• Create your Association | NACWE

Create a sacred place for the heart-minded people you love...

A Course for ambitious God-driven women on a Mission

This course to create your Association is about bringing together your tribe, collaborating with your core audience, doing heartfelt work that honors your heart and God’s purpose for you.  BE the epitome of the difference you want to see in the world.

Each week we will cover an area of an association – your Association Creation Focus for the week – so you can fully feed your heart to your full potential and build a community that is successful, fun, inspiring, and a place where everyone wants to be.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

If I’m reading your mind, honey, it’s only because I’ve been there too

When I craved a supportive circle, I was starving. I was staring out the window from my home office and listening to the birds chirp.   I knew it had to stop and something had to happen. Finally, I learned how to stop using excuses and work to distract me, and took a more hands-on heart and God-lined approach to life and business. I created the kind of sister circle and deep satisfaction I’d been craving for years…

NACWE was born in May of 2010.  NACWE has grown, changed, adapted and moved forward.  Sacred sisterhood.

Over the years, many of you have asked: “Diane how did you do it?

How did you build such an amazing association?”

Well sister, it has not been peaches and cream all the time – but it has been fun and life changing, not just for me, but for the women who are a part of NACWE.

You might be thinking......"What is an association exactly"?

According to  BusinessDictionary.com says that an association is the gathering of people for a common cause or purpose and/or the relationship between two data items where one is dependent on, or causes, the other.

According to Wikipedia, a voluntary association or union is a group of individuals who enter into an agreement as volunteers to form a body (or organization) to accomplish a purpose.

Associations are organized for all types of purposes,

but there are some recurring benefits they typically provide their members, including (but not limited to):

• Education / Professional Development

• Information, Research, Statistics

• Standards, Codes of Ethics, Certification

• Forum (face to face or virtual) to discuss common problems and solutions

• Service: mission oriented – volunteerism and community service

• Provide a community, network, “home”, identity, participation

You might create a Club, Network, Training Group,

Membership, Alliance, Institute or Gathering.

The name is up to you!

Course OutlineWhat to Expect Each Week:
Week #1
Creating a Heart Space
Who are you called to serve?
What is an Association, Membership Program, Club?
Why would it benefit you to create one?
Week #2
Creating a sacred meeting space
Membership Models
Who is your Member? Ideal Client?
How ydo you find her or him?
Week #3
Creating a connection
How to have (and encourage) Heart Based Conversations
Week #4
Creating the benefits
How do you serve your members?
What do you offer?
Week #5
Creating the marketing plan
How will you reach them?
What tools will you use to find them?
Week #6
Creating the back vault
What needs to go in the back vault?
What else do I need to have before I start?
Week #7
Creating a fun atmosphere
How do I create a atmosphere that is fun and safe?
What can I do to support conversation?
Week #8
Creating guidelines
What are the rules and regs?
What are the group boundaries?
Week #9
Creating a timeline
What is the timeline for the group and how do we create a rhythm?
Week #10
Creating online and offline events
What about online events?
How do I add offline programs and events?
Week #11
Creating collaborations
Who do I need to collaborate with to build influence?
What types of agreements do I need to have in place?
Week #12
Creating a willing spirit
What else do I need to know and how does the group remain vibrant and active?

Georgeanne Wimberley Georgeanne Wimberley joined NACWE as a charter member in 2010:

“At the time, Diane was my executive business coach,” Georgeanne remembered. “When she told me she was starting NACWE, I absolutely jumped at the opportunity to join, especially as a charter member! I knew the vision she had for this association was something special, and wanted to be a part of it!” From the first annual NACWE conference, Georgeanne knew she had made the right decision to join. She felt confident in Diane’s leadership abilities and connected with the “awesome sisterhood” that now surrounded her. “NACWE has been a safe place to connect with wonderful sisters who believe in the same God I do,” Georgeanne said.

“Additionally, the one-on-one coaching with Diane, trainings, and valuable toolkits has taken my business to another level! Learning to use social media as a marketing tool has been invaluable.”

~Georgeanne Wimberley, www.rwtrainingkennell.com

Who is Diane?

Diane Cunningham | Founder of  NACWE

Diane Cunningham, President & Founder National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs

Diane Cunningham will be your coach, teacher, cheerleader and guide.  She is a master networker and reputable people relationship builder. Diane Cunningham has been called a “pied piper of people” and she is ready to teach you all of her “insider” secrets so you can excel and build your business one relationship at a time.

Listen as Diane will share her triumphant tears on how she built a networking group of women in 2006. She was new kid on the block in Wichita Falls. She had no prior connections, just a smile and determination to leave her footprint in the sand. That networking group is still going full steam ahead to this very day and has more than tripled its members.

This very process she used to grow the Wichita Falls tribe is the exact same process she used to found the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs.  She is dancing in her running shoes, excited to teach you how to create a tribe that is willing and ready to be led by you.

As if that were not enough, Diane has her Masters Degree in Education, Guidance and Counseling. She worked for years in the mental health field leading groups, teams, and programs to their desired results. She is a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach and has led groups large and small, virtual and live for over 20 years.

Diane has used this same formula to create networking groups, the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs, a tribe of women in the Rock Bottom book series, the Heart Art by Diane fan page, the Christian Women's Leadership Institute and more.  The evidence speaks for itself with her history.

