Meet Dr. Kazique J. Prince, Change Agent for Driving Diversification

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Dr. Kazique J. Prince, founder and chief executive officer at Jelani Consulting, LLC , provides executive and leadership consultation and coaching services focused on cultural competency for individuals, teams, and organizations in business, education, government, healthcare, and for non-profit groups for more than 20 years. As a change agent who seeks the broader view in all situations, Dr. Prince draws upon resources and deep knowledge base to assist others in utilizing their own strengths and capabilities. He collaborates with clients working on managing cultural differences by trailblazing through opposition, spearheading forward-thinking, cutting-edge initiatives and programs while successfully uniting team members behind common goals.

Dr. Prince received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at The University of Georgia at Athens, Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University, Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and B.S. in Psychology from the Benjamin Banneker Honors College at Prairie View A&M University. He is a Board Certified Diplomat in African Centered/Black Psychology through The Association of Black Psychologists and certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory through IDI, LLC.

Dr. Kazique J. Prince serves as Senior Policy Advisor & Education Coordinator, Office of Mayor Steve Adler.  Mayor Steve Adler tapped Community Cabinet members to help the city uncover long-term solutions worthy of public support and balance urgent short-term matters against strategic long-term policy objectives. The Community Cabinet is a diverse talent pool of civic-minded thought leaders drawn from public, private, and nonprofit sectors with expertise in education, neighborhoods, health and human services, environment, business, and urban land use. In collaboration with other senior policy advisors, Dr. Prince’s primary focus has been on education; equity, diversity, and inclusion, workforce solutions, public safety, and health and human services.

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The March of Dimes Works to Improve Health of Babies

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Every year in the United States, more than half a million babies are born too soon, almost 54,000 of them in Texas. The March of Dimes helps Texas moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.  With support from the community, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies and support families if something does go wrong.

The March of Dimes – Austin Division has partnered with Dell Children’s Medical Center to offer support and education to families experiencing the hospitalization of a baby.  The NICU Family Support program provides free children’s books to parents and siblings to read to the baby during their NICU stay.  Scientific data has shown that the parent’s voice is stimulating and comforting to the baby. Book donations ensure that families have continued access to materials that will offer support and comfort to siblings and NICU babies.  If considering making a book donation, should be new preschool or under reading level book (no used books due to risks of infection) in English or Spanish.  Board books preferred.

Sarah Wauters, NICU Family Support Specialist of March of Dimes, may be contacted for more information at SWauters@marchofdimes.org . Visit their web site for other ways to get involved including http://www.marchofdimes.org/

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Meet Tania Rodriguez, Co-empowering a Sustainable Future

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Tania Rodriguez is a visionary and entrepreneur committed to the development of projects and ideas, which contribute to environmental protection and sustainability. A trained architect with over a decade of experience in residential and commercial projects in the USA, she combines her technical acumen with her management and leadership skills to advocate for the dignity and quality of life through the practice of green architecture to empower individuals and communities globally to live holistically and in harmony with nature. CEO and Founder of Green Habitat, she is dedicated to design projects based in energy efficient solutions and clean energy in urban and rural communities, she is also the Co-Founder of EVO Formance a LED lighting company supplying the automobile industry from a base in Asia through global representation.

Tania Rodriguez shows us how sustainable business models promoting an evolved consciousness and ethical production and consumption cycles (Fair Trade) are urgently needed for our world today in order to achieve sustainable relationships between Humankind and our natural Eco-systems which sustain us. She recently presented within the context of the principles of “Eco-Feminism” which present a major question about the relationship between the current perception of the Feminine, in many cultures and societies today, and the current condition of Planet Earth.
This talk was given on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at TEDxTulum. The theme was “Inspiring Ideas from the Maya.” For more information, visit http://tedxtulum.com  To view Tania Rodriquez’s  speaking at TEDxTulum on Co-empowering a sustainable future — Eco-feminism view here.

Tania designed the architectural model for the ‘School-out-of-a-Box’ project, incorporating green technologies and sacred geometry, and is currently managing the construction of the first prototype in the Mayan region of Mexico. Tania collaborates with projects dedicated to empower economic and productivity practices in indigenous communities around the world, and believes in the expansion of permaculture and urban agriculture as a societal solution for humankind. She is now working on co-creating sustainable models for affordable “Green Housing” in North America.

