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Equity Readiness Workshop (Virtual)

Equity Readiness Workshop (Virtual)

Tuesday, October 15, 2024 (9:30 AM - 3:00 PM) (MST)


Now Free for Members to Attend!

NEW! FREE consultation hours available - see details to qualifying below.

Course Description:

Organizations all over the country have been making commitments to improve their organization’s equity, diversity, belonging, justice, and inclusion framework. Some successfully achieved aspects of their commitment, others have encountered roadblocks they did not foresee, and some have just plain stopped their process due to numerous challenges or obstacles during the implementation process. This practice has found that many lack the leadership fundamentals, strategies, and tools to integrate this work into their organizational culture successfully. What is important to consider is that one cannot just slip into equity work. The organization should recognize its history, define its why’s for this work and acknowledge the journey ahead will take time.  

Equity work with your selected acronyms (EDI, DEI, RJEDI, IDEA, etc.) is much more than writing a statement, creating beautiful core values, and participating in a few training courses. Equity work can feel like an abstract painting for everyone to figure out their own interpretation. For real change to happen, leaders must commit to understanding their own personal readiness in leading, participating, and affecting change in this work. This is a thoughtful journey that demands time, patience, diligence, and self-work.

Through a series of on-demand, pre-work videos, and a live virtual workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Develop opportunities for personal growth and learning specific to participants’ own lived experiences.  
  • Develop clarity around how your selected equity acronyms can positively influence and impact everyone’s lives. 
  • Define where their organization is in its equity lifecycle and readiness upon completion of the Equity Readiness Organizational Capacity Assessment 
  • Understand how 3’s (Culture- Change Management- Cocreation) play a critical role in equity practice in the way we work in teams and within the workplace 
  • Gain a better understanding of how they personally and confidently can lead their organization through its equity practices and strategy. 


  • Pre-Work (1 hour): On-demand videos as pre-work completed to attend live workshop to give you a basis of what will be covered. These will be sent to you a week in advance of the workshop.
  • Virtual Workshop: This nearly all-day workshop will delve into your personal and organizational EDI readiness and determine what your journey looks like from here.

Who Should Attend: 

  • Individuals, departments, and teams from nonprofit organizations.
    • NEW! Teams of 3 or more attending the entire workshop and are located within in Arizona will have the opportunity to receive a minimum 4 hours of personalized consulting for their organization after the workshop.
    • If registering as an individual, please note that there will be group activities; we empower you to be vulnerable and share as much as you are willing to within your group.

  • When attending as a group, the CEO/Executive Director is highly encouraged to attend; if a nonprofit organization’s CEO/Executive Director is attending, inviting other individuals from the organization may include Program Director, Human Resources, EDI Manager, Board Governance Chair, Other Board Members, etc. 
    • If your organization does not have a CEO/ED, then the Board Chair is highly encouraged to attend.

  • This session is open to all nonprofit professionals and organizations, regardless of where they are at in their equity journey. Please join us even if you are providing equity programming or are currently working with an EDI consultant.


Member - $0 per person 

Non-Member* - $145 per person

  • *In many cases membership may be less the cost of the workshop, please contact Member Services for more information -
  • *Non-member scholarships are available to Arizona participants ONLY - Click here to see if your organization qualifies!


  • If you need to cancel for any reason, we advise attendees to find another person to take your spot before you request a refund.

    • We will not be able to accommodate refunds 2 weeks prior to the workshop date.

  • Please notify of any transfers or cancelations.

The Equity Readiness Workshops are brought to you through the partnership of the AZ Impact for Good, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, BHHS Legacy Foundation, and VerveSimone Consulting.


Our Facilitator: 

Teniqua Boughton, M.Ed., CNAP - Founder & CEO, VerveSimone Consulting

Teniqua has over 20 years’ experience working in the arts and culture sector leveraging her experience initiative and insight to identify strategies that support the sustainability of organizations. She ignites creativity and challenge mediocrity to drive desired outcomes through public speaking, facilitating workshops that focus on nonprofit governance consulting, event and project management, and leadership and equity empowerment.  

In 2014, Teniqua established VerveSimone Consulting to build an organization where she could control the fruits of her labor. She wanted to exercise her own capacity as a community leader for the issues and topics most dear to her heart, arts and culture, women and girls, and marginalized communities.  

As the Executive Director of the State of Black Arizona, she has proven efficacy in enhancing systems, educating communities, and equipping citizens of Arizona. She’s passionate about using data to advance the organization’s mission by compelling both leadership and the grassroots community to create solutions that benefit the lives of others.  

Teniqua is the founder of the Monarch Society and Council at the Desert Botanical Garden, where she established a membership and leadership group to integrate age diversification within the garden during my tenure as a Trustee. She led the change in equitable grant-making practices as the commissioner chair of the City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission. She also executed the transition of leading and new curriculum for the SBAZ’s African American leadership institute from Valle de Sol and the launch of the inaugural institute in Southern Arizona. She served as chair- elect for Western States Arts Federation’s Board of Trustees.   

In 2021 Teniqua was awarded the Arizona State University MLK Servant Leader- Leadership award and Phoenix Business Journal’s 2021 Most Admired Leader recipient. She was the individual nominee for the 2020 Governor’s Arts Award.  In 2017, she was selected as the recipient of the AZ Central Who’s Next award, emerging leaders making a difference in the arts. She was the recipient of the Arizona Champion Award for the Central Arizona region from the Flinn Foundation’s Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, for my significant contributions to civic leadership. 

Teniqua has a master’s degree in education with a focus on Educational Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology, with an emphasis on theater for youth from Arizona State University. She is a certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP), with certificates in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from University of Arizona and in Equity and Inclusion from Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. 

Teniqua enjoys traveling to places with water as it provides both healing and relaxation. She is a lover of shoes and a collector of snow globes.


Members: $0 per person

Non-members: $145 per person

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Tuesday, October 15, 2024 (9:30 AM - 3:00 PM) (MST)
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