Meet 2014 Digital Sisters of the Year – #DigitalSisterhood 100


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Greetings Digital Sisters,

The Digital Sisterhood Network is proud to announce the 2014 Digital Sisters of the Year during Digital Sisterhood Month (#DSMonth). Click here to learn about the #DSMonth events including the My #DigitalSisterhood Community Is Campaign, Twitter chats on December 5 and 10, and the Meet Ups on December 6 and 12 in Washington, DC.

The Digital Sisters of the Year represent the #DigitalSisterhood 100. To learn more about them, check out the #DigitalSisterhood 100 list below. It 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.

Special Digital Sister of the Year Tribute

Benita Robinson Osbey, Founder of Photo Credit: TealButterflies.org

Benita Robinson Osbey, Founder of Photo Credit: TealButterflies.org

This year, we pay special tribute to 2014 Digital Sister of the Year (Evangelista) Benita Robinson Osbey. Osbey is the Founder of  Teal Butterflies, a nonprofit organization that educates women about early detection of Ovarian Cancer and empowers them with resources and information to become intimate with their bodies and bring awareness to the early symptoms of this disease. She established her organization after being diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer in 2011. She used her organization’s web site and social media (Facebook and Twitter) to educate, increase awareness, share resources, give inspiration, and build community. In March, she celebrated her third anniversary as a survivor. On December 3, she made her life transition and left a powerful legacy and digital footprint behind for all to see and learn from. We honor her for answering the call on her life and using her voice online and offline to be the change she was called to be in the fight to end Ovarian Cancer. Click here to learn more about Teal Butterflies.

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 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 2014 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

2014 #DigitalSisterhood 100 List

1) Creativistas

2) Empiristas

3) Empoweristas 

4) Enchantistas

5) Evangelistas

6) Flowistas

7) Lifestylistas

Happy June Digital Sisters: Are You An Empirista?


Happy June Digital Sisters!

This month Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating the theme, “Lean In and Build Your Empire.” How are you serving as CEO of your life in 2014? What does CEO mean to you? What is your empire? How are you building it?

Today’s blog invites you to explore who you are as an Empirista. Check out the Empirista Profile below. It is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online.

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Empirista – Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, http://www.leighmosley.com

Empirista Profile

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. If you identify with one or more of the Empirista’s characteristics, please check out the Empirista Manifesto collage below. Consider making one to jumpstart your writing process. All you need are some of your favorite magazines, construction or poster board paper, scissors, and glue sticks. Look for words, phrases, and images that represent your definition of an Empirista Paste them on to your paper. If you need to write some of your words and phrases, use magic markers, crayons, or pens. After you finish the collage, give yourself a few days to look at it. Record any thoughts you have while looking at it. Use them  as writing prompts for your Manifesto. Feel free to use the one contained below as a sample or adopt it as your own.

Empirista Collage by Ananda Leeke

Empirista Collage by Ananda Leeke

Manifesto:

I am a woman whose time has come as an entrepreneur, trailblazer, thought leader and pioneer. I am amazing in motion, taking aim, and leading by example. Carpe Diem is my mantra. It helps me start something that matters. It reminds me I got the power. So I own it. I can do what I love and love the rewards. All I have to do is focus, dream it, plan it, and do it. I can take it to the next level when I think outside of the box, act boldly, spark a change, and have fun. Being confident and taking risks makes me unstoppable. I build, adapt, develop diverse perspectives, plot the future, and even make mistakes. I own my tomorrow now!

Chakra Connection:

Empirista’s energy is connected to the:

§  Root, or first, chakra which corresponds to survival issues including food, shelter, money, and financial independence. It governs the feet, legs, bones, and spine.

§  Sacral, or second chakra, which corresponds to creativity, pleasure, sexuality, and well-being. It governs the bladder, circulatory system, and sexual and reproductive organs.

§  Solar plexus, or third chakra, which corresponds to willpower, persistence, self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. It governs the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, and spleen.

§  Third-eye, or sixth chakra, which corresponds to intuition, imagination, wisdom, and the ability to think and make decisions. It governs the eyes and base of the skull.

Chakra Colors

Chakra Colors

Color Connection:

Wear or surround yourself with the colors red (first chakra), orange (second chakra), yellow (third chakra), and indigo blue (sixth chakra) to connect with Empirista’s energy.

Gemstone Connection:

Wear or surround yourself with garnet or ruby (first chakra), amber or carnelian (second chakra), citrine or tiger’s eye (third chakra), and lapis lazuli (sixth chakra) gemstones to connect with Empirista’s energy.

Goddess Connection:

Empirista is connected to the following goddesses mentioned below.

§  Atira, the Pawnee Native American goddess of the earth; Coatlicue, the Mexican goddess of the earth; and Gaia, the Greek goddess of the earth (first chakra)

§  Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of creativity, and Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of the arts (second chakra)

§  Al-Uzza, the Arabian goddess of confidence, vigilance, and preparation; Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess of royal power; Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess; and Sekhmet, the Egyptian warrior goddess (third chakra)

§  Tara, the Tibetan goddess of wisdom (sixth chakra)

Yoga Connection (Click here to search Yoga Journal’s web site for instructions on how to do each pose):

Practicing mountain, warrior two, standing forward fold, and bridge poses (first chakra); bound angle, downward facing dog, triangle, and wide-angle poses (second chakra); bow, boat, warrior one, warrior two, warrior three, sun salutation, and all twisting poses (third chakra); and bridge, child’s, downward facing dog, shoulder stand, and standing half forward bend poses (sixth chakra) can help you connect with Empirista’s energy.

Badge designed by Dariela Cruz

Badge designed by Dariela Cruz

During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Empirista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Empirista virtual mentors.

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Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Ananda’s Digital Sisterhood book (available for Kindle and as a paperback). The book 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 the Empirista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

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AnandaLeeke.com logo by Madelyn C. Leeke

If you are in Washington, DC on June 18, plan to attend the DSN June Meet Up and Book Signing for Ananda’s Digital Sisterhood from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lettie Gooch, a high-end specialty boutique for women, 1517 U Street, NW, (located on 15th and U Streets, two blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Green/Yellow Line Metro). Click here to register for the event.

 

Happy March, Women’s History Month & IWD Day: Finding Your Digital Tribes


Empowerista Digital Sisters of the Year Photo Collage

Empowerista Digital Sisters of the Year Photo Collage

Happy March, Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day Digital Sisters!

This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating the theme, “Finding Your Digital Tribes.” The phrase “Digital Tribes” refers to online communities that empower you. What online communities empower you?

Today, we would like to introduce you to Empowerista, one of the Digital Sisterhood Leadership archetypes. 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.

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Empowerista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Empowerista virtual mentors.

2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

2013 Digital Sisters of the Year

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available for Kindle and as a paperback). The book 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 Empowerista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

Photo Credit: State.gov

Photo Credit: State.gov

PS: Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 by participating in the U.S. Department of State’s #WeAreCourage campaign. Visit Instagram or Twitter and post a photo of your woman of courage with the hashtag #WeAreCourage.

Happy February: “Tapping Into the Magic of Your Heart”


Happy February Digital Sisters!

This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating the theme, “Tapping into the Magic of Your Heart.” Click here and listen to DSN founder Ananda Leeke introduce the theme and share her poem, “Loving Me” (published in her book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery).

The podcast also includes a breathing exercise that is intended to help you relax, become still, and reconnect with your heart. What does tapping into the magic of your heart mean to you?

Photo Collage of Enchantista Digital Sisters of the Year

Photo Collage of Enchantista Digital Sisters of the Year

Today, we would like to introduce you to Enchantista, one of the Digital Sisterhood Leadership archetypes. 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. Click here to listen to a short podcast that explores the meaning of an Enchantista.DSoftheyear300 During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Enchantista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Enchantista virtual mentors.

2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

2013 Digital Sisters of the Year

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available for Kindle and as a paperback). The book 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 Enchantista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

Digital Sisterhood Radio: Tune into 12/19 Interview with Myavana Mobile App Founders & Digital Sisters of the Year


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Photo Credit: Myavana.com

Photo Credit: Myavana.com

Celebrate Day #19 of Digital Sisterhood Month 2013 by tuning into Digital Sisterhood Radio’s interview with Creativista  Digital Sisters of the Year Chanel Martin, Candace Mitchell, and Jess Walton, Techturized Inc., founders of Myavana, a hair mobile application (see photo below), from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Click here to listen to the show.

