Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Stephanie Piche


Photo Credit: WebSeriesNetwork.com

Photo Credit: WebSeriesNetwork.com

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Stephanie Piche, founder of Mingle Media TV Network. Stephanie was named 2012 Digital Sister of the Year – Creativista.

Fun Facts: Stephanie and Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke first met on MomTV in 2009. Stephanie created and launched MomTV’s online web chat community. She also trained and supported Ananda while she hosted her first online yoga class for social media users on MomTV. When Stephanie launched Mingle Media TV Network in 2010, Ananda became an instant fan!

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Digital Sisterhood Leadership Project (#DSLead) Interview:

1) How can people find you online?

2) Why did you start using social media?

I’m a geek – and used Instant messaging with ICQ and AOL back in the early 90’s to stay connected to co-workers initially.

3) What has social media allowed you to do in your life (personal, professional, business, nonprofit, community)?

Build my brand, make a business for myself, build community, and stay connected to my “tribe.”

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?

I believe that more people who know who you are online and then meet you in person become better friends and colleagues. Social networking helps you build your name and you solidify that in person.

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: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (2013), 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?

Support system

6) What types of leadership roles do you play in social media?

Advocate, community builder, creator, curator, educator, influencer, mentor, motivator, promoter, social do gooder, storyteller, and thought leader (AND mother, friend and support system)

7) What lessons have you learned as a leader in the digital space?

If you are FAKE – people will find out and you will lose.

8) Do you have plans to expand your leadership roles in the digital space? If so, what are they?

Yes – that is under wraps for now – but it will be coming soon for public sharing. 🙂

9) Who are your favorite social media women leaders and why?

  • Joy Rose – promotion of women throughout all of history
  • Ananda Leeke – support and balance of women
  • Leah Segedie – healthy lifestyle for women and their families

10) Share three ways women can use social media to define and express their personal leadership brand.

  • Advocate off line not just online. You are more powerful when you have more channels who know you.
  • Give back. Don’t just ask people to help you – seek out those you can support.
  • Stop and help other women who aren’t digital to see the benefits. There are still a lot of women who are not using social media to connect and expand.

Meet 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year — Digital Sisterhood 100


Digital Sister of the Year Badge created by Dariela Cruz

Digital Sister of the Year Badge created by Dariela Cruz

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

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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2012 Digital Sisterhood 100 List

1) Creativistas

 2) Empiristas

3) Empoweristas

4) Enchantistas

 5) Evangelistas

6) Flowistas

 7) Lifestylistas

Digital Sisterhood Month (#DSMonth) 2012 is coming in December!


Design by Dariela Cruz

Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is gearing up for Digital Sisterhood Month (#DSMonth), the third annual celebration of women in social media and tech which will be held in December. It’s gonna be 31 days of online and offline celebration with Twitter chats, Facebook and Pinterest tributes, Talkshoe.com radio shows, UStream.tv workshops with DSN founder Ananda Leeke, guest blog posts, Digital Sisterhood Leadership Project (#DSLead) profile features, giveaways, and some great DC local events.
DSN is also preparing for the launch of the Leadership, Lifestyle, and Living Well (DSN L3 ) Initiative and the 2012 Digital Sister of the Year announcement that will honor an amazing group of women.
Today, we are giving you a sneak peek preview of the #DSMonth, DSN L3 Initiative, and Digital Sister of the Year badges. They were created by Dariela Cruz of Dari Design Studio, our fabulous designer! What do you think of the badges?

Congratulations to the 2011 Digital Sisters of the Year Stacey Milbern and Mia Mingus!


Join Digital Sisterhood Network in honoring the 2011 Digital Sisters of the Year Stacey Milbern and Mia Mingus!  Stacey and Mia are digital sister warrior women who willingly practice the art of surrender and truth telling as they:

Their beautiful spirits, stories, and life work touch the core of humanity’s heart.  They remind us how powerful women are when they connect and cultivate friendships, engage in conversations, build community, establish collaborative partnerships, and support social justice causes based on shared interests. To learn more about Stacey and Mia, see the information and videos below.

More About Stacey and Mia:

Stacey and  Mia are queer disabled diasporic Korean women of color who recently moved from the South to the San Francisco Bay area to create home and community with each other.  They launched their To The Other Side of Dreaming blog as an-going experiential project that documents their journey to create collective access and home through letters and videos.

Stacey was born and raised in North Carolina.  She is a poet, writer, disabled justice activist and organizer, and former President of the Disabled Young People’s Collective.   She is currently working as the Community Outreach Director for the National Youth Leadership Network.  Digital Sisterhood Radio interviewed her on May 18. Click here to listen to the interview (31  minutes).  Be sure to read Stacey’s amazing Cripchick blog. Follow her on Twitter @cripchick.  Watch the video below to learn more about Stacey’s activism.

Mia was raised in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and spent 12 years in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is a writer, disabled justice activist and organizer, and community caretaker.  She currently works as the Program Director of Generation FIVE.   Click here to read Mia’s fabulous Leaving Evidence blog.  Follow her on Twitter @MiaMingus.  Watch the videos below to learn more about her activism.


Twitter Highlights from 12/30 Episode of Digital Sisterhood Radio Featuring Digital Sister of the Year Shaeeka Ayers a/k/a The Broke Socialite


Shameeka Ayers and her husband Mr. TBS at lavish! - Photo Credit: Shameeka Ayers' The Broke Socialite web site

Do you know the Digital Sister of the Year Shameeka Ayers, Chief Lifestyle Officer of The Broke Socialite?  Shameeka is a multitalented woman, wife, mother, daughter,  friend, blogger, author of Instantly!: How Quickly I Realized I HATE My Job, and founder/producer of lavish!, the first unconference for lifestyle social networkers. She inspires, informs, and ignites a passionate spark of creativity that calls each of us to live a fabulous life by surrendering, having faith, practicing gratitude and generosity, and dreaming big! Listen to the December 30th episode of Digital Sisterhood Radio to learn more about this amazing woman.   Also, check out the Twitterstream from the show below.

PS #1: Watch a video of Shameeka in action as The Broke Socialite at the Blogalicious conference held in October 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Enjoy!

PS #2: Watch Shameeka’s first 2011 video blog as she talks about challenging herself to blog with video twice a week. What’s your social media challenge for the year?

