Texas Women Leading Government Institute

The Texas Chapter of Women Leading Government is pleased to announce the creation of the Texas Women’s Leadership Institute.  The Institute is designed to empower and prepare more women for the position of city manager in the future.  While Texas has had success in having women manage the largest cities in Texas, moving the needle in a more generalized manner has been slow.  Currently, 21% of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) membership is female and of the current 241 city managers working in home rule cities in Texas, 30 are female (12%).  It is important to chart paths to the top role for women in local government.  Texas is lagging behind a national average that was cited in two ICMA task force reports completed in 1975 and 2014, which documented that women only held 13% of the manager positions in the United States.

The TCMA Board approved funds to help The Texas Chapter of Women Leading Government (WLG) host an inaugural Texas Women’s Leadership Institute for 20 women who desire to become city managers. The Institute will be five sessions over the course of 10 months and offer a laser-focus approach to increasing women in the city management pipeline and include essential topics to be an effective city manager as well as explore successful leadership techniques.  The sessions would include tours of city facilities and will bring in Texas experts in the fields of finance, planning, communications, economic development, public works, and leadership.

Texas Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board

Julie Robinson, Chair and City Manager, Spring Valley Village

Opal Mauldin-Jones, City Manager, Lancaster

Kay Godbey, Retired City Manager, TCMA Senior Advisor, and
Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington

Derra Purnell, Attorney, Olson & Olson LLP

Paulette Hartman, Deputy City Manager, North Richland Hills

Margie Rose, Retired City Manager, Strategic Government Resources

Linda Huff, Account Director, Freese & Nichols

Joyce Wilson, Retired City Manager and CEO, Workforce Solutions

TWLI 2019-2020 Schedule

Seminar 1        September 26-27, 2019            Lancaster

Seminar 2        November 14-15, 2019            Cedar Park

Seminar 3        January 23-24, 2020                  Pflugerville

Seminar 4        March 5-6, 2020                          Spring Valley Village

Seminar 5        May 7-8, 2020                              Fairview

 For more information, please contact Karen Daly, TWLI executive director, at txwomensleadership@gmail.com or 512-796-8456.