Skip to main content

Eleanor Beardsley, reporting from Paris

group of men and women, Eleanor Beardsley '86 on right
Eleanor Beardsley '86 (right).

Before she landed at NPR as an international correspondent, Eleanor Beardsley, a 1986 Furman University alumna, threw herself into myriad experiences to make a living and home in on her eventual career. Each occupation proved to be formative – from waiting tables in Washington, D.C., to her sales role at Euro Disney, to posts at the French Embassy and World Bank, and even an ill-fated position with a French consulting firm, which launched her foray into journalism.

Leigh Savage of Greenville Business Magazine spoke with Beardsley about her odyssey. “I tried a lot of things,” said the French and European history major. “Don’t wait for someone to give it to you. Try some things. Yes, you will fail at some. Really, failure can point you in a better direction.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Volunteers with Furman’s Community Conservation Corps work on weatherizing a home.

Shi Institute earns international acclaim from UN program

Since 2010, the CCC has helped more than 160 low- and moderate-income homes in Greenville become more energy efficient.

A male professor and a female student at a microscope in a lab.

Proteins that help cells move like Spiderman also control cell spreading

Research helps explain a variety of processes, from wound healing to cancer metastasis.

Furman ranks third in South Carolina in NSF funding

Grants from the National Science Foundation have grown steadily in recent years.

Photo: iStock

New program to spark Greenville’s next high-impact ventures

GVL STARTS builds on the success of Furman’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.