Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Kimberly Bryant, Founder of BlackGirlsCode.com.
1) How can people find you online?
- Web Site/Blog: http://blackgirlscode.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlackGirlsCodeOrg
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/blackgirlscode and http://twitter.com/sixgems
2) Why did you start using social media?
I started using social media in 2010.
3) What has social media allowed you to do in your life (personal, professional, business, nonprofit, community)?
Social media has been pivotal in the growth of my nonprofit organization. It has led to strong connections with partners, mentors, and collaborators which resulted in measurable business opportunities for my company. Social media has also allowed me to develop personal relationships and become more involved in my community.
4) In her 2011 Digital Women: from geeks to mainstream presentation that was given at the WIFT International Women Conference for Digital Women, Dr. Taly Weiss, a social psychologist and CEO/Founder of Trendspotting, concluded that “women are dominant digital users – they breathe and live digital.” Dr. Weiss’ conclusion echoes BlogHer’s 2011 Social Media Matters Study findings. They include 87 million women (18 to 76 years old) are now online, 69 million women use social media weekly, 80 million women use social media monthly, and 55 million women read blogs monthly. These facts illustrate the power and presence women have in the digital space. Now that’s Digital Sisterhood!
How has social media helped you carve out leadership roles as you interact online and offline?
Social media has allowed me to be a voice to issues surrounding girls and technology especially underrepresented girls. I believe we have been able to stimulate both conversation and change in the general ecosystem by our presence.
5) Social media has helped women become Digital Sisterhood Leaders, ambassadors of social expression who share what they are passionate about online. In her upcoming book, Digital Sisterhood: Fierce Living Online for 25 Years (Fall 2012), Ananda Leeke, founder of the Digital Sisterhood Network, writes, “Without even knowing it, women have become Digital Sisterhood Leaders as they use their social media platforms to advocate causes; to build communities; to create apps, art, books, businesses, products, publications, services, tools, and webisodes; to curate content; to educate and inform; to give voice to their thoughts as subject matter experts, thought leaders, and brand ambassadors; to share information and experiences; to explore and experiment with new technologies as early adopters and trendsetters; to engage in social good; to influence others with their lifestyles and personal interests; to inspire and motivate; to mentor; to network; to tell their personal stories; and to promote and celebrate the expertise, gifts, and talents of others. Based on my online and offline interactions, I have identified 12 key leadership roles they play: advocate, community builder, creator, curator, educator, influencer, mentor, motivator, promoter, social do gooder, storyteller, and thought leader.”
What other types of leadership roles do women play in social media?
6) What types of leadership roles do you play in social media?
Change agent, thought leader, influencer, community builder, and educator
7) What lessons have you learned as a leader in the digital space?
Every voice matters and people are listening.
8) Do you have plans to expand your leadership roles in the digital space? If so, what are they?
I definitely plan and hope to become more involved as a thought leader and would like to participate in more forums, conferences, etc.
9) Who are your favorite social media women leaders and why?
Cindy Gallop and Beth Kantor
They are both strong women who are highly talented and respected by many.
10) Share three ways women can use social media to define and express their personal leadership brand.
- Building a platform (blog, etc)
- Being a connector within the community
- Speaking up