This is for smart, feminist women with big dreams who are here to make things happen
Despite grappling with self-doubt, shame & the negative voices inside your own head.
Wondering if you’re worthy, over-giving, questioning if you belong at the table, and feeling like you have to do everything yourself aren’t your natural inclinations.
They’re the voice of an unjust culture working through you without your consent.
Let's change the channel.
Let's unlearn this toxic social conditioning
and reaffirm + revalidate ourselves...
...so we can shrink our self-doubt and grow our power.
Personal AND Collective
We are the culture makers and we are coming for you.
Meet the Team
I'm Kelly Diels [She/Her]
I'm an educator, coach, and feminist. (My clients will tell you I'm a professional encourager.)
I've written for Jezebel, Salon, and Alternet and been interviewed for Forbes (about being an "XL boss"!).
For the last decade, I've taught culture-makers how to build their personal power and platforms; spoken on stage about change-making leadership and culture-making; and advised feminist organizations.
I designed the curriculum, teach the weekly video trainings, and co-facilitate our live calls.
I'm Trevia Woods [She/Her]
I’m a mixed-race Indigenous woman with nearly two decades of experience in bodywork, education and community-building. I help women remember their power and build powerful healing practices without culturally or spiritually appropriating.
I co-facilitate the live calls and hold the space in our online group.
I'm Ntathu Allen [She/Her]
Hello! Hugs, and Hi. I’m Ntathu Allen, and I am a Writer, Meditation & Yoga Teacher. I help culture makers and leaders tend their nervous systems and their spirits so they can keep personally flourishing while contributing their gifts to our world.
I teach the yoga breathing and meditation sessions.
Our feminism is about inclusion + justice
and dismantling all forms of oppression (no white feminism, thankyouverymuch).
We Are The Culture Makers is about power. We are going to learn how to:
- Get free of shame and abuses of power
- Build personal power so we can use it to rise in our careers + lives
- Better spot power dynamics and navigate our positional power
- Steward power responsibly
- Share power
- Network + band together to use power like the Culture Makers we are.
Women + Power
A 12-month immersion in relentlessradical encouragement + shame-relief so you can grow and use your culture-making power
We are the Culture Makers
An online, 12-month immersion in radical encouragement, power-building, and growing your feminist ecosystem of support.
Wrap yourself in 360º and 365 days of Radical Encouragement
Shame is a feminist issue. Women are constantly striving fix 'individual defects' that are actually collective problems. To get free of that, every month we'll do a deep-dive analysis of A Big Issue that women usually think they're doing all wrong. (Spoiler alert: you're not.)
3x Monthly Video Trainings
PURE JET FUEL. For the first three weeks of each month, you'll receive a dose of Radical Encouragement, in the form of a video training. Get practical tools and inspiration so you can get out of shame and into power. (The fourth week? We rest and replenish.)
Office Hours / Live Drop-in Calls
Four times a month, you have the option of dropping into a live call (via Zoom) or get the recording. Get feedback and support from Kelly Diels and Trevia Woods, share your reflections, set goals, and make personal connections with your fellow culture-makers. Office hours are each week on Thursdays at 9am and/or 4pm PST. Drop into either, or both!Bonus: Drop in to optional co-working session on Saturdays from 12-2pm
LIVE Guided Meditations
Every month, Ntathu Allen leads a LIVE "Return to Love" meditation and yoga breathing session. Each guided meditation is specific to our monthly theme, so you are mindfully and continuously absorbing + reinforcing your new intention and mindset. Also: our work as culture-makers can be challenging. Ntathu offers these sessions so you have a standing date with yourself to rest and replenish.
Having a standing appointment already scheduled in your calendar to work on things that matter to you is one of the ways we make miracles happen. Join us for the optional co-working sessions every Saturday from noon to 2pm PST.
Mighty Networks Group
Get to know fellow members in real time, and start building your ecosystem of support.
Affirmations by Text
Get fortified with affirmations and notes of radical encouragement direct to your phone -- hopefully, right when you need them most!
4X Monthly Call Schedule
Feel free to drop in, live; or listen to the recordings later, on your own time and terms.
Office hours are four times monthly on Thursdays at 9am and/or 4pm PST.
