Recap of Digital Sisterhood Month’s 12/2 Breakfast Meetup, Visit to Screening of TEDxWomen, and Yoga Field Trip at Embrace Yoga DC


 

Ananda and Helena Metafaria at Teaism

Helena recording an audio blog

Helena appreciating her East African beads

 
Day 2 of Digital Sisterhood Month started with a Breakfast Meetup held at Teaism, a woman-owned cafe, located on Dupont Circle in Washington, DC  www.teaism.com.  Ananda Leeke, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder, and Helena Metafaria, a holistic healing practitioner, yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, artist, and founder of The Meta Experience – www.themetaexperience.com, enjoyed a three-hour discussion about art, the healing arts, social media, digital sisterhood relationships and community building efforts, 2012 goals, lessons learned, and fierce living experiences in 2011.  Listen to their audio blogs below.
 
 

Ananda at TEDxWomen screening

 

Batala, a Brazilian women's drummer and percussion group performing at TEDxWomen event

 

Women chatting at lunch after TEDxWomen screening

 
 
After the meet up, Ananda attended the TEDxWomen screening sponsored by the TEDxDupont group: www.tedxwomen.org/schedule.  After the screening, Batala, a Brazilian women’s drumming and percussion group performed:  www.facebook.com/batalawashington.  The group held an open lunch with discussions that encouraged women to talk about their concerns and to write them on the conversation board.
 

Embrace Yoga DC's Logo

 
 

Ananda and Shawna

Embrace Yoga DC owner Faith Hunter and Ananda

 
Day 2 of Digital Sisterhood Month ended with a yoga field trip to Shawna Renee’s Vinyasa class at Embrace Yoga DC, a studio owned by Faith Hunter – http://embracedc.com.  Visit http://cocoamode.wordpress.com  to learn more about Shawna Renee.  Listen to the audio blog featuring Shawna and Ananda where Shawna expresses her appreciation for receiving the meetup jewelry gift from an East African jewelry collection sold by Fairwinds Trading at Macy’s:  http://cinch.fm/anandaleeke/322563.  Everywhere, a social media and communications firm that represents Fairwinds Trading and Macy’s, provided the jewelry gifts for the Digital Sisterhood Month meetups and yoga field trip.  Visit http://beverywhere.tvClick on the link to see event photos from Day 2 of Digital Sisterhood Month:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/anandaleeke/sets/72157628299253749.

Recap of the Digital Sisterhood Month’s 12/1 Visit to Heart of Haiti Event at Macy’s


 

 

Digital Sisterhood Network kicked off Digital Sisterhood Month 2011 with a visit to see the Heart of Haiti collection on December 1, 2011, at Macy’s Metro Center in Washington, DC.  Numerous DC area women bloggers and social media professionals attended Macy’s special reception to honor the latest addition to the exclusive Heart of Haiti line which includes beautiful works of art made from papier mache: serving trays and sandstone bookends in vibrant colors to metal work mirrors and wall plaques.  They networked with each other, enjoyed eating tasty Haitian hors d’oeuvres (loved the shrimp), and purchased items from the Heart of Haiti collection. Click here to see the event photos.

Pascale Faublas, one of the featured Haitian artists and Jacmel Director for Fairwinds Trading, and Willa Shalit, the CEO of Fairwinds Trading, spoke at the event.  Stanley Lucas, the Haitian ambassador the United States,  and Meg Galloway Pearce, Vice President, Marketing and Communications at the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, also spoke at the event.  Ambassador (retired) Timothy M. Carney, Executive Vice President at the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, and members of his staff  were in attendance.   Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke, BeBlogalicious.com founder Stacey Ferguson, Tech Savvy Mama founder Leticia Barr, and PR professional Xina Eiland served as event hostesses.  Ananda serves as a Heart of Haiti blogger ambassador.  She traveled to Haiti to visit the Haitian artisans in February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everywhere, a woman-owned marketing and communications agency that represents Macy’s and its partnership with Fairwinds Trading and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, organized the event.  Danica Kombol, Everywhere’s Managing Partner, and Britton Edwards, Everywhere’s Senior Digital Stategist, made sure the night was a grand success!  They also hosted a Blogger Reception at Oceanaire after the Macy’s event.  Each blogger received a Heart of Haiti gift.

