About Eddie and Halima

May 29, 2018

Eddie is an award-winning mass media veteran, talent acquisition professional, and blogger. Besides hosting this podcast, he hosted the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast (2014, 2015 and 2016 top 10 education podcast on Podbean). He als serves as a the monthly career segment contributor on the award-winning "Sunday Journal" on WYLD-FM and 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 and 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 director at two colleges.

A native of New Orleans, Eddie has blogged for The Huffington Post, 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 and is pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Leadership from Tennessee State University.

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).

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.

Halima holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education where her research focused on organizational capacity building and fundraising. NYU is also where she earned her master's in Educational Sociology where her thesis was "Alumni Giving and Historically Black Colleges and Universities". Halima's bachelor's degree is in English from Hampton University.

Eddie and Halima are partners in the Purposeful Philanthropy Foundation, and they serve on the board for Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders.