Many thanks to Janel Martinez for writing a great article about the Digital Sisterhood 100 for BlackEnterprise.com. We are excited about the 100 amazing women we honored this year. They are fierce living women who rock the web and world! Click here to read Martinez’s article.
Day 15 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a field trip to see the Mickalene Thomas exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke toured the exhibition with six amazing digital sisters: Xenobia Bailey, fiber artist; Liz Calvin, advocate and justice seeker workers; Xina Eiland, President of The Eiland Group and PR professional; Sylvia Wong Lewis, founder of Narrative Network and PR consultant; Patricia Patton, founder of BoomerWizdom.com; and Sanura Weathers, founder of My Life Runs on Food blog. During the field trip, Bailey gave the group a mini lecture on the importance of Thomas’ work. Group members also shared how Thomas’ work impacted their lives, discussed their online and offline activities, networked, shared resources, and purchased hats created by Bailey.
- Click here to read Lewis’ blog post about the Thomas exhibition. She also wrote an article about the NYC Field Trip for her Examiner.com column.
- Click here to see the event photos.
After the museum field trip, Eiland, Leeke, and Weathers enjoyed an afternoon of self-care and shopping in Brooklyn. They went to Seven Nails for manicures and pedicures (located on the corner of Union and Seventh Avenue). They also did some window shopping at several vintage shops including Almost New Vintage Clothing on Saint Marks Avenue.
Eiland and Leeke also visited Eponymy, a boutique in Park Slope, to meet a very special digital sister, Lady Bianca Miller, a French bulldog. As a socialite, model, and arbiter of style, Lady Bianca Miller shares her views on her blog,That’s what B said. She also has a Pinterest page too!
Day 14 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a meet up at Argo Tea (Chelsea location) in New York City. The meet up was organized to conduct outreach to women in social media and technology. During the meet up, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke met with Halana Black, founder of Garlic and Lemons; Christina Soriano, founder of Soriano Designs; and Amy Vernon, a freelance writer, digital strategist, and General Manager of Social Marketing for Internet Media Labs. The group discussed how women can present themselves as a business and brand with multiple businesses and passions. They also shared resources, brainstormed ideas for collaborative partnerships, and identified ways DSN can provide support in their 2013 efforts.
Happy Day 26 of #DigitalSisterhood Month! Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday! Happy First Day of Kwanzaa – Umoja (Unity)!
Today, Digital Sisterhood Network is celebrating the voices of our community by sharing a guest blog post written by Nakita Pope, founder of Branding Chicks. Check out what Nakita has to say about the #DSMonth 2012 theme “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women.” To learn more about Nakita and her business, visit www.facebook.com/BrandingChicks. Follow her on Twitter: @brandingchicks.
Guest Blog Post by Nakita Pope, Founder of Branding Chicks
I love the Digital Sisterhood Month theme of Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women. It’s something that resonates with me in a very real way, because I see the relationship between the two everyday in my life. In my heart I am an artist and creator, among other things. I’m blessed that part of my creative outlet IS my and people actually PAY me to do it! When I picked up my first box of crayons I never imagined that I would be able to do the thing that made my heart happy for the rest of my life. Although being creative is what I do for a living, no matter what you’re doing, you can bring creativity to it. But, you have to be healthy in order to have that metaphorical clean slate for creativity to show up.
There are so many aspects of your health. In my experience, being able to keep a sense of balance in my life is what creates the mental wellbeing that allows me to live, create, work, and love powerfully. As a soloprenuer, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with my endless list of things to do …. especially when I wear all of the hats.
However, creating and maintaining that balance is important and necessary for me. It’s what keeps me sane and when I feel most like myself. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I am the only one that can create that balance for myself. My mental health is not nearly as important to anyone else as it is to me, so I had to find ways to keep the joy in my work and my life. On those long lists of to-dos?….are also fun things. Yes. I make it an actual task that gets checked off on my list. Whether it’s a pedicure, a call to someone I love that I haven’t spoken to in a while, or to draw something just because I want to, it goes on the list! That way, I actually get to see the balance I’m creating for myself in a very tangible way daily.
When I neglect to do it, I notice the difference in how I deal with my clients, how inspired I am, and ultimately how FIERCE I am. Maybe my method won’t work for you, but I encourage you to look for ways to take care of yourself not only mentally, but physically. We as women have a tendency to take care of everyone but ourselves, but it’s that commitment to being powerfully whole that can allow you to have even more to give and more to create!
Happy Day 26 of #DigitalSisterhood Month! Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday! Happy First Day of Kwanzaa – Umoja (Unity)!
Today, Digital Sisterhood Network is celebrating the voices of our community by sharing a guest blog post written by Pen, the co-founder of The NetworkFAM. Check out what Pen has to say about the #DSMonth 2012 theme “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women” and what it means to her and her business. To learn more about Pen and her business, visit www.thenetworkfam.com. Follow her on Twitter: @loudpen.
Guest Blog Post by Pen, Co-Founder of The NetworkFam
I first came across the Digital Sisterhood Network via Twitter during their weekly #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday celebration and was immediately intrigued. I was interested in learning more about The Digital Sisterhood Network because I live and breathe all things digital both personally and professionally, not to mention, I am all about networking with other digital savvy women. Recently, the fabulous founder of The Digital Sisterhood Network, Ananda Leeke invited me to write this post about what this month’s theme “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women” means to me and my business.
My company is called The NetworkFAM and it encompasses several different businesses that all work together to promote diversity in fashion, art, & music. Through Cacha` Management and Pen PR, we provide models, stylists, make-up artists, and designers with management, public relations, social media marketing, event and photo shoot production. Our publishing company, 158TH & BROADWAY produces our blogs de la Pen, Cacha`, and The Blogging PR Girl. 158TH & BROADWAY also includes our digital publication, Flavor Magazine NYC and our web series “The Chronicles of Cacha` and Pen”; both of those projects will be released in 2013.
“Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women” is essentially an equation that gives one the recipe for success in life. In essence, this month’s Digital Sisterhood theme is a life lesson to me. As you can see, my business does many things because my business partner, Cacha` and I wanted a company that would allow us to be as creative, independent, and successful as possible.
We are all about being creative, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and being fierce living women. Therefore, I feel that we embody this month’s Digital Sisterhood theme and it is a mantra that we also live by. As female entrepreneurs in the digital realm, we constantly have to be creative when approaching prospective clients, the media, or sponsors and partners. When we have to pitch to these various entities, each pitch has to be tailored and targeted to its audience or else the pitch will be ignored.
We also seek to stay healthy because if we are under the weather then we can’t work which leads to missed opportunities that are crucial to a start-up like ours. As far as being “fierce living women” Cacha` and I want to be more than just successful, we want to be icons. Therefore, we are always seeking to be innovative, informed, and on the pulse of “what’s next”. So be on the look out for The NetworkFAM because we believe that “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women!”
The Digital Sisterhood Network is proud to announce the 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. They represent the “Digital Sisterhood 100,” fierce living women who rock the web and world!. To learn more about them, check out the “Digital Sisterhood 100” list below. It is organized into seven categories: Creativista, Empirista, Empowerista, Enchantista, Evangelista, Flowista, and Lifestylista.
- A Creativista is a woman who gives birth to creativity (art, books, films, products, services, and webisodes).
- An Empirista is a woman who thinks of herself as CEO of her own corporation, ME, Inc.; maintains an entrepreneurial mindset; and gives birth to ideas and transforms them into businesses, economies, institutions, networks, and organizations that add value to people’s lives.
- An Empowerista is a woman who creates and curates content, shares information and experiences, connects with others and establishes positive relationships, and builds and participates in communities that empower her and others.
- An Enchantista is a woman who taps into the magic of her spirit as she focuses her energy, opens her heart, trusts her intuition, embraces her fears, and shares her gifts in service to others.
- An Evangelista is a woman who supports and advocates a philosophy, a values system, a lifestyle, a cause, or a campaign that improves her life and others’ lives.
- A Flowista is a woman who unplugs from her digital life and tech devices for periods of time so she can recharge and take care of herself; and encourages women to unplug from their digital lives by incorporating mindfulness and self-care practices.
- A Lifestylista is a woman who lives her life as a work of art; expresses it through her passion for beauty, entertaining, fashion, food, home décor, personal style, and travel; and inspires others to live their lives as works of art.
Special Message for 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year — Digital Sisterhood 100
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2012 Digital Sisterhood 100 List
- Ayoka Chenzira, digital media artist, filmmaker, founder of OrdinaryDayActs.com and Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon, and professor
- Joy Cho, author, designer, and founder of Oh Joy! blog
- Dariela Cruz, co-founder of Dari Design Studio and founder of MamiTalks.com
- Leah Piken Kolidas, artist and founder of Art Every Day Month and CreativeEveryDay.com
- Claire Dee Lim, founder of “The Power Object” webisode series
- Arielle Loren, founder of Corset Magazine
- Kathy Cano-Murillo, author and founder of CraftyChica.com
- Stephanie Piche, founder of Mingle Media TV
- Felicia Pride, author and founder of The Create Daily and Pride Collective
- Issa Rae, founder of “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” webisode series
- Kelly Rae Roberts, artist, author, and founder of KellyRaeRoberts.com
- Jessica Solomon, founder of Art In Praxis: Theory+Practice/Art=New Worlds blog and The Saartjie Project
- Daryn Strauss, founder of Digital Chick TV and “Downsized” webisode series
- Mindy Tsonas, artist and founder of WishStudio.com
- Julie Diaz Asper, co-founder of GigCoin and Social Lens Research
- Melody Biringer, author and founder of The Crave Company
- Kimberly Bryant, engineer and founder of BlackGirlsCode.com
- Majora Carter, founder of Startup Box: South Bronx
- Ana Roca Castro, founder of Latinos in Social Media and Premier Social Media
- Angie Chang, co-founder of Women 2.0
- Shaherose Charania, co-founder of Women 2.0
- Ella Gorgla, founder of I-ELLA
- LaShanda Henry, author and founder of Black Business Women Online and Multiple Shades of You Online
- Kelly Hoey, co-founder of Women Innovate Mobile
- Deborah Jackson, founder of PlumAlley.co and JumpThru, and co-founder of Women Innovate Mobile
- Jory Des Jardins, co-founder of BlogHer
- Danica Kombol, co-founder and managing partner of Everywhere
- Wen Wen Lam, co-founder of Women 2.0
- Sian Morson, founder of Kollective Mobile
- Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder of BlogHer
- Veronika Sonsev, co-founder of Women Innovate Mobile and founder of inSparq.com and Women in Wireless
- Shivani Sopory, co-founder of Women 2.0
- Lisa Stone, co-founder of BlogHer
- Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, author and President of Spelman College
- Joanne Bamberger, author and founder of PunditMom.com
- Sara Chipps, co-founder of Girl Develop It
- Stacey Ferguson, co-founder and chief curator of BeBlogalicious.com and founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media
- Ana Flores, author, co-founder of SpanglishBaby.com, and founder of LatinaBloggersConnect.com
- Kathy Korman Frey, founder of HotMommasProject.com and professor
- Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author, founder of Broken Beautiful Press blog, professor, and writer
- Kristal High, founder of Politic365
- Vanessa Hurst, co-founder of Girl Develop It and founder of Developers for Good
- Lauren Brown Jarvis, founder of DigitalDoyennes.com, National Communications Director for the New Leaders Council, and writer for Examiner.com and The Huffington Post
- Christine Johnson, founder of IamDTech
- Tara Joyce, author and founder of The Rise of the Innerpreneur blog
- Allyson Kapin, founder of WomenWhoTech.com
- Christine Koh, founder of BostonMamas.com and PoshPeacock.com
- Yalanda Lattimore, founder of DryerBuzz.com
- Sarah Massey, founder of Fabulous Women Biz Owners DC and Massey Media
- Anissa Mayhew, founder of AimingLow.com and co-founder of InsertEyeRoll.com
- Morra Aarons Mele, founder of Women Online
- Shireen Mitchell, founder of Digital Sisters, Inc. and Tech Media Swirl
- Tinu Abayomi-Paul, editor of WomenGrowBusiness.com
- Elianne Ramos, host of Latinos in Social Media Twitter party and founder of Speak Hispanic
- Allissa Richardson, founder of MojoMediaWorks.com, journalist, and professor
- Liz Scherer, founder of Flashfree: Not Your Mama’s Menopause blog, health journalist, and marketing and social media strategist
- Aliza Sherman, author, digital strategist, web and social mobile pioneer, and founder of Mediaegg
- Marcia Wade Talbert, Tech Editor and Multimedia Content Producer at Black Enterprise
- Ericka Tinsley, founder of The Swarthy Suite, Fro-Fi Collective, and Chocolate Chat Atlanta
- Ronnie Tyler, co-founder of BlackandMarriedwithKids.com and Tyler New Media
- Ebony Utley, author, founder of TheUtleyExperience.com, Ms. Magazine blogger, and professor
- Amy Vernon, digital strategist, founder of Women Tech Unite! Facebook Group, freelance writer, and General Manager for Social Marketing for Internet Media Labs
- Gloria Ware, founder of Black and Into Green blog
- Veronica Woods, founder of BookYourChairSolid.com and MySalonScoop.com
- Monica Coleman, author, founder of Beautiful Mind blog, minister, and professor
- Kety Esquivel, digital executive at Fenton Communications and TEDxAdamsMorganWomen convener
- Faith Hunter, founder of Faith Hunter Yoga and Embrace Yoga, podcaster, and writer
- Jeannette Kaplun, author and founder of Hispana Global and Todobebe.com
- Jennifer Lee, author, coach, and founder of Artizen Coaching and Life Unfolds blog
- Zawadi Nyong’o, founder of ZerobyZawadi.com
- Akilah Richards, author and founder of Execumama.com, The Lightcaster’s Project and The Life Design Agency
- Jamie Ridler, coach and founder of Jamie Ridler Studios
- Willa Shalit, artist, author, founder of Fairwinds Trading, Inc., and co-founder of MaidenNation.com
- Kimberly Wilson, author, eco-designer, founder of Tranquil Space and Tranquility du Jour blog and podcast, and yoga teacher
- Luvvie Ajayi, co-founder of The Red Pump Project, founder of Awesomely Luvvie blog, and social media strategist and trainer
- Veronica Arreola, founder of Viva La Feminista blog
- Sloane Berrent Davidson, founder of TheCausemopolitan.com
- Tracey Friley, founder of OneBrownGirl.com and The Passport Party Project
- Regina Holliday, artist and founder of Medical Advocacy blog
- Ileana Jimenez, educator and founder of FeministTeacher.com
- Nicole McLean, breast cancer activist and founder of My Fabulous Boobies blog
- Laurita Tellado, blogger, founder of HoldinOurForAHero.org, and journalist
- Suzanne Turner, founder of Feminism 2.0 and Turner Strategies
- Karyn Watkins, co-founder of The Red Pump Project and founder of TheFabulousGiver.com
- Chrysula Winegar, communications consultant and founder of WhenYouWakeUpAMother.com
- Gwen Bell, author, global entrepreneur, and yoga teacher
- Zeenat Merchant-Syal, author, founder of PositiveProvocations.com, and psychologist
- Monica Byrd, founder of BabyBlashandBling.com and TheCharmChat.com
- Lilian Chang, founder of ChineseGrandma.com
- Julia Coney, founder of AllAboutThePretty.net and yoga teacher
- Jewel Figueras, founder of JewelsFabLife.com
- Kiratiana Freelon, author and founder of KiratianaTravels.com
- Latoicha Givens, founder of LuxeTips.com
- Maura Hernandez, founder of TheOtherSideofTheTortilla.com
- Mattie James, founder of Atlanta Style Bloggers, Mattieologie.com, and Style Bloggers of Color
- Marie Denee Leggette, author and founder of The Curvy Fashionista blog
- Katherine Martinez, founder of La Petite Marmoset
- Mercedes Sanchez, founder of BeChicMag.com
- Jacqueline Shaw, author and founder of AfricaFashionGuide.com
- Deb Vaughan, founder of Real Girl Runway blog
Happy Holidays All!
The holiday season is a great time to honor caregivers who give so much of their energy and time to loved ones who are unable to care for themselves throughout the year. As a part of the Digital Sisterhood Network’s participation in the AARP Blogger Kitchen Cabinet #CareSupport Campaign, I have included a list of holiday gift suggestions for women caregivers. Enjoy!
Gift Suggestions for Women Caregivers:
1) Call or visit her and just listen to what she says. Listening is a true gift.
2) Volunteer to do something that can help her life run smoothly during the holiday season.
3) Cook her a healthy meal and sit and eat with her.
4) Make a collage card that expresses positive thoughts and phrases that describe her personality.
5) Take a digital photo that reflects a peaceful and calming experience. Print and frame it as a gift (CVS, Duane Reed, JC Penney, Kmart, Kohls, Walgreens, or Target have great frames).
6) Create a tea sanctuary in her home that allows her to sip tea and chill out!
7) Create a book of inspiring quotes (you can find sketch books or blank books at CVS, Barnes & Noble, Target, Utrecht, or an art supplies store)
8) Write a thank you letter or poem on a peaceful and calming piece of stationary or a lovely card.
9) Purchase a gift card for coffee, tea, and a snack; a journal; and/or a magazine she would like to read. Help her schedule some “me” time so she can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while writing in her journal or reading a magazine.
10) Purchase a piece of jewelry that is created by a woman. Visit MaidenNation.com for more details.
11) Buy a spa package that allows her to relax and get a manicure, pedicure, and massage.
NOTE: This blog is a sponsored post that supports AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign.
Day 11 of Digital Sisterhood Month (#DSMonth) was celebrated at Teaism, a woman-owned tea house located at Penn Quarter in Washington, D.C. Cups of ginger zing tea and dark chocolate salty oatmeal cookies kept the DC She Writers Meet Up energized on a cold Tuesday night. Valerie Trammel, a new D.C. resident and communications and marketing professional (formerly the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Wilmington, Delaware) and Ananda Leeke, #DSMonth founder, discussed their creative journeys, favorite books, social media tools for writers and communications professionals, 2012 lessons learned, 2013 plans, and The Power of Memoir by Linda Joy Myers. They also met and chatted with a creative meet up group of women and men knitters who organized themselves via Twitter. The night ended with a ride home provided by Uber DC courtesy of digital sister Mazzie, a DC knitter.
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