After 28 years as a president or a vice president of higher education institutions, Dr. Frances Lucas launched her own company, Frances Lucas Consulting in 2015. Dr. Lucas gives keynote addresses, coaches executives and works with organizations to develop talent and increase productivity. Dr. Lucas is also a woman of firsts. Dr. Lucas was named President of Millsaps College in January 2000, becoming the first female college president in Mississippi. Prior to taking the helm of Millsaps College, Dr. Lucas served Emory University as Senior Vice-President for Campus Life, becoming the first woman to hold a vicepresidential role in that university’s 160-year history. At age 29, she was the youngest Vice-President for Student Affairs in the country and the first female Vice-President at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. Over the years, she has served on faculty in the areas of communication, education and most recently as Professor of Practice in the Human Capital Development graduate programs at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Lucas’ career in higher education is an illustration of opening doors and breaking barriers with grace. She has keynoted over 70 national and regional conferences and has served as president and on the executive board of many national and regional organizations.