We also have co-working session on Saturdays from 12-2pm
and Guided Meditations/Yoga Breathing Sessions the 4th Wednesday of every month at noon PST.
Jan 7, 9am/4pm PST
Jan 14, 9am/4pm PST
Jan 21, 9am/4pm PST
Jan 28, 9am/4pm PST
Feb 4, 9am/4pm PST
Feb 11, 9am/4pm PST
Feb 18, 9am/4pm PST
Feb 25, 9am/4pm PST
Mar 4, 9am/4pm PST
Mar 11, 9am/4pm PST
Mar 18, 9am/4pm PST
Mar 25, 9am/4pm PST
Apr 1, 9am/4pm PST
April 8, 9am/4pm PST
Apr 15, 9am/4pm PST
April 22, 9am/4pm PST
April 29, 9am/4pm PST
May 6, 9am/4pm PST
May 13, 9am/4pm PST
May 20, 9am/4pm PST
May 27, 9am/4pm PST
Jun 3, 9am/4pm PST
Jun 10, 9am/4pm PST
Jun 17, 9am/4pm PST
June 24, 9am/4pm PST
Jul 8, 9am/4pm PST
Jul 15, 9am/4pm PST
Jul 22, 9am/4pm PST
July 29, 9am/4pm PST
Aug 5, 9am/4pm PST
Aug 12, 9am/4pm PST
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Aug 26, 9am/4pm PST
Sep 2, 9am/4pm PST
Sept 16, 9am/4pm PST
Sep 23, 9am/4pm PST
Sept 30, 9am/4pm PST
Oct 7, 9am/4pm PST
Oct 14, 9am/4pm PST
Oct 21, 9am/4pm PST
Oct 28, 9am/4pm PST
Nov 4, 9am/4pm PST
Nov 11, 9am/4pm PST
Nov 18, 9am/4pm PST
Dec 2, 9am/4pm PST
Dec 9, 9am/4pm PST
Dec 16, 9am/4pm PST
Live, monthly meditation & yoga breathing with Ntathu Allen.
So your spirit is tended while you mindfully and continuously absorb + reinforce your new intention and mindset.
Live Meditation + Yoga Breathing Sessions take place on the 4th Wednesday of each month at noon PST.
Your 12 Months
We Are The Culture Makers.
Learn the T.R.U.E.× framework for building your analysis and shifting your perspective. It's a self-coaching tool you can use to ground yourself, dissolve shame that's NOT YOURS TO CARRY, and get into your power. You'll use this self-coaching tool across the year as the foundation for your power-building and culture-making work.
Maybe you're not being unproductive or managing your time badly. Maybe something else entirely is going on -- and knowing that, plus some new time-tools, will help you move differently in the world. No maybe about it.
There's a reason women are often uncomfortable with power: because it has been used against us. But power doesn't have to be coercive; it can be generative. This month we'll learn to assess power dynamics, shift them, and use new power tools to grow life-giving forms of power so we can use it to change our lives and our culture.
Maybe you don't have a 'money story' (or maybe it's not even relevant!) but there's a serious gender wage gap and an even bigger wealth gap -- both of which are even more acute for women who are racialized or experiencing multiple marginalizations. THAT is usually the reason we're under-earning and not building wealth.
Body + Femininity.
Beauty standards in Western culture aren't about aesthetics; they're about power. They're inherently white supremacist, ableist, ageist, sizeist and MISOGYNIST. They also represent the socially acceptable, indirect path to power for women. Ouch. This month you'll get inspiration, tools + strategies for building power DIRECTLY, on your own terms, by liberating yourself (and your social media feed!) from oppressive norms and your own internalized biases. (It's not a coincidence, for example, that once I stopped dieting and put that energy and focus into my work, my career took off.) This is about creativity, strategy and liberation. We're going to navigate bodies + beauty, powerfully, as culture makers. Because you're a subject, not an object.
Mandatory likeability is a weapon used against women to prevent us from speaking up and setting boundaries (there's a social penalty for being 'difficult'). At the same time, some women use likeability as a socially acceptable method for building gendered power (witness the rise of 'Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brands' and Ivanka Trump in the 2016 election). This month we'll dissect likeability so we can make deliberate, nuanced, strategic and LIBERATORY decisions about how we show up. We'll put plans in place to undercut possible push-back, and we'll stop feeling bad about our conditioning to be likeable, because it's not our fault. (My resistance game is strong 90% of the time, and even so, I still smile on command. We are all works in progress.)
