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Once Upon a Story...Fundraiser

Join Us for an Inspiring Celebration of Women's Empowerment through Mentorship

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Once Upon a Story...Fundraiser
Once Upon a Story...Fundraiser

Time & Location

Mar 08, 2024, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

Virtual Event

About the event

Join us as we commemorate International Women's Week with a virtual fundraising event like no other. Our theme, "Once Upon a Story…," celebrates the diverse and powerful stories of women around the world. Through the lens of mentorship, we'll explore the transformative impact of guidance, support, and shared wisdom.

Keynote Address:

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Zillar Fluker, who will deliver a thought-provoking keynote address on the importance of mentorship in empowering women to reach their full potential. 

Join us for a remarkable keynote address by Dr. Fluker. Dr. Fluker, Ph.D. is a 23-year leader in Corporate America and Higher Education. She brings a unique blend of life experiences and a diverse professional background to her role as the Director of Executive Leadership at the United Negro College Fund Institute for Capacity Building and the impactful work of leadership development as the Co-Founder of the Why Not Win Institute. 

Dr. Zillah Fluker, Ph.D 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 State, and a master’s in business administration and a Master of Arts from Purdue University.

Dr. Fluker, Ph.D. has been recognized as being a member 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. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, and raised in London, England, and Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Fluker is married to her college sweetheart, Kwame and they have two sons Coleman (10) and Anderson (8).

Headliner Story:

We are thrilled to have award-winning actress, Sharonne Lanier, share her story.

In fourth grade, Sharonne Lanier’s teacher forced the entire class to learn Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech for an oratorical contest. Sharonne thought this idea was weird, but little did she know this would change the course of her life forever. She discovered she had a talent for performing in front of people. This talent would lead her down the road of acting and blossom into her undying passion. Sharonne Lanier studied Theatre Performance at the University of Central Florida graduating magna cum laude. While studying, doubts and thoughts of giving up began to cloud her dreams. 

On the verge of switching paths, her mother said to her, "I believe God gives you dreams and visions for a reason. Don't run from it". Since then, she hasn't looked back. Sharonne has been performing professionally for 2 decades on stage and in front of the camera. Some of her most recent credits include FOX's "The Resident," NBC's "Bluff City Law," ABC's "Women of the Movement," Karen Abercrombie's "Discarded Things" and Barry Alexander Brown's "Son of the South" where she was featured as Rosa Parks. It is not Sharonne's goal to simply entertain, but she says, "I am an actress who will use my God-given talents to positively motivate people. I seek to participate in productions that aim to teach and enhance the joy and integrity of people's lives. I will leave this world knowing I contributed to making several people's lives easier to live.”

Audience Participation:

Leading up to the event, we invite you to share your mentor-mentee stories on social media using the hashtag #DreamMentorship. Your stories will be featured during the event, highlighting the profound impact of mentorship on women's lives.

Get Involved:

Donate to support Dream Mentorship's mission of providing equitable mentorship and resources to women of all backgrounds. Your contribution will help us empower women to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.

Contact Us:

Have questions or need more information? Contact us at [Email Address] or [Phone Number].

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Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the Dream Mentorship Fundraising Event!

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