amount for the EWTG Annual Conference will remain the cost of early-bird registration. Both Leadership Texas and Leadership America scholarships will remain up to $5000.

In the upcoming weeks, the scholarship application form will move from a paper-based form to a web-based form. Please hold off on submitting your 3rd quarter scholarship applications until we announce that the web-based scholarship application is live.

My thanks to the Scholarship Committee and Lydia Rudy for their hard work and support in making these exciting changes happen.


Submitted by Deana Sanders
EWTG Scholarship Committee Chair, 2018


Connect with EWTG Online!

On Facebook, get connected by joining our EWTG Members Group. This group is for all EWTG members statewide — Austin & 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, August 8th

Jori Mundy - photoPublic Speaking WON'T KILL You:
Reveal Your Public Speaking Power


Jori Mundy

Director, Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Finding your power as a public speaker can be one of the most fulfilling and exhilarating discoveries a professional seeking career advancement can make. Unlocking this capability can potentially open the floodgates to opportunities for promotions, increased credibility, visibility and just plain admiration. Often this distinctive skill can be invaluable setting you apart from others. Most people may not realize they do in fact have the ability to speak publicly but may require adequate tools to evolve as a successful public speaker. Are you ready to reveal your POWER to reach your full potential as a speaker? In this workshop, “Reveal Your Public Speaking Power,” you’ll learn how to develop an effective presentation, techniques to overcome fear and nervousness and key public speaking tips to WOW an audience whether it’s executives, fellow colleagues or family. Learn how to reveal YOUR PUBLIC SPEAKING POWER from an Award Winning Public Speaker.

Jori Mundy is the Director of the Pharmacy Rebates & Business Analysis section of the Vendor Drug Program at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). In this role, she oversees the invoicing and collection of pharmacy rebates from drug manufacturers to offset the cost of Medicaid drug expenditures. Additionally, she oversees several pharmacy benefit services contracts while managing a team to implement Initiatives. Prior to this role, she was the Associate Director for Health Services Systems at HHSC where she worked closely with the Director to manage strategic and day-to-day operations to secure project funding and provide contract oversight. She is a current member of EWTG sitting on the Board as the 2018 Public Relations Director and has served on two committees. Additionally, she is the Vice President of Public Relations for a distinguished Public Speaking Organization. Most notably, in spring 2017 Jori competed at various levels of competition in an International Speech Contest advancing to the district level competition speaking amongst 400+ individuals claiming several first-place awards throughout the various rounds. Jori holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Indiana University and is a Certified Texas Contract Manager.

Join us at the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina St., Austin, Texas. Ample parking is available. (view map) Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The presentation will start at noon and conclude at 1:00 p.m.

Although online registration has closed you can still attend as a walk-in. If you would like to partake in our pizza buffet, which includes various pizzas, salad, and dessert, the cost is $10, payable on site by credit card, cash or check while supply lasts. (If you pre-registered online to receive a refund of pizza purchase, cancellations must be received at least 24 hours in advance.) You are also welcome to bring your own brown bag lunch. Drinks will be available for $1.

Submitted by Barbara Chavis
EWTG Mini-Course Director, 2018

In Case You Missed It; Mini-Course Recaps…

Sheila Sturgis Craig - photoBloom Where You are Planted

July Mini-Course

Sheila Sturgis Craig, MA

Associate Commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Sheila Sturgis Craig is compassionate, empowering, motivating, encouraging and a life coach! She is the current Commissioner for the Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement in Austin, TX. Ms. Craig holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Master's degree from Xavier University in New Orleans, LA.

Sheila let us know in her presentation that when we receive lemons along life's journey, we need to learn how to make the best lemonade this side of the Mississippi! Sheila shared some of the extraordinary challenges that she had to face, and how she faced them head on and did not allow the "lemons" to defeat her! She understands her purpose and embraced her journey! Because of her strong belief system, not only did her life change but she readily gave hope to people who may have viewed their situations as hopeless. Sheila Sturgis Craig has been and continues to be an inspiration to many. Her unique gifts and her ability to connect with people on most levels will continually open doors for her.