 

 

Digital Sisterhood Network Celebrates Social Media Day on June 30 with a KOFAVIV Social Good Twitter Giveaway


Photo Credit: Hilary Powell - http://twitter.com/mshilary

Update:  Hilary Powell (known as @mshilary on Twitter) won Digital Sisterhood’s Social Good Twitter KOFAVIV Jewelry Giveaway at 11:08 am on June 30.  Hilary’s tweet contained the correct answer to the giveaway question: KOFAVIV’s web site. A beautiful necklace  (see photo below) was mailed to her.  She is a journalist and researcher at Harpo Studios in Chicago. 

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Photo Credit: Mashable.com

This year the Digital Sisterhood Network is celebrating Social Media Day by hosting a Social Good Twitter Giveaway for women in social media on June 30 from 11:00 am ET to 2:00 pm ET.

Purpose of the Twitter Giveaway:

Photo of KOFAVIV Banner

The purpose of the giveaway is to raise awareness about the powerful work of KOFAVIV (Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim – Kreyol name of the organization; English translation – Commission of Women Victims for Victims), a nonprofit organization established in 2004 by Haitian women living in Port-au-Prince who were raped during the military dictatorship that lasted from 1991 to 1994.  KOFAVIV is dedicated to educating, empowering, and providing regular wages to women who are victims of gender-based violence.

Twitter Giveaway Prize:

Photo Credit: Anthropologie.com

The giveaway prize is a hand-hammered recycled steel heart pendant strung with wooden beads by the  women artisans of KOFAVIV.  The pendant was made from an oil drum by Atelier Haiti in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti.  The necklace is sold by Anthropologie through a collaboration between Atelier Haiti and Fairwinds Trading.

How Twitter Giveaway Works:

Digital Sisterhood will send a series of tweets about KOFAVIV that give links to articles and blog posts about the organization on June 30 between 8:00 am ET and 11:00 am ET.  The giveaway question will be tweeted at 11:00 am ET.  It will focus on some aspect of KOFAVIV that is mentioned in the articles and blog posts.  Women in social media will have between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to tweet the correct answer.  The first woman who tweets the answer will win the giveaway prize.  The winner will need to provide her mailing address to receive the prize.  The prize will be mailed on July 1.

Story Behind the Twitter Giveaway:

Ananda Leeke, the Digital Sisterhood Network’s founder, traveled to Haiti as the Heart of Haiti ambassador with a group of women

KOFAVIV girls in February 2011

bloggers  led by Willa Shalit, CEO of Fairwinds Trading in February.  During the trip, the group visited KOFAVIV and met with women and girls who survived rape and violence.  The girls and women shared their stories and creative projects including clothing, wooden crafts, and jewelry made from an assortment of beads.  Before the group left KOFAVIV, Shalit promised to partner with the women and girls on developing an economic project that would support their jewelry making efforts.

KOFAVIV girls in February 2011

When the group returned to the United States, they shared their reflections about their KOFAVIV visit and other Haiti trip experiences on the March 31st episode of Digital Sisterhood Radio.  Shalit discussed Fairwinds Trading’s collaboration with Atelier Haiti and Anthropologie to help the women artisans of KOFAVIV.  Click here to read a blog recap and to  listen to the audio recording.

Anthropologie began selling necklaces made by the women artisans of KOFAVIV and metal artisans of Atelier Haiti in June.  Click here to learn more about the necklaces. They make great gifts!

Haiti’s Preliminary Election Results & Remembering the Heart of Haiti Digitial Sisterhood


Photo: (L-R) - Nathalie, Deana, Willa, Sloane, Ananda, Julianna & Johnica

Photo Credit: Heather, Sloane & Ananda

Today I read an article about Haiti’s preliminary elections results by Jacqueline Charles, a Miami Herald journalist.  It generated a waterfall of memories from my recent trip to Haiti with the Heart of Haiti campaign, a partnership between Macy’s, Fairwinds Trading, and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund in February.

When I left Washington, DC and landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on February 25,  I had no idea digital sisterhood packed herself in my luggage with plans to develop digital sisterhood bonds with 11 amazing women I met through the Heart of Haiti campaign.  See the list of digital sisters below.  Click here to see more photos of the Heart of Haiti‘s Digital Sisterhood.

Heart of Haiti Digital Sisters

  • Sloane Berrent, Humanitarian, Kiva Fellow, and Founder of The Causemopolitan,
  • Laura Ciocia, Senior Digital Strategist at Everywhere,
  • Pascale Faubas, Jacmel Director, Fairwinds Trading
  • Deana Jirak, Designer and Photographer,
  • Danica Kombol, Managing and Founding Partner at Everywhere,
  • Johnica Reed, Travel Tastemaker, Writer, and Founder of leisureStrategy,
  • Willa Shalit, Artist, Author, Co-Founder of V-Day, CEO of Fairwinds Trading, and Founder of Touch Foundation,
  • Nathalie Tancrede, co-founder of Fondation d’Ayiti Soleil, a Haitian organization that helps educate Haitian girls and women, and the Haiti Country Director for Fairwinds Trading
  • Juliana Um, Creative Director, Fairwinds Trading
  • Heather Whaling, PR/Social Media Expert and President of Geben Communication.

I learned so much about these ladies in four days. We talked about many issues as we toured Port-au-Prince.  Stories, insights, reflections, and

Photo Credit: Johnica, Ananda & Danica

lessons learned danced in and out of our daily adventures.  Laughter, silent pauses, a reflection and prayer circle, yoga before sunrise, Reiki healing touch sessions, blogging and tweeting in the hotel restaurant, filming video interviews, taking photos everyplace we stopped, late night girl weekend conversations, dancing and eating plantains at Jacmel’s Carnival, and chit chatting at the cafe in Toussaint Louverture International Airport are just a few of the ways Digital Sisterhood created bonds between me and these women.

It’s hard for me to fully describe the Digital Sisterhood bond that happened in Haiti.   I guess I am

Photo Credit: Laura, Deana, Sloane & Ananda

still basking in the beauty and blessing of connecting with 11 dynamic women.   So I will leave you with two of my favorite Kreyol words and video interviews of Willa Shalit and Heather Whaling.  The Heart of Haiti Digital Sisterhood is “belle bagay” (a Kreyol word that means fabulous)!

Recap of 3/31 Digital Sisterhood Radio’s Heart of Haiti Tripster Show


Digital Sisterhood Radio’s March 31st episode featured a juicy discussion about the digital sisterhood experiences that several social media women who traveled with Digital Sisterhood founder Ananda Leeke (named Heart of Haiti blogger ambassador) while they were in Haiti with the Heart of Haiti campaign in February.  The guests included:

  • Sloane Berrent, Humanitarian, Kiva Fellow, and Founder of The Causemopolitan;
  • Deana Jirak, Designer and Photographer;
  • Danica Kombol, Managing and Founding Partner at Everywhere;
  • Johnica Reed, Travel Tastemaker, Writer, and Founder of leisureStrategy;
  • Willa Shalit, Artist, Author, Co-Founder of V-Day, CEO of Fairwinds Trading, and Founder of Touch Foundation; and
  • Heather Whaling, PR/Social Media Expert and President of Geben Communication.

Click here to listen to the audio recording of the show.  Check out the show’s Twitter stream below.

The Heart of Haiti campaign is a partnership between Macy’s, Fairwinds Trading, and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

PS:  Be sure to check out the Heart of Haiti’s Spring collection.  Click here to see the latest items. They make great Easter, Mother’s Day, graduation, wedding, birthday, and Father’s Day gifts!

Twitter Stream from March 31st Show

  1. Iarocci_office_normalJoeIarocci RT @HEARTofHAITI Welcome to the #digitalsisterhood@joeiarocci! 🙂 #HOHchat <Thanks, an honor! 3 days ago via web
  2. Iarocci_office_normalJoeIarocci RT @sloane@joeiarocci you’re in! #digitalsisterhood#heartofhaiti <Great, thanks! 3 days ago via web
  3. Phpean5zu_c2pm_normalfrelle RT @sloane: @beEverywhere Thank you. I am endlessly inspired by all of you. xoxo #heartofhaiti#digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via web
  4. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane Thanks to @anandaleeke for hosting a #digitalsisterhood show on #heartofhaiti. Girl you’re amazing. 3 days ago via web
  5. Heartofhaiti_normalHEARTofHAITI Welcome to the #digitalsisterhood@joeiarocci! 🙂 #HOHchat 3 days ago via HootSuite
  6. Everywhere_normalbeEverywhere Thanks to @anandaleeke for hosting a #digitalsisterhood show on #heartofhaiti. 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  7. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane@joeiarocci you’re in! #digitalsisterhood#heartofhaiti 3 days ago via web
  8. Heartofhaiti_normalHEARTofHAITI#HOHchat Changing the perception of #Haiti and telling the good is one of the many ways we can all give back. #digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via HootSuite
  9. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol RT @sloane: @beEverywhere Thank you. I am endlessly inspired by all of you. xoxo #heartofhaiti#digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via web
  10. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane@beEverywhere Thank you. I am endlessly inspired by all of you. xoxo #heartofhaiti#digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via web
  11. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol “Atlanta is becoming a hotspot in the world of #atlanta and social media.” >> @anandaleeke#digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  12. Iarocci_office_normalJoeIarocci Hey @DanicaKombol – would appreciate being member of #digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via web
  13. Heartofhaiti_normalHEARTofHAITI#HOHchat “There’s something so sacred about the connections between women, whether online or off.” – @anandaleeke#digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via HootSuite
  14. Img_2542_normaljackieyeaney RT @danicakombol: .@anandaleeke just gave A big s/o to @jackieyeaney who is joining the #digitalsisterhood show! Talking @heartofHaiti. 3 days ago via HootSuite
  15. Teamcbus_pic_normalDigital411 RT @DigitalSisterhd: we r tlkng abt how we experienced #digitalsisterhood during the trip. @prtini is sharing how we bonded w/ van… 3 days ago via HootSuitefrom Columbus, OH
  16. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol#digitalsisterhood in #haiti means being stuck in traffic and talking talking talking!!! 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  17. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol Hey @anandaleeke give a s/o to @joeIarrocci from #care. An honorary member of #DigitalSisterhood (tweeted Kofaviv #heartofHaiti) 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  18. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol .@anandaleeke just gave A big s/o to @jackieyeaney who is joining the #digitalsisterhood show! Talking @heartofHaiti. 3 days ago via HootSuite
  19. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol Thx @JoeIarocci from #care for mentiong Kofaviv #haiti. We need you as an honorary memory of the #digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  20. Heartofhaiti_normalHEARTofHAITI#HOHchat KOFAVIV, an acronym for ‘Commission of Women Victims For Women’ is powered entirely by survivors. #digitalsisterhood 3 days ago via HootSuite
  21. Heartofhaiti_normalHEARTofHAITI RT @JohnicaReed: Hopping on #DigitalSisterhood radio w/ my fellow @HEARTofHAITI tripsters to talk #Haiti » http://bit.ly/gnf2r5 . Tune in! 3 days ago via web
  22. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol .@anandaleeeke heard from one of the young girls at Kofaviv in #haiti. “#DigitalSisterhood at it’s best!” 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  23. Dsc_05272_normalJohnicaReed Yes, she does! RT @sloane Doing the @digitalsisterhood radio show tonight w/ #heartofhaiti ladies. @AnandaLeeke has the best radio voice! 3 days ago via web
  24. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane Doing the @digitalsisterhood radio show tonight with the #heartofhaiti ladies. @AnandaLeeke has the best radio voice! 3 days ago via web
  25. Brittont13_normalbrittont13 RT @PRtini: Doing the @digitalsisterhood radio show tonight with the #heartofhaiti ladies. @AnandaLeeke has the best radio voice! 3 days ago via Twitter for iPhone
  26. Headshot_square_normalPRtini Doing the @digitalsisterhood radio show tonight with the #heartofhaiti ladies. @AnandaLeeke has the best radio voice! 3 days ago via Twitter for iPhone
  27. Dsc_05272_normalJohnicaReed Hopping on #DigitalSisterhood radio w/ my fellow @HEARTofHAITI tripsters to talk #Haiti » http://bit.ly/gnf2r5 . Tune in! 3 days ago via web
  28. N507926741_657935_619_normalmsciocia TONITE! Join Heart of Haiti tripsters w/ ambassador/host @anandaleeke @ 9 pm EST to talk #Haiti & #digitalsisterhoodhttp://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via HootSuite
  29. Heartofhaiti_normalHEARTofHAITI TONITE! Join Heart of Haiti tripsters w/ ambassador/host @anandaleeke @ 9 pm EST to talk #Haiti & #digitalsisterhoodhttp://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via HootSuite
  30. Everywhere_normalbeEverywhere TONITE! Join Heart of Haiti tripsters w/ ambassador/host @anandaleeke @ 9 pm EST to talk #Haiti & #digitalsisterhoodhttp://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via HootSuite
  31. Snapshot_20100619_2-1_normalmthodicalmdness RT @beEverywhere: Join our Heart of Haiti tripsters w/ ambassador/host @anandaleeke TONIGHT @ 9 pm EST to talk Haiti & #digitalsisterhoodhttp://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via HootSuite
  32. Personal_pic_jpg_normalkapriforce RT @beEverywhere: Join our Heart of Haiti tripsters w/ @anandaleeke @ 9 pm EST #digitalsisterhoodhttp://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via TweetDeck
  33. Anandaauthorphoto_normalanandaleeke RT @beEverywhere: Join our Heart of Haiti tripsters w/ ambassador/host @anandaleeke TONIGHT @ 9 pm EST to talk Haiti & #digitalsisterhoodhttp://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via HootSuite
  34. Everywhere_normalbeEverywhere Join our Heart of Haiti tripsters w/ ambassador/host @anandaleeke TONIGHT @ 9 pm EST to talk Haiti & #digitalsisterhoodhttp://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via HootSuite
  35. heyheylbj RT @danicakombol: .@anandaleeke#heartofHaiti ambassador is hosting a live chat abt her #heartofHaiti experience with fellow tripsters. 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  36. Iarocci_office_normalJoeIarocci RT @sloane@joeiarocci you’re in! #digitalsisterhood#heartofhaiti <Great, thanks! 3 days ago via web
  37. Capturee_normalHaiti_11 Support #Haiti through #fairwindstrade via http://htxt.it/ysaN#heartofhaiti: Support #Haiti through #fahttp://bit.ly/fDu0lL 3 days ago via hellotxt.com
  38. Notorious_spinks_normalNotoriousSpinks RT @digitalsisterhd: U can find out more abt #heartofhaiti by visiting www.macys.com/haiti & www.fairwindstrading.com@HEARTofHAITI on… 3 days ago via HootSuite
  39. Profile_shot_normalLHouseTweets RT @sloane: Support #Haiti through #fairwindstrade via http://www.macys.com/haiti#heartofhaiti 3 days ago via web
  40. Phpean5zu_c2pm_normalfrelle RT @beEverywhere: Yes @sloane#heartofhaiti blogger now works 4 an agency! @lippetaylor. An agency that focuses on women #digtialsisterhood 3 days ago via TweetDeck
  41. Twitpic_normalJoshuaBauder RT @sloane: “When you do connect with women online and offline there is magic in that.” @anandaleeke#heartofhaiti 3 days ago via web
  42. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane#HEARTofHAITI#PR20chat on Tuesday 4/26 will explore how we as bloggers can use our voice to affect change in #Haiti. via @prtini 3 days ago via web
  43. Ag_crop_bw_normaladhigoen RT @PRtini: RT @sloane RT @FairwindsTrade Help Haiti rebuild. Free shipping on $50 #HeartofHaiti purchase @MacysInchttp://t.co/Cb71C82 3 days ago via Twitter for iPhone
  44. Everywhere_normalbeEverywhere Yes @sloane#heartofhaiti blogger now works for an agency! @lippetaylor. An agency that focuses on women – that’s #digtialsisterhood 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  45. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane Telling everyone on the @DigitalSisterhd radio show about @LippeTaylor and my amazing new job! #heartofhaiti 3 days ago via web
  46. Fun_w_photobooth_normalartate RT @sloane: “When you do connect with women online and offline there is magic in that.” @anandaleeke#heartofhaiti 3 days ago via web
  47. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane IJS: Who knew you could go to #Haiti and have an amazing girls weekend? #heartofhaiti 3 days ago via web
  48. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane “When you do connect with women online and offline there is magic in that.” @anandaleeke#heartofhaiti 3 days ago via web
  49. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol Okay @isabeltrent. you are officially a member of the #digtialsisterhood! (come to the #heartofhaiti with us next time!!) 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  50. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol Hey @anandaleeke give a s/o to @joeIarrocci from #care. An honorary member of #DigitalSisterhood (tweeted Kofaviv #heartofHaiti) 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  51. Iarocci_office_normalJoeIarocci RT @danicakombol: “Who knew you could go to Haiti and have an amazing girls weekend?” #heartofhaiti#quote via @sloane (And do good too!!) 3 days ago via HootSuite
  52. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol “Who knew you could go to Haiti and have an amazing girls weekend?” #heartofhaiti#quote via @sloane (And do good too!!) 3 days ago via HootSuite
  53. Everywhere_normalbeEverywhere Listening to bloggers talk #heartofhaiti@sloane@anandaleeke@willashalit@johnicareed@prtini (#macys#client) http://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via HootSuite
  54. Headshot_square_normalPRtini@sloane agree! We need to reconnect more often! 🙂 #heartofhaiti 3 days ago via Twitter for iPhone
