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The Bizzimumzi Podcast

Feb 22, 2023



Ashley is thrilled to welcome Alison Desir onto the Bizzimumzi Podcast


Alison Mariella Désir is multi-talented: an athlete, a founder, a doer, an activist, a connector, and an unapologetically straightforward communicator with a passion for community health.


Alison is the author of Running While Black


She is the founder of Harlem Run, an NYC-based running movement, and Run 4 All Women, which has raised over $150,000 for Planned Parenthood and $270,000 for Black Voters Matter.


Alison is co-founder and former chair of the Running Industry Diversity Coalition, a nonprofit that unites the running industry to provide resources, measure progress, and hold the industry accountable to equitable employment, leadership, and ownership positions and improve inclusion, visibility, and access for Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

Alison most recently has channeled her personal experiences and formal training to bring the mental benefits of running to a broader group.


Alison was named as one of the “Power Women of 2022” by Women's Running Magazine. She was also listed as one of the most influential African Americans, aged 25 to 45, by The Root 100.


The Bizzimumzi Podcast is brought to you by coffee-infused host Ashley Verma. This show is created to share all the ups, downs and all arounds of the wild world of parenting. Each week Ashley will be joined by a fellow inspiring, thriving and surviving Bizzimumzi – who will share their own journey. This podcast is your weekly opportunity to take a deep breath as we try to navigate the wild world of parenting; think of this podcast as the safe space where we are not too hard on ourselves, we share our humility and relish in overcoming the inevitable failures that simply happen. This is a podcast for those who are unapologetically At Its Best, even when 'At its Best' means the dishes aren't done, there is crayon on the walls and your hair hasn't been washed in forever. We Are Bizzimumzi.  We love hearing from you! Get in touch with any topic suggestions, questions and feedback at: