Eddie Francis

Eddie Francis

Job Recruiting Consultant • Black Greek Life Thought Leader • Blogger

  • A blogger with an award-winning mass media career, Eddie Francis is a job recruiting consultant with the Dallas-based company Career Resource Services. As a speaker, he has addressed more than a quarter of a million students and parents in 28 states about educational and career achievement. Eddie leverages his diverse experiences in mass media and career development to help college students learn the secrets of career preparation before they enter the workforce. He addresses social media management through his presentation "TMI: From #EpicFail to Career Success". An advocate for Black Greek-Letter Organizations, he presents "The Black Greek Success Program" to help collegiate members build leadership skills through the lens of career preparation.

    The New Orleans native is an active blogger. He publishes "From Lectures to Livelihood" to provide career preparation advice to college students. Eddie also publishes "PR and Marketing in Higher Ed" to provide insight about best campus communication practices for colleges and universities. To provide social commentary, he publishes "Here's What I Think...". He has served as a guest blogger for The Ladders, LinkedIn, The H.O.P.E. Scholarship, Careers in Government, Social-Hire.com, HBCU Lifestyle, and Great Black Speakers.

    As a result of his blogging and commentary charged with energy and candor, Eddie contributes to several radio programs around the nation. He is the career segment contributor to “Sunday Journal” on WYLD-FM and "Real Talk" on WQUE-FM (New Orleans). Eddie is also a contributor to “The HBCU Nation Radio Show” on WRVS-FM’s (Elizabeth City, N.C.), and has been a job advice guest on Radio Azad. He also produces "The Eddie Francis Podcast Show" and hosts the "HBCU Lifestyle Podcast". In March 2014, Eddie accepted an invitation to contribute to Al Jazeera America's social media discussion about fraternity hazing; and he was a panelist for College Summit's Greek Life 101 #BeAGrad chat on Twitter in July 2014.

    Eddie’s mass media experience includes radio, public relations, television, print, and digital media. He enjoyed a 19-year stint in radio where he was the co-producer/contributor of the award-winning "Sunday Journal", the producer/co-host of "Real Talk", the producer of the "C.J. and Company" morning show on WQUE, and a swing man on both WQUE and WYLD. Eddie later went on to serve as the director of public relations at Southern University at New Orleans where he led 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 university’s closure.

    Eddie graduated from Loyola University New Orleans where he earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. Among his honors are the 2014 President’s Volunteer Service Award, New Orleans Magazine’s “30 People to Watch”, and the Press Club of New Orleans award for “Best Radio Entertainment Feature” for his interview with Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculée Ilibagiza.

    Eddie resides in Dallas with his wife Halima Leak Francis.

  • The Black Greek Success Program: Members of black 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 Southern Methodist University, Louisiana State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Paul Quinn College, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, the University of South Alabama, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, the University of New Orleans, and Texas A&M University-Commerce.

    TMI: From #EpicFail to Career Success: 
    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

    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

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