Voice + Visibility.
Nearly every woman I've ever worked with thinks they have a visibility problem. What a strange coincidence. So it's not you, individually. What's actually going on is that we are collectively discriminated against and punished for taking up space and asserting boundaries and we know it. This is not to say, "Welp, let's avoid visibility." Instead, this month's feminist reframe grounds us in how important it is for you to surround yourself with people who will reinforce you, encourage you, lift you, and protect you, so that you get more and more practiced and fortified at expressing yourself -- at home, at work, on social media, and in our wider culture. That's what we're immersing ourselves in this month: reframing visibility, reinforcing each other, and practicing using our voices. Because EVERYTHING changes when women tell the truth about their lives.
Relationships + Care.
Caregiving is the glue that holds our world together. Care has been constructed as women's work but it is fundamentally human. It's how we survive and thrive. A world that devalues care is not sustainable. Oh, look! This month we're going to reframe care as a source of power and the thing that's going to save us -- individually, and collectively. Even so, we don't owe our unreciprocated + undervalued emotional labour to asymmetrical relationships or power hierarchies, so we're going to work on tools and strategies for navigating this double-bind with nuance.
Energy + Rest.
Managing your energy rather than time; knowing your own energy sources and drains; and protecting your energy for the things that matter to you changes everything. As with time, we can protect our energy; unlike time, we can grow our energy. Also: rest and leisure are political. Your rest creates space for the rest of us to breathe, too.
Risk + Failure.
I constantly hear about how women are risk-averse, as though it's a character defect rather than a cultural condition. We are constantly scanning for risk because if we don't, we may not survive. It helps us see around corners and take care of people, which are central qualities of leadership and culture-making. Even so, there are strategies and tools you can use to expand your comfort zone so you can rise and thrive at work, in your relationships, and in our world.
So many of the qualities that hold families, workplaces, and entire communities together do not get celebrated as leadership - and maybe fetishizing leadership instead of contribution + collaboration is part of the problem. Even so, to rise in our careers and our culture, we need to get credited for our ideas and secure the resources to manifest visions and complex projects (AKA leadership). This month is about questioning traditional leadership and answering it with something better. Us. #WeAreTheCultureMakers
Decision-Making + Goal-Setting.
At this point, you've developed a different understanding of our culture and yourself. You've affirmed your worth to yourself. You're clear on your priorities, your yeses and your nos. You've dissolved the shame that wasn't yours to carry; you're anchored in your power. Let's use all of that as an explicit decision-making framework for defining which opportunities you select as your focus, so that you can exit this program powerful and unashamed.
Get Out of Shame and Into Your Power,
Shame, negative self-talk + second-guessing yourself? It's not just you. It's not your fault.
It's not a personal psychological defect that only you have. It's about power, and it's a collective injury.
This is what happens to women in an oppressive society that constantly undermines us. And...
We don't have to accept it. We can heal it. Personally, and together. Because we are the culture makers. And this is what we do.
I Trust You With
Power + Resources
Let's immunize ourselves against every negative message and disempowering expectation so we can hold power and use it wisely.
Let's grow our power and create the lives + careers of our dreams.
Let's use our power to build a future in which we all flourish.
Because we are
the culture makers.
12 months of Radical Encouragement
Epiphanies, Insight + Pure Feminist Fortification.
No homework. No busy work.
You cannot fall behind.
- Monthly Feminist Re-frames of The BIG Issues impacting our lives (eg Time, Money, Power, Relationships, Bodies, Leadership, Caregiving, Likeability, Energy, Rest...)
- Inspiring + Wildly Practical
Video Trainings 3X a Month
- Live Group Calls Four Times a Month so you get coaching from Kelly Diels + Trevia Woods AND get to know your fellow culture-makers
- Co-working sessions on Saturdays from 12-2pm PST
- Live Guided Meditations Each Month
(with yoga breathing + meditation teacher Ntathu Allen)
- Text Affirmations to your phone...
...hopefully right when you need it most 🙂
- A Mighty Networks group
where you can get to know each other in real time, and start building an ecosystem of support
- A Feminist Ecosystem of Peer Support