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About the Episode: This eye-opening episode dives into a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of higher education success - employer branding and employee satisfaction within community colleges. Joined by Eddie Francis, the voice behind the 'I Wanna Work There' podcast, Maya and Eddie explore innovative strategies for attracting and retaining top talent, despite the challenges posed by limited budgets and high competition. This conversation sheds light on the significant impact that a positive work culture, strategic benefits, and a robust employer brand can have on the success of community colleges and their broader communities.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Importance of Employer Branding: Explore the crucial role of employer branding in attracting quality faculty and staff, vital for student satisfaction and institutional success.
  • Strategies for Talent Attraction: Learn innovative ways community colleges can enhance their appeal to potential employees, including showcasing unique benefits and leveraging the institution's mission.
  • Employee Satisfaction: Hear the significance of creating a supportive and engaging work environment to ensure employee satisfaction and retention.
  • Impact of Digital Presence: Explore how a strong digital presence and leadership visibility on social media can influence job applicants' perceptions and decisions.
  • Practical Tips: Gain actionable insights for community colleges to implement immediately to boost their employer brand.

The IMPACT Framework

About the Show: The Hidden Gem podcast is dedicated to empowering community college presidents, executive team members, enrollment, marketing and communication leaders with the knowledge and insights they need to harness the full potential of strategic marketing and communications within their institutions. This podcast aims to shed light on the often-overlooked aspects of marketing, emphasizing its vital role in shaping an institution's overall strategy and success.

By showcasing real-world examples, case studies, and interviews with experienced community college leaders and industry experts, the podcast will inspire its audience to view marketing and communication as integral components of their leadership toolkit, not an ancillary service. It aims to elevate the importance of these functions and empower leaders to make more informed and strategic decisions in their roles.

Connect With Our Host:

Maya Demishkevich

About The Enrollify Podcast Network:

The Hidden Gem: Marketing Community Colleges is a part of the Enrollify Podcast Network. If you like this podcast, chances are you’ll like other Enrollify shows too!  

Some of our favorites include Visionary Voices: The College President’s Playbook and Confessions of a Higher Ed CMO.

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About the Podcast

Maya Demishkevich


Maya Demishkevich

Maya Demishkevich is a distinguished marketing and communications professional, currently serving as the Chief Marketing Officer at Carroll Community College. With over 15 years of experience in higher education marketing, Maya has developed a reputation for excellence, particularly in the realms of digital media and education marketing. Her expertise extends to leveraging academic research and industry best practices to drive success in various marketing initiatives. Under Maya's leadership, the Marketing and Creative Services team at Carroll Community College has achieved significant recognition for their innovative and impactful work. The team's efforts have been honored with six Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR), showcasing outstanding achievement in design and communication. These accolades include three Gold Awards, one of which celebrated the redesign of the College's website for its user-friendly interface and vibrant portrayal of campus life, significantly enhancing the institution's online presence and accessibility. Maya's strategic approach to social media and marketing has been instrumental in addressing challenges related to content development and engagement, setting a standard for excellence in community college marketing. Her work not only supports Carroll Community College's strategic goals but also positively impacts students' lives by highlighting the value and opportunities offered by the institution.

Eddie Francis


Eddie Francis

Eddie Francis, a brand strategy consultant, award-winning broadcaster, podcaster, and speaker, is driven by the deep belief in the importance of being valued. As the founder of Edify Ventures, a consultancy focusing on personal and employer branding, Eddie hosts "I Wanna Work There!" on employer branding in higher education and "For Our Edification" on personal leadership. With a background in radio, including hosting the "HBCU Lifestyle Podcast," Eddie's contributions extend to various platforms, earning him recognition as one of New Orleans Magazine's "30 People to Watch." In higher education, he played pivotal roles in brand identity, communications, and enrollment growth. As a speaker, Eddie shares leadership insights with college students and has contributed to the book "Leadership to Letters." Eddie holds a Master of Professional Studies in strategic leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication. Proudly affiliated with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., he is the husband of Dr. Halima Leak Francis and the father of Stevie.

The Hidden Gem: Amplifying Community College Success

 In today's fast-paced educational landscape, effective marketing and communication strategies are crucial for not only student recruitment but also for fostering a thriving and engaged community. The Hidden Gem is dedicated to empowering community college presidents, leaders, and marcomm professionals with the knowledge and insights they need to harness the full potential of strategic marketing and communication within their institutions.

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