Miss the luncheon last week? Catch up!

In this captivating video, filmed at the Texas Women In Business lunch this past June 15, Lisa Copeland shares her remarkable insight on women in the workplace. Her insight is gained from years of first-hand experience – as a successful, award-winning entrepreneur, Board member, and National Council member. Watch as she reveals…

  • At 9 minutes in What billionaire investor and multiple business owner Warren Buffett thinks about women in the workplace. It’s revealed 9 minutes into the video. I promise it will surprise you!
  • The man who inspired Tony Robbins, Rhonda Byrne (author of ‘The Secret’) and literally hundreds of other motivational coaches working today. Lisa calls him the ‘grandfather of personal development’.
  • At 12:00 minutes in: the gender wage gap, but not as you know it.
  • At 13:00 The ONE REASON women don’t make as much as our male counterparts. Once you hear this, you’ll want to kick yourself!
  • At 14:40 Why Lisa believes the myth of the work/life balance is a ‘big fat lie’ and what you should strive for instead. (Hint – it’s a lot better!)
  • 24:48 The one thing you can control, and should choose to do every day.
  • 26:35 Why Step 4 of Lisa’s process could be the most important step on your road to riches.
  • The one person you should trust with your business idea. If you share your ideas with anyone other than this person, you could be jeopardizing your dreams.
  • 36:30 The ‘Personal Success Equation’. Watch as she breaks it down and talks through each element. If you’re missing any single element of this success equation, you’ll never achieve your goals. But if you can master it, the sky’s the limit!
  • At 39 minutes, Lisa reveals the ‘F’ that you need. Intrigued? Watch the video now to find out what it is!

If you would like to attend the Summit, check out this link for full details!

What's the best way to get the most from your membership? A committee!

If you are looking for ways to beef up your visibility in Texas Women in Business, consider joining a committee!  This will keep you connected to everything going on, and sets up you to be a leader in the organization.  We have a lot of opportunities to get involved depending on what your strengths are and what you are interested in learning.  


The Texas Women In Business Ambassador Team is a volunteer group of women in business that serve as the liaison between the TWIB board and its members. The purpose of this Team is to enhance member relations, participate in the community and TWIB sponsored events, and be active in TWIB’s growth. Email Joyce Stephen for more information.


Our goal is to provide educational programs, tools and resources to help Texas Women In Business Members improve their knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to work and their personal life.  If you would like to be a speaker or a coach, please reach out to us as well!  We would love to hear from you!  Email Paula Ann Pitifer for information!


We create and implement great networking events and plan conferences to further develop and promote the positive impact of women in business. We inspire and encourage networking through monthly happy hours, luncheons and conferences.  We are looking for a Board Member for this position! 


Our job is to make sure everyone knows how amazing Texas Women in Business is!  If you have never done any marketing before, we want to talk to you!  If you are a seasoned pro, we really want to talk to you too!  We can come up with solutions to see how to spread the word on this awesome organization that helps so many women in Texas!  Email Meredith Guthrie for more information on this fabulous experience.


As the name suggests, we work to cultivate and retain our members by finding out what they want to see out of Texas Women in Business, and working with the other committees to implement programs and procedures that benefit our members.  This is a fun opportunity to meet lots of people!  Email Cathy Galbraith for more information!


The Fundraising Committee works to secure vendors, sponsors, and partners to benefit the organization as a whole as well as those groups who help fund us.  Email Cynthia Southerland for information.


Giving back is a big part of Texas Women in Business, so we work to make sure that our projects and fundraising is taken care of.  If helping the community is where you would like to apply yourself, email Michelle Goerdel!


Our Programs Committee is in charge of arranging the speakers and panels that serve as our keynote speakers at the monthly luncheon.  We survey topics of interest and find references for those people we think would serve our members well. Email Kelly Seigler for more information about this exciting opportunity.

