( ENSPIRE She Did That ) Decatur Business Coach Elayne Fluker Has Been Recognized As AMEX ‘Founder of Change’ For Her Online Learning Platform That Supports Black Women Entrepreneurs
ENSPIRE Contributor: Re’Dreyona Walker
Founder Elayne Fluker of SiS Academy—an online learning platform providing education to support Black women entrepreneurs is a recipient of the inaugural AMEX “100 for 100” program. Besides a grant of $25,000 and 100 days of business resources, she will receive business education, mentorship, marketing, virtual networking, WorkSpaces by Hilton hotel reservation credits, and more.
American Express started the “100 for 100” program in partnership with IFundWomen of Color, the leading platform for women of color to raise capital, to support Black women entrepreneurs as they work to jump-start and grow their business ventures. American Express has also recently announced a $1 billion action plan to enhance diverse representation and promote equal opportunities for its colleagues, customers, and communities as part of its broader commitment to provide access to capital and financial education to at least 250,000 Black-owned small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. and to help them navigate today’s environment and thrive into the future.
“Black women are within the fastest-growing segment of entrepreneurs in the U.S., but still is often the most underserved and least supported with everything from resources to funding,” stated Fluker. “I decided to have a curriculum that catered to our needs as women, as Black women, and as entrepreneurs. Thus, SiS Academy was born.”
As a forward-thinking community builder, Fluker has always had her mindset on giving women the platform and support they need to advance their businesses, careers, and overall lifestyle. In 2012, she founded Chic Rebellion Media, a multimedia agency that creates digital, podcast, video, television, and social content to empower women to share their stories and build their brands. Four years later she launched a popular and inspirational five-day-a-week podcast, Support is Sexy, which has over 700,000 downloads and reaches listeners in 130 countries.
On the podcast, Fluker has interviewed over 450 inspiring women entrepreneurs, leaders, and creatives around the world about their entrepreneurial journeys, the true stories of the good, the bad, and messy moments in between, and the importance of support in their lives. As an expert in media, pop culture, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment, Fluker has been a featured guest in front of millions on national shows and networks, such as TODAY, Nightline, Headline News, Inside Edition, VH1, CBS, BET, FOX and more.
In May 2021, HarperCollins Leadership will publish Fluker’s debut book, Get Over ‘I Got It’: How To Stop Playing Superwoman, Get Support And Remember That Having It All Doesn’t Mean Doing It Alone. Get Over ‘I Got It is an empowerment tool created to demonstrate the tangible ways women can ditch the dangerous go-it-alone philosophy and, instead, embrace the proven health and career benefits of a stronger-together approach.”
You can find more about Fluker via Instagram, Twitter, and her website, and you can find more about the SiS Academy via its official website. Also, want to learn more about the “100 for 100 programs and how they plan to empower Black Entrepreneurs as well? You can visit the program’s official website for more information.