Speaker Eddie Francis

Eddie Francis

Award-Winning Mass Comm Pro • Black Greek & HBCU Advocate • Talent Acquisition Specialist

  • Eddie is an award-winning mass communication professional and talent acquisition specialist. He also produces and hosts "The Eddie Francis Podcast Show" and the "HBCU Lifestyle Podcast". Eddie has also become well-known for his advocacy of HBCUs and Black Greek life. Because of his efforts to bridge the gap between college Greek life and professional life, his was named one The HBCU Career Center's "25 Twitter Pages Diverse Students Should Follow" in 2015.
    As a result of his candid commentaries, Eddie is a frequent media contributor. He is the career segment contributor to the award-winning “Sunday Journal” on WYLD-FM and a contributor to “The HBCU Nation Radio Show” on WRVS-FM and SiriusXM 142. He has also been a job advice guest on Radio Azad. In March 2014, Eddie accepted an invitation to contribute to Al Jazeera America's social media discussion about fraternity hazing and he served as a panelist for College Summit's Greek Life 101 #BeAGrad chat on Twitter in July 2014.
    Eddie’s mass media experience also includes radio, public relations, television, print, and digital media. He enjoyed a 19-year stint in radio where he was the co-producer/contributor of "Sunday Journal", producer/co-host of "Real Talk", producer of the "C.J. and Company" morning show, and a swing man on both WQUE-FM and WYLD. Eddie later went on to serve as the director of public relations at Southern University at New Orleans where he led the campaign to defeat the State of Louisiana’s 2011 proposal to remove the university from its system in favor of a merger, which would have resulted in the university’s closure.
    As a blogger, Eddie publishes "PR and Marketing in Higher Ed", "From Lectures to Livelihood" and "Here's What I Think...". He has served as a guest blogger for The Ladders, LinkedIn, The H.O.P.E. Scholarship, HBCU Connect, Careers in Government, Social-Hire.com, HBCU Lifestyle, Great Black Speakers, and Write to Bear Alms.
    Eddie graduated from Loyola University New Orleans where he earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. Among his honors are the 2014 President’s Volunteer Service Award, New Orleans Magazine’s “30 People to Watch”, and the Press Club of New Orleans award for “Best Radio Entertainment Feature” for his interview with Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculée Ilibagiza.
    Eddie has a son, Steven, and is married to Halima Leak Francis.

  • Personal Branding and Black Greek Success

    Bridging the gap between lectures and livelihood

    Eddie combines his job recruiting and public relations/marketing experiences to help college students and young professionals focus on their strengths and learn how to articulate what those strengths are. The energetic, interactive presentation focuses on 1) what employers want, 2) Eddie's five principles of personal branding and 3) using the resume as a foundation to build the personal brand.
    Past hosts include the Dallas County Community College District, Jarvis Christian College, and Dillard University.
    Members of historically African American fraternities and sororities and interested students learn how to use the skills they acquire through Greek life to enhance their leadership abilities. To achieve this, Eddie leverages his job recruiting experience to help build those leadership skills through the lens of career preparation. The presentation can be done as a keynote address, a presentation including Q and A, or as a workshop.
    Some of BGSP's hosts include:  Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of North Alabama, Southern Methodist University, Wiley College, the Alpha Phi Alpha Southwestern Regional College Brothers Retreat and Leadership Summit, and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

  • The Black Greek Success Program really helped our NPHC members to truly examine the challenges facing their organizations and to discover that the solution to these challenges lies no further away than a constant dedication to each organization’s guiding principles. I am excited for the future of our NPHC members and I can’t wait to see the impact they will make with the valuable lessons learned through this presentation.
    --- Kyle Gallagher - Assistant Director for Student Engagement, Southeastern Louisiana University

    The Black Greek Success program was not only beneficial to those involved in BGLOs, but it was an inspiration to those aspiring to be Greek and taking on leadership roles.
    --- Christina Mason - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Paul Quinn College

    Eddie’s social media presentation is a must for any student organization. Our students were thoroughly engaged, entertained and informed.
    --- Kiki Baker Barnes - Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dillard University

    Eddie’s high energy, positive message and straight talk is just what our Black Greek community needed.
    --- Northwestern State University

    Eddie understands when to let (an) event play out and when to step in and pump up the volume. One YMCA board member called it a ‘first-class production’ and that the emcee was ‘tops’. Eddie was responsive to us, the organizers, and our need to keep things moving in a timely manner. (He) was responsible for a great deal of our success that night. I wholeheartedly recommend him for any event without reservation.
    --- Shannan Cvitanovic - Executive Director, YMCA Educational Services (2009 YMCA Celebrity Waiter Gala)

    Eddie is a very innovative and creative individual. I would highly recommend Eddie for any project, event, or company that is looking for added insight and creative edge.
    --- Frank Simmons, Jr. - Chief Inspirational Officer, Frankly Speaking Seminars

    The Black Greek Success Program was the greatest experience I’ve ever had. I love the Gumbo Theory. I’m so glad that Mr. Francis incorporated his program to help us unite for our school and organizations to bring success in life after college.
    --- Chasity Buckley - President, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Wiley College

    Eddie came in and provided us with his own perspective. I also liked the fact that he is a job recruiter. I think the advice that he provided was valuable and credible.
    ---A. Jones - Member, Delta Sigma Theta, University of Texas at Arlington
    The Black Greek Success Program

    • Greeks, HONOR your letters
    • Great Greek chapters earn respect through academic achievement and service
    • Don\'t make Greek life a waste of money
    • Black Greek-Letter Organizations don\'t do upgrades
    • The Black Greek Success Program at the Univ. of Texas at Arlington
    • Greeks, understand who you are vs. what you are
    • The Eddie Francis Podcast Show featuring Halima Leak Francis
    • Eddie speaks to the Rotaract Club at the Univ. of Texas at Arlington
    • The Black Greek Success Program at SMU
    • Host of the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast hosted by Eddie Francis
    • Eddie does his weekly career segment on WYLD-FM\'s Sunday Journal
    • Dedicate yourself to the cause
    • To develop your strengths you have to be honest about your weaknesses
    • Are you sick of your career being the same ol\' story?

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