Meet 2014 Digital Sisters of the Year – #DigitalSisterhood 100


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Greetings Digital Sisters,

The Digital Sisterhood Network is proud to announce the 2014 Digital Sisters of the Year during Digital Sisterhood Month (#DSMonth). Click here to learn about the #DSMonth events including the My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is Campaign, Twitter chats on December 5 and 10, and the Meet Ups on December 6 and 12 in Washington, DC.

The Digital Sisters of the Year represent the #DigitalSisterhood 100. To learn more about them, check out the #DigitalSisterhood 100 list below. It is organized into seven categories: Creativista, Empirista, Empowerista, Enchantista, Evangelista, Flowista, and Lifestylista. The categories are based on the Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes.

  • 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 Digital Sister of the Year Tribute

Benita Robinson Osbey, Founder of Photo Credit: TealButterflies.org

Benita Robinson Osbey, Founder of Photo Credit: TealButterflies.org

This year, we pay special tribute to 2014 Digital Sister of the Year (Evangelista) Benita Robinson Osbey. Osbey is the Founder of  Teal Butterflies, a nonprofit organization that educates women about early detection of Ovarian Cancer and empowers them with resources and information to become intimate with their bodies and bring awareness to the early symptoms of this disease. She established her organization after being diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer in 2011. She used her organization’s web site and social media (Facebook and Twitter) to educate, increase awareness, share resources, give inspiration, and build community. In March, she celebrated her third anniversary as a survivor. On December 3, she made her life transition and left a powerful legacy and digital footprint behind for all to see and learn from. We honor her for answering the call on her life and using her voice online and offline to be the change she was called to be in the fight to end Ovarian Cancer. Click here to learn more about Teal Butterflies.

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Learn More About Digital Sisters of the Year and Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes

Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke’s book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available on Amazon for Kindle and as a paperback) includes a list of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. It also features an appendix that helps you explore and identify your own Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

Special Message for 2014 Digital Sisters of the Year — #DigitalSisterhood 100

Please feel free to post the Digital Sister of the Year badge on your blog, web site, and social media sites. The code is also included below.

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Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

2014 #DigitalSisterhood 100 List

1) Creativistas

2) Empiristas

3) Empoweristas 

4) Enchantistas

5) Evangelistas

6) Flowistas

7) Lifestylistas

Announcing 2014 Digital Sister of the Year Communities


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Greetings Digital Sisters,

During Digital Sisterhood Month, we spend time honoring women in social media and tech. This year’s theme of “Gratitude for #DigitalSisterhood Communities” helped guide us in selecting 25 communities, groups, and organizations that nurture, support, and affirm women in the digital space and in real life as our 2014 Digital Sister of the Year Communities. See the list below.

1) Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology @anitaborg_org

2) Black Business Women Owners Online@blackbizwomen 

3) Black Girls Run – @blackgirlsrun

4) BeBlogalicious@beblogalicious

5) BlogHer – @blogher

6) DC Web Women@dcww 

7) FemFessionals – @femfessionals

8) Girl Develop It@girldevelopit

9) Global Tech Women – @globaltechwomen

10) Hot Mommas Project – @hotmommasproj

11) Latina Bloggers Connect – @lbconnect

12) Latina Leadership Institute of ELLA Institute – @latinaleaders

13) Lean In – @leaninorg

14) Lesbians Who Tech – @lesbiantech

15) Mocha Moms Inc. – @mochamoms

16) MomsRising – @momsrising

17) Owning Pink – @owningpink

18) She’s Geeky@shesgeeky

19) SheWrites.com – @shewritesdotcom

20) Webgrrls International@webgrrls

21) Women 2.0@women2

22) Women in Wireless@womeninwireless

23) Women’s Media Center@womensmediacntr

24) Women Who Code@womenwhocode

25) Women Who Tech@womenwhotech

 

My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is Campaign Launches!


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2102 Digital Sister of the Year Jessica Solomon

On the first day of Digital Sisterhood Month, Digital Sisterhood Network is launching the “My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is Campaign.” Check out what 2012 Digital Sister of the Year Jessica Solomon said about her Digital Sisterhood Community.

Jessica Solomon's sign for My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is Campaign

Jessica Solomon’s sign for My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is Campaign

My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is Campaign invites women in social media and tech to give shout outs to the Digital Sisters and women’s online and offline communities, groups, and organizations that nurture, support, and affirm them. It’s easy to participate. See the four easy steps below.

Campaign Materials

Campaign Materials

4 EASY STEPS:
  • Get a piece of paper and something to write with (a pen or magic marker). Feel free to create a document on your lap top or computer.
  • Write or type the following statement on the paper and include the names and/or Instagram/Twitter IDs of the Digital Sisters and women’s online and offline communities, groups, and organizations that nurture, support, and affirm you in the blank: My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is ___________________.
  • Have someone take a photo of you and your sign. Be sure to SMILE!
  • Post your photo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the #DigitalSisterhood and #DSMonth hashtags. We’ll repost it on DSN social media sites.

Happy Digital Sisterhood Month 2014 – Event Schedule


Art Work by Dariela Cruz

Art Work by Dariela Cruz

Happy Digital Sisterhood Month 2014!

Did you know 2014 marks the fifth annual celebration of Digital Sisterhood Month (#DSMonth)? That’s right Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating FIVE years!!!!!

This year’s theme is “Gratitude for #DigitalSisterhood Communities.” Check out the #DSMonth helpful information, badges, and event schedule below. 9781491706398_COVER_FQA.inddHelpful Information

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#DSMonth Event Schedule

1) December  1-31: My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is Campaign

My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is Campaign invites women in social media and tech to give shout outs to the Digital Sisters and women’s online and offline communities, groups, and organizations that nurture, support, and affirm them. It’s easy to participate. See the four easy steps below.

Campaign Materials

Campaign Materials

4 EASY STEPS:
  • Get a piece of paper and something to write with (a pen or magic marker). Feel free to create a document on your lap top or computer.
  • Write or type the following statement on the paper and include the names and/or Instagram/Twitter IDs of the Digital Sisters and women’s online and offline communities, groups, and organizations that nurture, support, and affirm you in the blank: My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is ___________________.
  • Have someone take a photo of you and your sign. Be sure to SMILE!
  • Post your photo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the #DigitalSisterhood and #DSMonth hashtags. We’ll repost it on DSN social media sites.
Badge designed by Dariela Cruz

Badge designed by Dariela Cruz

2) December 2: Announcement of the 2014 Digital Sister of the Year Communities

3) December 4: Announcement of the 2014 Digital Sisters of the Year a/k/a Digital Sisterhood 100

4) December 5: #DSMonth Twitter Chat on #DigitalSisterhood Communities from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST

The Twitter chat will discuss participants’ favorite #DigitalSisterhood Communities. Follow @DigitalSisterhd and use the #DSMonth hashtag during the chat. Feel free to use HootSuite or Tweetchat to participate and track all of the conversations.

5) December 6: #DSMonth Breakfast Meet Up from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe, 2424 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC (a few blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Metro Station on the Green and Yellow Lines)

Join DSN founder Ananda Leeke for a discussion about #DigitalSisterhood Communities and her book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living OnlineEach person is asked to purchase at least one beverage to support Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe during the meet up.

6) December 10: #DSMonth Twitter Chat: What Kind of Digital Sister Are You?from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST

The Twitter chat will discuss the seven types of digital sisters. Participants will learn what type of digital sisters they are. Follow @DigitalSisterhd and use the #DSMonth hashtag during the chat. Feel free to use HootSuite or Tweetchat to participate and track all of the conversations.

7) December 12: #DSMonth Tea Meet Up from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ching Ching Cha, a Chinese tea house, 1063 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Join DSN founder Ananda Leeke for tea, lunch, and a discussion about Digital Sisterhood milestones. Digital Sisters will have an opportunity to share their 2014 Digital Sisterhood milestones and 2015 plans. Each person is asked to purchase at least one beverage to support Ching Ching Cha during the meet up. Click here to register for the meet up on Eventbrite.

Digital Sisterhood Month Kicks Off on 12/1!


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Greetings Digital Sisters!
This weekend, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is getting ready for the fifth annual Digital Sisterhood Month which kicks off on Monday, December 1. This year’s theme is “Gratitude for Digital Sisterhood Communities.” To get a sneak peek of #DigitalSisterhood Month online events and DC meet ups, follow @DigitalSisterhood on Instagram.
Be sure to LIKE DSN on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/digitalsisterhood.
One last thing … follow @DigitalSisterhd on Twitter and use the hashtags #DigitalSisterhood and #DSMonth on Twitter.
The full #DSMonth schedule will be posted on December 1.
Have a great weekend!
PS: Do you need a break from your digital devices before December begins? Join the Digital Sisterhood Unplugged Weekend on November 29-30. It’s easy to participate. You decided when and how long you unplug. Click here for tips.

 

Joys of Caregiving


 A Blog from Digital Sisterhood Network Founder Ananda Leeke

Photo Credit: AARP.com

Photo Credit: AARP.com

Happy November Digital Sisters,

I believe caregiving is rooted in the spirit of compassionate service. When I serve compassionately and give back to others, my heart opens and fills with joy. Click here to read AARP’s Bulletin on the unexpected joys of caregiving.

Over the years, I have learned that caregiving happens in many ways. It can be a short-term project that a wiser family member, friend, neighbor, colleague, or person needs help with. It can also be a daily, weekly, or monthly series of activities that support the wiser person’s needs as they navigate the aging process, daily life, health concerns, financial matters, or transportation.

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Photo Credit: CNet.com

Recently, I used my digital skills to support a family member’s short-term project. It was a Digital Sisterhood moment for me. Here’s what happened. While I was visiting my 74-year-old aunt one evening, she asked me to give her a tutorial on how to use her brand new tablet. The digital sister inside of me jumped for joy! We spent 90 minutes reviewing her tablet’s features, experimenting with her camera by taking photos and recording short videos, and exploring numerous apps including one that would allow her to read the Holy Bible. She wanted to find one that would be easy for her 97-year-old mother to use for her weekly Bible study class. So we researched options and downloaded several free apps that she plans to show her mother. When we finished the tutorial, my aunt hugged me and told me how much she appreciated my support. I smiled and said it was my pleasure to help her become a digital sister!

Photo Credit: AARP.com

Photo Credit: AARP.com

This month, I invite you to celebrate National Family Caregivers Month by sharing your caregiving stories through AARP’s “I Heart Caregivers” online initiative. “I Heart Caregivers” is set up as a microsite for people to share stories about being a caregiver. It includes a newsletter signup for regular emails about caregiving and links to AARP’s caregiving resources. Check out AARP’s blog about the initiative.

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Disclaimer: This blog post was written in support of Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle and Living Well initiative and participation in AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign.

 

Celebrating Digital Sisterhood Network’s AARP Caregiving Partnership


Photo Credit: AARP.org

Photo Credit: AARP.org

Happy Autumn Digital Sisters!

November begins tomorrow. So does National Family Caregivers Month and the Digital Sisterhood Network’s (DSN) third year anniversary celebration of working with AARP to promote caregiving and resources for America’s 42 million caregivers, many of whom are women and our fellow digital sisters. AARP is a nonprofit organization that helps people who are 50 and over turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security, and retirement planning.

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DSN started working with AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign as a part of our living well initiative in 2012. Since then, we have been able to share information and resources that have given support to a diverse group of digital sisters and their families. Last year, DSN founder Ananda Leeke worked with AARP staff and bloggers to promote AARP’s caregiving resources and web site at the BlogHer annual conference. We also joined forces with AARP’s Thanks Project to express deep gratitude for the caregiving work provided by caregivers. AARP created ThanksProject.org to encourage and allow individuals to post messages of support and thanksgiving for and about caregivers. We think it is an awesome way to express digital affirmation and gratitude in a public forum that builds a community of support and inspiration. It also informs  others about the important roles caregivers play in their loved ones’ lives.

Photo Credit: AARP.org

Photo Credit: AARP.org

November is a great month to express gratitude for the caregivers in your family, circle of friends, and community. One way you can demonstrate your gratitude is by showing caregivers how to access AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center and Guide to Caregiving (free). The web site has great articles and tips that caregivers can use to support their wellness journey as they care for their loved ones.

Logo by Dariela Cruz

Logo by Dariela Cruz

Disclaimer: This blog post was written in support of Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle and Living Well initiative and participation in AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign.

 

Using Your Digital Citizenship to Give Back in July


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Happy July and Happy Digital Citizenship Month Digital Sisters!

This month Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating Digital Citizenship Month and the theme, “Using Your Digital Citizenship to Give Back.” How are you using your digitial citizenship to give back?

Today’s blog invites you to explore who you are as an Evangelista. Check out the Evangelista Profile below. It is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, www.leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, http://www.leighmosley.com

Evangelista Profile

 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.  If you identify with one or more of the Evangelista’s characteristics, please check out the Evangelista Manifesto collage below. Consider making one to jumpstart your writing process. All you need are some of your favorite magazines, construction or poster board paper, scissors, and glue sticks. Look for words, phrases, and images that represent your definition of an Evangelista. Paste them on to your paper. If you need to write some of your words and phrases, use magic markers, crayons, or pens. After you finish the collage, give yourself a few days to look at it. Record any thoughts you have while looking at it. Use them  as writing prompts for your Manifesto. Feel free to use the one contained below as a sample or adopt it as your own.

Evangelista collage by Ananda Leeke

Evangelista collage by Ananda Leeke

Evangelista Manifesto

I am a woman who believes I can be heard, persuasive, enthusiastic, optimistic, passionate, articulate, generous, outgoing, and inspiring when I pursue what matters most. That’s when I am a force. One for others. One for humanity. I am a voice for those who have no voice. The change maker. The advocate involved in supporting a great cause. A woman making a difference. A woman starting something good and helping the planet. A woman making the world a better place for all.

Chakra Connection

Evangelista’s energy is connected to the:

  • Sacral, or second chakra, which corresponds to creativity, pleasure, sexuality, and well-being. It governs the bladder, circulatory system, and sexual and reproductive organs.
  • Solar plexus, or third chakra, which corresponds to willpower, persistence, self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. It governs the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, and spleen.
  • Heart, or fourth chakra, which corresponds to love, joy, harmony, and inner peace. It governs the heart, chest, lungs, and circulation).

Color Connection

Wear or surround yourself with the colors orange (second chakra), yellow (third chakra), and green or pink (fourth chakra) to connect with Evangelista’s energy.

Gemstone Connection

Wear or surround yourself with amber or carnelian (second chakra), citrine or tiger’s eye (third chakra), and aventurine or rose quartz (fourth chakra) gemstones to connect with Evangelista’s energy.

Goddess Connection

Evangelista is connected to the goddesses mentioned below.

  • Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of creativity, and Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of the arts (second chakra)
  • Al-Uzza, the Arabian goddess of confidence, vigilance, and preparation; Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess of royal power; Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess; and Sekhmet, the Egyptian warrior goddess (third chakra)
  • Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love; Erzulie, the Haitian goddess of love; Kwan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion; and Venus, the Roman goddess of love, (fourth chakra)

Yoga Connection

Practicing bound angle, downward facing dog, triangle, and wide angle poses (second chakra); bow, boat, warrior one, warrior two, warrior three, sun salutation, and all twisting poses (third chakra); and camel, cat, cobra, fish, sphinx, upward facing dog, and upward facing bow poses (fourth chakra) can help you connect with Evangelista’s energy.

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During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Evangelista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Evangelista virtual mentors.

2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

2013 Digital Sisters of the Year

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Learn More About Digital Sisters of the Year and Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes

Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available on Amazon for Kindle and as a paperback) includes a list of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. It also features an appendix that helps you explore and identify your own Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

Celebrate Social Media Day Today & Get Ready for Digital Citizenship Month (7/1-7/31)


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Happy Social Media Day!

Mashable launched Social Media Day in 2010 as a way to celebrate and honor the digital revolution that happens every moment. People host meet ups around the world to celebrate this global movement.

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Since today is Social Media Day, take a few moments to declare your social media independence by making a My #DigCitizen Supports Campaign sign for Digital Citizenship Month (launches on July 1).

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Write the phrase: My #DigCitizen Supports _________.  Fill in the blank with your ideas and/or interests. Use your mobile phone, digital device or camera to take a photo. Post it on Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter with the #DigCitizen hashtag. We’ll repost it.

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Recruit your family and friends to participate. Visit http://digcitizen.tumblr.com. Follow @DigCitizenMonth on Instagram and Twitter.

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DSN Founder Ananda Leeke’s June 26th Book Reading in PG County, MD


Guess where Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke will be this week? In PG County, Maryland  (the county she was raised in).
Join Ananda on June 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an author discussion sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 2020 St. Joseph Drive, Largo, MD (located just off Landover Road, Route 202). The event will be held in the Rosemont Room. Refreshments will be served.
Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

She is one of the two featured authors. She’ll be reading an excerpt from her book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online. Copies of the book will be available for autograph and sale (cash and credit card payments). To learn more about her book, visit Amazon (available on Kindle and as a paperback).