William Jackson is a 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

We extend hearty congratulations to our Founder & Chief Business Officer, Mr. William Jackson, MBA who was feted a 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree on Thursday, December 6th.

The Grand Ballroom of The Yale Club in Manhattan was packed with some of magazine media’s brightest minds to celebrate Folio:’s list of the top 100 innovators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and industry-disruptors from over the past year.

The annual list, which is comprised of the best thought-leaders from the industry, and recognizes them for the tangible impact they’ve had in their jobs, on their companies and brands, or on the industry at large. Representing every sector of magazine media, including consumer, b2b, regional, enthusiast, and association, the honorees set a theme of thanking their hard working teams and bosses who allowed them to execute their ideas.

Folio: 100 Honorees To Be Feted at Celebration Luncheon on December 6 in New York City

Folio:, the publishing industry’s go-to source for news, business intelligence and peer-to-peer networking, is pleased to unveil its 2018 Folio: 100 Honorees. Each year, an elite group of media professionals are selected to represent the best and brightest minds in magazine and digital media today.

The 2018 class of honorees includes: Hearst Magazine’s Troy Young, National Geographic’s Susan Goldberg, Trusted Media Brand’s Kari Hodes, Adweek’s Jeffrey Litvack, Meredith’s Tom Harty, New York Times Magazine’s Gail Bilcher, and more.

View the 2018 Folio: 100 Honorees

“The Folio: 100 is a veritable who’s who in magazine media,” says Folio: Content Director, Caysey Welton. “These are the folks who are changing the face of our industry, across every sector and every discipline. Their leadership, creativity, vision and entrepreneurial spirit is truly inspiring.”

For more information, visit www.FolioMag.com.

Honorees will be recognized at a Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Yale Club in New York City from 12:00 – 2:30pm. To register for the luncheon, click here.

For questions about attending the Folio: 100 Celebration Luncheon, contact Folio: Marketing Manager Jessica Dombrowski at jdombrowski(at)accessintel(dot)com. To become an event sponsor, or secure a congratulatory ad in the program guide, contact Folio: Senior Account Executive Tania Babiuk at tbabiuk(at)accessintel(dot)com.

William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

Congratulations to our very our Founder & Chief Business Officer, William Jackson, for being recognized as a 2018 Folio:  100 Honoree!

About Folio: 

Folio: is the information resource publishing executives turn to for news analysis, commentary, and thought leadership in driving business strategy, value creation and revenue growth. Folio: delivers this insight across several newsletters, social media communities, special reports and live events. For more information, visit www.Foliomag.com.

Once at ZACH Theatre is a Must-See!

Photography courtesy of Kirk Tuck.

Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film, Once is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.  Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unique theatrical experience, with breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band The Frames, will have you falling in love from the very first note.

Speaking to Austin’s live music roots, ZACH’s Topfer lobby transforms into an Irish pub, creating an immersive experience from start to finish. Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and book by Enda Walsh, audiences will fall for this unexpected romance that features a talented ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage. Once will play The Topfer at ZACH TheatreSeptember 19 – October 28, 2018, under the direction of ZACH Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley with Musical Direction by Allen Robertson, Scenic Design by Donald Eastman, and Choreography by Cassie Abate.

Once at ZACH Theatre

When: September 19, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Where: The Topfer at ZACH | 202 S. Lamar Boulevard | Austin, TX 78704
Tickets: Start at $25 available at the ZACH box office - (512) 476-0541, x1


Age Recommendation: 10 and up for language

According to William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, “Once is a perfect blend of theatre and music, warmly wrapped around a touching yet complicated love story.  The emotional intensity of the unfolding story, a story perhaps experienced by many, is portrayed beautifully by the actors/musicians and leaves an indelible mark on the heart and soul.  For anyone who has a heart, Once is a must-see!”

Welcome to The Fall Preview Edition of InFluential Magazine

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

Apparently, I don’t have to pitch The Fall Preview  edition too hard, as it’s always one of our most anticipated and most read.  You seek it out, yearning for the latest details on the fashion industry’s best new styles.  In this edition we share with you the most stunning wedding dress styles and the talented designers behind them.

Let me pique your interest in some other great features in the edition. We’re shining a light on health & wellness with an article on tips for keeping kids fit during off season.  Coach Sarah Walls serves up some effective ways to help kids fight obesity all year long and improve their game. We hope her insight is as uplifting to you as it is to us. Be inspired to challenge yourself, break out of a rut, and try something new.

Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful. We provide useful tips on setting our children up for success for the start of the 2018 / 2019 school year.

So, sink your teeth into summer and this edition!

By the way, I really enjoy this picture of me enjoying the hospitality of the stunning Hotel Granduca in West Austin.


William Jackson

Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Join InFluential Magazine for Austin Fashion Focus on July 25th

Please join our Chief Business Officer, Mr. William Jackson as he participates in The Art Institute of Austin Presents Fashion Focus on Wednesday, July 25 at The Art Institute of Austin.

Presented is an in-depth session with top fashion industry professionals about the future of Austin fashion.

Fashion Focus

Panel participants include:

*Neiman Marcus Austin
*Amberleaf luxury apparel
*InFluential Magazine
*71 Magazine

*Stitch Texas

*Soto & Co

*Concept 2 Consumption

*Blue Moon Apparel Services
>>Refreshments Served<<
[Convenient free parking]

You’re invited to RSVP HERE!

Hope to see you there!

It Was a Perfect Afternoon for Tea Hosted by Ballet Austin Guild!

Photography courtesy of Sarah Siller of Sarah Siller Photography.

The beautiful and historic Driskill Hotel hosted the lovely event.

A gorgeous, sunny day heralded the arrival of excited guests at Ballet Austin Guild’s second annual spring fundraiser tea, “An Afternoon in Neverland”, so named in a nod of support to Ballet Austin’s grand season finale, Peter Pan.  This year’s highly successful sold out event was held inside the gorgeous Driskill hotel, an Austin icon and key event sponsor.

Lovely guests who happen to be a wonderful family of aunts and cousins.

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Guests of all ages arrived in their best tea finery, with beautiful hats and outfits taking center stage. They were ushered in by a cast of costumed characters portrayed by the Hill Country Players, drama students from Hill Country Middle School, much to the delight of the youngest attendees.  Tables beckoned partygoers with exquisite centerpieces provided by Mandarin Design Lab along with towers of luscious treats and an assortment of lovely teas. Adult guests enjoyed a bit of celebratory bubbly as they strolled among the many enticing raffle baskets.

Cookie Ruiz, Executive Director of Ballet Austin and Lorrie Garcia, VP of Communications of Ballet Austin Guild.

Once all were seated, Ballet Austin Sarah & Ernest Family Fund Artistic Director Stephen Mills introduced and spoke a bit about featured speaker, company dancer Chelsea Marie Renner, who danced the role of Wendy in two performances of Peter Pan.

Wonderful guests.

Wonderful guests.

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Wonderful guests.

Wonderful guests.

Chelsea shared that her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer would not have been realized had there not been vital scholarship opportunities along the way.  She spoke of her family’s many struggles to keep her dancing. Her father owned a small print shop in Bozeman, Montana, and often traded printing jobs for the dance academy in exchange for her tuition.  As Chelsea’s talent and passion for ballet developed and greater but more distant opportunities came along, scholarships were her only hope to continue her training. Chelsea was the very first recipient of the Butler Fellowship Scholarship in 2006, allowing her to join Ballet Austin II prior to moving up to the company.

Brianna McKinney, William Jackson, and lovely guest.

Brianna McKinney, William Jackson, and lovely guest.

William Jackson, long-time attendee, proud supporter of Ballet Austin Guild and Ballet Austin and chief business officer for InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential says, “I’m honored to support Ballet Austin Guild.  I’ve have the pleasure to see first hand how hard this amazing group of individuals works to ensure the longevity of the programs offered by Ballet Austin and the availability of the arts throughout the Austin community.   My heart is touched deeply to see beautiful families celebrate together with great laughter, excitement, and love.  It’s also an honor to help to increase awareness through partnerships with InFluential Magazine and Teen InFluential.  I wish these wonderful organizations much continued success and will do my part to ensure their continued successes”.  

Lovely guests.

Lovely guests.

Ballet Austin Guild President Suzanne Mackowiak thanked those in attendance and reminded the audience that all tea proceeds go to Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund, making classical ballet training available to any child with a passion and desire to learn, regardless of his or her family’s economic situation.

Learn how you can support Ballet Austin Guild by visiting here.

Featuring the Classic What a Woman Wants By the Electrifying Maria Johnston

Featuring What A Woman Wants, a compilation of amazing music performed by Maria Johnston.

Lyrics are composed by William Jackson and Clarence Ferguson, Jr., and arranged and produced by William Jackson, Clarence Ferguson, Jr., and Maria Johnston.

Listen, enjoy, and pick up your personal selection of music from What A Woman Wants.