She is the President of the McCombs Mexican Alumni Network; in which capacity she presented on the subject of ‘Social Responsible Practices in Business’ at the 1st and 2nd Annual McCombs-EGADE Business Schools Speaker Series in Mexico City; is a Member ofNEXUS; an international network created to promote social responsible investments and innovation in philanthropy, she recently participated in a Global Youth Summit at the United Nations; and is a Board Member of the Mnemosyne Institute base in Dallas, TX; a non-profit organization whose main propose is to create programs supporting education around the world. Tania was formally invited to head the formation of a new national organization ‘The Club of Budapest Mexico’ which proposes a change of practices around the world to activate social change for environmental protection.

Tania received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations from The University of Texas at Austin – The Red McCombs School of Business and currently serves in the MBA Alumni Advisory board in the same institution. She holds a second MBA from the – EGADE Business School – in the Monterrey Institute of Technology, accredited by the Association of MBA’s (AMBA) in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the – Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education – accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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Plazas in Downtown Round Rock

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Historic downtown Round Rock features the Prete Plaza located at 221 East Main Street across from City Hall and is opened for a splashing good time for summer fun!  The Main Street Plaza Fountain is water conservation friendly. The fountain recirculates and filters its own water source and has very little evaporation.  The Prete Plaza is a 14,000-square-foot plaza with a 610-square-foot performance stage, 1,075- square-foot interactive water feature, built in seating with decorative lighting, with a grass seating and lounge area, custom shade structure, custom art panels and a state-of-the-art multifunctional lighting system.

Centennial Plaza is located at 301 West Bagdad behind the Baca Center and the McConnico Building and is available for rental for special occasions.  Round Rock’s Centennial Plaza features a performance stage with law seating, public art sculptures, pillars of the community monuments, special lighting effects, a bat observation overlook, water feature, drought resistant landscaping and a remodeled amphitheater with tiered grass seating for major concert or theatrical performances.  Centennial Plaza currently host several events on a regular schedule throughout the year:

Round Rock Market Days in Centennial Plaza, behind the Baca Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month. Market Days features farmer’s market items, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music all day free to attendees.  These events are year around except July and October.

Downtown Car Show Visitors takes a look at the best rides around Central Texas each month in downtown Round Rock.  Central Texas car fans can enjoy a free Car Show in downtown Round Rock from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every third Sunday of the month rain or shine in Centennial Plaza.

The Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Festival is Round Rock’s area largest and most prestigious festival for arts and cultural events drawing over 32,000 people annually to Round Rock during the first weekend in October.  Chalk Walk and Arts Festival has thousands in attendance with numerous vendors, sponsors, and artists, including chalk artists, musicians vocal groups, theatrical performances, food and drinks, and children’s performances. Chalk Walk is the Round Rock Art’s version of an Italian Street painting festival.  Artists are free to create, with chalk pastels, a picture on the concrete.  Drawings are created in full view of the public, who are encouraged to interact with the artists as they use their amazing talents to create beautiful “murals” before their audience’s eyes. This year’s event will be October 2 – 3, 2015, and is located at Centennial Plaza area and Brown Street!

Parks and Recreation Department can be contacted at (512) 218-5540 for rental information.

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Meet Alexis Adauto Ferguson, Advertising Executive Veteran to Mompreneur

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Alexis Adauto Ferguson made a name for herself early, becoming president of Austin Advertising Federation at 26, and has taken on leadership roles ever since. “I have a keen talent of being able to translate between creatives and clients – keeping the art alive while keeping the client’s objective front and center. Stickler for deadlines and love to “make it happen”.  Have learned from the best of the best and continue to seek out opportunities that add to my knowledge base,”  Alexis describes her journey.  A 21 year advertising executive veteran by the age of 41, she left the fast-paced world of advertising to reinvent herself and define her true purpose.

Now, she helps other women (and men) chase the dream of entrepreneurship through her direct selling venture with Rodan + Fields.   Alexis is an executive consultant with Rodan + Fields Dermatologists – a clinical skin care line from the doctors who created ProActiv Solution, the world’s most successful skin care line. What the doctors did for acne, they are now doing for anti-aging. She is a pioneer in the Texas market and excited that she has partnered with the two most trusted names in dermatology in the business that will be their legacy.

