For Our Edification


December 26, 2019

Eddie Francis and Halima Leak Francis, For Our Edification Podcast

I have enjoyed a career as an award-winning mass media veteran, speaker, blogger, and talent acquisition professional. Every month, I have the fortune of being the 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. From 2013 to 2017, I hosted the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast (2014, 2015 and 2016 Podbean top 10 education podcast). 

While in radio, I received the 2011 Press Club of New Orleans "Best Radio Entertainment Feature" award for an interview with Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagizahe. My media experience also includes stints as a public relations/marketing director.

You can catch some of my guest blog entries in The Huffington Post, on LinkedIn, Careers in Government,, the H.O.P.E. Scholarship, HBCU Lifestyle, HBCU Connect, and Great Black Speakers. I hold a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Loyola University New Orleans and I am pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Leadership from Tennessee State University. Pray for me, y'all.

Halima is a charitable giving professional and college instructor. She has a proven track record in the development of comprehensive and sustainable fundraising programs focused on donor-centered relationships. Halima's background includes fundraising for institutions such as New York University, Barnard College of Columbia University, and the Texas Muslim Women's Foundation. She also teaches sociology for a couple of universities.

Her Ph.D. is in Higher Education from NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development where her research focused on organizational capacity building and fundraising. Her master's--also from NYU--is in Educational Sociology. Most importantly, Halima is a proud Hamptonian. 

Halima is the founder and executive director of the Purposeful Philanthropy Foundation where I serve on the board. Pray for me, y'all.

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