University of Texas Recognized As Top College in Social Media

by Drew Carls

The University of Texas at Austin has been recognized again as a top college in social media, this time by

UT Austin was recognized as:

  • No. 7 Most Influential College on LinkedIn
  • No. 8 Most Influential College in Social Media
  • No 9 Most Influential College on Twitter
  • No. 11 Most Influential College on Google+
  • No. 14 Most Engaged Social Media Communities

Read the full university rankings here.

One way to get your baby to sleep through the night

by Drew Carls

Our newborn did not sleep well with swaddlers for the first few months. And we tried lots of them. Then Stephanie, my wife, was sent an Ergobaby Swaddler to review. [insert an angels' chorus] It really was heaven! He began sleeping through the night and for many hours beyond.

Why did he love it? Watch Stephanie's new parent must-have review to find out.

Adm. McRaven Urges Graduates to Find Courage to Change the World

by Drew Carls

U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven, '77 and Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus, delivered the 131st Spring Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin. McRaven challenged our graduates, the Class of 2014, to find courage to change the world.

McRaven's speech is considered the most watched commencement speech in 2014. The video of his speech crossed the 1 million view mark days ago and continues to be watched.

Enjoy and Hook 'em!

Remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ '77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, Texas Exes Life Member, and Distinguished Alumnus. University-Wide Commencement The University of Texas at Austin, May 17, 2014.

REVIEW: Dr. Stephanie Reich, OB/GYN, a dad's perspective

by Drew Carls

As a (then) soon-to-be dad, the quality of care my wife, Stephanie, would receive during her pregnancy was my top priority. Luckily for us, my brother, Weston, recommended Stephanie Reich, M.D., to us. Without a doubt, Dr. Reich was the best OB doctor for us. 

Dr. Reich is a provider in the Women Partners in Health group. We were very happy with this group. We met with several other providers when Dr. Reich was out. Her nurses were incredible, too.

For me, there were several things that won me over: bedside manner, percentage of her "own" babies delivered by Dr. Reich, proximity to the hospital and quality of Seton's labor and delivery unit. 

Carson Carls, one month old.

Carson Carls, one month old.

Dr. Reich's bedside manner - her personality - was incredible. She was kind, thoughtful, patient and always took the time to understand our questions and concerns. I really enjoyed every OB visit with Stephanie (and I didn't miss one!). You wouldn't be disappointed with her service.

We also liked knowing that Dr. Reich delivers more than 70 percent of her patients' babies. We were thrilled when we found our Dr. Reich was on-call the day we scheduled Steph's delivery. Dr. Reich's beside manner translated well from the office to the labor and delivery room. We were comforted by her experience and demeanor there. She was patient and great when I had thousands of questions for her on Carson's delivery day.

And, we couldn't have been happier that Dr. Reich delivers at Seton (Main). Seton is a highly thought-of hospital and our experience confirmed that. The nurses and staff were incredible. They were professional and caring. We enjoyed the service we received. 

From a dad's perspective, I enthusiastically recommend you and your partner consider Dr. Stephanie Reich from Women Partners in Health in Austin, Tex.

Want to know more about our experience? Leave me a comment and I'll respond. Or, drop me a line here.

5 Minute LinkedIn Marketing Plan

by Drew Carls


LinkedIn is the largest professional social network. Millions of people are members but do not maximize the site's potential.

Bluewiremedia has put together a helpful, five-minute LinkedIn marketing plan. For beginners, they recommend you focus on accepting connection requests, sending thank-you notes to new connections and connecting with one person you may know. If you are an intermediate LinkedIn user, they recommend spending five minutes reviewing who's looked at your profile and sharing content. And, for advanced users, bluewiremedia suggests you spend time sharing content and submitting it with LinkedIn Today editors, commenting on the status shared by someone in your network and organizing a catch-up with one of your contacts.

To see the full infographic, click here.