CO.LAB Community Makers creative space by the community for the community

Creative space Co.lab

CO.LAB Community Makers creative space by the community for the community


CO.LAB Community Makers aims to level the playing field by becoming allies who break down historical and economic barriers so that innovators of color, women, the queer community, and other underrepresented groups are more recognized as an essential part of Austin’s creative community. The donation-based and volunteer-driven studio provides the community makers with ongoing training & support, materials, and space in the North Austin area. The creative space (conveniently located off of Burnet a few blocks from 183) offers crafting materials, event hosting, coworking space, camps, community outreach, and training in fabrication tools.

For more information on this nonprofit, check out their site:

Meet Liliana Lozada-Beverido, Communications Coordinator for Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA)


Liliana is the Communications Coordinator for Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA). TOSA serves Central and South Texas offering organ recovery and donation services for individuals and families who wish to offer others a second chance at life via organ donation. TOSA is one of the 58 Organ Procurement Organizations (OPO) in the nation. Liliana works to inspire the community using the stories of donor families and transplant recipients to show the power each one of us have to save lives as organ donors.

Liliana is married to Jason and a mother of two handsome boys, Carlo and Luca who she refers as “her world”. She is a Salsa dancer, instructor and performer. She is also a life coach and a blogger. Beverido is the Co-Founder of AMHIGA Hispana the first non-profit organization in Austin that aims to empower Hispanic women in Austin providing them with the tools they need to become successful, to integrate to their communities and increase their family’s quality of life and their own free of or at a very low cost . Liliana is very versatile and whether she is dancing, being an MC, or a speaker her positive energy and ¡si se puede! (Yes you can!) is contagious.


Facts of Distracted Driving


What is Distracted Driving? Driving while engaged in any activity that could divert your attention away from driving. Some of the facts Distracted Driving can cause are the following

  • Texting while driving makes a crash up to 23 times more likely to occur.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting.
  • At 55mph, five seconds is enough time to cover a football field.
  • Talking on a cell phone creates risks like driving with .08 blood alcohol level.
  • Talking on a cell phone can slow a young driver’s reaction time down to that of a 70-year-old.
  • Talking on the phone reduces brain activity devoted to driving by 37%
  • Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and 1,153 are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver.
  • With 1 in 5 crashes in Texas caused by distracted driver based on Texas Department of Transportation.
  • In 2016, based on TxDOT there were 109,658 crashes in Texas related to distracted driving – up 3% over 2015.

The common distractions could be simple actions like texting, eating or drinking, personal grooming, using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting a radio or MP3 player, Snapchat and Twitter.

We know it’s risky, but we still drive distracted, why? Here are some of the reason we say ourselves: “I am a good driver”, “I drive more carefully when driving distracted”, “I can multi-task”, “I have to—I’m so busy”, “Everyone does it”, “Nothing bad will happen” or even “It’s just for a few seconds”

We would like to recommend you a few tips to avoid distracted driving:

  • Drive without sending or receiving.
  • Call/text before I start driving to let parents, friends and others know when I’ll arrive.
  • Figure out directions before you leave.
  • Pull over to a safe location to check texts or listen to voice mail.

Who has ever been scared when driven by a distracted driver? Focus on the road for distracted driver, you can be the next victim!!!!!!!

In our agency we care about you, call us at (512) 331-1513 set an appointment to review your auto policy coverage and make sure you are protected against the unexpected.

Cestari insurance Agency


North Austin Influencers January Mixer


Thank-you to everyone that attended the North Austin Influencers January Mixer. This month’s highlighted Influencer is Dr. Teresa Granillo with Con Mi MADRE.

Dr. Granillo graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Psychology. Additionally,she earned her Masters of Social Work, Masters in Psychology and Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology from The University of Michigan.

Before joining Con Mi MADRE she was a Tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Austin in the School of Social Work.

Con Mi MADRE is a non-profit in the Austin area whose mission is to empower young Latinas and their mothers through educational and support services. Dr. Granillo joined Con Mi MADRE because she was a Latina who grew up with a single mother who didn’t have an education. Her mother encouraged her to do well in school and pursue post-secondary education. While Granillo didn’t have a Con Mi MADRE, she had many mentors outside of her family that helped her throughout high school, college, and graduate school, and she says she owes her success to them. Thus, she believed whole-heartedly in Con Mi MADRE’s mission. She feels she is proof that with the right guidance, support, and mentorship, even Latinas from low-income families can achieve great things in education. For 10 years she has been doing research on finding ways to improve the lives of young Latinas, to provide them with opportunities to be healthy (physically and emotionally), happy, and successful. When presented with the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of Con Mi MADRE, it was like a dream come true! Now she gets to use her personal experiences and knowledge to empower young Latinas and their mothers to fulfill their dreams of obtaining a college education and having a successful career.

Special thank-you to Casa Chapala Mexican Grill & Cantina for hosting us at their beautifully renovated location and as always great service!

For more pictures from the event, visit our Facebook album HERE.

Teresa Granillo

Resources for Blogging Efforts


Maribel Garcia Valls, MPH, ACC. spoke to North Austin Influencers on Blogging to attract your ideal client.  Below are some links she shared to help with your blogging efforts:

Website Options: 

WordPress : This one is the best and most respected blogging platforms. It has so many options, yet it also has a bigger learning curve. Just note that you will have to pay for a hosting site with this option.

Weekly: This one is simple and easy to use if you want to build the site yourself. However, Google prefers WordPress for blogs.

WixThis is also a simple website and a cheaper option, but it also very limited. Again, Google prefers WordPress for blogs.

Blogging Tools:

Headline Analyzer:  This tool will help you create amazing headlines.

Hootsuite:  This tool will help you schedule all your social media at one time.

Mailchimp: Send newsletters for free using Mailchimp.

Read more from Maribel Garcia Valls, MPH, ACC.

Hiring Bloggers to Write for You: 

Mundu Media:  Monica Pena can help with this, contact her for more details.

Fiverr:This website will allow you to hire freelancers that can help you build websites, content, etc.

Blogging Coach: 

Inbound Marketing University: I highly recommend Kevin Carney’s blog coaching sessions and online school. He has helped me so much and for an amazing low price of $25 per month. You can’t beat that! He’s amazing!!! Here is his e-mail: 


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