Morgan Dixon Founded GirlTrek to Get Black Women Walking

WHEN MORGAN DIXON met Vanessa Garrison, both of them had jobs at an investment bank in Los Angeles. The two bonded over Tupac Shakur, Nikki Giovanni poems, and the fact that they were both working full-time while going to college.

After graduating, they moved to Atlanta and started successful careers. Through it all, they kept up what Dixon calls “an ongoing conversation about our lives.” Gradually, they realized that their values—a strong work ethic and a tendency to put the needs of others first—were causing them to neglect their health. Together, they committed to making “small pivots” toward a saner lifestyle—one that included regular exercise. And they decided to bring other African American women along with them.

In 2010, Dixon established a hiking club for fifth-grade girls and…

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