Welcome to the (Not So Secret)
Order of the Titanides

The Titanides (pronounced ti-tah-ni-dace) is a private online community of female entrepreneurs, copywriters, and marketers.

Here we inspire and help each other to succeed both in business and in life. We work together to motivate, empower, and mentor other women. We give generously of our time and talents. And we are fiercely loyal to one another.

If this sounds like you, please join our fearless tribe of female leaders and start rewriting the rules of business today.

Who Are Titanides?

The ancient Titanides were complex, beautiful, fierce creatures – just like the modern day women in this group. These powerful Greek goddesses and their descendants were warriors, leaders, creators, fiercely protective mothers, wives and patrons.

They demanded their dues and never allowed disrespect or dismissal to go unchecked. They believed themselves to be worthy of the best the universe had to offer. They knew what they wanted, and they used every tool at their disposal to get it.

The ancient Titanides were not simple creatures, but complex, multi-faceted characters. They could be generous and vengeful. Kind and manipulative. Creative and cruel.

Like the ancient Titanides, today’s Titanides are definitely multi-faceted.

But the women in our modern day Titanides community are not wrathful like the goddesses could be. They are not vengeful. They do not tear other women down to soothe themselves.
Our Titanides are dedicated to building women up.

So who are we?

We are risk takers

The original Titanides were creators of their destiny, moving and shaping the world into what they wanted it to be. And so are the modern-day Titanides. You see, studies show that no matter how overqualified or overprepared a woman may be, she often still hesitates to take the leap. And we miss out on opportunities because of it. That’s why Titanides encourage each other to grab opportunities when they appear, not when you think you might be ready for it. You can count on us for a friendly shove, a shout of encouragement, or the confidence to jump when you need it.

We are resilient

Whether in business or in life, resilience is key. Because no matter how great life looks on social media, the road to everything you desire will never be a straight, smooth path. Life is going to twist and turn in unexpected ways. You’re going to fall down. And when the worst happens, Titanides get back up. We brush each other off, and help carry one another across the finish line. Every time. Our community is a safe space where you can share the stories of your setbacks, defeats and all-is-lost moments, without judgment or criticism. And when you succeed, we’ll be the first to pop the cork on the champagne!

We are generous

Titanides practice generosity. We believe in freely sharing our resources and knowledge with each other. This could mean mentoring and teaching across all levels, or introducing a fellow member to a new contact or opportunity. At some point, someone held a door open for you, and we all benefit when you open a door for the next woman. And you don’t have to be a 20-year business veteran to share what you know. Every woman has something to offer at every stage of the journey. If you’ve been in business for one month, you have 30 days more experience than the woman who started today, so help a sister out!

Discover how to join the (Not So Secret) Order of the Titanides here and experience a supportive community that will help you succeed in business (and in life).

Founding of the Order

Why Women Sometimes Need a Room of Our Own To Thrive in a Testosterone-Fueled Business World
From Marcella Allison, Founder

All my life I’ve been one of the ‘only women in the room’.

I was one of only five women in my MBA class. I was the only breastfeeding venture capitalist at my investment firm. And I was one of a handful of female financial copywriters.

I’ve spent decades surrounded by smart, talented, successful men. Lots and lots of men. And I’ve learned to adapt and survive and even thrive in all-male business settings.

So in 2015, when I found myself at yet another marketing industry event without a single woman on the stage… I honestly wasn’t too surprised.

The conference was billed as the titans of the industry. And every single one was a man.

Now when some women heard about this, they decided to boycott the conference. And I get it. That’s a totally valid response.

But I decided to do something different…

Instead of boycotting the conference, I hijacked it. I grabbed all the women I could find at the conference, and I invited them to a small intimate dinner at the hotel that night.  We ended up sitting around the table for hours, sharing the truth of our lives, both personal and professional.

At the end of the evening, we decided that one night was not enough. We wanted more.  And that’s how the Titanides was born.

In Greek mythology, the Titanides were a bunch of creative, bad-ass, take-no-prisoners, Greek goddesses who ruled the world.  And they included the mother of the muses.  What better archetype for a group of female copywriters, marketers, and entrepreneurs?

Our mission for Titanides is simple:  to inspire more female speakers, leaders and mentors… by becoming leaders and mentors ourselves.

You see, I believe that those of us who have succeeded in the testosterone-driven business world have a duty to stand up and hold the door open for the next woman in line.  I believe that once we have achieved a certain level of success, we have a responsibility to pay it forward and advocate for other women.

