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Speaker Spotlight: Ashley Hicks of Black Girls Run

Ashley Hicks, co-founder of Black Girls Run was a featured panelist on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show on Saturday. Ashley along with ESPN columnist Jemele Hill and author Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, discussed the impact of Title IX on women athletes.

Ashley was named as one of the best black bloggers by and recognized as one of the best health and fitness bloggers by Shape magazine. She was also featured in Ebony magazine's 2011 Power 100 list. She is currently working on a Master of Science in Communication at Columbia University in New York. Ashley is a lover of all things creative and outdoors. From the hours of nine to five she spends her time producing and editing documentaries. When she isn’t working, you can find her scouring the shelves of Home Depot for new home improvement projects, experimenting in the kitchen or brewing her own beer, Hicks Lite.

You can meet Ashley and her partner Toni Carey at Blogging While Brown 2012 in Philadelphia June 1-2, 2012 when they present Blogging without Bounds: Taking Your Blog Offline into Local Communities. This thought provoking presentation will discuss what to consider when implementing an offline component to your blog, how to integrate a grassroots movement into your blog, how do you gain buy-in from existing readers, how to create blog loyalist and how do you further extend your blog brand offline.

Follow Ashley and Toni on Twitter @blackgirlsrun and to get involved in a Black Girls Run Group near you visit

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