Pro Spotlight: Austin Emergency Center

In case you couldn't make our Healthy Living seminar last week (more on that later!), you missed out on some great information!  This month's Pro Spotlight is from Austin Emergency Center, and the fabulous Dr. Okem Okpara was a member of our expert panel last Friday.  Here is what Austin Emergency Center has to say about healthcare in Austin

How has healthcare access changed in Austin over the past few years?

It's no secret that Austin is growing and expanding. With the rise in the cost of living, many people are seeking homes in the suburbs which puts them further away from hospitals and emergency rooms. That has resulted in the expansion of medical facilities available to Austinites. Hospitals are opening up micro-hospitals in lesser populated areas to increase patient access to care and you'll also notice an increase in the number of urgent care facilities and free-standing emergency rooms in those areas as well. The rise in freestanding emergency rooms throughout Austin has led to faster access to medical care.  With our exploding population, the need was there for “no wait access to care”.

What resources are out there that women should be aware of?

Programs through the Texas Department ofState Health Services are aimed at helping women with family planning as well as provide breast and cervical cancer screenings. Since cancer is one of the top three causes of death among women, these services are made available to everyone at a low cost. Additionally, they provide mental health screenings that can help women who are struggling with depression, which is common. All of the services as DSHS are confidential and are a great resources. 

How is a freestanding ER center different than a traditional emergency room or an urgent care facility?

Austin Emergency Center differs from an urgent care center in that most urgent care centers are designed to handle non-life-threatening medical complaints. An urgent care facility is much like a doctor’s office with extended hours. Urgent care clinics are often staffed by physician extenders who are generally not trained in triaging critical trauma patients. If a patient goes to an urgent care clinic with a life threatening emergency, the patient will be redirected to EMS or 911. In contrast, Austin Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and staffed with trained emergency room doctors. Our emergency centers are equipped, similar to those of large hospitals, offering onsite imaging services like CT scans, X-rays, and ultrasound. We also have in-house laboratory services and are equipped and staffed to handle a full range of emergencies, 24/7.

What are some common precautions we can take to avoid visits?

For women under the age of 44, the most common cause for death according to the CDC after unintentional injuries, is suicide. It's important that women monitor their mental health and seek counseling and/or drug therapy if they feel depressed, prior to reaching a point of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. After age 45, there is a shift in the major causes of death. The top four are: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and pneumonia. Women should be diligent in checking frequently and controlling their blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, while avoiding tobacco. Additionally, women should make sure that they do self-breast exams frequently in the shower, do their yearly women's exams to check for cervical cancer, and do cancer checks on their colon yearly. Though not talked about frequently, it is okay to enjoy your wine nights with your friends, but make sure that you are not abusing alcohol because it can result in liver disease.

Can freestanding ER centers facilitate pediatric care/emergencies?

Absolutely! Freestanding emergency rooms are just like hospital emergency rooms and are equipped with pediatric supplies and capabilities. All of our facilities are staffed with emergency room trained doctors who did rotations in pediatric departments and are certified in pediatric emergency care. Each of our emergency centers has a pediatric care room designed especially for children and their family to reduce their fear and anxiety while being treated.  We love children!

Thank you to Austin Emergency Center for this fantastic information.  Check back in soon for a full recap of our Healthy Living seminar.

Meet our panelists!

If you somehow missed it, we are hosting a special health seminar next month to promote overall wellness for our members and guests!  In addition to our keynote speaker, Dr. Candace Ackerman with Flourish Counseling, we will have a panel on board to answer some of your questions!  Here is who you will meet on May 19th, at 10:00 at the Austin Country Club:

Dr. Tenesha Ward:  "Dr. Tenesha Wards (previously Tenesha Weine) is a graduate from Texas Chiropractic College and owner of Infinity Wellness Center, located in South West Austin, Texas. She has completed certifications in Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Activator Technique, Webster Technique and Applied Clinical Nutrition.

Dr. Wards’ personal struggle with Lyme Disease fuels her passion of a holistic approach to wellness. Overcoming her debilitating health experiences gave her the empathy to relate to her patients. She believes in the importance of treating the whole person and not just the symptoms. Dr. Wards practices holistically, specializing in determining the underlying causes of conditions such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue and headaches. She also concentrates on women’s issues as well as prenatal and pediatric Chiropractic care.