Twitterstream from December 30th show

  1. Avaprofile_normalMySkinConcierge RT @JohnicaReed: YES! Even if only 1/10th! “If I do half of the things that are planted in me, I will be dangerous”. – @brokesocialite#digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via web
  2. Tbsheadshot_normal brokesocialite Just wrapped a great interview with @DigitalSisterhd. Celebrating with a glass of @savidasangria. Yummy! 3 days ago via TweetDeck
  3. Drghhol9_normal drgoddess READ!!! RT @DigitalSisterhd: @BrokeSocialite is sharing lessons learned from #lavishconf. Lesson 1 – Let ppl help U. #Digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via TweetDeck
  4. Maria_roberts_3_normal RiaRob @DigitalSisterhd so true yet so hard to do. 3 days ago via Echofon
  5. Kalyn_johnson_normal KalynJohnson @DigitalSisterhd Of course! Sounds like it was a great interview. I really admire @brokesocialite as a person & all she’s accomplished. 3 days ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
  6. Kalyn_johnson_normal KalynJohnson @DigitalSisterhd Thanks! 3 days ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
  7. Black_belly_normal Yorubadoula Tuned in to http://bit.ly/RU8jz #DigitalSisterhd Are you? 3 days ago via web
  8. Tbsheadshot_normal brokesocialite RT @DigitalSisterhd: Getting ready 2 chat w/ Digital Sister o’ the Year @BrokeSocialite @9pm ET on DS Radio. Join us. http://bit.ly/RU8jz 3 days ago via TweetDeck
  9. Tbsheadshot_normal brokesocialite RT @DigitalSisterhd: Getting ready 2 chat w/ Digital Sister of the Year @BrokeSocialite @9pm ET on DS Radio. Join us. http://bit.ly/RU8jz 3 days ago via TweetDeck
  10. Kalyn_johnson_normalKalynJohnson RT @DigitalSisterhd: Right now @BrokeSocialite is talking about her #lavishconf now. It was 1st ever lifestyle social networking conference. #Digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via TweetChat
  11. Hair2_normalJohnicaReed YES! Even if only 1/10th! “If I do half of the things that are planted in me, I will be dangerous”. – @brokesocialite#digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via web
  12. Avt_ladyday93_mediumbraids_normalLADYDAY93 RT @DigitalSisterhd: Find out why @BrokeSocialite is Digital Sister of the Year @9pm ET on #Digitalsisterhood Radio http://bit.ly/RU8jz#Digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via TweetChat
  13. hicksgirl93 RT @DigitalSisterhd: @BrokeSocialite is talking about the power of letting go and surrendering as a major lesson learned from #lavishconf. #Digitalsisterhood 2 days ago via TweetChat
  14. Anandaauthorphoto_normal anandaleeke RT @DigitalSisterhd: @BrokeSocialite is talking about the power of letting go and surrendering as a major lesson learned from #lavishconf. #Digitalsisterhood 2 days ago via TweetChat
  15. Anandaauthorphoto_normal anandaleeke RT @DigitalSisterhd: Lesson #3 from #lavishconf@BrokeSocialite says do yr best &do what U R supposed to. All things will fall in2 place. #Digitalsisterhood 2 days ago via TweetChat
  16. Anandaauthorphoto_normal anandaleeke RT @DigitalSisterhd: Lesson #2 from #lavishconf – Continue to dream big says @BrokeSocialite #Digitalsisterhood 2 days ago via TweetChat
  17. Anandaauthorphoto_normal anandaleeke RT @DigitalSisterhd: @BrokeSocialite is sharing lessons learned from #lavishconf. Lesson 1 – Let ppl help U. #Digitalsisterhood 2 days ago via TweetChat
  18. TY for tweeting about tonite’s show @drgoddess @RiaRob#Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:59:18 PM via TweetChatin reply to drgoddess
  19. Day #30 of #Digitalsisterhood Month was also HUGE becuz I interviewed Digital Sister of the Year @BrokeSocialite! #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:58:39 PM via TweetChat
  20. Day #30 of #DigitalSisterhood Month was huge becuz I spent 1-on-1 time w/ my digital sister @TheTinyJewelBox @PaneraBread#Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:58:05 PM via TweetChat
  21. Day #30 of #DigitalSisterhood Month was huge. Got clear on 2011 direction 4 Digital Sisterhood Network. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:56:41 PM via TweetChat
  22. There R moments in yr life when U say THANK YOU SPIRIT for blessing me with digital sisters like @BrokeSocialite. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:56:05 PM via TweetChat
  23. During tonite’s show I really listened and received @BrokeSocialite‘s thanks for creating #DigitalSisterhood Month! WOW! #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:55:18 PM via TweetChat
  24. Many thanks @BrokeSocialite for sharing your story and wisdom tonite on #Digitalsisterhood Radio. Much DS love! #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:54:32 PM via TweetChat
  25. If U missed #DigitalSisterhood Radio interview w/ @BrokeSocialite tonite, listen to audio in 20 min. http://bit.ly/RU8jz#Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:53:52 PM via TweetChat
  26. Just wrapped up an incredible interview w/ Digital Sister of the Year @BrokeSocialite. She inspires, informs & ignites! #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:51:36 PM via TweetChat
  27. @BrokeSocialite says own your space. Push yrself beyond easy. Have the wisdom and good sense to step into yr destiny. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:50:45 PM via TweetChat
  28. @BrokeSocialite will B doing her Sugar Coma, dessert festivals on the road in 2011. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:40:03 PM via TweetChat
  29. @BrokeSocialite will be promoting her new book in Spring 2011. She will be planning for #lavishconf 2011 in ATL #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:39:25 PM via TweetChat
  30. @BrokeSocialite has been building her strategic plan for 2011. She is releasing her novella in 1st quarter of 2011. AMEN #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:38:40 PM via TweetChat
  31. @BrokeSocialite is talking about the power of letting go and surrendering as a major lesson learned from #lavishconf. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:38:02 PM via TweetChat
  32. Lesson #3 from #lavishconf – @BrokeSocialite says do yr best &do what U R supposed to. All things will fall in2 place. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:37:15 PM via TweetChat