She also puts her passion to work as a board member of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas – Austin Chapter and a volunteer with Con Mi Madre . Both organizations align with her mission of empowering women of all ages to be their best selves. “Giving my free time to making a difference in the community by volunteering for organizations focused on helping Hispanic girls with higher education.”

Since adopting two amazing little boys, she feels like her best self when she’s spending time in her biggest leadership role yet – Mom.

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Northwest Austin Coalition: Supporting Leaders in the Area through Collaboration, Communication, and Education

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Northwest Austin Coalition is an active group welcoming anyone living or working in NW Austin that considers themselves a community leader in their neighborhood, business, church, or other community organization. The Coalition’s mission is to support leaders in Northwest Austin and address the needs in the communities through collaboration, communication, and education. A speaker discusses a specific topic each month in addition to core issue areas of transportation, wildfires/water, affordability, public safety, and zoning and land use. The group amended their focus to also include Zoning and Land Use and Government Affairs.

The Coalition defines Northwest Austin as the parts of Austin west of MoPac (Loop 1) and north of 2222 also including any neighborhood or community south of and adjacent to 2222.  This includes most of the Northwest hills and the Arboretum up to Lakeline Mall and Avery Ranch.

The Coalition was formed in July 2013 after a series of meetings with neighborhood leaders in Northwest Austin.  Those initial meetings included leaders from Anderson Mill, Millwood, Angus Valley, Northwest Austin Civic Assoc., Great Hills, and Southwest Williamson County. Collaborating with friends from North Austin (NACN), the leaders decided to expand the meetings to include community leaders from all different types of groups.  The first meeting of this newly-expanded coalition was August 5th, 2013.

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Meet Mario Flores, Figuring out the LAWGISTICS

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As an Austin lawyer, Mario Flores works tirelessly in helping Austin area businesses, individuals, and families with their legal concerns. Mario Flores, practices law with a personalized approach, so that his clients can be confident that even the most complicated legal matters will be handled in a timely and professional manner.  Specializing in immigration law, estate planning and small business, Mario is a devoted advocate, working diligently to provide his clients with personalized legal services. Mario will vigorously defend his clients to ensure that their reputations and economic interests will be protected.

Estate planning is one of tents to ensure that there are no problems in a case where someone was unable to handle their own affairs. This includes creating a will, tax planning, contingencies for disability, and funeral arrangements.  By discussing specific needs with an estate planning attorney, Mario’s clients can minimize the potential difficulties families may face while waiting for a will to pass through probate. This will also help prevent any family disputes that often arise during such a stressful and emotional time.

Often the most important decisions an entrepreneur makes for their small business are the first ones. Early stage business planning has a long-term effect on the development of companies.  Mario Flores helps his clients with a number of important legal and business strategies to consider, including business formation, personal asset protection, and how to protect trade secrets.

Mario Flores is a member of the Texas Bar Association and licensed by the Western District of Texas. Mario Flores is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

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Asian American Resource Center- Cultural Space, Resource, and Educational Programs

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Centrally located near 183, I-35 and 290 is the Asian American Resource Center (AARC).  This multi-use facility features a 5,000 square foot ballroom, spacious Great Lawn for outdoor festivals, a foyer for receptions, six classrooms, two community rooms, library/computer lab, conference room, and cultural exhibitions/display spaces. The mission of the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is to provide cultural spaces, resources, services, and educational programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective that brings Austin’s diverse communities together.

From cultural performances and galas in the ballroom to networking mixers in the foyer and meetings and workshops in the classrooms, AARC may be a location option for your next event. The AARC is available for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor rentals including community events, non-profit events, business events, meetings, lectures, classes, banquets, and more. Priority is given to events that support the AARC mission. Events that do not support the AARC mission will be given consideration 90 days prior to the rental date if the desired space is available.  The AARC does not rent space for life, family or personal events such as weddings, birthdays, quinceañeras, family reunions and social gatherings. This allows more space availability for community organized events.

