Women of Equity

Photo of 2015 Women of Equity participants

About Women of Equity

Women of Equity is a free peer leadership-development initiative for women of color. 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 very few supports and capacity building services for women of color leaders who take on this work. Women of Equity is a program of Bread & Roses Community Fund, with support from The Valentine Foundation. The program seeks to create safe space to further invest in women of color leaders in our region.

Read here for more information about why women of equity is important to our region.

Program Goals:

1) To provide ongoing peer support in 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.

Driving Questions:

  • How can we recognize truly inclusive organizations?
  • What do we do when we feel pain in these spaces as a result of micro-aggressions, 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?


Amadee Braxton is a facilitator, coach, and trainer specializing in organizational development, strategy and fundraising. 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. She is passionate about helping organizations diversify their revenue by building a base of individual donors. As a certified professional coach, she supports leaders to build self-connection, and express their vision and values with authenticity.


Contact Aarati Kasturirangan, Director of Programs, Bread & Roses Community Fund, by calling 215.731.1107 ext. 206 or by email at aarati@breadrosesfund.org.