About Eddie and Halima

January 15, 2016

Eddie is a communication consultant, award-winning mass media veteran, and talent acquisition professional. Besides hosting this podcast, he is the host of the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast (2014 and 2015 top 10 education podcast on Podbean) and serves as a the monthly career segment contributor on the award-winning "Sunday Journal" on WYLD-FM. He is also the PR/marketing contributor to "The HBCU Nation Radio Show" which airs on WRVS-FM and SiriusXM HBCU Channel 142.

For 19 years, Eddie worked for iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel Radio) in New Orleans. There, he co-produced/contributed to "Sunday Journal" where he received the 2011 Press Club of New Orleans "Best Radio Entertainment Feature" award for his interview with Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza. He was also the founding producer/co-host of "Real Talk" and the producer of the "C.J. and Company" morning show on WQUE-FM. Eddie's media experience also includes stints as the public relations/marketing and campus communication director at two colleges.

A native of New Orleans, Eddie has blogged for The Ladders, LinkedIn, Careers in Government, Social-Hire.com, the H.O.P.E. Scholarship, HBCU Lifestyle, HBCU Connect, and Great Black Speakers. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Loyola University New Orleans.

For more than 15 years, Halima has been a charitable giving professional whose experience includes higher education and grass roots non-profits. She has a proven track record in the development of comprehensive and sustainable fundraising programs focused on donor-centered relationships. Her work has resulted in increased funding for the Texas Muslim Women's Foundation by nearly 50 percent during her tenure as chief philanthropy officer and the cultivation of relationships leading to multiple leadership gifts for institutions such as New York University and Barnard College of Columbia University. Halima has also worked for the CUNY School of Professional Studies as the director of Alumni Relations and Development, NYU's School of Law, and Communities in Schools of Wake County (North Carolina). Every fall, she serves as a guest lecturer for NYU's George H. Heyman Center of Philanthropy and Fundraising discussing topics related to charitable giving.

As an advocate for charitable giving, Halima expresses the importance and benefits of giving and volunteerism through her "Write to Bear Alms" initiative. In addition to her segment on this podcast, the initiative includes her blog.

After receiving her bachelor's degree in English from Hampton University, Halima earned her master's in Educational Sociology from NYU's Steinhardt School of Education. There, her thesis was on "Alumni Giving and Historically Black Colleges and Universities". She is a Ph.D. candidate at NYU's Steinhardt School of Education where her research focuses on organizational capacity building and fundraising. Halima is also a sociology instructor at DeVry University.

Both Eddie and Halima are partners in the consulting firm Francis Communication and Development Partners, LLC. They also serve on the board for Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders and as instructors for the Dallas County Community College District's Nonprofit Management Certification Program.