Melinda Spooner
It took a series of powerful outdoor experiences for Melinda Spooner to find what she really wanted in life. (Photo: Courtesy Melinda Spooner)
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Melinda Spooner

Today, Melinda Spooner is the founder and CEO of the SheTravels Adventure Company, which designs trips and experiences for women of color. It’s the most meaningful work she could imagine—but getting here was a long journey. After growing up in subsidized housing in Chicago, Spooner committed herself to earning as much money as possible as a management consultant. She was successful, but also miserable and at a crisis point with her physical health. It took a series of powerful outdoor experiences for her to find what she really wanted in life.

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