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EWTG Star September 2017
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President's Corner EWTG Star Submissions Mini-Course
Monthly Luncheon 2017 Woman of the Year Nominations Community Service - Komen Swag
Membership & Networking - Capital Cruise 2018 Board of Directors Nominations Scholarship News
Future Executive Success Team Members Community Service - October 2017 Annual Conference News
New and Renewing Members Scholarships EWTG Board Meetings
Volunteer Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors
President's Corner

Last week’s hurricane and subsequent rain and flooding has devastated many parts of the state. We hope all our EWTG extended family members have been safe and relatively dry. Our hearts go out to all of you who experienced this chaos. Please let us know if any of you are in dire need. And ladies, please consider donating to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or the charity of your choice for relief, if you can. This recovery will take a very long time and the need is great.

On a happier note, EWTG has had more than three decades of success since founded in 1984, and last year was no exception. Ably led by Jennifer Dormer, 2016 President, the organization accomplished many things, including funding scholarships and offering learning opportunities to our members, while having a good time doing so. Jennifer has completed her 2016 Annual Report, which covers the year in full. The report is available to members. Log in under the member section, go to digital library, and find reports. Please take a moment to look at the annual report and let Jennifer know how much you appreciate her and the 2016 board’s leadership when next you see her.

September marks the beginning of my favorite season and a new year for most of us in state government. We all look forward to walks in crisp air (maybe only 80 degrees instead of 100, but you get my drift) and the start of the school year: the season leaves one feeling rejuvenated and with the motivation to tackle those past due tasks again. Speaking of being motivated again, I hope some you will consider volunteering for next year’s board of directors. It’s time to nominate yourself and other EWTG members in good standing for board positions on the 2018 EWTG board. I have found that serving on the board is worthwhile and self-fulfilling, and I encourage you to try it. Take time to invest in yourself and those around you by joining us and contributing to bringing positive change to our state government world.

Our board directors and committees have been preparing our slate of fall activities. Please be sure to thank them in person for all their work to make membership in EWTG rewarding and enjoyable.

On Saturday, September 16, we have a community service opportunity to help prepare SWAG bags for cancer survivors who participate in the Komen Race for the Cure. Registration is open.

A few weeks later, on Tuesday, October 3, EWTG will have our almost-annual Boat Cruise on Lady Bird Lake. This popular event is a special time for all of us to get together and enjoy each other’s company while relaxing and taking in the scenery. Bobbe Walker’s Membership Committee is pulling out all the stops, including a special new EWTG gift, so you’ll want to RSVP quickly.

Both of these events are in addition to our Mini-Course on September 13th and our Luncheon on September 27th. And register now to get our early-bird rate at EWTG’s 31st Annual Professional Development Conference, November 19th-20th in San Marcos. EWTG’s 2017 conference theme is Bold Leadership: Courage, Confidence, and Compassion.

We ask that all of those in ESTs, come up with a theme basket for this year’s Silent Auction. These baskets are always a special treat. We welcome others of you to donate items and services as well.

Finally, don’t forget to qualify and apply for scholarships. Conference registration is now open, and if your agency doesn’t send people to the conference, scholarships exist for attending. In addition, new classes offered at various locations, such as the one-day classes at UT’s Human Dimensions of Organizations program, where you can learn how to make meetings matter or about organizational leadership and strategy. Take advantage of these and other EWTG opportunities today.

Clare Dyer
2017 EWTG President

EWTG STAR Submissions

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

Please send the information to with the subject line– EWTG STAR. The submission deadline is September 22, 2017.

EWTG Star Submission

Mini-Course - September 13, 2017

Shalyn Bridges photo21st Century Dining for Professionals

Guest Speaker

Shalyn Bridges
Etiquette Instructor, Bridges Etiquette & Academics

Our everyday behaviors, especially in the way we eat, reveals so much of who we are in life. Following up on Positive First Impressions presented at last year's mini course, this session will focus on maintaining that positive persona when dining. In this hands-on workshop, we will practice three dining styles: American, Continental, & cocktail party dining, which will be useful in preparation for EWTG’s annual conference. We will also discuss the etiquette and dining skills of informal meals like tacos and pizza, to very formal, multi-coursed meals that require a variety of utensils and stemware. It’s all about how to put your best foot – and fork – forward when you step out into the world!