It was Virginia Woolf who famously wrote, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” I would add that a woman needs money and a room of her own if she is to succeed in the business world as well.

The Titanides gives us a room of our own where our credentials are accepted without question… where we can talk shop or shopping, business or boyfriends, close deals or vent… all without having to explain or defend ourselves.

Most importantly, the Titanides is a place where we inspire, empower, and mentor other women to go as far in business as they desire. Because the entire world benefits when smart, talented women succeed.

So kick off your heels, grab a glass of wine and join our no judgment community.

~ Marcella Allison, founder of the (Not So Secret) Order of the Titanides

Click here to discover more about the Titanides.

The Book

“Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before?” is the book you wish you had already read. A collection of letters from leaders of multimillion dollar companies, to solopreneurs and every kind of woman in between, these stories are both a lifeline and a roadmap for women navigating our increasingly complex world.

Buy the Book  Learn More

 

Fearless Fast Writes

Fearless Fast Writes is a practice first developed by Mary Pierce Brosmer, the founder of Women Writing For A Change.

The Fast Write practice is not about perfection. It’s not even about good writing. It’s about getting your creative juices flowing and letting your heart fly out onto the page. The idea is to practice writing fast enough to stay ahead of your internal critic, because that bitch can be brutal.

Fast Writes allow you to get out some of that inner joy and creativity and let some new ideas bubble forth. It’s also a way to address some of the issues that we face as women.

Each Fast Write lasts about 45 minutes and it works like this:

We pick a topic, or prompt. This could be an essay from our book, Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me This Sh*t Before, something in the news or that we’ve seen online, or a theme that has been coming up in the private Facebook community.

We set a timer for 5 minutes and when it starts, we write nonstop until the timer chimes. The fast write is about speed, not perfection. You do not lift your pen from the page. You do not stop writing. Even if you’re just writing random thoughts and you don’t think it’s something crazy valuable, just write. You’ll be surprised by what comes out.

We do a Read Around. We go around the group and each woman reads aloud what she wrote (if she wants to). When she’s done, there is no applause, no critiques, no compliments. All you hear is a chime, holding space for her experiences and wisdom.

We capture a line from each woman. As each woman reads, we all write down a line or phrase from her words that struck us.  It can be anything that resonated with you.

And finally, we do Read Backs.  After every woman has read, then we read our captured lines aloud, like a Greek chorus. It’s a way of acknowledging, supporting and recognizing the wisdom in each of us, and sharing it with each other without criticism or judgment.

That’s it.

It sounds weirdly simple, but it can be a powerful practice. It brings us together as a community because you can discover a lot about a person in just a few minutes of fast writing.  More importantly, fast writes can become the jumping off place for new ideas, new projects, or new discoveries and insights about yourself.

Just see what other Titanides are saying about previous Fearless Fast Writes:

“Oh wow. Thank you all for that fast write today. Who knew you could go so deep with things in just five minutes? A lot to be unpacking and growing from… THANK YOU!”
~ Jen Adams

“What a deep experience, to spend such a short amount of time and get to know you all (and myself) so much better … it’s like a light in the middle of my otherwise everyday day! Thanks, all!”
~ Joyce Hollman

“All I could keep thinking was, ‘I am so honored to be in the midst of such fine, brave women.’ Thank you.”
~ Mary Rose Maguire

“Fun, warm, raw, validating, joyful! Big hugs to all!”
~ Shelley Ware

“It was wonderful to connect with each of you – and to see what resulted from our 5 minutes of writing. I am looking forward to doing it again!”
~ Diane Sweeney

Join the Titanides email newsletter to receive notifications about the next Fearless Fast Write.

Events

Retreats

Whenever Titanides gather together, it’s magic. The energy, zest for living, and soul-healing sisterhood that happens is hard to replicate in today’s “busy busy” world.

That’s why, building on the success of our public galas and semi-private dinners, the Titanides will also be offering retreats. Will it be at Marcella’s beloved Loretto nunnery? A spa in central Texas known for its deep-tissue soothing? The wine country of California or the hidden diners of NYC? Stay tuned for details…

Book Launch Party

Our book is (almost) ready, and we’re having a big party to celebrate.

On May 13th, from 6 – 8 pm, you’re welcome to join us for our official book launch party at the Delray Marriott Resort in Delray Beach, FL. You’ll be able to meet dozens of contributors to our book of collective wisdom, Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before, along with the editors, Marcella Allison and Laura Gale.

