Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday: Our April Creativity Conversations & April 30 DC Digital Sisterhood Meet Up


Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday Digital Sisters,

It’s hard to believe today is the last day of April. This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) promoted the theme, “Giving Birth to Your Creativity” as a Creativista. Click here to read more about what it means to be a Creativista. What have you given birth to this month and year?

Photo Credit: Ida Wainschel

Photo Credit: Ida Wainschel

DSN has given birth to a series of creative conversations. Earlier this week, we hosted an episode of Digital Sisterhood Radio that featured an interview with Tech Creativista  Ida Wainschel, Senior Director for Global Product Innovation and Strategy at Dun and Bradstreet. Click here to read about and listen to the interview (approximately 20 minutes).

April 23rd DSN Breakfast Meet Up at Teaism

April 23rd DSN Breakfast Meet Up at Teaism

Last week, DSN founder Ananda Leeke hosted the DC Digital Sisterhood Network’s Breakfast Meet Up at Teaism, a woman-owned tea house (see photo above). Learn what happened at the meet up by clicking here to listen to the podcast Ananda recorded with Valerie Trammel, founder of Trammel Communications. Valerie was the first person who arrived at the meet up. She won a Digital Sisterhood mug filled with Tazo Passion tea bags and chocolates. She also received a complimentary 20 minute creativity coaching session (which we had today). They had a great time chatting about creativity and overcoming challenges with Nia, founder of Karat Cakery, a DC Dessert Food Truck (makes the best carrot cake in the universe!!!!).

April 9th Altanta DSN Meet Up

April 9th Altanta DSN Meet Up

On April 9th, Ananda hosted a creativity conversation during the Atlanta Digital Sisterhood Meet Up held at Proof and Provision, a bar and restaurant located in the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Click here to listen to the podcast she recorded with the amazing women who attended the event.

April 30th DSN Meet Up Location

April 30th DSN Meet Up Location

APRIL 30 DC EVENT

If you are in DC on April 30, join Ananda for the DC Digital Sisterhood Meet Up: Sip Tea & Coffee, Eat Dessert & Chat About Creativity from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Mediterranean Spot, 1501 U Street, NW, Washington, DC (located on the corner of 15th and U Streets, two blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Green/Yellow Line Metro). Click here to register for the event on Eventbrite.

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Come ready to chat with Ananda about creativity and her new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online. She’ll have copies of the book for sale ($23.95 – credit card via Square or PayPal and cash accepted). Be sure to read the Digital Sisterhood Network blog for clues that can help you win a prize (the first person to arrive will win a special prize).

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MAY 15 ONLINE EVENT

Do you know what creativity looks like in your life? Do you need to open your creative heart? Do you know what your creative voice sounds like? Are you able to access it? What is it telling you? Are you ready to give birth to your creativity? Do you need support and tips on how to give birth to your creativity or navigate your creative process?

If you answered YES to one or more of these questions, join Ananda on Thursday, May 15 for the “Giving Birth to Your Creativity” online workshop from 8:30 p.m. EST to 10:00 p.m. EST. The online 90 minute workshop will offer a small group of five participants the following:

•Creative Self-Care Practices (breathing exercises, guided meditation, affirmation, and kind and gentle office yoga for your eyes, hands, mouth, and shoulders).

•Ice Breaker Exercise and Sharing Circle.

•Talk on “Giving Birth to Your Creativity with a Creativity Recipe.”

•Journaling Exercises with Sharing Circle and Creativity Coaching Feedback.

•Action Planning Steps and Tips for Giving Birth to Your Creativity.

•Two creativity coaching email check-ins (one in June and one in July).

•A special discount on creativity coaching sessions and packages.

That Which Awakens Me by Ananda Leeke

That Which Awakens Me by Ananda Leeke

The workshop is based on exercises and information contained in her book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on Amazon). It will be delivered via conference call. So all you need to participate is your telephone. Once you register and pay $26.26 ($23.95 workshop fee and $2.31 Eventbrite fee) for the workshop, she will email you an agenda with handouts, the special discount on creativity coaching sessions, and the telephone number for the conference call. Click here to register for the workshop.

