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EWTG Star September 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 seems like yesterday that we were experiencing the tropical winds and heavy downpours of Hurricane Harvey in many of our communities in Texas, surrounding regions and Puerto Rico. Hurricane Harvey of 2017 is tied with 2005's Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion in damage, primarily from catastrophic rainfall-triggered flooding in the Houston metropolitan area. Several of our EWTG members experienced losses in Houston as a result of that storm. As of today many of these areas are still rebuilding from the devastation that was left behind. And now that Hurricane Gordon is a threat, it’s a reminder that we are in hurricane season again. Hopefully, this season will not have the same catastrophic impact that it did last year.

On a lighter note, I look forward to fall arriving. The leaves on the trees often turn into beautiful fall colors, the temperature drops to a more comfortable 80 degrees, a great relief from more than 50 days of scorching 100 degrees temperature, and we get some rain that brings some relief to the drought we have been experiencing.

It’s the third quarter of our calendar year. All of the EWTG teams are feverishly working at finalizing our end of year events. This includes our Annual Professional Development Conference in addition to our regularly scheduled professional development and mini-course training luncheons. The board and committee members are a voluntary group of dedicated professional women who often agree to serve in a role not necessarily in their "comfort zone"; but that are willing to take a leap and explore this valuable opportunity to be in a leadership position within EWTG. Please join me in thanking them for their service when you see them at a training meeting, special event or the annual conference.

I hope that some of you will be willing to “take a leap” and consider volunteering to be on the 2019 board of directors. Nominations will be accepted through October 1, 2018. You can nominate yourself and/or another EWTG member for a board position. Having served on the board in several positions, I found it a very rewarding opportunity to network with other professional women, hone in on my leadership skills and utilize those skills in board and committee meetings. Consider investing in yourself. Join us as a board member, contribute to ensuring the mission of our organization is fulfilled and be part of the growth and advancement of EWTG.

The clock is ticking but you still have time to join us at two more monthly professional development and mini-course training luncheons. This past month there were 50 attendees at our mini-course training workshop featuring Jori Mundy (Public relations chair) presenting “ Public “Speaking WON'T KILL You: Reveal Your Public Speaking Power”. This is a testimony to the caliber of speakers who have presented very relevant information each month that will provide you with training that can be used daily in your professional and public lives. Plan to join us before the year is out and take advantage of the training that we provide free or at a minimal cost.

Consider carving some time out of your busy schedule to take advantage of the leadership training, scholarships, networking and leadership opportunities and of course our annual professional development conference. EWTG is one of the few professional organizations where membership entitles you to so many benefits. So come on board! There is a place for YOU in EWTG!

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! Award criteria are EWTG participation, career accomplishments, community involvement, educational accomplishments, and overall leadership.

Tips to Make Your Nominee Stand Out:

Preview the Nomination Form. Nominations are submitted online using a form on the EWTG website. View the form before filling it out and allow some time to prepare your responses for your nominee.

Be Both Thorough & Concise. Each question on the form has a character limit. Enter as much information as possible within that limit.

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.

You might not have answers to all the questions -- these are just to help you get started. Make it a tough decision for the judges! When you're ready, click the button below.

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, and nominations are due Saturday, September 15, at 5 p.m.

Submitted by Jori Mundy
EWTG Public Relations Director, 2018

Submit a Nomination

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.

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

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 Monday, October 1 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, due by mail on Monday, October 1 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, and it is a wonderful opportunity for both personal & professional growth! 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

Submit a Nomination
Board Officers' Duties
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Painting with a Twist

We invite you to join us for our first membership event for this year. It will be hosted at graphic - paintbrushPainting with a Twist in Crossroads Shopping Center on Burnet Rd. in Austin on September 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. The cost for members will be $25 and for guests, 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

Register Today!

Greeting EWTG Members,

Please join the Membership Committee and Educational Events Committee for a sightseeing adventure of the Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake). Members will have the exciting opportunity to view the famous home of the largest urban bat colony in the world, view of the Austin skyline and breath-taking sunset.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in the “Most Creative/ Best Dressed” Halloween costume contest. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place prize for the top three costumes selected.

Refreshments will be provided. Get dressed in some comfortable clothes (or costume) and come join us for an exciting and fun-filled event.

