Why you should listen
Vanessa Garrison is the co-founder and COO of GirlTrek, the largest public health nonprofit for African-American women and girls in the United States. With more than 100,000 neighborhood walkers, GirlTrek encourages women to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living, families, and communities.
Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, Garrison worked within the criminal justice space, helping formerly incarcerated women access critical services. She began her career working in digital media with Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta, where she managed digital media projects for some of the world’s most recognizable news and entertainment brands, including, CNN, TNT, and Sports Illustrated.
With GirlTrek, Garrison has been featured in the Washington Post and the New York Times, and she was named a “Health Hero” by Essence Magazine. She has received social innovations fellowships from Teach For America, Echoing Green, and the Aspen Institute.
T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women — and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million women and girls to prioritize their self-care, lacing up their shoes and walking in the direction of their healthiest, most fulfilled lives.
This talk was presented at an official TED conference and was featured by the editors on the home page.
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