The attendees at the mini-course were engaged and held on to her every word. We laughed and some cried while we all listened to her stories of triumph. She is community centered and has a strong passion to help and provide services to the least fortunate. A true trailblazer who understands her purpose and lives it!

Submitted by Barbara Chavis
EWTG Mini-Course Director, 2018

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Professional Development Luncheon — Wednesday, August 22nd

Geraldine Tucker - photo

Geraldine J. Tucker, J.D

Attorney, College Administrator, and Author

Gerry J. Tucker is an experienced administrator and attorney and recently published her first book, Bedside Chat, a book of meditation and inspiration. She has managed to successfully embark upon various career opportunities by inviting change and transformation into her life. Whether counseling employees as Vice President of Human Resources at ACC, counseling a legal client or involvement in community organizations, her message is the same, “we are all here for a purpose – to use our gifts and talents - and it is our job to determine how we can make the difference in someone else’s life.”

Ms. Tucker is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Law School, Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

A passionate volunteer, Ms. Tucker has been active in providing community services related to education, individuals with a disability, and human services. She has served on the executive team of the Austin Community Foundation, the National Executive Council of The Links, Inc., Leadership Austin, the Mueller Foundation, First Step Corporation (City of Austin), and the Arc of the Capital Area. She has also been a member of the AISD Mentoring Advisory Committee, Community Action Network, Austin Urban League, LBJ Science Academy, St. Edward’s Ethics Awards Committee, Leadership Texas, Texas Dental Board of Examiner’s, Frost Bank Economic Development Committee, Board of Trustees of Fisk University and Communities in Schools.

Ms. Tucker has been recognized for her achievements by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Women of Distinction Award; YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award; AISD Heritage Community Service Award; National Association of Public Administrators Outstanding Public Service Award; Capital City Chamber of Commerce Minority Entrepreneur of the Year Award; University of Texas James Hill Community Leadership Award; Heman Sweat Leadership Award of the UT Austin Law School; First Tee of Greater Austin Integrity Award; and the Women of Prominence Award of Fisk University.

As an entrepreneur, she has had Affairs Unlimited, a catering business for 30 years, a nursery school and a management consulting business. In addition to being a published author, she is a freelance writer and has had several articles appear in the Thrive newsletter and the Austin-American Statesman, In Your Works column.

EWTG will be honoring all its committee chairs and committee members at the August Professional Development Luncheon, they will receive a $5 discount on their luncheon ticket and will have reserved seats. If you are a committee member or chair, please use Luncheon18 when registering for the Professional Development Luncheon. Thank you all for your service to EWTG. EWTG has continued to be able to carry out its mission thanks to volunteers like you that have given so much of your time to this organization.

Submitted by Mary Castleberry
EWTG Program Director, 2018

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In Case You Missed It; Luncheon Recaps…

Sally Hernandez - photoA Day in the Life of a Texas Sheriff

July Luncheon

Sally Hernandez

Sheriff, Travis County

Sheriff Hernandez shared a day in the life as sheriff and the issues and challenges in leading an important organization.

Elected in November 2016, Sally Hernandez is currently serving her first term as Sheriff of Travis County, Texas. Uniquely qualified for such a challenging leadership role, Hernandez has worked in Law Enforcement for nearly 35 years; 30 of which have been in Travis County.

Hernandez started her career in Law Enforcement in 1981, in Llano, TX as a night dispatcher. In 1988, she moved to Austin and served as a deputy with the Precinct Three Constable’s Office. In 1992, she was hired as a Sergeant Investigator for Travis County District Attorney’s Office. In 2005, Hernandez advanced to Chief of Investigations.

In 2013, Hernandez was elected Travis County Constable Precinct Three. During her tenure as Constable, her office was recognized by numerous law enforcement municipalities in her jurisdiction for outstanding service and partnership.