Fee per Person:
$20.00 (Members)
$25.00 (Guest)

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

(Members/ Guest) Arrival Time: 5:00- 5:15 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Location: Capitol Cruises

Hyatt Regency Hotel
208 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX

Register Today!

Education Events Committee
Water 2 Wine

Group posing at Water 2 Wine event Greetings EWTG Members,

Thank you for supporting the Educational Events Committee in our first event for 2018. This past Fourth of July weekend EWTG members and guests were able to tour the wine facility, learn how the facility makes their wine, and customize their own batch of wine. Not to mention members tasted some of the wines from the Water 2 Wine limited edition collection which will be phased out soon.

Lady demonstrating at Water 2 WineOur host Jenny provided exceptional customer service throughout the entire process; she even encouraged our President Deborah Shaw-Boatner to participate in the bottling and labeling process with another group who already made a customized batch of wine.

Water 2 Wine was a great success thanks to our dedicated EWTG members. I look forward to having more support from EWTG with the Educational Events Committee, so please look out for more information about future events this year.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with EWTG by volunteering on a committee, please consider becoming a part of the Educational Events Committee. You may contact the Educational Events Committee chair Lenora Jones if you are interested.

Submitted by Lenora Jones
EWTG Educational Events Committee Chair, 2018

Houston Affiliate News
EWTG Outing at Space Center Houston

Group posing in eating area at Space Center Houston EWTG Austin and affiliates from the Brazos Valley and Houston joined together for an “out of this world” experience. The event began on Saturday, Aug. 11 with lunch at Luby’s Clear Lake on NASA Road One. Members enjoyed meeting fellow affiliate members and were surprised with gifts by random drawing. After lunch, the event progressed across the street to Space Center Houston.

EWTG members visited Independence Plaza, a multi-exhibit complex featuring the historic Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft and the shuttle replica Independence. There was an opportunity to view the cockpit, the shuttle “arm,” and even see the crew seating area on the Boeing aircraft carrier. Independence Plaza is an opportunity to see a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and understand its impact on future exploration.

Members also had an opportunity to take a tram tour from Space Center Houston over to the NASA facility and see the historic Mission Control. This is the facility where NASA monitored nine Gemini missions and all of Apollo lunar missions, including the historic Apollo 11 voyage trip to the moon and the final Apollo 17 mission trip to the same lunar body. From this room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from launch and liftoff at the Kennedy Space Center, to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. You could really feel the history in the room from the monitors to the rotary dial phones. EWTG members even had the chance to see “the” red phone where calls came in from Washington DC to check status on the moon landing.

Group posing in front of space shuttle at Space Center Houston The tour concluded with a trip to “Rocket Park,” where members had a chance to view space rockets throughout the ages. The most impressive was the mighty and massive Saturn V rocket. It is the heaviest and most powerful rocket ever flown. NASA used the colossal Saturn V rocket primarily during the Apollo program to send Americans to the moon. There are only three Saturn V rockets on display in the world. The rocket at NASA Johnson Space Center is the only one comprised of all flight-certified hardware. The rocket is set up in stages containing the powerful engines needed to lift off and enter the orbit to reach the moon. The Saturn V rocket stands 363 feet tall and carried fuel weighing 6.2 million pounds at take-off.

This was a very special opportunity to network with other affiliates and learn about great components of Texas and world history. We look forward to a continued tradition of combined events between affiliate chapters and the Austin chapter.

With Best Regards,

Submitted by Elizabeth Patrolia
EWTG Houston Affiliates President, 2018

Leadership Texas Reflections

“If you are a woman leader who does not understand public policy, you are part of the problem.” Every so often I hear something that makes me sit up straight in my chair…my ah-ha moment.

Heidi Murray, COO of Leadership Women, said this at a recent Leadership Texas session. The comment put into words what I was feeling in my gut, “Can I be a good leader if I’m not familiar with the issues of the day?” Leadership Texas is designed to foster the kind of leaders who see and influence bigger policy issues; leaders who are engaged.

It was a completely different concept of leadership than I was accustomed to. We are taught that leadership is those qualities that inspire teams toward accomplishing organizational goals, i.e. showing initiative, problem-solving, and communication skills. There are a plethora of articles written about leadership that we see shared on social media every day, but this view of leadership is one we don’t usually encounter. Leadership that is cognizant of public policy and that influences public policy is leadership that goes beyond team or organizational goals; this is leadership that changes lives. This is just one of the values of Leadership Texas…taking your leadership journey to the next level. To learn more about Leadership Texas, visit

Submitted by Deana Sanders
EWTG Scholarship Committee Chair, 2018
Leadership Texas Class of 2018

Exciting Scholarship News!!

