Day #3 of the Digital Sisterhood Book 11 Day Countdown Campaign: DS Wisdom of Diverse Women


It’s Day #3 of the Digital Sisterhood Book 11 Day Countdown Campaign. Today’s blog post shares the meaning of digital sisterhood as seen through the eyes of various digital sisters who have inspired and influenced author Ananda Leeke.

Early on in her writing process, Ananda realized that her book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online, was deeply rooted in the community of women she has come to know via the world wide web. That’s why she made sure to share digital sisterhood wisdom from a diverse group of women in the first pages of the book. Check out the diverse women’s wisdom below.

Photo Credit: Jacqui Chew

Photo Credit: Jacqui Chew

“Digital sisterhood is a state of mind. It is about empowerment and respecting diversity.” Jacqui Chew, founder of iFusion Marketing

Photo Credit: Ebony Utley

Photo Credit: Ebony Utley

“Digital sisterhood means that women feel like they have a safe space to say what they want to say.” Ebony Utley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach, author, Ms. blogger, and 2012 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Everywhere.com

Photo Credit: Everywhere.com

“Digital sisterhood allows us to connect with each other outside of our comfort zone.” Danica Kombol, founder of Beirut or Bust: Curious Travel Adventures and Random Thoughts blog, co-founder and managing partner of Everywhere, and 2012 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Stacey Milbern

Photo Credit: Stacey Milbern

“Digital sisterhood is all I had. When I was blogging, I was writing to my sisters.” Stacey Milbern, founder of Crip Chick blog and 2011 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Monica Coleman

Photo Credit: Monica Coleman

“Digital sisterhood is the kind of sisterhood that can be created without knowing somebody in person, but knowing them through media.  It is the sharing about sisterhood, and the creation and connection of sisterhood in digital media.” Reverend Monica A. Coleman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology, author, founder of Beautiful Mind blog, and 2012 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Willa Shalit

Photo Credit: Willa Shalit

“Digital sisterhood is females who are connected through energy rather than blood. And you know energy passes much greater distances and is much lighter, and much more powerful.” Willa Shalit, artist, author, founder of Fairwinds Trading, co-founder of Maiden Nation, and 2012 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Julie Diaz Asper

Photo Credit: Julie Diaz Asper

“Digital sisterhood for a lot of folks is the first time that they can find new tribes locally. Digital sisterhood is taking sisterhood and magnifying it because now you can go and find all types of people who have similar interests, and build communities offline.” Julie Diaz-Asper, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of GigGoin and Social Lens Research, and 2012 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Karon Jolna

Photo Credit: Karon Jolna

“Digital sisterhood is a movement and it is an extension of the movements that came before it.”  Karon Jolna, Ph.D., Research Scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles’ Center for the Study of Women, and Program Director for Ms. in the Classroom

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You can purchase Digital Sisterhood on Amazon.com.

If you are in Washington, D.C. on October 19, please plan to attend Ananda’s author talk and book reading from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street, NW (three blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Green Line Metro Station). Click here to register for the event. See you on October 19th!

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Danica Kombol


Photo Credit: Danica Kombol

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Danica Kombol, Managing and Founding Partner of Everywhere, a social media marketing firm.

FUN FACT: Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke met Danica at the Blogalicious Weekend Conference in 2010. After the conference, Ananda became a Heart of Haiti blogger ambassador and traveled to Haiti with Danica in 2011 (Everywhere represents Macy’s Heart of Haiti campaign; the firm also sponsored Ananda’s travel to Haiti).  During the trip, they forged a “Digital Sisterhood” lifetime bond as they shared many amazing moments as roommates! 

1) How can people find you online?

2) Why did you start using social media?

Hmmm…hard to say when I actually started. Do chat rooms count?

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

Connect, connect, connect! Expand my circles and acquire knowledge.

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?

You know social media helps you get noticed in niche communities and in order to be a leader, people have to first “notice” you and know who you are!

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: Fierce Living Online for 25 Years (Fall 2012), 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?

Listener! We also go to social to listen!

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

I’m a big sharer. I love to share other people’s successes. I also use my platforms to share my causes.

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

To be humble.

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

I don’t approach the digital space from a point of view of leadership, I approach it more as an opportunity to commune so I will continue to commune!

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

Ananda Leeke, Charlene Li, Beth Kanter, and The Bloggess (because she’s so damn funny!)

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

  • Listen.
  • Share but don’t sell.
  • Promote other women.

