What Were Your Favorite “Digital Sisterhood” Moments of 2012?


Happy Friday Digital Sisters!

Can you believe it’s already the fourth day of 2013? As we move into the new year, we thought it would be a great idea to look back on the many moments we experienced digital sisters online and offline in 2012.

What were your favorite “Digital Sisterhood” moments?

Check out Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke’s 25 favorite moments below.

Ananda at BlissDom

Ananda at BlissDom

 

Seeing President Obama at BlogHer with Tracey Friley

Seeing President Obama at BlogHer with Tracey Friley

 

Podcasting 101 session at BlogHer

Podcasting 101 session at BlogHer

Fashion Night Out DC 2012 with Brea and Ananda in Adams Morgan

Fashion Night Out DC 2012 with Brea and Ananda in Adams Morgan

Style Blogger Town Hall at #DSStyleSalon

Style Blogger Town Hall at #DSStyleSalon

 

Meeting Issa Rae

Meeting Issa Rae

Laurita Tellado walking the BlogHer Fashion Show Runway

Laurita Tellado walking the BlogHer Fashion Show Runway

 

Digital Sisterhood Key to Atlanta at Digitini

Digital Sisterhood Key to Atlanta at Digitini

Everywhere Team at Digitin

Everywhere Team at Digitin

 

Ananda speaking at Spelman College's Women of Color Conference - Photo Credit" Spelman College

Ananda speaking at Spelman College’s Women of Color Conference – Photo Credit” Spelman College

Arnebya Herndon speaking at BlogHer

Arnebya Herndon speaking at BlogHer

 

Blogalicious Brunch at BlogHer

Blogalicious Brunch at BlogHer

Ananda and Xina Eiland at the Brooklyn Museum DSMonth Field Trip - Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis

Ananda and Xina Eiland at the Brooklyn Museum DSMonth Field Trip – Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis

 

Digital Sisters of the Year on #DSmonth Pinterest Board

Digital Sisters of the Year on #DSmonth Pinterest Board

 

  1. Attending my first BlissDom conference and teaching the “Fierce Living from Your Creative Heart” workshop session.
  2. Becoming a passionate Animoto, Instagram, and Pinterest user after learning how important it is to value my visual voice during Diane Cu’s photography and video session at BlissDom.
  3. Hosting a soft launch of DSN’s Leadership Project (#DSLead) with a radio interview and profile featuring Dana Theus, founder of InPower Women, a Pinterest board featuring interviews with social media women leaders, and a Twitter chat series.
  4. Participating as a panelist for the “How Social Media Can Shape Your Leadership Brand” panel and meeting Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum at Spelman’s Eight Annual Women of Color Leadership Conference.
  5. Being surprised by the Everywhere team with a Digital Sisterhood Key (created by Danica Kombol) to Atlanta at the Digitini event.
  6. Meeting Issa Rae, founder of “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” webisode series at the Minority Media & Telecom Council Conference.
  7. Seeing President Obama’s live web cast with Tracey Friley, founder of One Brown Girl, at the BlogHer Conference.
  8. Rooming with Arnebya Herndon, founder of WhatNowAndWhy.com, and seeing her read her Trayvon Martin blog post at the Voices of the Year event held at the BlogHer  Conference.
  9. Moderating a Podcasting 101 panel with Deborah Shane, author/branding and media strategist/media host, and Jasmin Singer, co-founder of Our Hen House, at the BlogHer conference.
  10. Attending the first-ever BlogHer Fashion Show curated and MC’d by Budget Fashionista founder Kathryn Finney, and seeing my digital sister Laurita Tellado get out of her wheelchair and walk the runway as a blogger model.
  11. Hanging out at the Blogalicious’ Brunchalicious at BlogHer.
  12. Joining Women Online’s Social Media Sprint Campaign to promote President Obama by live tweeting with other women bloggers and social media influencers during the election debates and final weeks of the 2012 campaign.
  13. Celebrating my first Fashion Night Out DC with my digital sister Brea Ellis, founder of the What I Wore: Tip to Toe blog, and tweeting our photos from our Adams Morgan and U Street adventures.
  14. Working with graphic designer Dariela Cruz and Dari Design Studio on badge and logo designs for the DSN brand and Digital Sisterhood book cover.
  15. Sharing my thoughts as a speaker during the Blog Community Jam Session at the Blogalicious Weekend Conference.
  16. Chatting with digital sisters during the Blogalicious Weekend Conference Afternoon Tea.
  17. Watching Elayne Fluker’s  ChicRebellion.tv, the first and only Internet TV network developed by women of color for women of color.
  18. Meeting Amy Vernon for the first time at Argo Tea (my new favorite place to go when I am in NYC) and working with her to build a thriving Tech Women Unite! Facebook community.
  19. Serving as an advisory board member for and attending DigitalunDivided.com’s FOCUS100 Symposium for thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are using emerging technologies to engage Black women.
  20. Learning about smartphone apps, crowdfunding, interactive games, and webisode script writing during Women Interactive, a Creative Technology Festival co-sponsored by the Art of Genius Creative Technology Series and Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon.
  21. Joining AARP’s Kitchen Cabinet Blogger Advisory Group for the Caregiving Campaign during National Family Caregivers Month.
  22. Working with Brea Ellis to plan and host two Digital Sisterhood Month events: #DSFlashMob on U Street and #DSStyleSalon at the Tenley-Friendship Library in Washington, D.C.
  23. Traveling to New York City with Xina Eiland to attend FOCUS100 and the Digital Sisterhood Month events.
  24. Connecting with digital sisters during the online and offline events held during Digital Sisterhood Month (rooming with Xina at Blogalicious and hanging out during BlogHer too).
  25. Selecting and honoring the 100 Digital Sisters of the Year a/k/a “Digital Sisterhood 100.”

Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 Favorite Moments


Happy New Year!

Today Digital Sisterhood Network is reflecting on our favorite Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 moments. See our list and photos below.

What were your favorite moments?

Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 Moments

1) Naming the 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year a/k/a “Digital Sisterhood 100” and receiving their emails, Facebook posts, and tweets.

Digital Sisters of the Year on #DSmonth Pinterest Board

Digital Sisters of the Year on #DSmonth Pinterest Board

2) Traveling to New York City to host the #DSMonth Meet Up at Argo Tea and  Field Trip to the Brooklyn Museum.

12/14 #DSMonth NYC Meet Up Members: Halana, Amy, and Ananda - Photo by Christina Soriano

12/14 #DSMonth NYC Meet Up Members: Halana, Amy, and Ananda – Photo by Christina Soriano

Digital Sisters at NYC Field Trip Meet Up at Brooklyn Museum

Digital Sisters at NYC Field Trip Meet Up at Brooklyn Museum

NYC Field Trip

NYC Field Trip

Art work by Mickalene Thomas

Art work by Mickalene Thomas

3) Working with Brea Ellis, founder of What I Wore: tip to toe blog, to organize two Digital Sisterhood Month events: Fierce Living in Fashion 15 Minute Flash Mob on U Street (#DSFlashMob) and Salon Series on DC Style (#DSStyleSalon).

Brea Ellis & Ananda Leeke

Brea Ellis & Ananda Leeke

4) Shopping with digital sisters on U Street and eating a snack at Ben’s Chili Bowl during the #DSFlashMob event in Washington, DC.

#DSFlashMob meet and greet at the Mediterranean Spot on U Street

#DSFlashMob meet and greet at the Mediterranean Spot on U Street

#DSFlashMob shopping moments at Zawadi on U Street

#DSFlashMob shopping moments at Zawadi on U Street

#DSFlashMob shoppers at ben's Chili Bowl

#DSFlashMob shoppers at ben’s Chili Bowl

5) Learning from the #DSStyleSalon speakers and audience at the Tenley-Friendship Public Library in Washington, DC.

Brea Ellis & Rosemary Reed Miller

Brea Ellis & Rosemary Reed Miller

Blogger Town Hall Speakers Krystin Hargrove,  Monica Byrd, and Deb Vaughan

Blogger Town Hall Speakers Krystin Hargrove, Monica Byrd, and Deb Vaughan

Brea Ellis and DC designers Philissa Williams and Katherine Martinez

Brea Ellis and DC designers Philissa Williams and Katherine Martinez

#DSStyleSalon audience

#DSStyleSalon audience

Philissa Williams and her mom & Ananda Leeke at #DSStyleSalon

Philissa Williams and her mom & Ananda Leeke at #DSStyleSalon

6) Interviewing Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, Dariela Cruz, Stacey Ferguson, Kelly Heisler, Elyane Fluker, Nadia Jones, Claire-Dee Lim, Allissa Richardson, Jessica Solomon, and Elena Sonnino on Digital Sisterhood Radio.

7) Hosting #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter chats with:

8) Taking Kimberly Wilson’s Yoga and Meditation class at Tranquil Space in Washington, DC.

Yoga teachers Kimberly Wilson and Ananda Leeke

Yoga teachers Kimberly Wilson and Ananda Leeke

9) Chatting with Valerie Trammel at the She Writers Meet Up held at Teaism in Washington, DC.

She Writers Meet Up - Valerie Trammel and Ananda Leeke

She Writers Meet Up – Valerie Trammel and Ananda Leeke

10) Replying to the Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter positive comments from the Digital Sisterhood community.

11) Reading Janel Martinez’s Black Enterprise article about Digital Sisterhood Month.

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12) Going to the National Museum of Women in the Arts to see the Women Who Rock exhibition.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum of Women in the Arts

13) Seeing the #DSMonth badge on digital sisters’ blogs and web sites.

