Who is T. Morgan Dixon?
Decades is proud to announce T. Morgan Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO of GirlTrek, as our guest speaker for our Philadelphia Brunch - Roots Picnic edition! Learn more about her.
T. Morgan Dixon is the co-founder and CEO of GirlTrek, the largest public health nonprofit for African-American women and girls in the United States. With nearly 100,000 neighborhood walkers, GirlTrek encourages women to use walking as a practical first step to inspire healthy living, families and communities. As women organize walking teams, they mobilize community members to support local advocacy efforts. GirlTrek knits local advocacy together to lead a civil rights-inspired health movement. GirlTrek’s national policy agenda seeks to eliminate barriers to physical activity, improve access to safe places to walk, protect and reclaim green spaces, and improve the walkability and built environments of 50 high-need communities across the United States. With Partnership for a Healthier America, The Centers for Disease Control, Stanford Prevention Research Center, The American Council on Exercise, Safe Routes to School, and The Sierra Club, GirlTrek has developed a world-class training for African-American women to serve as health professionals in the areas of fitness, mental health, nutrition, and environmental stewardship. GirlTrek’s mission is to inspire one million African-American women and girls to develop a daily habit of walking.
Prior to GirlTrek, Morgan 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. Before Achievement First, Morgan 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. Morgan began her career with Teach For America as a high school history teacher in Atlanta, GA and was awarded TFA's 2012 Social Innovation Award to start GirlTrek.
As the leader of GirlTrek, Morgan is among the top 1% of social innovators in the world to receive fellowships from Echoing Green (2013), Ashoka (2014) and The Aspen Institute (2015). She has been featured by CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times and named “Health Hero” by Essence Magazine. Morgan has been a keynote speaker all over the world, including a talk on main stage of TED. Morgan earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Southern California, a Master of Education Policy and Leadership at Seton Hall, and currently serves on the boards of trustees for both the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Teach For Haiti.