William Jackson’s Exclusive Feature of Julia Faye West

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

There’s something about Julia Faye West that just stands out.  In the flesh, Julia is so much more than beautiful.  She sparkles and is simply breathtaking, yet her beauty is not the only quality which shines. She exudes confidence and a sense of humor which is refreshing and endearing.

Our Chief Business Officer, William Jackson, had the pleasure of experiencing these qualities first hand when interviewing and learning about the dynamic person who is Julia Faye West.

May / June 2017 Issues of InFluential Magazine Starring Julia Faye West.

May / June 2017 Issues of InFluential Magazine Starring Julia Faye West.

William was compelled to write the riveting Exclusive about Julia titled Julia Faye West ~ There’s Something About Her That Just Stand Out! which we invite you to read in our May / June Issue of InFluential Magazine.  

Visit InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential at www.influential-magazine.com.

Austin Children’s Services Gala, “The Flying Wunderkinds & the Amazing Feats of Giving,” Raises $878,000

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Austin Children’s Services (ACS) Gala, “The Flying Wunderkinds & the Amazing Feats of Giving,” brought in more than $878,000 in support of the children and young adults served by ACS. The event, co-chaired by Tavia Conkling and Shannon Schmitz, was held at the Hyatt Regency and attended by 680. All funds raised will support Austin Children’s Services, which works to end child abuse and neglect in Central Texas through a wide range of programs, including residential services, foster placements and extensive support for families under stress.

Sandra Rascon & William Jackson

“The Flying Wunderkinds & the Amazing Feats of Giving” was an evening inspired by the fanciful imagination of a circus, with clowns on stilts and gymnasts performing for the crowd. Before the program began, attendees enjoyed games like ski ball, a wine toss and enjoyed popcorn and cotton candy.

The night took an emotional turn when 19 year-old Kara Mills spoke to the audience about the abuse she and her four siblings endured as children, her life in foster care and how the Transitional Living Program at Austin Children’s Services changed her life. “I know that what happened to me years ago isn’t going to hold me back,” she told the crowd, “and I’m grateful to everyone on this stage for helping me get to this place… the place where I am today. A college student on the way to a bright and hopeful future.” The crowd met Kara’s story with a standing ovation.

“The Flying Wunderkinds & the Amazing Feats of Giving” was made possible through the sponsorship of Pat and Bill Munday, Anderson Charitable Foundation, Stacy & Joel Hock, Upali Weerasooriya Family, lookthinkmake, Annette Renaud, Sage Advisory, Service Group, Ronda and Kelly Gray, and other sponsors.

Austin Children’s Services, formerly Austin Children’s Shelter, has been working hard for over 30 years to impact and help children and young adults in our community. Learn more about ACS by visiting www.austinchildrenshelter.org.

To see all of the great pictures taken during the event, visit here.

A Golden Evening at the Austin Fashion Awards

By Marcia Nelson, Creative Director for InFluential Magazine

Austin Fashion Week concluded at Austin Music Hall on Saturday, May 3 with the much anticipated sixth annual Austin Fashion Awards.   It was a golden evening indeed, with well-deserved “Golden Boot” awards presented to a number of talented individuals in fashion and philanthropy. 

Britt Ashton Snyder, Founder & Operations Manager of Veritas Group & William Jackson, Publisher of InFluential Magazine (Photo by Feno Tharee)

The Trailblazer category recognized the head of the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Texas, Eve Nichols, Elizabeth Gibson, Linda Asaf and Megan Summerville. Winners recognized in the Rising Stars category were Jessica Bird, Kelly Wynne White, Martha Lynn Kale and Cristina Facundo. The Philanthropist of the Year award went to the very gracious Chelle Morrison of Urban Betty Salon. Mash Up Winners for Critics Choice and Peoples Choices were Chrysalis Evolution and Saint Cathena, respectively.

Chrysalis Evolution
HAIR STYLIST: Mariana Meredith
MAKEUP ARTIST: Priscilla Gallardo
MODEL: Kaylee Gillaspie


Saint Cathena
HAIR STYLIST: Vincent Eddings
MODEL: Danielle Daneshjou
APPAREL DESIGNER: Sally Daneshjou / Alexa Bolin

Noteworthy fashion presentations were viewed by attendees and included designs from Austin Fashion Week Mash Up Team finalists, and showcases from Isabella Rose Taylor, Rare Trends and Raven & Lily. 

InFluential guests included fashion designer, Jessica Faith Marshall, Kara and Matt Swinney, Leonardo D’Almagro, fashion editor for InFluential Magazine and Dr. Louis Taylor. 

Mark your calendars for April 23 – May 2, 2015 for the 7th Annual events.