I love Greek Life, breathe PR/marketing, and adore coaching other speakers
Eddie Francis is a thought leader in Greek life and a mass communication professional whose specialties are public relations/marketing and broadcasting. He is the Director of Communications at Paul Quinn College, a finalist on the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., where he has served as a chapter president on both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as a campus advisor.
Eddie has presented for such notable institutions and organizations as: Duke University, the U.S. Coast Guard, the University of Texas, the Missouri Bar Association Leadership Academy, Louisiana State University, the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, the Southern Association of Student Councils, Jack & Jill of America's North Texas Chapter, Tarleton State University, the Jefferson Parish Teen Leadership Program, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Monster's Diversity Leadership Program, the University of South Alabama, SUNY-New Paltz, and Dillard University.Eddie has become known for his positive, yet realistic, insights on Black Greek Life. As an undergraduate level, he won the Spirit of Loyola Award for Racial Understanding, he represented the Southwestern Region of Alpha Phi Alpha at the Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Competition, and he even co-choreographed a "step" routine that won second place at the wildly popular Bayou Classic Battle of the Greeks.
In PR/marketing, Eddie got his start as a promotions intern at Clear Channel Radio New Orleans. Only months after he began, Eddie became the interim director of promotions for WQUE AM-AM/WYLD AM-FM at the age of 23.
After enjoying time on-air, he resumed PR/marketing full-time at Southern University at New Orleans. It was there that he helped orchestrate a highly effective information campaign to defeat Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to merge the university with the University of New Orleans. He later took his talents to Paul Quinn College where he made his mark branding the Center for Fundraising & Philanthropy, the only initiative of its kind at a Historically Black College or University. Eddie has designed logos; and he has managed social media, web content, media relations, a sports information, and publications. Eddie also served as the chair of the marketing subcommittee for the Quality Enhancement Plan for SACS accreditation at Southern University at New Orleans.
Eddie's career has been diverse. He was a producer and on-air personality for the talk shows "Sunday Journal" on WYLD-FM and "Real Talk" on WQUE-FM. As a full-time speaker with Monster's Making It Count Programs (a division of Monster.com), he conducted more than 1,250 presentations for over a quarter of a million students and parents in 28 states. Eddie even enjoyed a career as a stand-up comedian in New Orleans.
Eddie is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana where he grew up in the famed Treme neighborhood. He graduated from the prestigious St. Augustine High School and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Loyola University New Orleans. In 2000, he was selected as one of New Orleans Magazine's "30 People to Watch"; and in 2011, he won the Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Broadcasting Award for "Best Radio Entertainment Feature" for his interview with Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza. He resides in Dallas and is the proud father of Stevie.
The Black Greek Success Program: Members of African American fraternities and sororities learn how to turn their unique skills into marketable career skills.P.R. at HBCUs: Having become a savvy public relations and marketing veteran in higher education, I lend my insights to the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community. I draw from one of my biggest P.R. challenges to provide advice and direction to HBCU communications personnel so that they can more effectively manage the images of their respective institutions. My résumé includes media relations, marketing, social media management, web management, publications management, and sports information.
TMI: Turning Bad Social Habits Into Wise Career Choices: A presentation designed to teach students how to turn social media into living resumes instead of falling victim to the pitfalls.
Connect With Respect: In this fun, interactive workshop, students learn how to enhance their relationships through communication skills.
Other topics: College preparation
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 - Basileus, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Theta Chapter at 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
I had the pleasure of working with Eddie on several stories. He is prompt and thorough when it comes to providing information. He understands broadcasting and what is needed to tell stories under daily deadline. ~ Rachel Wulff - Anchor/Reporter, WDSU-TV
Eddie is a consumate communications professional who is extremely progressive in his approach to public relations and marketing. He is consistently on the forefront of thought leadership. ~ Carol Gniady - Executive Director of Public Relations & Marketing, Delgado Community College
Eddie\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s experience and background in public relations and motivational speaking make him the ideal point person for anyone looking to bring a dynamic and inspirational word to its organization. ~ Andre Greenwood - Owner/President, IconoGraphx
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, Frankly Speaking Seminars
Help me find a Speaker
"I called several companies and got promises for information on speakers. GBS was the first company who delivered without a return phone call. I was impressed by the level of professionalism and the willingness they offered to help us in selecting a speaker who could fit our corporate needs. Turnaround time for answers and documents was never more than 24 hours."