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Meet 2013 Digital Sisters of the Year – #DigitalSisterhood 100


Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday and Digital Sisterhood Month 2013!

The Digital Sisterhood Network is proud to announce the 2013 Digital Sisters of the Year. They represent the #DigitalSisterhood 100. Each Digital Sister of the Year truly embodies the theme of Digital Sisterhood Month 2013: “Fierce Living: Too Bold for Boundaries.” To learn more about them, check out the #DigitalSisterhood 100 list below.

The list 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.
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.

Special Message for 2013 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

2013 #DigitalSisterhood 100 List

1) Creativistas

2) Empiristas

3) Empoweristas

4) Enchantistas

5) Evangelistas

6) Flowistas

7) Lifestylistas

Join @DigitalSisterhd & Ananda Leeke for 10/23 #DigitalSisterhood Book Twitter Chat at 9pm EST


Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!

Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is launching the #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Question of the Day (QOTD). It is based on Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online. Many thanks to our digital sisters Julie Diaz Asper and Xina Eiland for brainstorming the idea.

Today’s QOTD is: Who are the digital sisters that have influenced you the most?

Ananda Leeke and her mother, Theresa B. Leeke

Ananda Leeke and her mother, Theresa B. Leeke

This morning, Ananda shared an Instagram photo of her digital sister. Guess who it is?

Her mother, Theresa B. Leeke. Click here to read how her mother has influenced her digital journey and life. Listen to the audio blog too.

Photo Credit: Twitter.com

Photo Credit: Twitter.com

Also, join Ananda for the #DigitalSisterhood Book Twitter Chat and a deeper discussion about this topic tonight from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST. Follow @digitalsisterhd and use #DigitalSisterhood to participate in the conversation. HootSuite.com, Tweetchat,com, and Tweetgrid.com are great tools for tracking the discussion.

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Creativista Digital Sisters + Theatre + Videos + Twitter = Funnel Cake Flowers & the Urban Chameleons


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Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday! Happy July!

Last night, the Digital Sisterhood Network attended the D.C. performance of Funnel Cake Flowers & the Urban Chameleons, a theatrical performance that utilizes an interactive talk-show format, a D.J., video clips, and audience participation via Twitter to discuss race and identity in America. It was held as a part of the Washington Women in Theatre’s 10th Year Anniversary Celebration at American University’s Katzen Center.

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Funnel Cake Flowers, an urban chameleon reporter created by Tickles.TV founder and Emmy-nominated writer/performance artist/producer HaJ, tells the stories of “Urban Chameleons.” Urban Chameleons are people of color who seamlessly transition from the cultural extremes of white Corporate America and their ethnic communities. They represent code-switchers when they choose to reveal their accents, attitudes, and authentic selves in front of white people.

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Video

When the show opens, Funnel Cake Flower uses her bougie accent to introduce the audience to the “double-consciousness” of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois and reminds them that people of color code switch due to the dual realities they are faced to live in America. Her detailed description of ‘Urban Chameleons” includes people who watch CNN and Boondocks, listen to Jay Z and Yo Yo Ma, shop at Target and Gucci, and eat fried chicken and sushi.

HaJ does a masterful job of playing  a diverse cast of characters including a spoken word Black female bohemian poet, an upper class Black female fashionista named Sandra, and an Afro-wearing man named Leroi or Leroy who keeps it real. Through video clips, Funnel Cake Flowers shows how Black female professionals navigate the landscape of Corporate America during the week and travel into their ethnic communities to take care of their beauty needs on the weekends. She also gives insight into the challenges faced by Latina women who encounter fellow Latinos who do not speak Spanish or embrace their cultural identity.

