Speaker Eddie Francis

Eddie Francis

Communication Consultant • Black Greek & HBCU Advocate • Job Recruiter

  • Eddie Francis         
     
    Eddie is communication consultant who is backed by an award-winning career in mass media and he is also job recruiter with the Dallas-based company Career Resource Services. Having spoken to more than a quarter of a million students and parents in 28 states about educational and career achievement, Eddie leverages his diverse experiences to help college students learn the secrets of career preparation. He also produces and hosts "The Eddie Francis Podcast Show", the "HBCU Lifestyle Podcast", and publishes "From Lectures to Livelihood" to provide career preparation advice to college students. He is also an advocate for 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 energic and candid commentaries, Eddie is an active media contributor. He is the career segment contributor to the award-winning “Sunday Journal” on WYLD-FM (New Orleans) and a contributor to “The HBCU Nation Radio Show” on WRVS-FM and SiriusXM Channel 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", the producer/co-host of "Real Talk", the producer of the "C.J. and Company" morning show on WQUE, and a swing man on both WQUE 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 also publishes "PR and Marketing in Higher Ed" to provide insight about best campus communication practices for colleges and universities. To provide social commentary, he publishes "Here's What I Think...". He has served as a guest blogger for The Ladders, LinkedIn, The H.O.P.E. Scholarship, 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.


  • THE BLACK GREEK SUCCESS PROGRAM
    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 experience as a job recruiting consultant 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.

    BGSP has been presented at:
    • Southern Methodist University,
    • Texas Christian University,
    • Louisiana State University,
    • Southeastern Louisiana University,
    • the University of North Alabama,
    • the Alpha Phi Alpha Southwestern Regional College Brothers Retreat and Leadership Summit,
    • the University of Texas at Arlington,
    • Wiley College,
    • the University of Louisiana-Lafayette,
    • the University of South Alabama,
    • Paul Quinn College,
    • Nicholls State University,
    • Jarvis Christian College,
    • Northwestern State University,
    • the University of Texas at Dallas,
    • the University of New Orleans, and
    • Texas A&M University-Commerce.
    College students learn the value of managing their social media presence in preparation for the workforce. Using his experience as a job recruiting consultant, Eddie has a candid conversation with students about turning their social media into living resumes instead of falling victim to the pitfalls. The presentation utilizes data and insight from recruitment organizations to illustrate potential employers' attitudes toward candidates' social media management.

    "TMI" has been presented at:
    • Dillard University's "Why We Achieve" lecture series,
    • the Dallas County Community College District's LeCroy Leadership Conference,
    • the  the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference,
    • the Dillard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, and
    • the TRiO Programs at Paul Quinn College.

  • 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

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