  55. Img_2542_normaljackieyeaney RT @beEverywhere: Amazing! Listening to many bloggers who joined on trip we organized for #heartofHaiti. Join now. http://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via ÜberSocial
  56. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol .@anandaleeke#heartofHaiti ambassador is hosting a live chat abt her #heartofHaiti experience with fellow tripsters. 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  57. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane Talking to all of my #haiti#digitalsisters makes me miss all of you so much!! #heartofhaiti 3 days ago via web
  58. Everywhere_normalbeEverywhere Amazing! Listening to the many bloggers who joined on the trip we organized to #haiti for #heartofHaiti. Join now. http://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via HootSuite
  59. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol “Our role as bloggers was to join & share all the wonderful things that @fairwindstrading@macys is doing in #haiti.” #heartofHaiti@sloane 3 days ago via HootSuite
  60. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol Thx for the RT @kapriforce. Are you joining the #heartofHaiti chat tonight? 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  61. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol “Haitian people are focused on the future & focused on rebuilding their lives.” @prtini#heartofhaiti 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  62. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane “The spirit of the people we met in #haiti is what inspired me.” #quote@johnicareed#heartofhaiti 3 days ago via web
  63. Infheart_normalionerror RT @sloane: #Haiti artisans are so creative. They found sunshine in a situation that isn’t so bright. #heartofhaitihttp://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via web
  64. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane#Haiti artisans are so creative. They found sunshine in a situation that isn’t so bright. #heartofhaitihttp://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via web
  65. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol “The spirit of the people we met in #haiti is what inspired me.” #quote@johnicareed#heartofhaiti 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  66. Headshot_square_normalPRtini RT @sloane RT @FairwindsTrade Help Haiti rebuild. Free shipping on $50 #HeartofHaiti purchase @MacysInchttp://t.co/Cb71C82 3 days ago via Twitter for iPhone
  67. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane RT @FairwindsTrade: Help #Haiti rebuild and treat yourself to free shipping on $50 #HeartofHaiti purchase @MacysInchttp://ow.ly/36Opg 3 days ago via web
  68. Danica_citysmall_normaldanicakombol RT @sloane Join #HeartofHaiti#socialmedia women chat abt their Haiti trip experience. NOW! Digital Sisterhood Radio http://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via Seesmic Desktop
  69. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane Join #HeartofHaiti#socialmedia women 4 a chat abt their Haiti trip experience. Happening NOW! Digital Sisterhood Radio http://bit.ly/gnf2r5 3 days ago via web
  70. Headshot_square_normalPRtini RT @JohnicaReed#heartofhaiti = partnership b/w @FairwindsTrade@Macys & @cbhaitifund to support Haitian artisans & bring creations to mkt 3 days ago via Twitter for iPhone
  71. Dsc_05272_normalJohnicaReed Yes, she does! RT @sloane Doing the @digitalsisterhood radio show tonight w/ #heartofhaiti ladies. @AnandaLeeke has the best radio voice! 3 days ago via web
  72. Profile_pictures2_normalsloane Doing the @digitalsisterhood radio show tonight with the #heartofhaiti ladies. @AnandaLeeke has the best radio voice! 3 days ago via web
  73. Brittont13_normalbrittont13 RT @PRtini: Doing the @digitalsisterhood radio show tonight with the #heartofhaiti ladies. @AnandaLeeke has the best radio voice! 3 days ago via Twitter for iPhone
  74. Headshot_square_normalPRtini Doing the @digitalsisterhood radio show tonight with the #heartofhaiti ladies. @AnandaLeeke has the best radio voice! 3 days ago via Twitter for iPhone HEARTofHAITI J
  75. @NotoriousSpinks ty for tweeting abt #heartofhaiti. Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:08:24 PM via TweetGrid.comin reply to NotoriousSpinks
  76. 2nite’s @digitalsisterhd radio show reminded how powerful women R when they come together. that’s #digitalsisterhood! #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:08:07 PM via TweetGrid.com
  77. @LHouseTweets ty for tweeting abt #heartofhait! #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:07:26 PM via TweetGrid.comin reply to LHouseTweets
  78. ty @sloane for the amazing comment. i need it. you rock too. miss you. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:07:09 PM via TweetGrid.com
  79. Many thanks to @frelle @heartofhaiti @beeverywhere @joelarucci for tweeting during 2nite’s show. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:06:29 PM via TweetGrid.com
  80. many thanks to @willashalit @danicakombol @johnicareed @prtini @sloane deanna jirak 4 being great guests on 2nite’s show! #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:05:35 PM via TweetGrid.com
  81. many thanks everyone 4 joining the #heartofhaiti show on @digitalsisterhd radio tonight. great group of #digitalsisters! Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:04:51 PM via TweetGrid.com
