Women of Equity 2018

Women of Equity 2018 application deadline: Friday, March 2nd at 5pm. Details below.

Women of Equity is a free peer leadership development group for women* of color in nonprofits. Women of color are holding more leadership positions in nonprofits. Yet, the road to leadership is often difficult to navigate. In the midst of the current national crisis around racial inequality, women of color often take on issues of equity occurring within their organizations. These women are critical forces in the social change puzzle.

To be champions for equity and change requires much energy – emotional, physical, intellectual, and relational. In the city of Philadelphia, there are a very few supports and capacity building services for women of color leaders who take on this work. Women of Equity is a program of ArtWell with support from The Valentine Foundation. Through creativity and dialogue we seek to build a safe space to further invest in women of color leaders in our region. Women of Equity was incubated and previously hosted by Bread & Roses Community Fund (2015-2017). While no longer involved administratively, Bread & Roses supports the WOE transition to ArtWell.

*We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and we welcome trans women, femmes, genderqueer people, and non-binary people.


1) To provide ongoing peer support in monthly facilitated sessions;
2) To promote self-care; and
3) To strengthen women’s capacity and resilience so they may be forces for change in the nonprofit sector.


  • How can we recognize truly inclusive organizations?
  • What do we do when we feel pain in these spaces as a result of microaggressions, backlash, and obstructions to change?
  • How do we break the isolation that comes with taking on these roles in our organizations?
  • How do we take care of our own mental and physical health while advocating for change?

Women of Equity will meet monthly at Oxford Mills Center for Educational Excellence, 100 W. Oxford St., Philadelphia, PA 19122. Refreshments will be provided at all meetings.  

Thursday, April 5
Thursday, May 10
Thursday, June 7
Thursday, July 12
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Thursday, December 6
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In order to address the questions raised above, the group will attempt to crowdsource solutions to build collective knowledge and skills and will engage in facilitated discussions designed to promote safety, creative reflection, insight, and healing.

Each participant commits to:

1) attending 7 out of 9 sessions for the allotted time,
2) being prepared to share resources, research, etc., and
3) bringing case examples from their own lives to workshop with their peers.

↪ Apply to our 2018 Women of Equity Cohort Here

Please contact Kris Smith, ArtWell Program and Education Manager, 215.386-7705 ext. 6 or by email at Kris@theartwell.org.

Amadee Braxton is a facilitator, coach, and trainer specializing in organizational development, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strategy. For twenty years, she has worked inside community-based non-profits and social change organizations supporting strategic thinking, capacity building and developing emerging leaders. Amadee enjoys holding a powerful container for participants to produce their best creative thinking, engage in healthy conflict and develop plans that meet their capacity. As a certified professional coach, she supports leaders to build self-connection, fight overwhelm, and express their vision and values with authenticity. Amadee received a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Graduate Certificate from Temple University in Diversity Leadership Training. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of BlackStar Film Festival and is President of Leeway Foundation, which funds women and trans artists who work at the intersection of art and social change. Amadee has facilitated Women of Equity for the past two years.

Kris Smith, MSW (ArtWell Program and Education Manager)is a visual artist and facilitator who uses art and creativity as a vehicle for participants to understand trauma, build community, and explore identity and social experiences. In addition to supporting curriculum development, adult professional development, and youth program administration and evaluation at ArtWell, Kris designed curricula for classes she led at the Sadie Nash Leadership Project in New York, and has presented at the Creating Change Conference. Kris has a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton. Kris is also an alumna of Women of Equity.