Hernandez took office January 1, 2017. Currently, she holds an even greater distinction as one of only six women who currently serve as sheriff in the state. She has wasted no time making an impact. Hernandez’s no-nonsense policy on immigration shed light on the issue of ICE Detainer Requests being civil in nature and are lacking in probable cause; it launched a national debate that rumbles on in the court system today. Passionate about the plight of mentally ill persons, she has begun working to alleviate the unfortunate trend in county jails of inmates incarcerated because of crimes committed solely because they suffer from mental illness. Hernandez is also in the initial stages of a new initiative designed to keep kids in school and out of jail.

A worker by nature, Hernandez prefers the demand of day-to-day leadership challenges over the political spotlight. Despite that humility, she continues to be in high demand by media outlets. Her efforts have earned her the 2017 Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Distinguished Excellence in Government Service Award, the Respect for Law Award from the Greater Southwest Optimist Club of Austin, the Community Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Austin and Investigator of the Year from the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association to name a few. She is also a member of many prestigious law enforcement associations including the Sheriff’s Association of Texas, Capital Area Law Enforcement Executive Association, Texas Jail Association, Fraternal Order of Police and FBI-LEEDA.

Submitted by Mary Castleberry
EWTG Program Director, 2018

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conference update
2018 EWTG Annual Professional Development
Conference Registration Is Opening Soon!

Make plans to attend the Sunday evening Welcome Reception where many fun and entertaining activities have been planned for you! This will give you the chance to network with the ladies, munch on some appetizing cuisine and to have a peek at our new conference facility site – the AT&T Conference Center and Hotel. You will not want to miss out on the Welcome Reception so be sure to register for it!

Keep watching the EWTG website at and the monthly newsletter for the latest information on the conference including keynote speaker information. Registration will be opening soon. Watch for it! You will have a selection of three workshops from approximately 36 sessions including sessions for CEUs! The website will be updated with session details so be sure to register early in order to get your top choices!

Hotel reservations will be available soon as well! We invite you to stay overnight after attending the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening where you will have the opportunity to relax in the luxurious AT&T Conference Center and Hotel. After having a great night’s sleep, you will be refreshed and energized to attend the 2018 EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference.

The Conference Committee has been living up to our theme, “Leadership @ Work”. I have had the greatest time working with a group of women who are showing exemplary leadership skills in dedicating themselves by lending their time, talent and effort into making this conference a success. We are excited about our work with the anticipation that each attendee will enjoy the conference as much as we have enjoyed planning the conference. We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference on Sunday, November the 18th and Monday, November the 19th at the AT&T Conference Center and Hotel!

2018 Conference Committee Chairs
Conference Evaluation/Resolution Committee – Theresa McShan, Chair
Conference Exhibits Committee – Grace Nobles, Chair
Conference Facilities Committee – Mercie Zapata, Chair
Conference Programs Committee - Karen Howard, Chair
Conference Registration Committee – Robin Agnew, Chair
Conference Reception Committee – Audrey Selden, Chair
Conference Silent Auction Committee – Terri Peirce & Unyime Udosen, Co-Chairs
Vice-President & Conference Chair – Shawana Abrams

Submitted by Shawana Abrams
EWTG Vice-President & Conference Chair, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 EWTG Professional Development Conference
Welcome Reception
Sunday, November 18, 2018
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Plan to join us on Sunday, November 18th for a relaxed and fun EWTG Welcome Reception to kick-off the 32nd Annual EWTG Professional Development Conference.

This year, an all-female band, Ready Betty, will entertain us as they play their signature 40s, 50s and 60s tunes that are upbeat and very danceable. In addition, we have planned a new edition of the popular EWTG Bingo which is a great way to meet new friends and connect with old. We have some fabulous prizes for the winners! Plus, light refreshments and drinks will be served. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Zlotnik Family Ballroom.