  82. U can find out more abt #heartofhaiti by visiting http://www.macys.com/haiti & http://www.fairwindstrading.com @heartofhaiti on twitter. Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:04:13 PM via TweetGrid.com
  83. Thanks so much @Joelarocci for tweeting. U R now an honorary member of the #digitalsisterhood. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 10:01:56 PM via TweetGrid.com
  84. deana jirak’s takeaway is telling ppl abt the haiti she saw person by person. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:59:33 PM via TweetGrid.com
  85. deana jirak had a fundraiser last friday for kofaviv. wow! #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:58:59 PM via TweetGrid.com
  86. deana jirak is tlkng abt how the kofaviv girls & women told us not to forget them. she keeps telling their stories to others. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:58:31 PM via TweetGrid.com
  87. @sloane is giving a shoutout to her new agency @lippetaylor. they specialize in mktng 2 women! yo go girl! #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:57:52 PM via TweetGrid.com
  88. @sloane is tlkng abt how she discussed #heartofhaiti during #sxsw dinners and events. we keep the awareness going w/ voices. Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:56:55 PM via TweetGrid.com
  89. @sloane is sharing we R all sharing stories of haiti all the time. that’s the magic of going on the #heartofhait trip. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:56:12 PM via TweetGrid.com
  90. @prtini is tlkng abt #pr20chat special chat on haiti to keep the awareness of haiti going. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:55:30 PM via TweetGrid.com
  91. @danicakombol is tlkng abt how women in social media – bloggers can bring their voices to the #heartofhaiti & #haiti. Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:54:43 PM via TweetGrid.com
  92. right now we r wrapping up the show. @danicakombol is tlkng abt how there is a plan to do more w/ kofaviv’s young women. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:53:50 PM via TweetGrid.com
  93. @danicakombol is tlkng abt the @SpelmanDMIS event that @anandaleeke will be speaking at. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:53:11 PM via TweetGrid.com
  94. there is something sacred abt women connecting online & offline – i said! #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:50:39 PM via TweetGrid.com
  95. we r tlkng abt how we experienced #digitalsisterhood during the trip. @prtini is sharing how we bonded w/ van conversations #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:47:17 PM via TweetGrid.com
  96. @willashalit is sharing the moment we all saw the collasped parliament bldg in #haiti w/ the haitian natl guard playing music #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:45:32 PM via TweetGrid.com
  97. sloane is tlkng abt how special the visit to haiti was for all of us. woman power! #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:44:42 PM via TweetGrid.com
  98. @sloane says that the trip to #haiti was the best girls’ weekend in the world. so much conversation. #digitalsisterhood! #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:44:20 PM via TweetGrid.com
  99. one of my fav moments was visiting the convent and the nuns singing to us before & after lunch. sweet moments. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:43:37 PM via TweetGrid.com
  100. @prtini is tlkng about the power of ppl celebrating during the jacmel carnival. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:42:29 PM via TweetGrid.com
  101. talking abt our fav moments in #haiti right now. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:41:30 PM via TweetGrid.com
  102. deana jirak says that one of the artists she met in jacmel asked her if she was on facebook. he wanted 2 make a connection too #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:39:40 PM via TweetGrid.com
  103. deana jirak got to meet the metal artisans who made metal bowl that she says in her house. it was so amazing for her. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:39:01 PM via TweetGrid.com
  104. deana jirak says dancing during jacmel carnival was great. meeting the artisan that made the bowls was powerful. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:38:16 PM via TweetGrid.com
  105. just seeing #haitian ppl celebrate during @jacmel carnival was one of her fav moments. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:37:42 PM via TweetGrid.com
  106. one of @sloane‘s fav moments in haiti was time we spent at jacmel carnival. the colors of costumes & dancing w/ bands #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:37:19 PM via TweetGrid.com
  107. We R tlkng abt our favorite moments during #HeartofHaiti trip. @DanicaKombol‘s 1 of her fav moments was doing yoga @jacmel. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:36:41 PM via TweetGrid.com
  108. @willashalit is tlkng abt how kofaviv is run by women survivors of violence who R helping other women & girls that R victims #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:34:16 PM via TweetGrid.com
