About Edye


or over a decade, Edye has made her mark in the Advertising Industry as award-winning writer, producer, creative director and published author.  She’s spread her creative wings at agencies such as, E. Morris Communications, Frankel Worldwide (now Arc), Burrell, R.J. Dale Advertising, Lois EJL and Brainstorm Communications. Her client list includes, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, American Family Insurance, OfficeMax, Verizon, Toyota, McDonald’s, L’Oreal, Alberto Culver, United States Postal Service, Albertson’s, ComEd, Voices for Illinois Children, March of Dimes, and Chicago Department of Public Health.

Edye is the recipient of the 1998 Golden Trumpet Award, 1997, Public Relations Advertising Marketing Excellence Award (PRAME) for Outstanding Creative Professional, 1996 Utility Communicators Advertising Award Finalist, March of Dimes A.I.R Awards.

Edye also serves as community activist, tutor, and mentor in her community. As former President of Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School chapter of A.P.P.L.E. (African-American Parents for Purposeful Leadership in Education) in Oak Park IL, Edye resurrected a dormant chapter at the Oak Park school and implemented a tutoring and mentoring program to help close the minority Achievement Gap.

Edye and her husband Darryl Hughes are published authors of a children’s book entitled, I Like Gym Shoe Soup. Her most prized accomplishment has been the co-raising of her two sons.  “I wish to use my creative gifts to be a point of light to others; to ignite, motivate, empower and inspire, so that they in turn, can inspire others.”


  1. Debbie Holloway

    May your troubles be less, your blessings more and nothing but the favor of God shine upon you is my sincere prayer.
    Love you Edye L

  2. clara54

    Hi Edye,

    Just now came across your blog. Love the ambiance. I’m a writer/motivational speaker on women issues. I’m right now accepting “authentic woman” stories from folks like you! Would U be interested in writing a guest post @ my blog http://wisewoman2.wordpress.com? My readers would love it:)


  3. Dana Wimberly

    Greeting Edye,

    I came across the link to your blog by way of your post to a discussion on Linkedin’s Advertising Professionals group. What a pleasure to see not only a post by a woman, but one of color like myself (I’m still waiting for one of the ‘good old boys’ to respond). Sadly, there are not many of us in this industry. Kudos to you for making lemonade of of lemons!!

    I really enjoyed reading your blog and will be subscribing to it.

    All the best to you,


  4. pennylibertygbow

    Hi eld,

    It’s Penny, and i’m really, really, really sorry about that. You see, I’m not the creative, like yourself, blogger who outlines and timeframes her work and then puts it into poetry. I’m a composition writer, and what I have done differs a little from what people normally do on wordpress.

    I’m putting together an Encyclopedia for African American studies, hoping to get it implemented into the schools, to the parents and to the teachers, in about a week it will be dumped into a website so from that point, i’ll just be adding one or two a day and tweeking.

    The good news is that I think I am almost done, meaning I have everyone listed that I could possibly think of and now the pictures are the last part. This must of been hard for you to say, thank you so much for saying it to my face rather than going behind my back, an attribute I deplore.

    Your a stand up gal, i respect that. It’s gonna be over soon, thanks eld, penny

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