Digital Sisterhood Month’s Guest Blogger Series – Dr. Ayoka Chenzira, Founding Director of Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon


Ayoka Chenzira

Meet Dr. Ayoka Chenzira

NOTE: Listen to Dr. Chenzira’s December 27th interview with Ananda Leeke on Digital Sisterhood Radio. They discuss Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon and Dr. Chenzira’s interactive art installation, Ordinary On Any Given Day.

1) Write a six-word memoir to describe yourself.

Creative, curious, globetrotter, loving, living tenaciously

2) Tell us about your blog.

Ordinary On Any Given Day is the online home for my latest work by the same title. In lieu of a blog, a key component of the site are the Changemaker video narratives used in Ordinary On Any Given Day.  I filmed 17 interviews total, via Skype with known and unknown change makers. They include scholar/activist Angela Davis, Alison Bernstein of the Ford Foundation, Danica Kombol Managing Partner at Everywhere and Blogging While Brown/What About Our Daughters founder, Gina McCauley. This project was born out of a conversation with my daughter, who also serves as my producer, about what would the Facebook pages of iconic leaders such as Martin Luther King or Sojourner Truth look like? Better yet, their cell phones! Thinking about how our most respected leaders would interact with technology, transformed into Ordinary. During the interviews, I asked each, how they transformed from ordinary citizen into a pioneer for social change.

The project now exists as an online interactive installation named, Ordinary 2.0 which will debut publicly in the fall of 2012. Ordinary 2.0 carries forward the idea of being engaged with technology, not just around life events, such as, “I’m eating breakfast, I’m at the mall. I can’t find my cat,” but to highlight issues of social justice and the individuals carrying out expansive ideas about how to make the world a better place.  30 Days of Social Change is the social media campaign I’ve launched to locate these individuals all over the globe and also provide the foundation for an online community of change.

3) What is your definition of digital sisterhood?

The core of my definition for digital sisterhood lies in SISTERHOOD. Whether it is digital or analog, it is the wanting for other women’s health, and this is their health in the broadest sense, their physical, emotional and spiritual health–in their professional lives, the same things you want for your own health. We do this through information sharing and helping other women connect the dots. The digital universe merely helps us to support that fundamental linking. I think many of us work with the understanding that in many arenas women do not fare well.  People who don’t think of themselves as feminists, they can just look at the data from various sectors of society, culture and see women are not doing well. Which makes the concept of sisterhood important in that women must hold hands and move each other forward, not just pay lip service to it.

4) What is your favorite 2011 digital sisterhood moment or experience?

My 2011 favorite sisterhood experience was when I was invited to show my interactive installation Ordinary On Any Given Day at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Istanbul, Turkey.  I took two women with me who helped to support the design and presentation of the project. It was quite grueling because we literally got of the plane from Atlanta to Istanbul  and immediately went to work. Setting up and problem solving, it was wonderful, we were able to throw the ball to each other without the ball hitting anyone in the head. After the third day we were so exhausted, we rented a different hotel room in a plush boutique hotel. And we just laid in the bed and laughed and were silly and giggled out all of the stress we were experiencing around getting this particular installation up and running. There were a lot of the things we asked for that were not in place. At one point it got so bizarre the only thing we could do is like, be in a fabulous boutique hotel and laugh about all the digital technologies and how it works or has momentary hiccups.

5) The 2011 theme of Digital Sisterhood Month is ‘Celebrate the 4 Fs of Women’s Health: Feelings, Food, Fitness & Fierce Living.” How have you lived fiercely in 2011?

Sometimes people get really stuck or complacent in their own minds, and its easy to do that because modern living can be quite overwhelming so there is a part of my nature that always resists being complicit. This year, I did things like go to Thailand just to ride the elephants, defend my PhD thesis at Georgia Tech, and put together a new interactive installation.  It was something I had never done this way before — just lying in bed thinking about how I wanted to do it, even though I didn’t know everything about doing it, plowing through and actualizing my own vision. These are three great examples for me.  Also, taking longer motorcycle rides.

6) How do you stay positive and maintain peace of mind?

I have a very loving supporting family life. I have an extraordinary husband who helps to create an environment that is an extremely nurturing one for me. I have a daughter and a son-in-law who helped to support and help me think through a lot of ideas. So my family structure is a very nurturing one and that’s very helpful. And I sit quietly and rub my dog. It’s a three-year old white fluffy bichon and she lets me rub on her a lot.

7) What are your favorite healthy foods?

