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May 29, 2012

Ashley Hicks

Three years ago few resources provided health and fitness information for women of color. Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey noticed this void and decided to do something about it. That "something" was to create Black Girls RUN!, a health and wellness website that provides running groups and resources to African-American women in an effort to encourage them to make healthy living a priority.

Now, as the group gears up for its first national run, Ashley shares personal philosophies that kept her motivated and helped her grow Black Girls RUN's membership to more than 25,000 women across the country.

REFLECTIONS: Hometown: Evans, Ga. *Age: 28 * Advice she would have given herself 10 years ago: Relax...it's all going to work out better than you expected. * Most valuable life lesson learned: I've always been a person of faith, but in the last couple of years I've learned that God truly can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.* Most valuable business lesson learned: Entrepreneurship is challenging, and anyone starting out has to realize that he or she can't do it alone. You have to build relationships and create a strong team. By surrounding yourself with people who are experts in their field, you can increase your chances of growing and creating a solid foundation for your business. * Words to live by: "Well-behaved women seldom make history." In order to greatly impact society I think you have to be a bit of a rebel and be willing to shake things up a bit.

DIVERSIONS: Reading now: Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky. * Reading next: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. * Last fun purchase: I actually made two fun purchases recently. First, I got a ticket to Australia, and can't wait to go this summer. Second, I just brought a ton of cute fingernail polish from Ginger + Liz.

PLAYING FAVORITES: Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate Ice Cream. * Getaway: Conrad Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. * Place to meet friends for drinks: Ricardo's Steakhouse, NYC. They have the best mojitos in the city. * Hotel: W Hotel.

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