We are beyond excited for our 2nd Annual STARS Citywide Girls Summit this year! If you’ve been following us on social media, you’ll know about our superstar cast of inspiring speakers so far. Adding to that incredible list of powerful female role models, we give you yet another memorable speaker… the amazing Alison Désir.
Alison is an endurance athlete and believer that sport has the power to change lives. Her parents nicknamed her “powdered feet” when they realized she could never stay still and was always getting into something active. The Haitian Creole saying comes from the fact that you never see the person, just their footprints of where they’ve been in powder.
In 2013, Alison established Harlem Run as an outlet for people in the community to get fit and healthy and Harlem Run has since grown to become a huge source of positivity and inspiration for the now hundreds of members who have joined the movement. Alison has appeared in both local and national press, including Runners World Magazine, NY1, EspnW, and Essence Live, to name a few.
Alison has a BA in History and an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Regional Studies from Columbia University; she will graduate this May with an MA in Counseling Psychology from Columbia as well. She is CPR/AED certified, a USATF level 1 certified coach and an RRCA certified coach. Alison uses all of these skills and experiences to help others take the necessary steps to create lasting, positive change in their lives and find meaning on the run.