HardHat Diplomat


Create your ideal home with our Workshops for Womxn! Next up: Essential Home Maintenance, 7pm EST  Tuesday 9/22.


We help people – especially women – create their ideal homes.

HardHat Diplomat is pleased to present a series of exciting and relevant home-centric seminars and workshops, developed in collaboration with industry professionals. Created originally to meet the needs of womxn homeowners, we welcome participants of all genders. Whether you are a renter or homeowner these courses have relevance for you.

Beyond just gaining practical skills, our workshops provide an opportunity to connect with industry professionals and like-minded individuals on a personal level. Our sessions are designed to be fun and informative, empowering you with the knowledge and confidence you need for your home improvement journey. Explore the individual workshops for more detailed descriptions, including information about the location, dates, and registration process. We look forward to seeing you!

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Hosted by HardHat Diplomat founder Erin Helland, often in collaboration with diverse, sharp, and relatable entrepreneurs and trades professionals, the workshops are each in some way connected to helping people create safe and comfortable sanctuaries.

Basement renovations

Workshops are half to full day sessions small group capacity. Watch for early bird specials and get your tickets right away to secure your spot!


Our workshop hosts come with some serious industry credentials in organizing, occupational therapy, finance, home inspection, renovation, and tiny houses. We bring the professional experience and also have our own “home” stories to tell.⁠

Erin Helland

Erin Helland

Founder of HardHat Diplomat, Erin is a home renovation coach, certified national home inspector, and strategy consultant. She serves as moderator and presenter for most sessions and curates the Workshops for Womxn marketplace.

Lee Pera

Lee Pera

Lee is a tiny house advocate and founder of Kotierra. She consults with cities and individuals exploring how to incorporate tiny houses into their communities. Lee and Erin built out a van for a national tour and have taught 30 in person workshops together in 10 cities.

Jewel Pearson

Jewel Pearson

Jewel is a national tiny house consultant. She is the creator of Ms Bohemian Soul Tiny House and founder of Tiny House Trailblazers, a collaboration of Black women within the tiny house movement.

Amy Dobson

Amy Dobson

Owner of Reclaim Interiors, Amy is a professional organizer and decorator.

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Elexa Waugh-Quasebarth

Elexa is an occupational therapist certified in home modifications, aging in place, and desktop ergonomics.

Malissa McLean

Dr Malissa McLean

Malissa is a financial literacy coach, author, and founder of Paragon Lifestyles.

If women purchase homes at twice the rate of men, why are we so hesitant to take on home improvement?

Frequently Asked Questions


It’s not a typo! Used intentionally to be inclusive and welcoming of trans and nonbinary folx, we are committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for all people. Yes, all genders are invited to join our workshop.

The courses are often designed by women, sometimes with demographic specific content in mind. All genders are welcome to attend.

Attendees are ethnically diverse, typically ranging in age from 28-70, and most are working professionals. While the in-person workshops are 85% women, the online courses trend on a 60/40 ratio.

  • single, coupled, divorced, and widowed
  • of all orientations
  • buying or owning homes of all types (single, multiplex, houseboat, tiny house)
  • on their own, in partnership, and as investments
  • who want to be more informed 
  • and understand DIY options and best practices for engaging professionals
  • when faced with challenges in pulling their sanctuary together

In person workshops are regularly offered in DC, Virginia, and Maryland, and across cities on the East Coast. Workshop options for other locations can be arranged with sponsorship.

Home Renovation 101 is available to help homeowners everywhere access information to more successfully navigate the home renovation process.

Businesses interested in sponsoring HardHat Diplomat’s Online Courses and Workshops should reach out via the contact form to discuss the many ways you can be of support.

We are constantly building home-centric workshops and online courses. If you are interested in becoming a panelist or presenter be in touch!

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