For 25 years, Fran Harris has been a catalyst for change, an instigator of progress, a rejecter of the status quo, and an economic empowerment maverick. She is the Founder & CEEO (Chief Economic Empowerment Officer) of Black Business University, LLC, an online course marketplace and community for black entrepreneurs, CEOs and start-ups. In 1995, she authored one of the first books about entrepreneurship for black women, About My Sister’s Business, (Simon & Schuster), and followed that title up with In The Black, the first book to help black parents raise financially savvy children. She co-founded the Black Millionaires Summit in 2008, and has spoken at national and global events helping entrepreneurs, start-ups and CEOs build profitable enterprises, including those hosted by Black Enterprise and Inc. magazine.
The former Procter & Gamble sales executive has trained, coached and consulted millions of executives, teams and families through her online videos, trainings, television shows and appearances. She was the host of HGTV’s “Home Rules”, and has appeared as a life and business coach on Good Morning America, The Today Show, BET, CNBC, TV One, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business Channel, NPR, Oprah’s Radio Network and many others. Fran played on the Houston Comets’ first WNBA Championship team in 1997 and The University of Texas’ undefeated national championship team in 1986. She’s a prolific writer who's currently producing a documentary about women’s professional basketball, and is also a play-by-play announcer for ESPN, SEC Network, The Longhorn Network and the ACC Network. A true believer in diversified wealth building, Fran is a principal in Harris Real Estate Partners, a Texas-based real estate development company that boasts an exciting and diverse slate of residential and commercial projects. She holds three degrees from The University of Texas at Austin -- a Bachelor and Masters degree in Journalism, and a Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business.