Galveston College Technical and Professional Education will continue its fall Student Success Seminars series on Friday, Nov. 12, at 12 p.m. with a presentation titled “Communicating with Tact and Diplomacy” featuring Mae Francis of Lookin’ Up Consulting.

The seminar will be located in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing on the main campus and is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public.

“At a recent event, Crystal Lovelady-Jackson, workforce development advisor for Royal Dutch Shell Company, explained the ability to communicate is the most critical skill when considering the success of Shell’s current and new employees,” said Sharon Pagan, Galveston College student success advisor. “Mae Francis will teach students the do’s and don’ts of professional communication essential in today’s world of work.”

Francis, known best for inspiring and transferring positivity to whomever she comes in contact with, is currently the president and owner of Lookin’ Up Consulting, a training and development company that builds interactive programs, speeches and mentorships that educate and inspire professionals, as well as programs that support the emotional and social development of youth.

With more than 25 years in the field of teaching and training, Francis believes that her purpose on earth is to enhance the lives of others. She spent 19 years in the chemical industry, including five years selling plasticizers for Sterling Chemicals and 14 years as the training and development leader for Ashland Chemicals.

Francis has been certified as a trainer and coach by the Association of Training and Development and is a United States Army veteran. She studied Bible and Theology, as well as Business Administration, at St. Leo University and College of the Mainland.

Francis is an active member of the Texas City/La Marque, League City and Galveston chambers of commerce, the Association for Talent Development, and the advisory board for the College of the Mainland Petrochemical Process Technology program. She also is an active big sister for Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is the mother of one, Whitnie, and is married to Merlin.

For more information about the Student Success Seminars series, please contact Sharon Pagan at [email protected].