Dr. Wards’ work is based on a fundamental principle that promoting health and wellness has no boundary. From earthquake relief work in Haiti to Cancer survivors in Guadalajara, Dr. Wards is committed to not just practicing locally, but globally. In addition to promoting health and wellness of the body, Dr. Wards also supports her community through leadership roles with the Texas Women in Business, Westlake Chamber of Commerce and philanthropic service with the Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Dr. Wards also keeps up on the latest post graduate training classes to ensure her patients receive the most advanced care.

Dr. Wards has traveled all over the nation learning from the top doctors in the country and mastering the leading applied kinesiology techniques to utilize the most advanced methods of drug-free healthcare. She has studied under Dr. Evan Mladdenoff, team physician for the Kansas City Chiefs, Drs. George and Jeannette Birnbach, pioneers in clinical nutrition and advanced clinical therapy, Dr. John Bandy, Lance Armstrong’s Kinesiologist, Dr. Stuart White, one of the leading clinical nutritionists, and Dr. Kendal Stewart, neurotologist and neuroimmune specialist focusing on genetic defects."

Ron Banuelos, LAC: "Before I discovered the world of Acupuncture and herbs, I was on my way to become a Western doctor. I suffered from horrible allergies(year around) and I always hosted a few infections every winter.  I was referred to an acupuncturist, and began to receive treatments.  Within a few visits, my allergies began to lessen and my infections vanished...my days of antibiotics were over!

I began to read everything I could get my hands on concerning Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, and what I call "Energy Medicine".  This led me to becoming a Reiki practitioner and entering Chinese Medical School at AOMA in Austin.

After 4 years Chinese Medical School, I became a Texas Licensed and National Board certified Acupuncturist, my education was just beginning.  Two years after opening my practice, 8 out 10 patient's health goals were met with success.  I wondered why I couldn't get those last two patients healed with Chinese medicine.  I began seeking knowledge from practitioners from around the world.  I began learning:  NAET (Allergy Elimination Technique), Functional Blood Analysis, Hormone and Adrenal testing, Dr.Yan Xin Life Sciences Technology (Internal Qi Gong), Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing), Nutritional Response Therapy (ULAN), NET (Neuro-Emotional Technique), Esoteric (chakra) acupuncture, Korean hand acupuncture, Master Tung (Miracle points) acupuncture, Acutonics (Tuning Fork therapy), advanced cupping techniques, Heel Homeopathy, personalized detox programs, and Weston A. Price Nutrition (Nutrient Dense Eating).

My vision is to hold a space where patients can have an understanding of their bodies, hearts and discover their ultimate destiny in life.   I strive for powerful, impactful, life changing sessions with my patients where we both discover their root cause of disease or imbalance and treat the whole person including physical, emotional and spiritual realms.  I want to remind people that our natural state is HEALTH; we should thrive, feel happy and energetic in our being.

There is a Chinese saying that goes something like this: “ A good doctor helps to heal the physical body, A great doctor helps someone to heal themselves, the Best doctor helps you to discover your ultimate destiny in life."

Dr. Elena Villanueva:  "...practices Holistic Medicine based on the principles of Functional Medicine.  She obtained her doctorate of Chiropractic medicine in 2003 and founded her first practice in Lakeway that same year focusing primarily around athletes, with an emphasis on performance enhancement and specialized rehabilitation of sports specific injuries.  NFL players, PGA golfers, Olympic, and other elite athletes were the focus of her practice.  She worked with medical teams traveling the world treating at Olympic qualifier events and international sporting events.  Dr V. was honored as the Official University of Texas sports injury commentator for the UT sports radio station in 2009.

It was her own personal journey where Dr. V. developed her passion for functional medicine.  She took interest of the wisdom found not only in ancestral, biological, and ecological science but also from the metaphysical nature of healing the body, mind and the spirit by providing a nurturing environment of self empowerment along the way.

Dr. Villanueva is seasoned, both scientifically and experientially in a wide variety of complementary approaches including holistic medicine, natural organic herbs, chiropractic, mind/body medicine, and whole foods-based nutrition. In her practice, she uses these combined with the principles of functional medicine to find the root causes of disorders.

Dr. V. is a native Texan and has great enthusiasm for almost anything outdoors from wake surfing, rappelling, and equestrian sports, to skiing, hunting, paddle boarding and Harley riding…if it’s outdoors chances are she loves it.   In her free time she enjoys world travel adventures with her 23 year old son, William, who is completing his degrees in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics.

Dr. Villanueva has always had a passion and a gift as a healer, and is thrilled be a resource of support for her patients in their search for healthier alternatives in healing their chronic conditions.  Dr. Villanueva is experienced in helping patients who suffer from the many effects of the MTHFR mutation as her personal journey led her to discover that both of her MTHFR genes are mutated and she also suffered many of the effects of not being able to methylate properly.

Couldn't make to the luncheon? Here's what you missed:

We had such an amazing time last week meeting Margo Wickersham!  She has a long track record of sales and marketing success, and we were so fortunate to be able to pick her brain and get so much useful information!  Margo had some great tips for asking for the sale!  

Building a relationship is key when establishing a rapport that could lead to a sale!  Remember to R.A.I.S.E!

  • Respect the prospect.
  • Ask questions to discover their wants, needs, and fears
  • Identify  a recognized solution for their problem
  • Show, don't tell so a customer can experience the value
  • Enquire.  Ask for the sale!


There was so much more to what Margo talked about, and her Q&A session was wonderful!  We look forward to seeing Margo again!  

Next month is the Health Fair, so if you are interested in participating let us know!  See you soon!

Opportunity Alert: Film Screening!!


Google's Women@ employee resource group is hosting a screening of the new film She Started It at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Thusday, April 27th from 6pm-9pm. An appetizer and an option of a beer/wine/non-alcoholic shake per guest will be provided. Here’s the film trailer as well as a short synopsis of the film:

Following five women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail and start again, SHE STARTED IT takes viewers on a global roller coaster ride from San Francisco to Mississippi, France and Vietnam. Along the way, it weaves in big-picture perspectives from women like investor Joanne Wilson; White House CTO Megan Smith; GoldieBlox CEO Debbie Sterling; and Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with successful Austin professionals, and we are inviting UT students and professional women groups in Austin to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Please have all attendees RSVP here to reserve a spot, as the theater has a limited number of seats!

Please email Julie Tomaszewski (tomaszewski@google.com) with any questions, and feel free to share this event with friends, family members, and/or other organizations who would be interested!

Opportunity Alert: Community Leadership Summit

From the organizers:

"It is called the Community Leadership Summit and has keynotes, a full "unconference", and social events. The event brings together people passionate about community to evolve how we build strong communities. It takes place at the Austin Convention Center from the 6th - 7th May 2017 and is also entirely free to attend (although you need to register at http://www.communityleadershipsummit.com/register/).


It features:


 * 9 keynote sessions covering topics such as building contributor programs, organizing events, running content websites, measuring community, governance, collaboration and workflow, diversity, and more.


 * A full unconference where the attendees define the sessions. This results in a fascinating set of discussions across a rich set of topics.


 * Social events the evening before (as a pre-meet to meet attendees), and on the Saturday night (to get know people you met at the event more). This will include free drinks and food." 


You can read more about it at http://www.communityleadershipsummit.com/ and while the event is free, you do need to register. You can do this at http://www.communityleadershipsummit.com/register/

Kicking off April with some sweat!

We kicked off April with the 5K hosted by the Round Rock Lion's Club!  Our runners made great time and had a great time! The rain held off for a nice, overcast work-out in Old Settler's Park. Thank you to our co-sponsors in the event!

The Lion's Run for the Park 5k benefited the "Play for All Abilities" Park Expansion.  All proceeds from the race will go to the City of Round Rock Parks & Recreations Department in order to help with the $2.5 million expansion.