Founder of Real Authentic Women Wellness (RAWW), a revolutionary nonprofit focused on breaking mental and sexual health related taboos and stigmas for women, Diana R. Diaz is a true example of what someone with passion and a vision is capable of accomplishing. As a wife, mother of 3-year-old twins, and survivor of severe anxiety herself, Diana is an avid advocate for mental wellness. Diana was motivated by her life experiences to create RAWW as a way to initiate honest and informed conversations in nonclinical spaces. Named RAWWTalks, these events draw upon the art of storytelling to cover topics of depression, anxiety, sexual empowerment, sexual trauma, sex education, mental abuse and many more subjects that are typically considered tabooed.
Diana is a proud Mexican-American and Central Valley native, daughter of farm workers and a first-generation college student. Much of her work through RAWW is a direct result of what she experienced in her own culture. While the Mexican culture is rich in history, music and food, many aspects of it do not favor women. Generally, it means having to deal with machismo, shame associated with mental issues, and discouragement of healthy conversations about sex. For Diana, creating RAWW was a rebellious act—something she found to be extremely liberating.
After interacting with the women impacted by RAWW’s work, she realized that there was a need for a tailored program that guides women in developing their voice. She found that most women had a story they wanted to tell but didn’t know how to tell it effectively. This lead Diana to create the Your Story to Tell Academy, a 10-week storytelling coaching program to help women craft their own impactful narrative. Not only do women leave with a polished 5-minute personal story tested for public delivery, but they also gain skills and resources that will nourish all parts of their life moving forward.
Recently, Diana was awarded the Community Champion of the Year by the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was selected as an official Storyteller at this year’s #WEALLGROW Summit—a sold-out Latinx conference in Long Beach that brings together the most influential community of Latina creators and entrepreneurs in the country. She was also awarded the ‘Spirit of Women Award’ from Saint Agnes Medical Center, in partnership with ABC30. The award is bestowed upon women within the community who utilize their unique gifts and abilities to make a difference in the lives of those around them.
What Others Have to Say:
“Diana absolutely rocked her presentation for our group of women policy advocates! I feel I’m a pretty vulnerable and transparent person, but even I was shocked at how deep she helped me go. I really came to the root of my fears in a way that has never come to me in the past. It was incredibly POWERFUL. Diana creates such a safe, welcoming space for all of us to reflect deeply and turn that vulnerability and fear into our power. Diana is fun, energetic, and RAWW! Book her ASAP!” – Nikki Henry, Ladies Leading Ladies
“I felt like I reconnected with a long lost friend when I first met Diana for coffee to discuss the event she was planning in the summer of 2017. The conversation went beyond the event planning, and it turned into a deep conversation. Diana genuinely created a safe space for me to be my authentic self and share my worries, fears, accomplishments, etc. It was in that moment that my belief grew about our soul recognizing when you find treasure here on earth. I found treasure when I met Diana, and when I opened it, it shined so bright. I’m honored to say that this treasure I found is now a great friend of mine and I look forward to working with her in the future.” – Rocio Gonzalez, Viva Balance