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Eddie Francis
  • Eddie is a career coach, blogger, and award-winning mass media professional. A job recruiting consultant with the Dallas-based company Career Resource Services, Eddie also worked with Monster Worldwide’s Making It Count Programs where he spoke to more than a quarter of a million students and parents in 28 states about educational and career achievement.

    He writes about career preparation for college students on his “From Lectures to the Livelihood” blog and is the career segment contributor to WYLD-FM’s (New Orleans) “Sunday Journal”.

    Eddie is also an advocate for African American fraternities and sororities. He is also the author and presenter of “The Black Greek Success Program”, which helps college members build their leadership skills through the lens of career preparation, and he is the Greek life contributor for HBCULifestyle.com.

    Eddie’s mass media experience began when he was a freshman in college. It was then that he started in television and he later moved on to radio. During his 19-year stint in radio, he won the 2011 Press Club of New Orleans award for “Best Radio Entertainment Feature” for his interview with Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculée Ilibagiza. He 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.

    He is a contributor to WRVS-FM’s (Elizabeth City, N.C.) “The HBCU Nation Radio Show”, and Eddie has also blogged for The H.O.P.E. Scholarship, Careers in Government, Social-Hire.com, and LinkedIn.

    Eddie graduated from Loyola University New Orleans where he earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. In 2000, he was named one of New Orleans Magazine’s “30 People to Watch” and is a recipient of the 2014 President’s Volunteer Service Award.

  • 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 SMU, LSU, Southeastern Louisiana, Paul Quinn College, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, the University of New Orleans, and Texas A&M-Commerce.

    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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