In the founding spirit of Schreiner University that continues in to its 100th year in 2023, the TRAILBLAZERS experiences and programming embody, showcase, and celebrate the qualities of what it means to be “Uniquely Texan.” Signature events include spring’s Future Fest; CreatorCon in the fall; and, The Trailblazers Series is ongoing. With a nod to the past and eagerness to meaningfully craft the future, the immersive and experiential programming creates experiences and platforms for participants to proclaim their Uniquely Texan status.
Schreiner University invites the best-in-class innovators and leaders to participate in The Trailblazers Series throughout each semester. On Tuesday, January 29th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on campus in the CCAC Ballrooms, Hollywood producer and executive Frank Donner, CEO of BLKBX Creative Group will be featured.
According to Donner, the digital marketing landscape is shifting sands, so staying relevant means constantly educating every person in his company on what is coming next–from Data Driven Creative, to 5G, to VR/AR. From internship to apprenticeship, Los Angeles-based BLKBX Creative Group is always on the lookout for talented and passionate individuals to enter one of the fastest growing arenas in entertainment industry.
“The Texas Hill Country is the perfect backdrop to discuss why experimenting across the digital creative and technological landscape takes passion and discipline and the freedom to break new boundaries,” says Frank Donner.
The Trailblazers Series is open to the public and there is no charge for admission or parking. The series is focused on immersive learning with practical and inspirational information shared by special featured guests from across the globe who have stories to share about their unique experiences. These leaders interact with students and the community through a live interview and an open Q&A experience with award-winning journalist and producer Ceslie Armstrong of NYTEX Productions.
“We are so pleased that Frank Donner has accepted our invitation to be the inaugural esteemed speaker for The Trailblazers Series,” says David Smith, director of marketing and communications of Schreiner University. “His ongoing involvement with SXSW has endeared Donner to the Texas Hill Country and with the Schreiner campus perfectly poised in the fastest growing region of the U.S., our mission is to bring these type of up close and personal experiences with icons to our students.”
The Trailblazer Series broadcasts on Facebook Live and episodes are available anytime on-demand on schreiner.edu, and YouTube as a valuable go-to source for Schreiner Trailblazers in the making.
ABOUT FRANK DONNER:
Frank Donner is the Founder and CEO of BLKBX Creative Group, an innovative digital marketing agency based in Hollywood. BLKBX has crafted some of the most successful promotional campaigns for leading films and television shows, including ZOOTOPIA (CLIO award winning), SONY’s VENOM, Freeform’s 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, ABC’s SCHOOLED, and Focus Features’ BOY ERASED. Frank’s passion for mentoring young talent in the field of entertainment and marketing, has allowed him to take charge of the company’s brand by selecting some of today’s brightest industry talent. Frank’s strong commitment to education in the industry has included annual speaking presentations at UCLA’s, Anderson School of Management, MDE Graduation, from which Frank was also a graduate; involvement with Fulfillment Fund’s Mentorship Program; guest speaker at 2018 Digital Hollywood; participation at 2018 SXSW Mentorship Roundtable; 2016 SXSW Interactive; 2016 NCORE (National Conference on Race & Ethnicity); 2015 SXSW V2V Mentor Session; and as a Panelist for Latino Media Visions’ Independent Filmmaker Series.
An Oscar-nominated Producer for his documentary, “Deliver Us From Evil”, Frank continues to serve as an active member of the Producer’s Guild of America, while continuing to expand the rapidly emerging, BLKBX digital marketing agency. As an entertainment professional, both as an accomplished executive and film producer, Frank began his career by studying with Stella Adler alongside Mark Ruffalo, Salma Hayek, and Benicio del Toro.
ABOUT SCHREINER UNIVERSITY’S “UNIQUELY TEXAN” DECLARATION:
Inspired by the trailblazing pioneers who came before them, Schreiner University students chart new paths as they explore their futures. With grit and resilience, they grow intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually to positively impact their communities for generations to come.
Named after the Texas Ranger and “Father of the Hill Country” who provided the original land and endowment for the school in 1923. A private university offering four-year undergraduate, master of education, master of business administration degrees, Schreiner University is nestled between Austin and San Antonio on the Guadalupe River in Kerrville, Texas. Schreiner University is a place of opportunity offering students a personalized, integrated, and holistic educational experience that prepares them for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society. Students study in-depth in a specific area of interest while acquiring broad skills and habits of mind to navigate a complex, diverse, and unscripted future.