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Collaborations

Non-profits, community groups and individuals may suggest a program that is relevant to AARC and Parks and Recreation Department’s mission, values and audience. Collaborative programs must be offered to the public free of charge.

Adult and Youth Educational Program Positions

The AARC accepts applications for youth and adult program instructors year round. The AARC is interested to hear from instructors specializing in the following areas: computers/technology, cultural crafts, fitness/wellness, dance, culinary arts, animation, game development, painting, drawing, and graphic design. Proposals for other classes, workshops and programs not currently offer are welcomed.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers work directly with the community and provide support in a number of ways.

For inquiries, call (512) 974-1700, e-mail aarc@austintexas.gov.


Meet Angel Austin, Adding Light and Love to Your Home Through Music

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Passionate about her singing in a young age, Angel Austin often found she was remembered because of her voice by people she did not know. After Angel Austin started Austin Mobile Concierge with her husband almost three years ago, she has recently re-visited a desire to share her heart through music. With Life Music House Concerts, she is able to go to people’s homes, sing for them, and share stories about her life and experiences. These include difficult struggles with cardiac health. Through her concerts and healthy food posts via social media, Angel is sharing her journey to a stronger heart, to weight loss, and to total health. Her greatest hope is that by doing so, she will encourage people to make better decisions that result in increased longevity and improved quality of life. “I’ve been singing since I could talk. I used to sing and dance so much, when I was in Elementary School, my neighbors would call me over to their parties so I could sing and dance for them. I sang in the school choir and the choir at my church,” describes Austin.

She’s ecstatic about her first music release, “It’s a sound that is making resurgence in songs like Marc Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars. It has a catchy hook and a baseline that makes it impossible to stay still.” Who Can Love Me Like That is an inspirational song with an “Old School Funk” flavor reminiscent of the R&B music of the 80’s and 90’s.

“Initially, my goal with Life Music House Concerts was just to sing and share my heart and life experiences through song, but then I remembered the vision I had to help people full, healthy lives. I realized that through the music, I could gain access to the resources to make my vision a reality.” She was soon able to receive  fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas,  a non-profit that supports artists by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem. Angel Austin is now also developing programs and looking to form a team to start the nomination/selection process for program participants.

Angel Austin minored in Music with a concentration in Classical Voice (Opera). Austin continues, “It opened up a whole new world and my instructor said I had a “Cadillac” of a voice. I was asked to do local engagements, singing what was then a form of music that was brand new to me, but I loved it.”  At our North Austin Influencers’ February mixer this year Angel Austin shared her journey of living a healthier lifestyle and mesmerized attendees as she sang in Italian a snippet from Lasciatemi Morire by Claudio Monteverdi.

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Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park and Austin Parks Foundation

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If looking for a nice place to spend some time outdoors in the north area of town, visit Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park- just off of North Lamar. Purchased by the city in 1964, the park used to be a part of a farm owned by the Gracy family. Walnut Creek Park features a large off-leash area and a multitude of hilly, twisted trails popular with mountain bikers. The trails have a nice amount of shade, and are maintained regularly as Austin Ridge Riders has adopted the trails. The landscape can change drastically after rains when cliffs have been known to shift and the creek flow will vary.  Dogs can be seen splashing in the water with their furry friends or taking long swims while playing fetch.  Other park features are barbeque pits, one picnic shelter, 26 picnic tables, a playground, and swimming pool.

This parked is maintained by The Austin Parks Foundation.

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Get involved!

The Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is a non-profit organization devoted to building public and private partnerships to develop and maintain parks, trails, and open space in Austin and Travis County. Their mission is to connect people to resources and partnerships to develop and improve parks in and around Austin.

Austin Parks Foundation provides volunteer opportunities year-round for your business, organization, or service group to get involved with our parks!

Business groups: APF specialize in creating unique and educational teambuilding opportunities through outdoor workdays. Get out of the office and into the sunshine!

Youth and Service Groups: Put in a hard day’s work while learning how efforts support a healthy environment.

Individuals: Plug into a hands-on PIES trainings or check our events calendar for upcoming workday.

APF volunteers contribute thousands of volunteer hours to help maintain and improve city’s parks during three large annual workdays:

To organize your next volunteer workday, contact Bill at volunteer@austinparks.org.


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