I’ve been conscious about food and how it’s processed and where its grown since I was a teenager. Many of us think there are certain foods that are naturally good for us, but periodically I think people should get their food allergies tested. As we move forward in life eating things for us a long time, sometimes they become not as good for you. So I am getting ready to have my food allergy test done, next week. In the mean time, my primary diet is vegetables and fish. I drink herbal teas, like jasmine or a tea called silver needle, which has a high level of antioxidants, and also dragon pearls for rest and sleep. But my husband does all the cooking in the house. We eat fresh fruits and vegetables every single day, he shops every single day, we don’t store food away. I think that helps to maintain a good healthy diet.

8) How do you stay fit?

I don’t do as much physical activity since I moved to Atlanta from New York City. New York City is much more of a walking culture. But I do enjoy walking a lot and live in a walking community in Atlanta. And I enjoy riding my motorcycle, which feels like exercise.

9) How are you planning to live fiercely in 2012?

Continue to travel to places I’ve never been and I am launching a new project I haven’t’ quite tackled before. I also got the go ahead to develop the work of an amazing writer, who many have read her books. I won’t say much more than that right now.

10) Where can we find you online?

Ordinary Web Site: http://ordinarydayacts.com

Ayomentary Web Site: http://ayomentary.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ayomentary

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/30-Days-of-Social-Change

Pitch Engine: www.pitchengine.com/ayomentary/artist-ayoka-chenzira-follows-up-ground-breaking-work-with-ordinary-20-and-30-days-of-social-change-challenge

Tune into Digital Sisterhood Radio’s Women in PR and Communications Series on November 2, 22 and 30


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Would you like to learn about the career journeys of some of the top women in PR and Communications?  Tune into Digital Sisterhood Radio on November 21 and 22 for the shows mentioned below.  Click here to listen to the shows. Also, use the hashtag #digitalsisterhood on Tweetchat.com or Tweetgrid.com to follow the show’s Twitter conversation.

  • November 21 @7:30 pm ET – Interview with Barbara Jones, CEO of One2One Network and Co-Founder of Blissdom
  • November 21 @9:00 pm ET – Interview with Towanda Long, PR Professional and Author of Queentocracy blog, the go-to site for “Me” time, Family Time and Girlfriends Day Out Ideas
  • November 22 @7:30 pm ET – Interview with Danica Kombol, Managing Partner at Everywhere, and Britton Edwards, Senior Digital Manager at Everywhere
  • November 30 @7:30 pm ET – Interview with Heather Whaling, Founder of Geben Communications, Author of prTini blog, and Co-Host of #pr20chat on Twitter

Please vote for Digital Sisterhood’s SXSW 2012 Panel Proposal from August 15-September 2


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Digital Sisterhood Network submitted a panel proposal for SXSW 2012 Interactive Conference (March 9-13 on Austin, Texas) in July.  See the description below.   The SXSW Panel Picker opens for voting today at 3:00 pm ET.  Please click here to vote on our panel.  You will need to create an account to participate.  The voting deadline is September 2.  We appreciate your support!

1) Panel Title:  Digital Sisterhood for Women Entrepreneurs

2) Panel Description:  Ananda Leeke, founder of the Digital Sisterhood Network, describes this community as the currency women use to create relationship wealth through the connections they make, conversations they have, communities they build, causes they support, collaborative partnerships they establish, and commerce they engage in with women they meet online and offline.  While the faces of technology rockstars and social media gurus don’t typically reflect what you’d expect to find in digital sisterhood, this panel will explore the thriving, relationship wealth-based community that has grown up.  A diverse group of panelists will explore how women entrepreneurs cultivate and strengthen digital sisterhood in their entrepreneurial efforts; what happens when women tap into the power of digital sisterhood in their businesses; and how they use digital sisterhood as a business model.

3) Moderator and Panelists:

Moderator – Ananda Leeke, Founder of Digital Sisterhood Network – http://twitter.com/digitalsisterhd

Panelists

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

Digital Sisterhood Founder Ananda Leeke Headed to Spelman College/WIFTA’s Digital Doyennes event on April 12


I was honored and excited to receive Spelman College’s invitation to participate in the Digital Doyennes: Wisdom from the Women who Lead in Social Media and Digital Innovation. Why? That’s a no brainer for me because Spelman embodies digital sisterhood, the feminine currency women use to create relationship wealth through the connections they make, conversations they have, communities they build, causes they support, collaborative partnerships they establish, and commerce they engage in with women they meet online and offline.

Since 2008, I have been researching women in social media (for my next book project Digital Sisterhood, a memoir) and tracking the unique ways Spelman uses social media and technology to promote its mission, academic programs, research, students, professors, alumni, social justice efforts, and community activities.  What I learned is Spelman has become a social media and technology trailblazer for women of color!  As an institution, it uses a wide an array of social media tools including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, blogs, ezines, and webcasts.

