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.

Cassie LaMere Appointed Honorary Chair of the 2014 Austin Originals Benefit Concert

Cassie LaMere, Event Marketing Director for Lexus of AustinBy Marcia Nelson, Creative Director for InFluential  Magazine

In conjunction with the Austin Child Guidance Center, we are very pleased to announce that the beatiful and very talented Cassie LaMere, Event Marketing Director of Lexus of Austin has been appointed the Honorary Chair for the 2014 Austin Originals Benefit Concert. 

Under her direction, the event is sure to be a smashing success.  As expressed by William Jackson, Publisher of InFluential Magazine and the 2013 Honorary Chair and Public Relations Ambassador, “Cassie is the right fit for this esteemed postion which is geared to bring more awareness to the much needed mission of the Austin Child Guidance Center.  Cassie’s knowledge of event planning, marketing, fundraising and her demonstrated love for causes that enhance the well being of children throughout our communities, guarantees 2014 will be a very successful year.  We are honored to have her in this very visible leadership role.” 

Congratulations Cassie on this thrilling appointment.  We look forward to supporting you throughout 2014!

P. Terry’s Donates Over $19,000 to the Austin Child Guidance Center

William Jackson, Honorary Chair of the Austin Originals Benefit Concert and Live Taping and Publisher of InFluential Magazine, warmly thanks the Terry Family for their generoous spirit and consistent support of the Austin Child Guidance Center!

Last Saturday, September 7th, P.Terry’s Burger Stand announced its entire day’s sales would be contributed to a local nonprofit, the Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC).  All 7 P.Terry’s locations participated in the “Day of Giving” which resulted in a net of $19,363.20.  The money raised during the one-day campaign will be contributed to the nonprofit’s sliding fee scale program that provides quality, affordable mental health care to uninsured and underinsured children and their families. 

P.Terry’s Burger Stand supports numerous local charitable initiatives by hosting a quarterly “Day of Giving”.  The local business has now risen over $300,000 for various community charities and nonprofits.  P.Terry’s will also serve as a sponsor to Austin Child Guidance Center’s upcoming “Austin Originals” Benefit Concert and Live Taping featuring Grammy Award Winning, Grupo Fantasma

For over 62 years, ACGC has provided expert, quality mental health care for the children and their families of Central Texas.  ACGC has established itself as a true resource for the community by improving the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis, and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills for meeting life’s challenges.  ACGC cares for more than 3,000 children and family members every year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

The Secret Society Ball Raises $9,804 for Austin Pets Alive

The Hostess Candice Johnson and Yamen Beck

Under the guidance of Candice Johnson, the Austin Influential Group hosted The Secret Society Ball at the Swan Dive on February 14th to raise money for Austin Pets Alive. An astounding $9,804 was donated to the local animal shelter and benefactor! 

The Mistress of Ceremonies Mandy Lauderdale

Mandy Lauderdale, accompanied by her faithful companion Wasabi, were wonderful hosts and opened the evening’s entertainment with a stirring rendition of It Had To Be You.  The Ball featured a selection of cabaret dancers and Violet Crown Serenaders to keep the evening buzzing.

Guests were offered an amazing spread of food and beverages, custom-designed to complement the evening. “The Society” cocktail, a combination of vodka, crème de cassis and cranberry juice topped off with champagne, was a hit and the bar staff was definitely on their game all evening.  

The extravaganza was captured by event photographers Willem Dunham, De Ann Hoeft, John Pesina of Live Box Photography and Tammy Perez (Austin 360.com).  In addition, Devaki Knowels of Fun Loving Photos kept guests smiling in her creative themed photo booth.

William Jackson, President of W. Jackson & Associates, LLC and Publisher of InFluential Magazine and Winn Wittman of Winn Wittman Architecture

Popular photographer John Pesina of Live Box Photography shares a  few pictures from the Red Carpet as distinquished and excited guests entered The Secret Society Ball!