The bottom line is....

My heart is all about connections and I love to connect people to one another, especially when they help one another walk together down the success path.  The power to connect people and resources that will solve their challenging problems is incredible.  Connections increase your resources and the power of a group will create ever-lasting leverage.

Since the inception of NACWE, I have learned:

  • Which strategies work best and some “not so great” strategies
  • How to keep your audience yearning for more
  • Why authenticity is the only way to go
  • How to give your audience exactly what they want
  • The specific types of programs/services to offer
  • What systems work and what DON’T behind the scenes


Judie G. Reid

"Great training! You really are an expert in this area. I see why you thrive as you nurture and grow members in the association model: NACWE.

Your course teaches how to have an impact while we serve and create essential income as entrepreneurs.

As founder of Women of Value, I seek ways to teach women the truth that they are valuable in God's eyes. We can connect individually, of course; however, there is something much deeper that occurs in a community of Christ-like sisters. Heart-to-heart. Knowing we are not alone.

In an association, we can hold one another up yet push us out of our comfort zones. Education. Inspiration. "Me too" stories to empower. Commitment. Strength. Resources.

Your templates and strategies answer so many questions I had about how to make this a reality. You have saved me hours of frustration and confusion about formation, operation and maintenance. You validated the importance of having a community to talk about important things and share life together authentically.

As an author-coach-advocate entrepreneur, I now see the importance of establishing Women of Value as the expert source for others seeking what I have to offer. Creating an association is a major tool to accomplish this. Thank you for using your experiences and expertise to ignite me and others to do the same!”

Judie G. ReidAuthor, Advocate, CoachWomen of Value

TOP 10 Reasons to Create an Association

Credibility.  As the Founder and President, you are positioned with the leverage to step into a place of authority in your field.

Access.   By creating your association, you have a way in the door to get access to experts, authors, leaders and more.

Leverage.   With the leverage of a group, you can reach people in mass instead of building your business one client at a time.

Craving.  People crave connection, authentic relationships, and to hang out with their tribe.  You are helping them to fulfill this craving.

Continuing Education.  No matter what business we are in, we all need ongoing training and support.  Provide it for them.

Information.  As an industry leader, you are the voice sharing a message from the front lines about best practices, tools of the trade, and resources they need to know about.

Joint Ventures.   With an association, you do NOT have to know everything and you get to join forces with other groups, teachers, programs that teach things you do not teach.  Win win for all involved.

Trusted Source.  As a leader, your group becomes the go-to place for trusted referrals.

Positioning in the marketplace.  Stake your claim in the marketplace whether you are a homeschool mom, a daycare owner, or a dog trainer.

Voice.  Grab the microphone and step up on stage.  It is your turn to speak.  Now is the time to own your leadership calling.


By the end of the 90 days, you will:

• Have a step-by-step system to creating an association in a heartfelt, fun, and profitable way
• Discover the art of creating your devoted community
• Know how to engage, inspire, educate, and entertain your people
• Be able to ignite a fire in your audience to blaze their own trail
• Articulate your mission, vision, and purpose of your association from the heart
• Be in possession of a proven and powerful resources and tools

Step out in faith and lead your movement today!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Class is self-paced...start today!

We are ready to get started.  Join NACWE now!

(We have work to do....so why doodle and dawdle around?)

Why would having an Association (or group or club or network) help me?

Having an association sets you apart as the expert in your field.  It gives you a foundation of credibility and visibility.

Are people still joining groups and associations?

Yes, think of all of the groups you belong to…the gym is a membership. You might be a part of a paid weight loss support program.  What groups are you a member of? Think about it.  Some people get coffee and tea monthly as a part of a club.

When will you offer this training again?

This training will be offered as needed.  Act now to start your association.  Don’t wait.  Haven’t you waited long enough for the perfect time?

Can I get a refund?

No, we don’t offer refunds. This is a group experience. You will get the training each week and then it is your job to take action.  We don’t do the work for you.  That is a different program.  You can get support from me by investing in a private coaching package that comes with this course.

What if I have more questions?

Of course you will have more questions.  You should always have more to learn. I hope you keep going with a coaching package with me for additional support but that is up to you.  I invest in myself with coaching.  I hope you do the same.

Why now?

Summer is the perfect time to lay the foundation for your association.  You can plan the launch and pre-launch for the September/October.  You will get the work done in between your vacations.  Unless you vacation for 3 months.  If you do…good for you!!


Here’s how to know if this course is right for you…..

if you are ready to invest in yourself by taking action and building a tribe that fits your passion, now is the time.  I have been around the block.  I can help you!

It’s probably not a great fit if...

you are not willing to do the work.  Go get a job or have a garage sale.  That might be easier in the short term.  But we all know how yucky garage sales are with people digging through our prized possessions and wanting to barter over 50 cents.  Creating an association is a better long term plan for you and your audience!


My Promise to You

I promise to support you over the next 90 days.   To tell you the truth about what works and what doesn't.  I am committed to pulling back the curtain so you can see how to serve more people using a business format that supports your growth.

I also promise to have fun, laugh and be authentic.  That is the only way I choose to be.  If you want FAKE, go to a different group and a choose a different coach.  I am over that and ready to be ALL ME.  God is good.  Find your people....so you can build your tribe.  Let's get started!!

With love, and lots of coffee,

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