Eddie Francis’ career success is easily attributed to his skill as a mass communicator. Whether it has been his award-winning media career or his tenure as a talent acquisition professional, Eddie has impressed his audiences and colleagues with his intellect, authenticity, candor, and humor. He has spoken to over a quarter of a million high school and college students in 28 states about educational and career success. A native of New Orleans, Eddie made his mark in broadcasting as a 19-year radio veteran. After working with the market&r
Eddie Francis’ career success is easily attributed to his skill as a mass communicator. Whether it has been his award-winning media career or his tenure as a talent acquisition professional, Eddie has impressed his audiences and colleagues with his intellect, authenticity, candor, and humor. He has spoken to over a quarter of a million high school and college students in 28 states about educational and career success.
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” talk show (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. He now hosts the “Eddie Francis Podcast Show” in addition to “The HBCU Lifestyle Podcast” which Podbean named one of their top 10 education podcasts in 2014 and 2015. He is also a contributor to “The HBCU Nation Radio Show” which airs on WRVS-FM and on the HBCU Channel, SiriusXM 142.
Eddie’s career is also marked by a major public relations victory. As the director of P.R. at Southern University at New Orleans, he spearheaded the 2011 campaign to defeat the State of Louisiana’s proposal to remove the university from its system, which would have likely resulted in the SUNO’s closure. He also created the university’s first official institutional logos and more than quadrupled SUNO’s media exposure. Now, Eddie shares his P.R. and marketing knowledge and experience as an instructor in the Nonprofit Management Certification program for the Dallas County Community College District. He has also conducted P.R. and marketing webinars for the Broward County Human Services Department.
Combining his media and recruitment experience, Eddie empowers job seekers. He is the “Sunday Journal” career segment contributor and publishes the blog “Lectures to Livelihood” to give college students tips for career success. He also conducts an on-campus speaking presentation of the same name. Eddie has 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 college 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 serves on the board of Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders. He resides in Dallas with his wife and business partner, Halima Leak Francis, and has a son, Stevie.
The Black Greek 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
Our participants were impressed with Eddie’s humor and personal experiences. Eddie’s media training was an excellent way of making all attendees aware of how important it is to be prepared to communicate effectively and credibly with the media and in their communities in order to have their voices heard.- Arielle McConduit, Program Director, Urban League of Louisiana Parent Information Center
“Lectures to Livelihood” • Effective Organizational Branding • HBCU Advocacy
“Lectures to Livelihood” helps college student leaders enhance their leadership skills through the lens of career preparation. The program also includes a Greek life version to help college Greeks understand the career value of the skills they are learning in their fraternities and sororities. Past hosts include: Texas Christian Univ., Southeastern Louisiana Univ., the Univ. of North Alabama, Southern Methodist Univ., Wiley College, and Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette.
For companies and organizations, Eddie also leverages his public relations and marketing experience to provide insight about effective branding practices. Past hosts include the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association as well as the Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce.
TMI: From #EpicFail to Career Success
Provides tips for successful social media management from the world of job recruitment. 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 a PR director at two HBCUs.
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.
Leadership Lessons from Over 25 Years of Mass Communication
Shares leadership lessons learned from behind the microphone to behind executive leadership.
Awards and Recognition
• “25 Twitter Pages Diverse Students Should Follow” - HBCU Career Center, 2015
• President's Volunteer Award - Corporation for National & Community Service, 2014
• “30 People to Watch” - New Orleans Magazine, 2000
Featured Blogs, Vlogs, Podcasts, and Interviews
What I Have Learned About Salary Negotiation
LECTURES TO LIVELIHOOD
Bethune-Cookman President's Invitation to DeVos Missed the Mark
PR & MARKETING IN HIGHER ED
Expressing Your Personal Brand Through Public Speaking
Emotional Intelligence and Career Success
LECTURES TO LIVELIHOOD
“Burning Sands”: A Conversation About Hazing in Black Greek Life
Personal Branding Should Articulate Identity and Value
What Radio Taught Me About Job Interviews
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