A certified trainer from the American School of Protocol, Shalyn Bridges is the owner of Bridges Etiquette & Academics, LLC, which offers private instruction on the social and dining skills. Bridges Etiquette & Academics help students in various stages of development from grade school through those applying to college or getting ready to enter the job market, as well as academic tutoring in math, English, reading comprehension, and study skills. She is also an experienced law librarian specializing in legal and legislative research and government documents, and a certified paralegal through the National Association of Legal Assistants. She is currently the Senior Paralegal & Law Librarian in the legal division of the Texas Legislative Council. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and history from Cornell College in Iowa, and a Master of Library and Information Science from The University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, writing, literature, tennis, and community volunteerism.

The program begins at noon, lunch is served at 11:45 a.m.  To help you make the most of your lunchtime, EWTG will have pizza from Eastside Pies, fresh green salad, a drink and dessert for $10 per person, or you can bring your own lunch. Pizza will be served from 11:45 a.m. to noon. The program begins at noon and ends by 1:00 p.m. The mini-course is held at the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina St., TX 78702 - view map.

Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the event to receive a refund for pizza orders.  Acceptable forms of payment onsite are cash or check. For information contact EWTG by email, or by telephone, 512-220-4298.

Online registration will end at 10:00 am Monday, September 11, 2017

Submitted By Patricia V. Hayes
Mini-Course Director

Register Today

Monthly Luncheon - September 27, 2017
Lynelle McKay photoTop Ten Leadership Tips that Lead to Success

Guest Speaker

Lynelle McKay
CEO, Girls Scouts of Central TexasGirl Scout Logo

Lynelle McKay is the Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX), the premier leadership organization for girls. The council brings leadership development opportunities to more than 18,000 girls, ages 5-17, across 46 counties in Texas.

Appointed CEO in June 2013, Ms. McKay is committed to serving the girls of Central Texas and to working with staff, volunteers and the community to create differentiated leadership experiences which will prepare girls for their 21st Century roles as global citizens and leaders.

Prior to assuming the helm of GSCTX, Ms. McKay’s corporate career spanned over 20 years at Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor, culminating in her position as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the $1 billion Networking and Multimedia business.

Lynelle retired in 2008 and since then has devoted much of her time to serving the community through local non-profit organizations. Lynelle got to know Girl Scouts while serving on the Board of GSCTX (2008-2010), participating on the STEM Advisory Committee, Finance Committee, Development Committee and Strategic Learning Team. Ms. McKay received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii. She is the mother of two adult sons and resides with her husband Jim in Austin, Texas.

The luncheon is held at the Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701 - view map (ample free parking located at the rear of the building at Nueces & 10th Street). 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!

Reserve your seat and lunch selection today. Cancellations must be received forty-eight (48) hours prior to the event to receive a refund or for your registration fee to be waived.

You must log in to receive member lunch prices. Online registration will end at 10:00 am Monday, September 25, 2017.

Submitted By Barbara Chavis
EWTG Program Director

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2017 Woman of the Year Nominations

Women of the Year graphicEach year, we honor one of our members who has distinguished herself in the organization, her career, and her community with the 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. WOTY 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, and other EWTG members you've met at the annual conference or any EWTG event. Then, nominate the woman you think best represents EWTG. Here's a hint: she is smart, talented, dedicated, and effective. You know her, and you know she deserves recognition! (Visit our website for more specific nomination criteria.)

The winner for EWTG's 2017 Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual conference in November. All nominated are winners.

You must be a member to submit a nomination. Nominations are due Friday, September 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

Submitted By Shalyn Bridges
Public Relations Director

Woman of the Year Criteria & Nomination Information

September Community Service – Susan G. Komen Austin Race for the Cure – Swag Bag Assembly
Susan G Komen pin graphicVolunteering your time can help lift the emotional weight of fighting cancer for yourself or someone you care about. The EWTG Community Service Committee will be helping the Susan G. Komen Austin Race for the Cure by putting donated items from local and national vendors into Race Survivor SWAG Bags.

Race participants who are breast cancer survivors are given the Race Survivor SWAG Bags during the race. Bags prepared with love and compassion show that someone cares that they are survivors!

Registration for volunteers is open now. We’re asking all volunteers to wear pink in support of this event. We can all help fight cancer and assist in finding a cure, so that no one has to battle this disease.

Survivor SWAG Bag volunteer information:

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Address: 1705 S Capital of Texas Hwy (Loop 360) near Barton Creek Mall, Building is 1 Westlake Plaza, Room 130
For more information about the Komen Austin Race for the Cure or to register as an individual or create a team on your own, please visit the link below.

Submitted by Lenora Jones
EWTG Community Service Chair
Register to Volunteer Today!

