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Brian Fontenot

The Austin Mosaic Awards organizers announced the 20 finalists who have excelled in diversity and inclusion, with BLF Foundation being listed as a finalist! The 20 companies were chosen from a pool of 37 and will be recognized for their efforts to make Austin’s business space more inclusive. Companies will be recognized in categories such as “Best Tech Company” and “Best Inclusive Workspace.”

Supporting our youth by providing insight and inspiration while giving back to support organizations who are enriching lives in Austin such as the BLF Foundation and Boys and Girl’s Club of Austin was the focus of Create + Innovate Panel Discussion during the SXSW conference.

On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00 am, KXAN News aired a segment with the event organizers, including Jason Mayden, CEO/Founder of Superheroic, Donica Williams, Head of Marketing for The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, and Brian Fontenot, CEO/Founder of the BLF Foundation. You can see this segment by clicking the link below.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend “Create + Innovate: A Conversation on Disruption and Entrepreneurship.” Join Jason Mayden, Former Nike Design Director and Global Innovation Director, as he leads a discussion that will inspire entrepreneurs, young and old.

This free event will be held on the University of Texas Campus on Saturday, March 17th from 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm. Students will have the opportunity to participate in dialogue with Jason and learn how he founded his own start-up after working with Nike for over 13 years.

Ive been asked by many friends and individuals about the process of starting BLF Foundation along with the lessons I learned along the way. Thanks to Forty Magazine, I shared a few nuggets on how the foundation has been able to make an impact in countless lives and how you can do the same. Visit their website to read my article and more for your professional development!

On Episode 16 we discuss the Question of the Day: Where can you go on vacation/baecation outside of the Caribbean, an in-depth review of AMEX Centurion (Black) Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Addis, Ababa and discuss our thoughts on evacuation protocol for a hurricane.

On Episode 15 we discuss the Question of the Day: What is your favorite travel app, an in-depth review of Chase Freedom and Freedom Unlimited Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Johannesburg, South Africa and discuss our thoughts on putting off big purchases on your credit card.

I was a panelist on the Smart Social Podcast, What Age Should Kids Get an Email Address. Learn more at SmartSocial.com and listen on Apple Podcast.

“We sat down with Brian Fontenot, Founder and CEO of BLF Foundation whose missions is to provide minority college students with mentorship and scholarship opportunities in an effort to help advance our future leaders. Felicia Meadows who is a school counselor at Prince George’s County Public Schools with over 15 years of experience. And Jeff Ervine who is the Founder and CEO of Bridg-it, which is a sustainable solution to bullying cyberbullying and harassment, to talk about kids email tips and when students should get an email address.”

On Episode 14 we discuss the Question of the Day: How do you overcome jetlag, an in-depth review of American Express EverDay and Everday Preferred Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Cartagena, Colombia and discuss our thoughts Airline Vouchers: Take them or Leave them.

On Episode 13 we discuss the Question of the Day: What flight aggregators do you use for finding flights, an in-depth review of Chase Sapphire Preferred during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Siem Reap, Cambodia and discuss our thoughts Credit Card Application Limits and the Strategy behind applying for credit cards.

The BLF Foundation, Young Black Austin, The Great Ones, Encore ATX, and Black Alumni Co-Op are focused on finding solutions to help support the many survivors who need our help. We have a few different solutions on how you can play a part in helping Texas (Houston and Austin).

On Episode 12, we hosted a special episode, having a live studio audience asking questions during our the Question of the Day, an in-depth review of American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card during our Cards and Points segment, and took a trip to the beautiful location of Berlin, Germany.

On Episode 11 we discuss the Question of the Day: How do you find the best picture taking spots, an in-depth review of Chase Sapphire Reserve during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Santiago, Chile and discuss our thoughts on No Fee ATM Access Checking Accounts.

On Episode 10 we discuss the Question of the Day: What do you when your flight is cancelled and you don’t find out until you get to the airport, an in-depth review ofAmerican Express Platinum Card (Personal) during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and discuss our thoughts on using ride shares abroad.

On Episode 9 we discuss the Question of the Day: How many countries have you traveled to, an in-depth review of Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Zurich, Switzerland and discuss our thoughts on rental cars vs public transportation.

On Episode 8 we discuss the Question of the Day: What is the 1 thing you can’t travel without, an in-depth review of Chase Ultimate Rewards Program during our Cards and Points segment, take a trip to the beautiful location of London, England, and discuss our thoughts on economy vs basic economy.

On Episode 7 we discuss the Question of the Day: When is the best day to book flights, an in-depth review of American Express Membership Rewards earning credit cards during our Cards and Points segment, take a trip to the beautiful location of Bali, Indonesia, and discuss our thoughts on travel packages: the good, the bad, the expensive.

On Episode 6 we discuss the Question of the Day: Top Place You Want to Travel To, American Express Membership Rewards, take a trip to the beautiful location of Paris, France, and discuss our thoughts on Group Travel vs Solo Travel.

On Episode 5 we discuss the Question of the Day: Fondest Travel Memory, points for flights or points for hotels during our Cards and Points segment, take a trip to the beautiful location of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, and discuss our thoughts on Group Travel vs Solo Travel.

On Episode 4, we discuss the Question of the Day: Is Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check worth the investment, cover how to hit minimum credit card spends during our Cards and Points segment, take a trip to the beautiful location of Tokyo, Japan, and discuss the difference between Being a tourist vs Being a traveler.

On Episode 3, we discuss the Question of the Day: Best meal or snack you ever had on an airplane, cover Points or Cash Back during our Cards and Points segment, take a trip to the beautiful location of Nairobi, Kenya, and discuss Airbnb vs Hotels vs Hostels.

On Episode 2, we discuss the Question of the Day: How much do you tip, cover Points 101: Difference Between Transferrable Points and Redeemable Points during our Cards and Points segment, take a trip to the beautiful location of Havana, Cuba, and discuss Rights when on an overbooked flight.