#DSMonth Badge

#DSMonth Badge

14) Attending the TEDxAdamsMorganWomen event and hearing the fantastic speakers.

TEDxAdamsMorganWomen Event

TEDxAdamsMorganWomen Event

15) Meeting digital sister Kesha Bruce, an artist and writer, at her opening night reception at Morton Fine Art Gallery in Washington, DC.

Artist Kesha Bruce and Ananda Leeke

Artist Kesha Bruce and Ananda Leeke

#DSMonth Day 15 Recap: NYC Field Trip To Brooklyn Musuem’s Mickalene Thomas’ Exhibition


Mickalene Thomas exhibition at Brooklyn Museum

Mickalene Thomas exhibition at Brooklyn Museum

Digital Sisters at NYC Field Trip Meet Up at Brooklyn Museum

Digital Sisters at NYC Field Trip Meet Up at Brooklyn Museum

NYC Field Trip

NYC Field Trip

Art work by Mickalene Thomas

Art work by Mickalene Thomas

Ananda Leeke excited to be at the Brooklyn Museum

Ananda Leeke excited to be at the Brooklyn Museum

Xenobia Bailey and Ananda Leeke (Ananda is wearing one of Sylvia's hats)

Xenobia Bailey and Ananda Leeke (Ananda is wearing one of Sylvia’s hats)

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.

Visit to Eponymy boutique in Brooklyn

Visit to Eponymy boutique in Brooklyn

Ananda Leeke and her new BFF digital sister, Lady Bianca Miller, a socialite, fashionista and blogger

Ananda Leeke and her new BFF digital sister, Lady Bianca Miller, a socialite, fashionista and blogger

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!

#DSMonth Day 14 Recap: NYC Meet Up at Argo Tea


Argo Tea in Chelsea, NYC

Argo Tea in Chelsea, NYC

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.

12/14 #DSMonth NYC Meet Up Members: Halana, Amy, and Ananda - Photo by Christina Soriano

12/14 #DSMonth NYC Meet Up Members: Halana, Amy, and Ananda – Photo by Christina Soriano

Photo Credit: Christina Soriano

Photo Credit: Christina Soriano

#DSMonth Day 13 Recap: Digital Sisterhood Radio Interview with Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media Founder Stacey Ferguson


Stacey Ferguson and Ananda Leeke at Brunchalicious event at BlogHer 12 in NYC

Stacey Ferguson and Ananda Leeke at Brunchalicious event at BlogHer 12 in NYC

Day 13 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a Digital Sisterhood Radio interview with Stacey Ferguson, Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media, Personal Brand Strategist, Digital Content & Events Producer, Tech Lawyer, and BeBlogalicious.com Chief Curator. Click here to listen to her interview.

#DSMonth Guest Blog Post by Nakita Pope, Founder of Branding Chicks


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.

Photo Credit: Nakita Pope

Photo Credit: Nakita Pope

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!

 

#DSMonth Guest Blog Post by Pen of The NetworkFAM


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

Photo by Cacha

Photo by Cacha

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!”

#DSMonth Day 8 Recap: Photos and Videos from #DSStyleSalon


Check out photos from the Digital Sisterhood Month’s Salon Series on “DC Style: Past, Present, and Future” that was held on December 8, 2012, at the Tenley-Friendship DC Public Library.

Brea Ellis & Rosemary Reed Miller

Brea Ellis & Rosemary Reed Miller

The Salon Series on “DC Style: Past, Present, and Future” featured a discussion on DC style during the past 30 years, a fashion and style blogger town hall on the present trends in DC style, and a conversation with DC designers on the future of DC style.

Blogger Town Hall Speakers Krystin Hargrove,  Monica Byrd, and Deb Vaughan

Blogger Town Hall Speakers Krystin Hargrove, Monica Byrd, and Deb Vaughan

Brea Ellis and DC designers Philissa Williams and Katherine Martinez

Brea Ellis and DC designers Philissa Williams and Katherine Martinez

The speakers included:

#DSStyleSalon audience

#DSStyleSalon audience

Philissa Williams and her mom & Ananda Leeke

Philissa Williams and her mom & Ananda Leeke

Brea Ellis, a fourth generation Washingtonian and the founder of What I Wore: tip to toe, a personal style blog, and Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke served as moderators. Click here to read Brea’s blog recap about the Salon Series.

Photos and Videos (for videos — turn the volume up on your computer, lap top, tablet or digital device up — low audio recordings)

  • Click here to see the event photos on Flickr.
  • Watch video of Brea Ellis and Rosemary Reed Miller – Part One.
  • Watch video of Brea Ellis and Rosemary Reed Miller – Part Two.
  • Watch video of Brea Ellis and Rosemary Reed Miller – Part Three.
  • Watch video of Krystin Hargrove.
  • Watch video of Monica Byrd.
  • Watch video of Deb Vaughan.