Leadershipaholic • Award-Winning Mass Media Pro • HBCU and Black Greek Advocate • Talent Acquisition Professional
Known for his energy, candor, humor, and audience interaction, Eddie Francis leverages a combined 30-plus years' experience in mass media and career development to inspire audiences. Over a quarter of a million people in 28 states have been empowered by the media man/recruiter/HBCU-Black Greek advocate.
One of his notable accomplishments happened during his tenure as a college PR director. In 2011, Eddie led the charge to defeat the State of Louisiana's proposal to merge Southern University at New Orleans, the city's only public HBCU, with a neighboring institution.
It was in broadcasting where the New Orleans native made his mark. In 2011, Eddie won a Press Club of New Orleans award for his interview with a Rwandan genocide survivor for the award-winning "Sunday Journal" radio show (WYLD-FM). Eddie now hosts “The HBCU Lifestyle Podcast” in addition to his own podcast. He is also a guest on “The HBCU Nation Radio Show” (WRVS-FM and SiriusXM 142) as well as “Sunday Journal”.
As a blogger, Eddie has written for The Ladders, LinkedIn, Careers in Government, Social-Hire.com, HBCU Lifestyle, the H.O.P.E. Scholarship, HBCU Connect, and Write to Bear Alms. He also publishes "From Lectures to Livelihood" and "P.R. and Marketing in Higher Ed".
Eddie graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and serves as board vice chair for Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders. Eddie also co-founded the consulting firm, Francis Communication and Development Partners, LLC with his wife Halima Leak Francis.
Black Greek Life, Career Development, HBCU Advocacy, and Leadership
Bridging the gap between lectures and livelihoodMembers of Black Greek-lettered organizations learn how to enhance their leadership skills through the lens of career preparation. Past hosts include: Texas Christian Univ., Southeastern Louisiana Univ., the Univ. of North Alabama, Southern Methodist Univ., Wiley College, and the Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette.Eddie combines his job recruiting and PR/marketing experiences to help college students and young professionals articulate their strengths. The presentation focuses on what employers want and uses the resume as a foundation for effective personal branding. Past hosts include the Dallas County Community College District and Jarvis Christian College.OTHER TOPICS:
- TMI: From #EpicFail to Career Success - Provides tips from the world of job recruitment--or as some call it--professional social media stalking. Previous hosts include the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and Dillard Univ.
- HBCU Advocacy from the PR Desk - Addresses the importance of Historically Black College and Universities with compelling stories of Eddie's trials, tribulations, and victories as an HBCU PR director.
- Leadership Lessons From Over 25 Years of Mass Communication - Shares leadership lessons learned from behind the microphone to behind executive leadership.
- Non-Profit Growth: Where PR and Fundraising Intersect - Explores the symbiotic relationship that PR and development departments should have at non-profits and educational institutions.
- Find Your Audience: The Danger of Trying to Be All Things to All Customers - Provides insight about the importance of developing a laser focus on a customer base and sticking to that focus.
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
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 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
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 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
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