If you register for the conference, the cost of the reception is included in your registration. Once registration is open, please be sure to select the box for the Welcome Reception so that we know you are planning to attend the reception. If you are unable to attend the conference but would like to come to the reception on Sunday evening, please join us! The cost is $30 per person which is also the cost for any additional guests.

We look forward to seeing you in Austin on Sunday evening, November 18, 2018, at the AT&T Conference Center at 1900 University Avenue, on the University of Texas campus. The parking garage for the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is located on the 21st Street side of the hotel.

Submitted By Ann McGeehan & Audrey Selden
Welcome Reception Committee Member & Welcome Reception Committee Chair

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get involved!
August Service Projects

Ronald McDonald - graphic EWTG’s first Community Service event will be Saturday, August 25 at Ronald McDonald House. We’ll be serving lunch for 15-20 people. Lunch is served at noon. We need preparers, servers and cleanup staff for a total of 15 volunteers. The lunch will be catered, but EWTG will be fixing dessert: fresh, cold watermelon (and/or other delicious August fruit). For Instructions, go to Please call or e-mail Margaret to participate: 512-971-4481 or We need your help!

The Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home that keeps families close to their hospitalized children. The volunteers and donors make Ronald McDonald House possible and give families a place to stay for a small donation of $20 per night. No family, however, is ever turned away if they can’t pay.

Comforts at the Ronald McDonald House

  • Private guest suites with bathrooms that can accommodate up to six people
  • Home-cooked meals provided by volunteers
  • Kitchen and dining area with microwave, refrigerator, and ovens
  • Laundry facilities, play area and playground for children and more…

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Address: The Ronald McDonald House is located just steps away from Dell Children’s Medical Center at 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd. Austin, TX 78723

Previously, EWTG has volunteered at Ronald McDonald House by cleaning rooms. Our Board has also used the facility as a meeting room, so we are happy to reciprocate.

P.S. If you can’t help with lunch, here is a link to the House Wish List ( No checks or gift cards through EWTG at this time. Bring items to monthly mini-courses at the Carver Library or monthly lunches at the Austin Women's Club. I will be there or a team representative to collect donations for Ronald McDonald House’s wish list



Ann Richards - logoEWTG’s second community service project for 2018 is collecting school supplies. The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (ARS) is an all-girls public school serving grades 6 to 12 for the Austin Independent School District (AISD). In 2007 the school welcomed its first students.

Governor Ann Richards was instrumental in developing the school’s vision. Founded to give young women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds the skills and confidence necessary to pursue college educations and careers.

Today, approximately 800 students represent a student body that reflects Austin’s diverse community. At ARS, the mission is to ensure that students are not only admitted to college but are also equipped to graduate from the college of their choice.

The student body represents the demographic diversity of Austin ISD: 65% Hispanic; 20% Caucasian/White; 9% African American; 6% Multiracial/Other.

Graduates volunteer over 100 hours in the community. Each year the student body contributes a minimum of 10,000 hours of volunteer work throughout the Austin area.

School Supplies

  • Backpack
  • Pencils and Pens (Blue or Black)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Three Ring Binders
  • Composition Notebooks- College Ruled
  • Composition Notebooks- Graph paper
  • Notebook Paper- College Ruled
  • Highlighters
  • Folders with Brad and Pockets
  • Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer
Bring donations to the mini-course or luncheon in August or call Margaret 512-971-4481 (personal cell, leave a message) with questions.

EWTG President Deborah Shaw Boatner challenges each EST group to supply one full backpack!

Other Community Service events for 2018:
  • Oct-Nov: Mixed greeting cards for veterans, loose cards & boxes allowed, through the American Red Cross. The Red Cross wants veterans to know they are thought of year round.
  • Nov-Dec: Stuffed animals and toiletries (shampoo & conditioner, body wash, deodorant, etc.) for SAFE Alliance.

Submitted by Margaret Earnest
EWTG Community Service Committee Chair, 2018


Birthday - graphicEWTG Birthday Club?

