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Chavonne Hodges

2019 Fellow

Founder, GrillzandGranola, LLC

East Elmhurst, NY, United States

Chavonne Hodges is a former HR professional by day and fitness entrepreneur/ community organizer by night. With a passion for education, fitness, and creativity, in 2016, she launched GrillzandGranola, a fitness company that curates and creates innovative wellness and fitness experiences for women of color, starting with their signature TrapAerobics class.


Since launching, she has captured the attention of companies like Facebook, Tumblr and Droga5 and garnering various features by publications like ClassPass, Bustle, The Grio and Yahoo! Lifestyle and more. In 2017, she sold created and sold diverse stock images, which eventually landed her first modeling job for Target’s C9 Champion “A New Kind of Strong” campaign. Then in 2018, she launched ZEN DAY, the first and only half-day wellness conference for 150+ NYC-based women of color to learn how to be collectively well. Chavonne, named by the Drum as “50 Under 30 Creative Leaders of Tomorrow” now works as a full-time Wellness entrepreneur.