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Empowering Women Creators and Entrepreneurs Through Community with Tricia Creason-Valencia

Empowering Women Creators and Entrepreneurs Through Community with Tricia Creason-Valencia

Jul 09, 2024

Welcome back to the Wellness Center Creators podcast! Today, we are joined by the dynamic Tricia Creason-Valencia, a documentary filmmaker, teacher, keynote speaker, and founder of Powerhouse, a creative workspace for women in downtown San Jose. Tricia shares her inspiring journey from filmmaking to creating spaces that foster community and creativity among women entrepreneurs and creators.

"I try to really create a space where people feel safe and inspired. We gather in groups, and there are no wrong answers. We're just here to be together and to create." 

Tricia discusses the importance of storytelling in building empathy and community, the challenges and rewards of her multifaceted career, and the foundational principles behind Powerhouse. She emphasizes the significance of creating environments where women can thrive, both professionally and personally, and how her experiences as a mother and educator have shaped her mission.

"I want to invite women to the space who have kids at whatever stage and whatever age. If there's a day when your kid needs to come, that's not going to stop you from doing what you need to do." 

We dive into the concept of integrating joy and creativity into the workplace, the power of collaborative writing, and the critical role of community support in personal and professional growth. Tricia also shares insights on how small businesses can benefit from fostering a collaborative and supportive culture.

"I want folks to move outside their comfort zone to experience other people's perspectives. In one arena of my life, I was practicing it pretty heavily as well in my teaching… working with youth, really creating space. I don't think adults listen to youth enough." 

Join us for this enriching episode as Tricia Creason-Valencia enlightens us with her wisdom on storytelling, community building, and the transformative power of creativity.

We hope you enjoy this insightful and inspiring episode. If you find it valuable, please share it with others who might benefit from Tricia's wisdom and experience.

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About Tricia Creason-Valencia

Tricia Creason-Valencia is a dynamic force in the world of filmmaking, education & community building. Through the art of storytelling, Tricia weaves her own raw narrative of mothering, making movies, resilience and rediscovery. She believes, deep in her soul, that truth-telling fosters empathy and connection, serving as a catalyst for social change.

As an Emmy-Nominated Director/Producer, Motivational Speaker and Co-Founder of PowerHouse, a creative workspace for women entrepreneurs, Tricia pioneers the way for women, people of color and youth to amplify their voices and claim their power through creative expression. Tricia’s films have won numerous awards - including “Best Documentary” for Stable Life at the prestigious Cinequest Film Festival - and have inspired dialogue and action through screenings at film festivals and on public television nationally.

Tricia has taught Digital Filmmaking and Film Studies at Santa Clara University, U.C. Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University and with grassroots community organizations. She is a passionate mentor to the next generation of storytellers. 

With over 20 years of experience in mothering and media production, she intertwines personal growth with professional success and has evolved from an optimistic, young adoptive mama & filmmaker to a seasoned advocate, motivational speaker and media producer who finds meaning in the chaos of creation. Connect with Tricia here or on Instagram @flacafilms.

About Anna Rudel

Anna Rudel, L. Ac is the owner and founder of Lokahi Acupuncture Clinic in San Jose California, founded in 2003. Anna is a master organizer and clinician, and as a Coach she specializes in working with Clinic Owners in the state of California, and Acupuncturists and Acupuncture Clinic Owners, or groups wanting to add Acupuncture worldwide, as well as teams that need support with employee retention and satisfaction. Born in the UK, Anna has traveled extensively in Asia and now has a thriving multi-practitioner clinic in the US!

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About Kendall Hagensen

Kendall is a Somatic Mental Health Therapist, Multidisciplinary Clinic Owner and Business Coach. She specializes in, and is passionate about, working with healthcare professionals to create the businesses of their dreams. Big goals always have a psychological component beneath the surface, so Kendall uses her background in Somatic Psychotherapy and EMDR Therapy mixed with Business Coaching tools to help clients develop a healthy relationship with their business and their strength as a leader. 

As someone who lives with a chronic illness herself, Kendall feels that health happens best within community, which is why she takes a holistic, integrative, and collaborative wellness approach to her personal and professional life.

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