Spoken Word

Spoken Word

Sandra

Sandra

Leroy

Leroy

HaJ collaborated with her mother, Dr. Ayoka “Ayo” Chenzira, an award-winning filmmaker, interactive digital media artist, and the founder of Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon, on the performance. Ayo serves as the show’s director. Ayo was named 2012 Digital Sister of the Year – Creativista. Click here to listen to Digital Sisterhood Radio’s June 19th interview with the mother-daughter team.

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Ayo

Haj and Ananda

Haj and Ananda

If you are in D.C., check out the final show on July 3 at 8:00 p.m. at American University’s Katzen Center. Click here for more details.

Digital Sisterhood Wednesday Shout Out of Support for Adria Richards


Photo Credit: Adria Richards - http://butyoureagirl.com

Photo Credit: Adria Richards – http://butyoureagirl.com

Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!

Today, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is using Digital Sisterhood Wednesday to support and stand in solidarity with Adria Richards, an amazing digital sister and technology evangelist who we love, respect, and learn from. We’ve known Adria since we met her at the Blogalicious Weekend Conference and interviewed her on Digital Sisterhood Radio in 2009. She is one of our Digital Diva Sheroes!

Last week, Adria used her voice and digital platform to speak up against inappropriate comments made by two men during the PyCon 2013 conference. Click on the links below to read related articles and blogs.

Like many of you, we are shocked and deeply troubled by the harassment and abuse  directed at her and her supporters. We support the actions she took and stand in solidarity with her and everyone who is on #TeamAdria. We hope this experience reminds each of us to practice civility and respect in our communications. May we also work to confront, transform, and eliminate sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression in technology and society.

Digital Sisterhood Network Launches ERA 2015 Awareness Campaign in June


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The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)  was written by Alice Paul, an American University Washington College of Law

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm

alumna, lawyer,  suffrage leader, and founder of the National Women’s Party, in 1923.  For almost 50 years, the ERA bill was introduced in every session of the United States Congress.  In May 1969, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm  spoke before the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the ERA.  In her speech, Congresswoman Chisholm stated: “What we need are laws to protect working people, to guarantee them fair pay, safe working conditions, protection against sickness and layoffs, and provision for dignified, comfortable retirement. Men and women need these things equally.”  Click here to read her speech.  Congress passed the ERA in 1972 and required that the measure be ratified by 38 states within seven years.  The deadline was extended to 1982.  Between 1972 and 1982, 35 states voted to end discrimination on the basis of sex.  In June 1982, Congress refused to extend the deadline because 38 states had not ratified the ERA.  Since then, a new constitutional amendment with the same ERA language and no deadline has been introduced in every Congressional session. Despite its introduction, the ERA has not received a hearing.

Guess what happens when women’s equal rights are not protected across all 50 states and under the U.S. Constitution? Here are a few examples.

  • Law affecting women are arbitrarily and inconsistently applied.
  • Outcomes on gender discrimination cases vary because the judicial system does not have a clear benchmark for issuing rulings.
  • Gender-related legislation that has taken many years to become U.S. law can be reversed overnight by a single vote or denied necessary appropriations.

The Digital Sisterhood Network supports women’s equal rights and the advocacy work of United 4 Equality, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based grassroots

coalition of citizens, nonprofits, and corporations committed to outlaw sex discrimination by the passage of the ERA in three additional states in order to reach the 38 states required by the U.S. Constitution.  Carolyn Cook established United 4 Equality, LLC in March 2010. Watch a video of her below.

In an effort to support United  4 Equality’s ERA 2015 Campaign, the Digital Sisterhood Network is launching its own ERA 2015 Awareness Campaign on #DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays in June.  Each Wednesday the Digital Sisterhood Network will tweet about the importance of the ERA and United 4 Equality’s ERA 2015 Campaign.   So join the Twitter party on June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.  Use the hashtags #digitalsisterhood and #ERA2015.  Also add United 4 Equality’s Twitter ID: @united4equality. See sample tweets below. Feel free to use them.

Sample ERA2015 Tweets for June 2011 #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Parties:

FYI – You can also make a financial contribution to United 4 Equality by clicking here (see PayPal button on the front page of web site).  Thank you in advance for your generosity!