Scholarships - graphicEWTG now has a web-based scholarship application beginning with the third quarter 2018 applications. Check out the revamped Scholarship page on the EWTG website for the links to the applications and details on filling it out.

The third quarter scholarship deadline is September 30, and the fourth quarter scholarship deadline is November 30.

Remember that the Board also recently voted to increase the allocation for seminars to $750 maximum and for formal education to $1500 maximum.

Special thanks to a sub-group including Clare Dyer, Audrey Selden, and Dedurie Kirk for their input on the new scholarship forms.

Submitted by Deana Sanders
EWTG Scholarship Committee Chair, 2018

Spotlight on the Finance Committee

The Financial Officer is responsible for the fiscal wellbeing of the organization. Duties include: preparing the organization’s annual budget and ensuring the organization adheres to that budget; monitoring investments and recommending improvements where necessary; working with CMP to ensure annual audits and tax filings are completed accurately and on time; approving monthly financial reports, and serving as a resource to the Treasurer. It is recommended that the Financial Officer first serve in the Treasurer role for the EWTG before becoming the Financial Officer.

Submitted by Terri Peirce
EWTG Communications Committee, 2018

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!
Send your news to

See who joined & renewed membership last month!

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Mini-Course Luncheon - Wednesday, September 12TH

Photo - Shalyn Bridges “Nailing the Interview”


Shalyn Bridges

Texas Legislative Council

You've heard it said that "you never get a second chance to make a first impression," and when it comes to job interviews, making a good impression is just the beginning. If you've been interviewing but not getting job offers, let's talk! This session will focus on job interviewing, and it will help you see yourself from the perspective of potential employers, so you can make the best impression possible. For more than a decade, Shalyn Bridges has been part of the hiring team at her agency, and through her family business, Bridges Etiquette & Academics, she has helped children and adults put their best foot forward when they step out into the world. In this session, she will combine her knowledge and experience in the public and private sectors and share with us her strategies for presenting ourselves in the best way possible when we step out into the job market.

Shalyn Bridges is an experienced law librarian specializing in legal and legislative research and government documents, and a certified paralegal certified by NALA - The Paralegal Association. 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. Ms. Bridges is also an experienced etiquette instructor certified by the American School of Protocol. She organized the pilot project for the well-regarded Caswell House Etiquette Class in downtown Austin, teaching children skills for presenting themselves positively and confidently, and strategies for dealing with difficult situations and people (bullies). She continues to teach etiquette at the Caswell House, as well as programs for children and adults in Austin and neighboring communities.

Submitted by Barbara Chavis
EWTG Mini-Course Director, 2018

In Case You Missed It; Mini-Course Recaps…
August Mini-course Presentation with audience

Public Speaking WON'T KILL You:
Reveal Your Public Speaking Power


Jori Mundy

Director, Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Jori Mundy gave an outstanding presentation at the August 8th mini-course session for EWTG. There were approximately 50 members and guest in attendance that were attentive and interactive to Jori’s presentation. That is a record number of attendees that have attended a mini-course training session in several years. Currently, Jori holds the position of Director of Pharmacy Rebates & Business Analysis section at the Vendor Program for Health and Human Services Commission. In addition to her role at HHSC, she is a profound and phenomenal public speaker. We learned that being able to communicate publicly can advance your career, unlock the floodgates of opportunities and build confidence. Telling our own story when speaking publicly is what Jori advised us all to do! People can connect to your presentation when you are transparent and relatable. It is invaluable when you set yourself apart from others. Jori provided techniques and gave us advice on how to become successful when speaking publicly. She made it seem so easy! She presented methods to overcome fear and anxiety regardless of the size of the audience. The audience was captivated as we held on to her every word!

In addition to her current position at the Health and Human Services Commission, Jori is a member of EWTG serving 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 in an International Speech Contest advancing to the district level competition. She claimed several first-place awards out of 400+ speakers. Jori holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Indiana University and is a Certified Texas Contract Manager.

Submitted by Barbara Chavis
EWTG Mini-Course Director, 2018

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Professional Development Luncheon — Wednesday, September 26th

Carla James - pic“Leadership: How to Identify and Live It.”