Sponsored by American Writers and Artists, Inc (AWAI) our world premier of the book will include passed appetizers, a cash bar, and unmatched enthusiasm for life and the lessons we learn as we move through it. All are welcome, but please RSVP here if you’ll be joining us!

Not sure about coming to our event? Read what past attendees have said about spending time with us:

“It has not been in my nature to join ‘women’s groups,’ yet this turned out to be an extremely useful and powerful/impactful day for me.”
~ Kathleen Patten

“The whole event was a gift and I am very glad, ecstatic really, that I have been able to attend. I got so very much out of this day. Looking forward to coming back again.”
~ Trudy Black

“I’m grateful for the vulnerability and raw emotion shared throughout the day. The wisdom and guidance of the feminine was greatly appreciated.”
~ Amanda Foxcroft

“The vulnerability and raw speeches from so many speakers helped me to look at myself and see where I am with my work, and emotionally, and realize it’s ok.”
~ Laurie Garrison

“I have never been to anything like this! I will return.”
~ 2017 attendee

Meet-Ups

Whenever there are two or more Titanides at any industry event, we make sure to meet up in person so we can bring online relationships into the so-called real world.

It’s so energizing to share physical space with other women on the same journey… and have a chance to talk freely, without a keyboard or video camera between us!

Previous meet-ups include:

  • October 2017 Copy Chief Live Titanides Dinner in St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Breakfast at Kira Hug’s February 2018 Copywriter Club event in New York City, which included the Titanides and The Girls’ Club.
  • Impromptu Titanides happy hour and dinners in Baltimore with the lovely women from many of the Agora Companies.

Future meet-ups will be announced in the private Facebook group and the email newsletter.

Stay tuned!

 

Join Us

The (Not So Secret) Order of the Titanides offers a secure community where women can nurture each other in genuine and authentic ways. It’s a private space where we make the rules. And it’s a community that empowers us to grow and expand our definition of success.

Joining the Titanides is simple. There are no hazing rituals or secret initiation rites (although that could be fun…).

The only requirements for membership are that you identify as a woman, you have a drive to succeed in business and you can commit to being a positive, supportive member of our community.

If you agree and you want what we’ve created here, then you’re definitely a Titanides! And we would love for you to join our (Not So Secret) Order of the Titanides so you can enjoy a community unlike any other.

Here’s a taste of what you get when you’re a part of our world:

  • Community mentoring with other Titanides, so you can get answers to all your questions in a safe place, without fear of judgment or ‘looking stupid.’
  • A place to find a new job opportunity that could change the course of your career. Or to post job opportunities for other Titanides and continue to pay it forward.
  • Marcella’s semi-weekly vlog (video blog) where she shares life, business and copywriting lessons she’s learned from conferences, from her clients, from copy chiefing other writers, and from people she meets on her travels. She’ll pass on useful information that will help you accelerate your writing and your business.
  • A monthly e-mail newsletter packed with insights on issues facing women in business (and life), thoughts on challenges facing members, advice and stories, upcoming events, and more!
  • Invitations to Fearless Fast Writes. These 45-minute sessions focus on writing to discover the revelations and ideas lurking just below the surface of your subconscious. Fast Writes are a great way to spark your imagination and get your creative juices flowing. Discover more about Fearless Fast Writes »
  • Invitations to continuing conversations where we hone our skills and discuss issues facing women, both in life and in our careers.
  • And, of course, exclusive invitations to our live meet-ups, retreats, and gala events throughout the year!

There are a few ways to join our community:

1. Sign up for the Titanides email list. When you sign up, you’re making sure that you get:

  • Live event and meet-up notifications
  • Invitations to our Fearless Fast Writes
  • Our monthly Titanides newsletter

We do NOT rent our list to anyone. Our list is exclusive to Titanides and we respect your privacy. Sign up for the Titanides email list below:

2. Join the Titanides Facebook group. There’s a short, simple application. Answer all the questions and our membership committee will review the answers and welcome you to the fold. Request to join here!

3. Become a sustaining member of the Titanides. To read more about our membership levels and choose the membership level that suits you best, click here (please, gentlemen, note that this private community is for women only!)

Testimonials

Thanks, Marcella & Jennifer for organizing this! It was wonderful to connect with each of you – and to see what resulted from our 5 minutes of writing. I am looking forward to doing it again!

Diane Sweeney

The entire day has been a gift. I feel everyone in the room can have a hand in providing me guidance, and helping transformation, including all the messy and chaotic parts.

2017 Attendee