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.