  33. Lesson #2 from #lavishconf – Continue to dream big says @BrokeSocialite#Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:36:17 PM via TweetChat
  34. @BrokeSocialite is sharing lessons learned from #lavishconf. Lesson 1 – Let ppl help U. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:35:54 PM via TweetChat
  35. TY for tweeting @KalynJohnson @JohnicaReed @ladyday93#Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:34:52 PM via TweetChatin reply to KalynJohnson
  36. Just gave you a shout out @KalynJohnson on the show. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:33:53 PM via TweetChatin reply to KalynJohnson
  37. @BrokeSocialite is sharing how she talked with a #lavishconf attendee named Sharon who confirmed what she was called 2 do #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:31:09 PM via TweetChat
  38. Daily Candy was on @BrokeSocialite‘s vision board for #lavishconf. They played a major role in the actual conference. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:29:51 PM via TweetChat
  39. @BrokeSocialite is talking about her favorite moments. She started #lavishconf on a vision board. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:28:52 PM via TweetChat
  40. @BrokeSocialite says #lavishconf was a special moment in time. Words cannot do it justice. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:28:15 PM via TweetChat
  41. @ruemagazine @johnicareed @keyinfluencer @hgtv & others were involved in #lavishconf to make it fabulous experience. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:27:17 PM via TweetChat
  42. @BrokeSocialite created a weekend experience with #lavishconf. Love that it was an experience! #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:25:19 PM via TweetChat
  43. @BrokeSocialite established #lavishconf because she cld not find a social media geared towards lifestyle social media. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:24:39 PM via TweetChat
  44. Right now @BrokeSocialite is talking about her #lavishconf now. It was 1st ever lifestyle social networking conference. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:23:28 PM via TweetChat
  45. @BrokeSocialite‘s family came to her social meda event in November. They saw the work she is doing up close & personal. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:20:52 PM via TweetChat
  46. @BrokeSocialite says she is able to do what she does through the support of her family, friends & #digitalsisterhood#Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:20:17 PM via TweetChat
  47. @BrokeSocialite says she had to mature to be where she is. Her social media journey is a spiritual journey! #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:17:34 PM via TweetChat
  48. @BrokeSocialite says that she knows her work is not about her. It is about helping others know they can pursue dreams. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:16:59 PM via TweetChat
  49. @BrokeSocialite is a faith-filled fabulous femme! She says all of this she is experiencing w/ her brand is not about her. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:15:47 PM via TweetChat
  50. @BrokeSocialite says greatest lesson learned is meet ppl where they are. She did not give up. Faith-filled fab woman! #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:15:13 PM via TweetChat
  51. Faith, family & friends got @BrokeSocialite and her family through the rough times. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:13:27 PM via TweetChat
  52. @BrokeSocialite and her family lost everything September 11th in 2001. She says it was a dicey time for them. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:13:00 PM via TweetChat
  53. @BrokeSocialite is sharing how she was homeless at one time. She says she went through it so she cld tell her story. #Digitalsisterhood Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:12:12 PM via TweetChat
  54. @BrokeSocialite is now talking about interviewing @SoledadObrien#blogalicious10 in October. She says it was natural! #Digitalsisterhood 9:11 PM Dec 30th via TweetChat
  55. @BrokeSocialite has an amazing work ethic and creative spirit. She transformed her blog into a major resource. #Digitalsisterhood 9:10 PM Dec 30th via TweetChat
  56. She has always been a nerfd type of a girl. She found blogging to be her escape says @brokesocialite#Digitalsisterhood 9:09 PM Dec 30th via TweetChat
  57. She was encouraged by PR girlfriends 2 chronicle her coupon experiences in a blog says @BrokeSocialite#Digitalsisterhood 9:07 PM Dec 30th via TweetChat
  58. @BrokeSocialite is talking about her brand and how she established in 5 years ago when she & her family had to pear down #Digitalsisterhood 9:06 PM Dec 30th via TweetChat
  59. @Brokesocialite is talking about her roles as a wife, daughter, step mom, friend now. http://bit.ly/RU8jz#Digitalsisterhood 9:06 PM Dec 30th via TweetChat
  60. Right now @BrokeSocialite is sharing who she is now. She is a country girl from Covington, GA http://bit.ly/RU8jz#Digitalsisterhood 9:05 PM Dec 30th via TweetChat
  61. TY for RT about tonite’s show @LADYDAY93 @BrokeSocialite#Digitalsisterhood 8:45 PM Dec 30th via TweetChatin reply to LADYDAY93
  62. Do you know who the @BrokeSocialite is? Visit http://www.thebrokesocialite.com. #Digitalsisterhood 8:43 PM Dec 30th via TweetChat
  63. Find out why @BrokeSocialite is Digital Sister of the Year @9pm ET on #Digitalsisterhood Radio http://bit.ly/RU8jz#Digitalsisterhood 8:39 PM Dec 30th via TweetChat

Congratulations to Digital Sister of the Year Shameeka Ayers “The Broke Socialite”!


Shameeka Ayers -- Photo Credit: The Broke Socialite, http://www.thebrokesocialite.com

Digital Sisterhood Month is proud to announce that Shameeka Ayers, Chief Lifestyle Officer/founder of The Broke Socialite, LLC and lavish! an unconference experience for the lifestyle social networker, is Digital Sister of the Year.  Shameeka inspires, informs, and instructs us all on how to live a fabulous life. Her soulful authenticity, generosity, and entrepreneurial efforts rocked 2010 like no other digital sister we know.  Tune into the December 30th episode of Digital Sisterhood Radio at 9:00 pm EST for Ananda Leeke’s interview with Shameeka.  Click here to listen to the show.  You can follow the show’s Twitterstream by using the #digitalsisterhood hashtag and Tweetchat.