Executive Director, Institutional Advancement
Dr. Zillah Fluker is the executive director and co-founder the Why Not Win Institute, a non-profit for leadership development. Dr. Fluker is a 17-year leader in Corporate America and Higher Education. In 2018, she founded and launched activate|elevate, LLC, a social media and marketing firm. Since 2016 activate|elevate manages a portfolio of institutions of higher education, small businesses, municipalities, non-profits and private individuals’ social media and marketing strategies across the United States. Dr. Fluker currently serves as Central State University’s Vice-President of Institutional Advancement.
Alabama & Education
Dr. Fluker holds four degrees from Purdue University and Alabama State University; a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law and Bachelor of Arts in History from Alabama Sate and an master’s in business administration and Master of Arts from Purdue University. Her primary areas of research are Social Media, Diversity and Organizational and Leadership Development.
Most recently, she served nearly a decade as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Alabama State University (ASU) and Miles College in Alabama. During her time at ASU, she was responsible for bringing in the University’s two largest individual planned gifts and the largest individual cash donation in the history of the University. She also led the ASU 2025 Strategic Plan and was appointed as chair of the Inauguration of the 14th President and the University’s Sesquicentennial.
Prior to beginning her career in higher education, Dr. Fluker was in corporate America for 13 years. She held global positions of increasing responsibility in Diversity, Marketing, University Relations, Executive Search and Human Resources with Motorola, Inc., United Technologies Corporation (Carrier Corp.) and Honeywell International.
Dr. Fluker obtained a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law and Bachelor of Arts in History from Alabama State University and a Masters in business administration and Masters of Arts from Purdue University. Her primary areas of research are social media, diversity and organizational and leadership development.
Dr. Fluker was recognized as one of Hartford Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 and was elected president of both the Hartford, CT Young Professionals and the Montgomery, AL Young Professionals. She has served on the Urban League of Greater Hartford, Hartford Boys and Girls Club, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and the Kershaw YMCA Boards of Directors. She has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for 24 years. A native of Zimbabwe, Dr. Fluker was raised in both London and Birmingham, Ala.
Fluker is married to her college sweetheart, Kwame and they have two sons Coleman and Anderson.