  109. @willashalit just shared how her company fairwinds trading has found a way to work w/ kofaviv young girls’ craftwork! powerful #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:32:58 PM via TweetGrid.com
  110. @sloane is sharing the power of the young women of @MADRESpeaks KOFAVIV Project. The girls were filled w/ hope & joy. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:30:59 PM via TweetGrid.com
  111. @danicakombol @prtini @johnicareed @sloane TY for tweeting live during the radio show 2nite. Heart U! #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:30:06 PM via TweetGrid.com
  112. @sloane is tlkng about @MADRESpeaks KOFAVIV now. it is a #haitian org for women victims of violence now. We visited them. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:29:26 PM via TweetGrid.com
  113. Love that @PRtini mentioned @MadreSpeaks KOFAVIV young women that we met in #Haiti. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:28:04 PM via TweetGrid.com
  114. @PRtini is tlkng abt what she learned abt #Haitian ppl while in Haiti. The ppl are resilient & hopeful & wanted a better life #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:26:39 PM via TweetGrid.com
  115. @danicakombol says that she saw what the @haitianartisans R doing to help themselves with their artwork. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:24:55 PM via TweetGrid.com
  116. @sloane is sharing how she saw creativity everywhere in haiti. it was sunshine in a situation that isn’t so bright. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:22:52 PM via TweetGrid.com
  117. @sloane is sharing how she saw creativity everywhere in haiti. it was sunshine in a situation that isn’t so bright. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:22:45 PM via TweetGrid.com
  118. @sloane is sharing how she saw creativity everywhere in haiti. it was sunshine in a situation that isn’t so bright. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:22:45 PM via TweetGrid.com
  119. @danicakombol is tlkng abt how so many bloggers participated in #heartofhaiti online campaign & encouraged others 2 support. Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:20:11 PM via TweetGrid.com
  120. @danicakombol says the #heartofhaiti is such a powerful campaign that makes a solid different in ppl’s lives. Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:19:26 PM via TweetGrid.com
  121. @danicakombol is on the show now. she is sharing why the #heartofhaiti tripsters went to #haiti now. Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:18:46 PM via TweetGrid.com
  122. @willashalit is tlkng abt how she learned to create from a level of excellence & joy from @haitianartisans. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:17:51 PM via TweetGrid.com
  123. @willashalit says there are so many talented artisans in haiti! powerful ppl filled with divine gifts. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:16:55 PM via TweetGrid.com
  124. @sloane wanted 2 go 2 #haiti bec she has great faith in countries like #haiti. she wanted 2 make a difference. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:15:01 PM via TweetGrid.com
  125. @sloane built a relationship w/ @danicakombol & @beeverywhere for a year while she was in nola. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:14:30 PM via TweetGrid.com
  126. @sloane is tlkng abt why she went to #haiti trip w/ #heartofhaiti. she learned abt it from @danicakombol & beeverywhere Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:13:43 PM via TweetGrid.com
  127. @sloane will introduce you in a second. #heartofhaiti Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:12:57 PM via TweetGrid.comin reply to sloane
  128. right now @prtini is tlkng abt the creative process of the #haitianartisans. she wears her #heartofhait all the time. wow! #heartofhaiti 10:11 PM Mar 31st via TweetGrid.com
  129. @johnicareed wanted to go to #haiti before 2010 earthquake. when she met @danicakombol @ #lavishconf she made decision to go. #heartofhaiti 10:10 PM Mar 31st via TweetGrid.com
  130. Deana Jirak says #HeartofHaiti trip was an unbelievable opportunity. #heartofhaiti 10:07 PM Mar 31st via TweetGrid.com
  131. Photographer Deana Jirak said that she had been wanting to go to Haiti since earthquake. She was so persistent in her desire #heartofhaiti 10:06 PM Mar 31st via TweetGrid.com
  132. @PRtini just shared that @danicakombol invited her to travel to #haiti w/ #heartofhaiti. How cld she not go she said. 10:05 PM Mar 31st via TweetGrid.com
  133. @WillaShalit says that it was powerful to see the impact Haiti trip had on #HeartofHaiti tripsters #heartofhaiti 10:05 PM Mar 31st via TweetGrid.com
  134. Right now @WillaShalit is tlkng abt the recent #Heartofhaiti trip. It was a real gift to her see how ppl embraced haiti. #heartofhaiti 10:04 PM Mar 31st via TweetGrid.com

Heart of Haiti Tripsters Discuss Digital Sisterhood in Jacmel, Haiti


One of the best things about traveling to Haiti with the Heart of Haiti campaign was the group of digital sisters I bonded with.  I knew it would be amazing. It turned out to be “belle bagay” (a Kreyol word for fabulous)!  While we were hanging out at Camping des Orangers, a beach resort in Jacmel, Haiti, I interviewed Willa Shalit, CEO of Fairwinds Trading and Heather Whaling, PR/Social Media Expert and President of Geben Communication. See the videos below.