The EWTG Birthday Club officially kicked off in June! As a member, if you “Opt-In” to be in 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, & 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.
  • During your birthday month, your name will be included in the Birthday Club in the monthly newsletter. You are also eligible to receive a $5 discount off your Professional Development luncheon registration fees by using the discount code, BIRTHDAY18. NOTE: Only one $5 discount will be granted per month. For example, former EWTG Women of the Year will be recognized in the same month as your birthday. You can only use one $5 discount for that month.
  • 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 Katrina Burch
EWTG Membership Director, 2018

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Sponsor Appreciation

When You Have the Power to Do More

Dell - logo In 1984, 19-year-old Michael Dell with one year at UT and $1,000 in his pocket decided to take a chance and found PC's Limited. Success came quickly, and a few years later the company went international with its first subsidiary in the U.K., changed its name to Dell Computer Corp., and became a publicly traded company. Over the following 20 years, Dell grew by leaps and bounds offering a wide array of products and services and establishing plants in Ireland, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, and Brazil. It rose to No. 1 globally for PCs (large & medium-sized businesses). Dell was the first in the industry to offer free recycling of old technology, and one of the first to use blogging to provide quick, two-way communications between customers and company support staff. In 2013, Michael Dell and a private equity firm reprivatized the company and focused on innovation and investments beneficial to its customers. The company set new goals related to corporate social responsibility and the environment. In 2016, Dell merged with EMC, a data storage and management leader, to form Dell Technologies, which now serves as the parent company to several businesses including Dell Computers, Dell EMC, and others.

Dell is committed to diversity and inclusiveness understanding that innovation grows from an environment where people are engaged with their work, their coworkers, and their community. Dell fosters a diverse workforce and customer base and supports a variety of employee resource groups connecting employees who share common attributes (ethnic, gender, cultural, etc.). Additionally, Dell provides professional development to employees through mentoring, volunteerism, and community involvement.

"A diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences is the catalyst for innovation. That’s how we deliver better results for our customers and our team members. For us, a diverse and inclusive culture is a competitive advantage."
~ Michael Dell, Founder & CEO

Dell employees support communities logging 809,000 hours of volunteer time across 66 countries during the past fiscal year. Employees logging 10+ hours of volunteer time earn vouchers to donate to a charity of their choice.

Through the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN), the company is helping woman-owned businesses achieve greater success. Since 2010, DWEN hosts the Dell Women's Summit annually in cities around the globe, bringing together hundreds of female entrepreneurs, executives, and the media for collaboration and networking. Cathi Coan of Dallas-based Techway Solutions, Inc., credits DWEN with providing the capital, technology, and connections to grow her local company of 5 employees to become a multi-national company with 50 employees by "open[ing] doors to other women-owned businesses…to partner with around the globe." A spinoff of DWEN, Dell’s Girls Track program empowers girls to confidently transform their ideas and dreams into businesses and realities. DWEN and Girl Track invest in women today and in the future.

To learn more about the history and company culture of this valued sponsor, check out these resources:

Submitted by Shalyn Bridges
EWTG Development Committee Member

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Events & Announcements

Carter babyJune Birth Announcement — On June 28th, Houston affiliate member Chandrika Martin and her husband welcomed their new baby girl, Carter Amari. She weighed just over 6 lbs. and was 21 inches long. Congratulations Chandrika and we look forward to Carter one day joining EWTG!

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August Birthdays – Wishing you a wonderful day!
No August birthdays

August 8th, 11:30 a.m. — Mini-course — See details above about this event.

August 11th, 11:00 a.m. — Space Center Houston [View Event Details]

August 15th, 5:30 p.m. — EWTG Board Meeting — The Board meeting agenda and a summary of the Board meeting minutes will be posted to the EWTG Web site after the board approves them the following month.

August 25th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Ronald McDonald House Community Service — See details above about this event.

August 22nd, 11:30 a.m. — Professional Development Luncheon — See details above about this event.

September 20th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — Painting with a Twist — See details above about this event.

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