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Eddie Francis

Eddie Francis

Black Greek Life Advocacy • Social Media Awareness for High School & College Students

  • Eddie Francis

    Eddie is a Black Greek life and HBCU advocate. He also presents on social media responsibility to high school and college students. Eddie is 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. He is the Greek life contributor for HBCULifestyle.com and blogged for the H.O.P.E. Scholarship. Eddie advocates for HBCUs through regular appearances on "The HBCU Nation Radio Show" and through his "P.R. and Marketing in Higher Ed" blog.

    Eddie's communication skills have been diverse. Having done radio for 19 years, he became known throughout Southeastern Louisiana as 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. He even helped audience relieve tension through laughter during his days as a stand-up comedian.

    The New Orleans native 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.

    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, Eddie 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.

  • The Black Greek Success Program: Members of African American fraternities and sororities learn how to use their unique skills to enhance their leadership abilities 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 LSU, Southeastern Louisiana, Paul Quinn College, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, the University of New Orleans, and Loyola New Orleans. For more information, log on to http://www.eddiefrancis.com/bgsp.html.

    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. Eddie has presented for 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

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