Frances Lucas has served in higher education leadership positions for more than four decades and has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches and workshops for colleges, universities, associations and conferences across the United States.

She's given keynotes for a number of higher education associations, fraternities and sororities, and professional and civic organizations, including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Convention, American Council on Education Women’s Summit, Association of Fraternity Advisors National Convention, National Higher Education Women’s Leadership Conference, Association of College Unions International Conference, National Association of Campus Activities, American Society of Women Accountants, American Heart Association, and many more. She is the 2019 President of the New Orleans chapter of the National Speakers Association.

Frances Lucas believes today’s leaders have a responsibility to find their authentic voices and share their views with others. While it often takes courage and involves risk, these types of voices are the ones that have changed the world for the better.

I suggested Dr. Frances Lucas keynote the NASPA Aspiring Student Affairs Officer national conference; her selection was a slam-dunk! Immediately, Frances captivated the audience with humor and poignant stories regarding the highs and lows of leadership. Many participants commented that it was one of the best talks they had ever heard. No doubt, what resonates is her authenticity, both bold and vulnerable, weaving stories from all life experiences! You will leave her speech having belly laughed, a lump in the throat, and with new insight about yourself.
— M.L. “Cissy” Petty, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, Loyola University

Dr. Frances Lucas offers a unique point of view to topics such as:

Building high-performing, innovative & happy teams

  • Dealing with difficult people

  • Leading and adjusting to organizational change

  • Understanding Gen Y, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers and Seniors

  • Building trust and inspiring creativity

  • Resolving conflict in a team

  • Creating a culture of praise

  • Preparing for the workplace of tomorrow

Courageous Leadership

  • Encouraging leadership vs. discouraging leadership

  • Influencing up: the leadership hierarchy

  • Challenges of college and university presidents

  • Working with governing boards

  • Mastering the first year of senior leadership

  • Using the Emergenetics tools to learn how team members prefer to think and behave

Creating Inclusive & Safe Workplaces

  • How women advance and help advance other women

  • Supporting women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

  • Current women’s issues

  • Making the case for diversity to enhance results

  • What companies and institutions can do to create a more inclusive workplace

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Issues

    • Why hire people who are LGBTQ?

    • What can career centers and hiring organizations do to be sensitive to LGBTQ job applicants?

    • Gays and the Church

    • How to be an ally for LGBTQ

Fraternity and Sorority Enhancement

  • Stop hazing

  • How to engage your membership

  • You are your brother/sister's keeper

  • Ten commandments to be the best chapter advisor

  • Seven steps to success for house directors

  • Understanding today's students

  • What presidents want from Greek chapters

An incredible speaker and motivator, Frances immediately engages an audience. It feels as if she’s immediately a friend and wise mentor. She was the absolute highlight of our faculty retreat for women in STEM, speaking from her heart with courage and humor. She shares insights into the ivory tower, her journey to the top, experiences as a woman in leadership, the battles she has fought, and the paths she has paved.
— Julie Cwikla, Ph.D., Director of Creativity and Innovation in STEM, University of Southern Mississippi