Carla James

Deputy Executive Director, TDLR


Carla James came to TDLR from the Comptroller of Public Accounts, where she served as the Appropriation Control Supervisor from 2012 to 2016. She has extensive experience in the state budget and accounting policies and procedures related to appropriations and accounting functions.

Prior to working for the Comptroller, Carla served as Deputy Securities Commissioner and Director of Staff Services for the Texas State Securities Board (2003-2012). In addition, Carla was Executive Director of the Texas Incentive and Productivity Commission and served as a Budget Analyst with the Legislative Budget Board.

Carla received her B. A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Steering Committee Member of the Texas Fiscal Officers Academy, Past President of the Texas State Agency Business Administrators Association, and a former board member of Executive Women in Texas Government. Carla’s role as Deputy Executive Director includes responsibility for TDLR’s Operations and Regulatory Services.

EWTG will be honoring its generous sponsors at the September Professional Development Luncheon. Attendees from EWTG sponsors will receive a $5 discount on their luncheon ticket and will have reserved seats. If you are a sponsor, please use Luncheon18 when registering for the Professional Development Luncheon. Thank you to our sponsors! Through your partnership, EWTG provides scholarships and educational opportunities to its members.

Submitted by Mary Castleberry
EWTG Program Director, 2018

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In Case You Missed It; Luncheon Recaps…
Posing in front of EWTG banner at luncheon in August with Geraldine Tucker

“Finding Your Purpose”


Geraldine J. Tucker, J.D.

Attorney, College Administrator, and Author

What is your life purpose? Geraldine Tucker captured the audience’s attention with this question at the August professional development luncheon. Tucker said that our life purpose is to serve others with the gifts and talents that are unique to us. She emphasized five points during her interactive presentation. First, our destiny is what leads us to our life purpose. Next, our assignment is something that comes to us but may not necessarily be our job. “It comes to you,” Tucker said, “and you have the gifts and talents to help.”

Book Cover - Bedside Chat Third, we must be in alignment. When we are in alignment, we are centered, balanced and “in the flow.” She encouraged the group not to act when they’re not in alignment. Fourth, we must recognize the magical moments as they happen around us. She said that often things come to us, and if we’re so busy that we don’t pay attention, we miss out on those magical moments. Finally, Tucker talked about our life purpose, or what we were created to be so that we can serve others. Audience members took a few minutes to reflect and write down their own life purpose or if they weren’t sure, their unique gifts and talents. She then gave some audience members the opportunity to share their life purpose with those present.

She concluded by reminding us that our job in seeking our purpose is to stay focused and keep moving. She recently published her first book, Bedside Chat, a book of meditation and inspiration and she quickly sold out of the copies she brought to the event.

Submitted by Mary Castleberry
EWTG Program Director, 2018

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conference update
2018 EWTG Annual Professional Development Conference
“Leadership @ Work”
November 19, 2018, in Austin TX

Registration Is Open!! Register early to reserve your spot at the conference. You will select three workshops from approximately 36 sessions including sessions for CEUs! The website is updated with session details so check it out and be sure to register early in order to get your top choices.

Conference Registration

Hotel reservations are available on the EWTG website! 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.

Hotel Reservations

Welcome Reception: We invite you to join us on Sunday, November 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for the EWTG Welcome Reception which kicks-off the 32nd Annual EWTG Professional Development Conference. Come and have some fun, relax and network.

This year, an all-woman band, Ready Betty, will entertain us as they play their signature 40’s, 50’s and 60’s tunes. In addition, we have planned a new edition of the ever-popular EWTG Bingo which is a great way to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones. 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. 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.

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

Silent Auction

One of the highlights of the EWTG Annual Conference is the chance to visit the Silent Auction tables and bid on some of the awesome items that have been donated. The thrill of bidding in the Auction is compounded by the knowledge that your participation helps provide scholarship opportunities for our members. This year I have the honor of serving as co-chair of the Silent Auction Committee with Uniyme Udosen. We are actively looking for volunteers and donations for this year’s Silent Auction.

If you are interested in donating to the Silent Auction or you know someone who is, please guide them to the 2018 EWTG Conference links on the EWTG website. Not sure what to donate, no problem! We will be happy to give ideas, and we’ll even do the shopping for you!

Volunteers are essential for hosting a successful Silent Auction. If you are interested in joining the conference committee, email your contact information to Be sure to include “Silent Auction Committee” in the subject line. We look forward to working with you to ensure this year’s Silent Auction is a success. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the 32nd Annual EWTG Professional Development Conference.

Submitted by Terri Peirce
EWTG Silent Auction Committee Co-Chair, 2018

A very special “thank you” to our 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

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Called to Serve
Ann Richards School - logo

EWTG’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 through 12 in the Austin Independent School District (AISD).

Bring donations to the luncheons on September 12 and September 26, or call Margaret 512-971-4481 (personal cell, leave a message). EWTG President Deborah Shaw Boatner challenges each EST group to supply one full backpack!

Ann Richard School Supplies Needed

  • 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

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. The school's curriculum focuses on leadership, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, and college readiness. Every single graduate has gained admission to college. More than 65 percent of the students are the first in their families to graduate from college.

Today, approximately 800 students are part of this student body that reflects Austin’s diverse community. The school’s mission is to ensure that students are not only admitted to college, but are also equipped to graduate from the college of their choice, like: Barnard College, Baylor, Brown, Duke, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Princeton, Rice, SMU, Stanford, Texas A&M University-College Station, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Kingsville; Texas State University, Texas Tech, Texas Woman’s University, Tufts, United States Naval Academy, University of Houston, University of Southern California; UT-Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, Tyler; Wake Forest University, and Wellesley College to name a few.

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

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

Juniors participate in a week-long internship with Austin area business partners.

  • Biomedical internship partners include Dell Children’s Hospital, People’s Community Clinic, Planned Parenthood, Mother’s Milk Bank, and AISD Special Services.
  • Engineering internship partners include Gensler, Zilliant, City of Austin Public Works, Rogers O’Brien, and Lighthouse Solar.
  • Media Tech internship partners include KLRU, Channel Austin, Hack Studios, Texas Monthly, Texas Exes, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and Blast Public Relations.

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

EWTG Birthday Club

graphic - happy birthdayThe EWTG Birthday Club officially kicked off in June! 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, BIRTHDAY18. 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 Katrina Burch
EWTG Membership Director, 2018

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Sponsor Appreciation
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Loblolly Consulting, LLC (Loblolly), was founded in 2006 and established to provide business and technology consulting services with a focus on the public sector and the State of Texas. Loblolly consultants are interested in challenging projects and benefit from a culture of teamwork, collaboration, and creativity.

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Loblolly Consulting has proven experience with some of the largest agencies in the State of Texas providing staff who can work effectively on complex assignments requiring technology expertise and program understanding. Their consultants’ skills are broad and deep with a clear understanding of the uniqueness of public sector data requirements and processes. These qualities are particularly valuable in business and information management projects using technology that will change business processes significantly. In addition to experience, Loblolly staff members are highly trained with staff members who hold PhDs, MBAs and PMP certifications. This combination of training and experience provides the basis for Loblolly staff to make positive contributions to assignments for State of Texas agencies.

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Submitted by Mary Cheryl Dorwart
EWTG Sponsorship Development Co-Director, 2018

EWTG Loves Its Sponsors

EWTG is very fortunate to have the support of its sponsors! These are businesses that believe in women's leadership and are willing to invest in EWTG's professional development programs and especially in our annual conference, which draws together almost 1,000 attendees from across the state and from all levels of public service. When you sponsor EWTG, you are not only supporting a valuable organization, but you are providing scholarships that allow members to participate in Leadership Texas and Leadership America, you are helping members complete their education and certification programs, and you are helping members attend our annual conference and other professional development programs.

If you would like to become a 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, 2018

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Calendar - graphic September Birthdays – Wishing you a wonderful day!
Tanya Skaarup (Happy Belated Birthday from August)
Marie Cohan

September 12, 11:30 a.m. — Mini-course — See details above about this event.

September 15, 5 p.m. — WOTY Nominations Deadline.See details above about this event.

September 19, 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.

September 20, 6-8 p.m. — Painting with a TwistSee details above about this event.

September 21 — EWTG Board Nomination DeadlineSee details above about this event.

September 26, 11:30 a.m. — Professional Development Luncheon — We will be honoring our sponsors at this luncheon. See details above about this event.

September 30 — Deadline for Collecting Backpacks for the Ann Richard’s SchoolSee details above about this event.

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