Award-Winning Mass Comm Pro • Black Greek & HBCU Advocate • Talent Acquisition Specialist
Eddie's career success is easily attributed to his ability as a highly effective communicator. Whether it has been his award-winning mass communication career or his tenure as a talent acquisition professional, Eddie has left impressions because of his intellectual flexibility, candor, and humor.
A native of New Orleans, Eddie made his mark in broadcasting as a 19-year radio veteran. After working with the market’s top-ranked hip hop and old school R&B radio stations, Eddie served listeners as a talk show producer and contributor. It was his work with the award-winning “Sunday Journal” (WYLD-FM) that led to his earning the Press Club of New Orleans “Best Radio Entertainment Feature” for his interview with Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza. Now, he hosts “The HBCU Lifestyle Podcast” in addition to his own podcast. He is also a regular contributor to “The HBCU Nation Radio Show” which airs on WRVS-FM (Elizabeth City, N.C.) and on the HBCU Channel, SiriusXM 142.
Eddie’s biggest mass communication accomplishment came as a public relations and marketing director. At Southern University at New Orleans, he spearheaded the campaign to defeat the State of Louisiana’s proposal to remove the university from its system in favor of a merger, which would have resulted in the SUNO’s closure. To assist nonprofit organizations with effective messaging, Eddie shares his knowledge and experience as a marketing instructor in the Nonprofit Management Certification program for the Dallas County Community College District.
In recruiting, Eddie uses his Mass Communication experience to enlighten job seekers. He is the career contributor to “Sunday Journal” and he publishes the blog “From Lectures to Livelihood” to give college students tips for career success. He has also served as a guest blogger for The Ladders, LinkedIn, Careers in Government, Social-Hire.com, HBCU Lifestyle, the H.O.P.E. Scholarship, HBCU Connect, and Great Black Speakers. An active member of his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, Eddie also speaks to Divine Nine Greeks about utilizing their student leadership skills for career success. As a result, he was included on the HBCU Career Center’s 2015 “25 Twitter Pages Diverse Students Should Follow” list.
Eddie earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Loyola University New Orleans, and he has spoken to over a quarter of a million high school and college students in 28 states about educational and career success.
Personal Branding and Black Greek Success
Bridging the gap between lectures and livelihoodEddie 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
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