As a busy working mom of two, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee developed a strong passion for technologies that simplify consumer experiences, so people have more time for the parts of their lives not behind a screen. She and her team contribute our List column in each issue, and her vision for Rank & Style is to give people back the time they waste digging through endless fashion resources to find the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the office through her participation in social impact organizations including The Seton Fund, MJ & M, Dell Children’s Council, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, UT College of Natural Sciences and Human Ecology and the Longhorn Foundation.
Lori Duran has had a diverse career and currently researches interesting historical stories of social changes. This has been her life-long passion. Duran serves on the board of directors for the Austin History Center Association, where she is involved in coordinating volunteers and helping the Oral History Committee. She also writes articles for Society Texas and other publications, and recently authored the book, Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. She has currently released her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.
Whether finding the best restaurant in Rome overlooking the Colosseum or taking a private tour of the Queen’s art collection at Buckingham, our cultural enthusiast and arbiter Jake Gaines, a native Texan, is on the go. Our very own James Bond on the social scene, he will gladly wield his saber to pop open a bottle of Champagne before advancing into a masked ball. His motto? Bring your passport and wear the tuxedo since one never knows what can happen, baby. He’s a beloved guest at any dinner party because he is known for his disappearing tablecloth trick. When in doubt, he recommends everyone into the pool for a midnight game of what else? Marco Polo.
Certified professional life coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, and author of the book Being In The Room (available at Amazon.com), Associate Publisher and Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. He loves sharing how Texans so generously and passionately give back to the community they love. Giardinelli weaves his interesting social commentary to showcase those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important issues in the state and beyond.
Edy Hernandez, Beast Creative Agency’s founder, decided to take the idea of the traditional agency and turn it on its ear…or better said, let the problem speak for itself. Beast Creative addresses your marketing challenges with creative thinking. Solving such issues is our jam. They have frequently helped their clients with their own non-marketing related internal processes derived simply through a fresh perspective and ideation.
ANA BRIBIESCA HOFF
Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel, and healthy living-related, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Hoff is currently working in the higher education non-profit sector and is soon to launch her site AnaBribs.com. In this new lifestyle blog, she shares her passions, experiences, and special tips along with sneak peeks inside her life, while also hoping to share large doses of inspiration. This month she reveals the most glamorous of winter beauty secrets yet.
Our very fashionable Texan-turned-New Yorker-turned-eternal-Southerner contributor Gordon Kendall is always on the go and on the scene. He is a freelance fashion author and educator and in this issue he helms our exclusive look back to when holiday catalogues enthralled our shopping habits. He is also an executive member of the Fashion Group International/New York, a member of The Couture Council, and The Museum at F.I.T.
Our Digital Director Eleanora Morrison, who is also our Inspire and Savor columnist, is a content creator, editor and creative consultant currently based in San Antonio. She has over a decade of experience in print and digital media, initially entering the space online space as a lifestyle blogger. Morrison has since grown to manage an award-winning digital media platform and creative consulting company. Connect with her on social media @eleanoramorrison and explore more of her work at Eleanora.co.
Our Associate Editor Leanne Raesener was formerly the city editor for both Brilliant and The Society Diaries magazines. A fifth-generation Texan raised in Austin, she spent most of her career in Manhattan, before we were fortunate to have her back in the Lone Star State. After working at Goldman Sachs in Charitable Giving for many years, it only deepened her interest in philanthropy. She supports many charities but holds most near and dear to her heart, her brother, Jack Frederick Raesener’s Scholarship Fund, Ballet Austin, and NYU FACES. Her love of life, generosity, creative style, and wordsmithing are a winning combination.
Our talented and terrifically connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houston-based writer who never ceases to be amazed by the wonderfully generous spirit of the Houston philanthropic community. “It’s nice to live in a city where so many are excited about giving back,” she says. “In the process, they throw some mighty fine parties.”
Our Drive section contributor is Michael Satterfield, an award-winning journalist, traveler, photographer, and lifelong automotive enthusiast who has been featured in Forbes, Hot Rod Magazine, A-Cars, Easy Riders, and many other publications. He founded popular men’s lifestyle site TheGentlemanRacer.com as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. In this issue, he profiles the new 2020 Bentley Bentayga Speed.
Mary Schneider, who contributes in this issue to our Thrive column, has been a student of energetic medicine for 30 years. She has been a Certified Resonance Repatterning Professional in private practice in Austin for the past 20 years (RePatternIt.com). Schneider is also an ordained minister and has studied numerous alternative modalities such as homeopathy, the Chinese 5 Element Acupuncture System, Ayurveda, and the Chakra System, to name a few. She loves regularly speaking in the community about how we heal.
Propelling a professional’s leadership skills to their next promotion on the domestic or global stage is what Sharon Schweitzer does best. She is the founder of Access to Culture, a company specializing in global leadership, and authored the Amazon #1 best-selling book in Business Etiquette & International Business, Access to Asia, which received a coveted Kirkus Star. A certified cultural consultant, attorney, and international etiquette expert, she shares her message about building trust and creating long-lasting relationships in appearances from Dubai to Prague. In Hong Kong, she serves as the Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist for Nat Geo People. She serves on numerous boards including the Global Thinkers Forum and National Czech Slovak Museum & Library. As Ms. Social Graces, she writes our Present column.
WILLIAM JACK SIBLEY
William Jack Sibley is a novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who also manages three South Texas family ranches when not communing with the mountain gorillas in Uganda or ferrying up the Mekong River in Laos. Inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2015, Sibley serves on the TIL Executive Council, Board of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, Board of the Texas Historical Foundation, and Board of GEAA (Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance). In this issue, he helps us take a look at the life and legacy of San Antonio philanthropist Robert L. B. Tobin. His third novel, Here We Go Loop De Loop, is coming your way soon. Photography by Josh Huskin.
A partner at Gangway Advertising, Dallas-based Cynthia Smoot, creates buzz for some of the city’s hottest brands through interactive social media strategies and public relations for the firm’s lifestyle clients. Through her popular lifestyle blog, OhSoCynthia.com, readers get the latest scoop and inside information on fashion, food, philanthropy, events, and celebrity and reality TV news. Smoot describes her blog as a love letter to the city of Dallas.
ROSE BETTY WILLIAMS
Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor and social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. She also leads symposia, plans events, serves on boards, and supports organizations from OperaAmerica to the Helping Hand Home for Children and facilitates networking for project and product development. Williams is a longtime Austin resident, freelance writer, and photographer with a passion for fine art, music, wine, books, tennis, food, and life…as well as a deep love for her family and community.