Two Black women in friendly embrace

A Radical Weekend of Self-Care

GirlTrek, the most inspiring health movement for Black women in the country, is hosting the ultimate self-care experience. This is exactly what you need!

What is a #StressProtest?

A full weekend of soul rejuvenation, outdoor relaxation and mindful moments in Rocky Mountain National Park. Imagine it: Black women coming together to hike, horseback ride, meditate, eat s’mores around the campfire, lounge in our pjs with friends and MORE! Grab your girls, a good book, pack your bags and leave your worries behind!

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation…”

Audre Lorde
Writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist.

Meet the Team

Ngozi Odita

#StressProtest Producer + Strategic Director

Shantrelle P. Lewis

#StressProtest Producer + Creative Director

Kenya Anderson

#StressProtest Production Assistant

T. Morgan Dixon

Co-founder & CEO

T. Morgan Dixon is the co-founder and CEO of GirlTrek, the largest health movement for Black women in America.

Through national campaigns, community leadership, and health advocacy, Morgan and cofounder Vanessa Garrison mobilize Black women to be changemakers in their lives and communities – simply by walking. GirlTrek aims to rally 1 million Black women to walk for better health by 2020. In doing so, they will reclaim the streets of 50 of the highest-need communities in America.

Prior to GirlTrek, Dixon was on the front lines of education reform. She served as Director of Leadership Development for one of the largest charter school networks in the country, Achievement First, and directed the start-up of six public schools in New York City for St. Hope and the Urban Assembly, two organizations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has served as a trustee for boards of The National Outdoor Leadership School, Teach for Haiti and The Underground Railroad Historic Byway, a $50 million tourism and preservation project in Maryland.

As the co-leader of GirlTrek, Dixon received fellowships from Teach for America (2012), Echoing Green (2013), Ashoka (2014), and The Aspen Institute (2015). She has been featured in the New York Times and CNN, was named a “health hero” by Essence Magazine and has appeared on the cover of Outside Magazine’s recent “Icons” edition. She got a standing ovation during her TED Talk in 2017 with over 1 million views and earned The Audacious Prize, the newest iteration of the TED Prize, a selective cohort of global organizations to receive 8-figure investments. GirlTrek is currently the largest health movement for Black women in America.

Vanessa Garrison

Founder & COO

Vanessa Garrison is a passionate advocate of social justice issues and has focused her work on improving health outcomes and quality of life for Black women and girls.

Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, Vanessa worked as a Program Coordinator for Our Place DC, a nonprofit organization that provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated women. Vanessa began her career working in digital media with Turner Broadcasting System. Inc. in Atlanta, GA. where she managed digital media projects for some the world’s most recognizable news and entertainment brands, including, CNN, TNT and Sports Illustrated.

With GirlTrek, Vanessa has been a featured on CNN, in The Washington Post, The New York Times and named a “Health Hero” by Essence Magazine. Vanessa has received social innovations fellowships from Teach For America (2012), Echoing Green (2013), and the Aspen Institute (2015). Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles.