A leadership enthusiast, Eddie Francis has spoken to over a quarter of a million people in over half of the states in the nation about career success, leadership, communication, and educational success. He has spoken on 70 college campuses across the U.S.; and he has taught mass communication, college success and marketing courses at Tulane University, Dillard University and Dallas College, respectively. The brand strategist and award-winning broadcaster produces and hosts the “For Our Edification” podcast as well as the Enrollify Podcast Network’s “I Wanna Work There!” He is a past host of "The HBCU Lifestyle Podcast" which was a Podbean top 10 education podcast.
Eddie is on a mission to share the valuable leadership knowledge and experience that he has gained with the nation's future leaders. In college, Eddie served as his fraternity chapter’s president and in leadership positions with his university’s Black Student Union and Interfraternity Council. Years after graduating from college, he went on to serve as an alumni chapter president and his fraternity’s campus advisor. In his professional life, Eddie led marketing and communications at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), Paul Quinn College, and Dillard University. At SUNO, he spearheaded the 2011 public relations campaign to defeat the State of Louisiana’s proposal to remove SUNO from the Southern University System. At Dillard, he led the development of the “Write Your Legacy” brand evolution campaign as well as the effort to expand Dillard’s brand licensing. Because of his efforts, Eddie was nominated twice for the AMA Foundation’s Higher Education Marketer of the Year.
Eddie has offered thought leadership through several outlets including Watch the Yard, AFLV Connections, HBCU Lifestyle, Al Jazeera America, The Huffington Post, Careers in Government, and his own Black Greek Success and Identity and Value blogs.
Dedicated to his community, Eddie was honored as one of New Orleans Magazine's "30 People to Watch," and he earned the Press Club of New Orleans’ Best Radio Entertainment Feature award for his interview with Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza.
Eager to share lessons learned, Eddie presents several interactive and energetic on-campus presentations. “The Black Greek Success Program” teaches members of African American fraternities and sororities to enhance their chapter and campus leadership skills. “Lectures to Livelihood” helps students prepare for career opportunities. “Lead by Leading You” educates students and early career professionals to boost their personal leadership. “Give ‘Til It’s Built” shows students how to lead through giving and service.
The New Orleans native earned his Master of Professional Studies in strategic leadership from Tennessee State University and his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from Loyola University New Orleans. Eddie is a member of the American Marketing Association where he serves on the planning committee for the Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education. He is also a member of the International Leadership Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Eddie is the proud husband of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. member, Dr. Halima Leak Francis, and the proud father of Stevie.