Membership & Networking Event - Capital Cruise
Capital Cruise photo
Capital Cruise on the Pride and Joy
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The EWTG Membership Committee cordially invites you to a fun EWTG evening cruise on The Pride and Joy harbored on the shores of beautiful Lady Bird Lake by the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 208 Barton Springs Road. We hope to see the famous Congress Avenue bats and perhaps a few other famous Austinites during our cruise!! The cruise travels down Lady Bird Lake and neighboring islands and returns to shore by 8:30 p.m.

EWTG will provide buffet style finger food, drinks, door prizes and plenty of time to enjoy the tour of Lady Bird Lake. Registration is $20 for EWTG members and $25 for non-members. As a special incentive, guests who join EWTG at the event will receive a one-time $10 discount off the regular annual dues!

Network & Relax!
Please join EWTG members and friends for an inspiring evening with networking and relaxation. Each EWTG member is allowed up to three guests (friends, colleagues, or spouses).

Register soon. RSVP closes 9/19/2017, or as soon as we hit capacity!

Submitted By Bobbe Walker
EWTG Membership Director 
Register Today!

EWTG 2018 Board of Directors Nominations
Board Nomination graphicIt is that time of year when EWTG selects its new leadership to serve as members of next year’s Board of Directors. Liza Willmore, 2014 EWTG President, is chairing the Nominating Committee for the 2018 EWTG Board of Directors, and 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.

All nominees must be current EWTG members and be in good standing. After the nominations are in, the nominating committee meets to consider all candidates. They look for women who have demonstrated leadership, willingness to serve, dependability, enthusiasm, commitment to EWTG, creativity, and a history of assuming responsibility. The more active a member is and the more often she has served on or chaired committees, the better opportunity that individual has for consideration. 

Serving on the Board is a great way to share your skills, talents, and knowledge and to build on and learn new skills that will translate into enhancing your resume. Board membership may seem like a challenge the first time around, but the benefit of being an EWTG member is that others are there to lend their advice and assistance, which means that board members can safely gain wisdom and experience.

Suggestions: If you are suggesting someone other than yourself, please get that person’s approval first. Simply submit your suggestion(s) by October 1, 2017, using the nominating 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. The petition is due by October 1, 2017, and must be mailed to: EWTG, P.O. Box 28413, Austin, TX 78755.

Corporate Bylaws Process:
  • The corporate bylaws provide that the Nominating Committee present a recommended list of candidates to the Board at its October meeting.
  • The selection list will indicate whether the candidate was recommended by the Nominating Committee or by formal 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 2017 newsletter.
The nominating committee will be meeting from the end of September through the first week of October to review the nominations. Be sure to get your nomination in soon, so you don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

Submitted By Clare Dyer
EWTG President
Nomination Form

Scholarship News
The EWTG annual conference is fast approaching. Did you know that one of the benefits of your EWTG membership is the opportunity to apply for scholarships to assist with your continuing education? September 30th is the deadline for scholarship graphicsubmitting your application for 3rd quarter scholarships and the only quarter in which applications for the annual conference are under consideration.

Depending on the number of applications, your involvement and contributions to EWTG, and subject to available funds, you could receive up to the full cost of attending the conference. In addition to the annual conference, the 3rd quarter is also the deadline for submitting applications for Leadership Texas and Leadership America. There are three Leadership scholarships available with the potential to cover the full tuition of the program plus a little extra to defray some of the costs of travel.

This year, the Board made a significant commitment to the scholarship program because they believe in the mission of EWTG and believe in the wonderful future you can have if you take the time to invest in yourself. Don't delay; apply for your scholarship today. The application and rules are found on the EWTG website at

Submitted By Gena Minjares
Scholarship Committee Chair
Scholarship Information

Future Executive Success Team Members
Executive Success Team graphic

Submitted By Deborah Shaw-Boatner
Community Service Opportunity in October
Community Service graphicThe Community Service Community will be partnering with Prom Rack and Dress for Success next month. Make plans now to support these organizations.

Donate prom dresses and your professional clothing to those in need. More details coming in the October newsletter.

Submitted By Lenora Jones
Community Service Committee Chair
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Conference Registration Now Open!


Register Now graphicOnline conference registration is convenient and easy, so register now!

Don’t wait, mark your calendar and plan to attend the 31st Annual EWTG Professional Development Conference. Just a note, be sure you register no later than October 13, 2017, to take advantage of the early registration discount: Member $184 and Non-Member $259. After October 13th, the fee increases to $234 for Members and $309 for Non-Members.

Submitted By Karen E. Howard
Vice President and Conference Chair
Register Today!

New and Renewing Members

See Who Joined and Renewed in August 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 third quarter application to the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 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

Board of Directors

Cheryl Taylor, Editor
Communications Director

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