Together, we are Equipt Women
We see a world where gender equity is the norm, and all women can have the career and life they want
We were founded because we will no longer tolerate or ignore workplace bias.
While we can’t wave a magic wand and solve a systemic problem overnight, we CAN equip more young women with the knowledge, skills and support to drive a career with intention. To get promoted sooner. To earn a fair salary.
No more feeling undervalued or overlooked in the shadow of advantages men have enjoyed for centuries. The time is now to give young professional women the early career roadmap we wished we had decades ago.
We help young professional women thrive
From rising stars and first-time managers, to individual contributors and new working moms, our inclusive learning community equips young professional women with the skills, coaching, and support to get over the broken rung and into more roles of leadership, influence and impact.
As a public benefit corporation, Equipt uses a portion of its profits to fund the Equipt Women Foundation, supporting single parents attending community colleges to have access to emergency funds for childcare, mental wellness, transportation, tuition, supplies, and food security.
Our goals are bold
And challenging. Because that is what’s required. Some days will be hard but hard things don’t stop us. They propel us.
Together, we are
We are unapologetically ambitious
We prioritize our well-being
We commit to being lifelong learners
We have the courage to fail and try again
We continue to deepen our self-awareness
We ask for help when we need it
We expand our understanding and appreciation of others
We celebrate one another’s successes
We help each other through difficult moments
We embrace collective wisdom
We resist old paradigms and rules that contain us
We own our choices
Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer
A long-time equity and empowerment advocate for women, Kelly founded Equipt Women to provide the career roadmap and community she wished she’d had as a young professional.
Prior to Equipt, Kelly was the CEO and co-owner of Resource/Ammirati, the largest women-owned and operated agency in the United States. She and her business partner sold the agency to IBM to become part of IBM iX, one of the largest digital consultancies in the world. Kelly has authored two books: The Open Brand, foreseeing the impact of social media on brand building, and The Ten Demandments, expressing the newly empowered voice of the Internet-enabled consumer.
Kelly is a sought-after collaborator and keynote speaker and has been featured on CBS, CNN, NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and People. She serves on both private and public company boards.
Dedicated to work.life integration, Kelly enjoys spending time with her adult kids, traveling with her husband, swimming laps, walking long distances, and playing her new favorite games – pickleball and Mahjong.
Read more about our Founder’s story here.
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Katy is a sought-after instructor at top tech companies in Silicon Valley, communication strategist and certified executive coach. Partnering with Facebook’s L&D team, she taught hundreds of professional development classes and thousands of learners – helping each become more skillful, impactful and fulfilled. Earlier in her career, Katy was an attorney and marketing executive. From venture-backed startups to mature global companies, Katy has worked with leading organizations, including Walmart, Lululemon, Banana Republic, Urban Remedy and many others. Her passion is helping people thrive.
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Wendy Horng Brawer
Wendy Horng Brawer
As business owner and founder of Intune Collective, Wendy is a senior facilitator, experience designer, educator, and executive and team coach. Leading a women-fueled management consulting company, Wendy works at the intersection of business strategy and human development with leadership teams ranging from biotech, healthcare, agricultural tech, education, and other growth sectors. Wendy is committed to helping people and teams unlock their greatest potential through learning and taking inspired action.
Tiffany McDuffie, CPA, M. Ed., & founder of She PLAYS, Co. is a speaker, lifestyle and leadership coach, and strategic consultant.
She facilitates training, workshops, and experiences that equip leaders with the framework to align people strategy with profit strategy. A serial entrepreneur, work-life-play advocate, and agent of creative change, she has inspired leaders, working moms, entrepreneurs, and youth across the nation. She’s known for cultivating happiness at work, optimizing executives’ performance as team players and their effectiveness as team leaders, navigating change, disrupting burnout, and advocating for gender equity.
Hilary Davis is an ICF-certified coach, storyteller and experience designer with a passion for helping people realize their greatest potential. She is part of the faculty at the Scaling Intimacy School of Experience Design, holds a CPCC from the Coaches Training Institute and is the founder of the design firm Altogether Human, which regularly consults with companies like Asana, The North Face, Hello Fresh and more. After eight foggy years in San Francisco, she now lives in her home state of Colorado where she serves her most demanding clients: two very small children.
Noorin Fazal has been shaped by the education field and honed by the tech industry. With 15 years of experience in learning design, Noorin is part of the founding team for SV Academy a startup that democratizes access to tech. Noorin has created award-winning programs that train on technical skills AND human skills, including growth mindset, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. SV Academy grads see 2.4x income expansion and 60% promotions in the first year on the job. Informed by these results, Noorin has refined her heart-first methodology and uses it to build team cultures that are inclusive, equitable, top-performing, and importantly, scalable.
Neelu Kaur is a Facilitator, Experience Designer, Leadership & NLP(Neurolinguistic Programming) Coach, and Stress Management Specialist. She holds a BS from NYU’s Stern School of Business, an MA in Social & Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and is a certified NLP Master Practitioner and Coach from the NLP Center of New York. Neelu has 15 years of experience specializing in Adult Learning & Leadership Development in large organizations ranging from Financial Services, Consulting, to the Tech Industry. She is a certified Yoga Instructor, Ayurveda Specialist, and an Ericksonian trained Hypnotherapist focused on bringing mindfulness and stress management practices to individuals, teams, and organizations.
Darci is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Certified Executive Coach who leads with a combination of heart and action. She’s a dynamic and energizing partner with a proven track record of coaching, developing, inspiring and collaborating with leaders at all levels to achieve breakthrough results.
Darci’s success spans a multitude of market segments including: Healthcare, Digital Marketing & Advertising, Insurance, and startup. This variety in experience offers her a particular appreciation for nuances in culture, as well as a thorough understanding of the leadership capabilities required to be successful across the board. Her resume includes brands such as Resource Interactive, OhioHealth, Nationwide Insurance, and Equipt Women – where she proudly supports and develops emerging female leaders.
With nearly 20 years experience in progressive leadership roles in Human Resources, (including HR Business Partnership, Recruitment, Learning & Development) and Strategy & Innovation leadership, Darci brings multidimensional perspectives and an insider’s scoop on the tools and behaviors necessary to be successful.
Darci prides herself on being authentic and playful, and shows up wholehearted in all she does. She is warm, encouraging, and enthusiastic, and uses her gifts to create safe spaces for others, inviting them to see new perspectives, offering tools to support their journey, and reminding them to celebrate themselves along the way.
Darci and her husband, Spencer, live in Columbus, Ohio. They have two little boys who they affectionately refer to as their tiny tornados. They love spending time outdoors, boating and traveling, but their favorite place to be is cheering from the sidelines of their sons’ soccer games.
The Equipt Women Foundation
We are paying it forward. As a social impact organization, we use a portion of our profits to make sure more women have support when they need it.
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