Guess what tool is a big hit at Spelman?  Twitter.  Spelman’s Admissions Office, academic programs like the Music Department, LEADS program, Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development, Museum of Fine Art, Digital Moving Image Salon, women of color conferenceSisters Chapel, Alumnae Affairs office, alumnae association and chapters, and student organizations such as the Student Government Association and Spotlight newspaper use it.  Recently, Spelman President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum joined the Spelman Twitter bandwagon.

Technology also plays a major role at Spelman.  In October 2010, AT&T announced Spelmanites Jonecia Keels and Jazmine Miller won the 2010 AT&T Big Mobile on Campus Challenge with their HBCU Buddy, a mobile application created to educate and inform users about Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States.  Keels and Miller received $5,000 each, a mobile device of their choice, a lifetime development license for Spelman, and all-expense paid trips to the AT&T Higher Ed Board of Advisors meeting and the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.

Did you know Spelman is located in Atlanta, the second most socially networked city in the United States according to Men’s Health (DC was ranked first — had to give my city a shout out)?  Men’s Health published its socially networked city rankings in March.  The Atlanta metropolitan area is also home to a dynamic blogging community of women including:

Social media savvy women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses such as Clutch Magazine/Sutton New Media LLC founder Deanna Sutton, Tyler New Media co-founder Ronnie Tyler,  Jacqui Chew, Latoicha Givens, Shannon Nash, Jonnice Slaughter, the Blog Rollers, and Everywhere are located in the “ATL.”  Several key conferences such as Blogging While Brown, Blogalicious, and lavish! were held there too.

While I am in Atlanta, I will get to see my attorney, best friend, and Howard University School of Law classmate Lauren Medlock Smith, founder of Catch the Verve, LLC.  Lauren is currently serving as the sponsorship chair for Women in Film & Television Atlanta, a co-sponsor of the Digital Doyennes event.

I also hope to spend time with my digital sister and fellow Heart of Haiti tripster Danica Kombol, a managing and founding partner of Everywhere, another co-sponsor of the Digital Doyennes event.

So now you can see why coming to Spelman and Atlanta in April is a digital sisterhood dream come true!

Feminism Online Project Goes to Haiti for A Discussion on Feminism


During my Heart of Haiti trip last weekend, I had an opportunity to introduce the Feminism Online Project to several digital sisters.  I also interviewed:

  • 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; and
  • Danica Kombol,  Managing and Founding Partner at Everywhere, about feminism, digital sisterhood, and her reasons for being in Haiti.

See the videos below.

Digital Sisterhood Founder Ananda Leeke’s Upcoming Travel Adventures to Haiti with the Heart of Haiti Campaign


Reading Edwidge Danticat’s words has been the best way for me to prepare for my travel adventures to Haiti as a Heart of Haiti blogger ambassador.  Danticat is a Haitian novelist, producer, activist and author of two of my favorite books, Breath, Eyes, Memory and Create Dangerously. I read Breath, Eyes, Memory while writing my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One a few years ago.  I am almost done reading Create Dangerously.  Click here to watch a video of Danticat talking about Create DangerouslyThis evening I will return to reading Walking on Fire: Haitian Women’s Stories of Survival and Resistance edited by Beverly Bell with the hope of finishing it while I am in Haiti.  These books have opened my heart even wider to Haiti’s beauty, complexity, creativity, culture, and legacy of independence, resilience, suffering, and survival.   I encourage you to check them out!

MORE ABOUT MY DIGITAL SISTERHOOD ADVENTURES WITH THE HEART OF HAITI CAMPAIGN:

One of the best things about my Heart of Haiti blogger ambassador trip is the dynamic group of digital sisters I am traveling with.  I am so excited about spending time with the following ladies:

  • Sloane Berrent, Humanitarian, Kiva Fellow, and Founder of The Causemopolitan,
  • Laura Ciocia, Senior Digital Strategist at Everywhere,
  • 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.

Yesterday, Laura Ciocia wrote an amazing blog post about our upcoming trip.  Click here to read it. Also, check out blog posts by Sloane Berrent and Heather Whaling.  They bubble with passion and excitement!

Visit the sites below to stay updated on our travel experiences in Haiti this weekend.

I will post a series of audio blogs on Cinchcast, photos on Flickr, and videos on YouTube and Vimeo about my trip next week. Please join me and  Sloane Berrent for a live chat about our Haiti experiences on March 5 at 8:00 pm ET on Vokle. Click here to register and/or watch the video chat.  We will be using Twitter and the #HeartofHaiti hashtag during the chat too.