Photo Credit: Myavana.com

Photo Credit: Myavana.com

Digital Sisterhood Radio: Tune Into Digital Sister of the Year Boni Candelario’s December 11th Interview


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Photo Credit: Boni Candelario

Photo Credit: Boni Candelario

Celebrate Day #11 of Digital Sisterhood Month 2013 and #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday by tuning into Digital Sisterhood Radio’s December 11th interview with Empowerista Digital Sister of the Year Boni Candelario, an author, career strategy and empowerment life coach, speaker, and founder of CoachMUp.com,  from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Click here to listen to the show.

Get Ready for 12/8 Digital Sisterhood Radio Interview with Sylvia Wong Lewis


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Celebrate Digital Sisterhood Month 2013 by tuning into Digital Sisterhood Radio’s interview with 2013 Lifestylista Digital Sister of the Year Sylvia Wong Lewis on December 8 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST. Click here to listen to the radio show.

Photo Credit: Sylvia Lewis

Photo Credit: Sylvia Lewis

 

Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis

Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis

 

Lewis is the founder of Narrative Network, a legacy and lifestyle blog and media consulting firm based in New York City. She is also a proud alumna of Smith College (2013 Digital Sister of the Year Women’s College), chef, foodie, gardener, genealogist, and Examiner.com columnist. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @sylviawonglewis.

Celebrating 2013 Digital Sister of the Year Women’s Colleges


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Happy Digital Sisterhood Month 2013 (#DSMonth)!

This year, the Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating Digital Sisterhood Month, the fourth annual celebration of women in social media and tech from December 1 to December 31. The theme is “Fierce Living: Too Bold for Boundaries.” It personifies the social media efforts of 10 amazing women’s colleges. Their digital footprint and social media sisterhood are so powerful and inspiring we had to name them as 2013 Digital Sisters of the Year. See the list below. Be sure to click on the links and follow the women’s colleges on Twitter.

To learn more about Digital Sisterhood Month 2013, click here.

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Logo by Dariela Cruz

1) Barnard College

2) Bennett College

3) Mills College

4) Mount Holyoke College

5) Salem College

6) Simmons College

7) Smith College

8) Spelman College

9) Wellesley College

10) Wesleyan College

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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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.

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Spoken Word

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Sandra

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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.

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Julia Coney


Photo Credit: Julia Coney

Photo Credit: Julia Coney

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Julia Coney, editor and founder of AllAboutThePretty.net, a niche lifestyle website that is dedicated to curated information on beauty, travel, food, and yoga. Julia was named 2012 Digital Sister of the Year – Lifestylista.

Fun Facts: Julia and Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke were born on the same day in December, live in Washington, D.C., and love France, traveling, yoga, and Tranquil Space yoga studio. They followed each other on various social media platforms for several years before meeting in person at the DSN Fierce Living in Fashion Tweet Up held at Violet Boutique in 2011. Ananda enjoys reading about Julia’s beauty and lifestyle adventures (especially her Paris Beauty Bloggers Trip in October 2012) on AllAboutThePretty.net because they inspire her to  live a beautiful and bold life!

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Digital Sisterhood Leadership Project (#DSLead) Interview:

1) How can people find you online?

2) Why did you start using social media?

I started using social media in 2008..

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

Social media has allowed me to meet unique individuals, expand my business, and create a sense of community for myself.

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?

Social media has allowed me to have a diverse readership. I’ve met readers all over the world through my travels. I’m also able to keep in touch with new friends in far away places because of social media. I used social media on my writing assignment in Buenos Aires. I put a mention on Twitter, which was read by a friend, which was given to a food blogger, who invited me to dinner at a supper club in Buenos Aires. It was wonderful and never would have happened any other way.

5) Social media has helped women become Digital Sisterhood Leaders, ambassadors of social expression who share what they are passionate about online.  In her upcoming book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (2013), Ananda Leeke, founder of the Digital Sisterhood Network, writes, “Without even knowing it, women have become Digital Sisterhood Leaders as they use their social media platforms to advocate causes; to build communities; to create apps, art, books, businesses, products, publications, services, tools, and webisodes; to curate content; to educate and inform; to give voice to their thoughts as subject matter experts, thought leaders, and brand ambassadors; to share information and experiences; to explore and experiment with new technologies as early adopters and trendsetters; to engage in social good; to influence others with their lifestyles and personal interests; to inspire and motivate; to mentor; to network; to tell their personal stories; and to promote and celebrate the expertise, gifts, and talents of others.  Based on my online and offline interactions, I have identified 12 key leadership roles they play: advocate, community builder, creator, curator, educator, influencer, mentor, motivator, promoter, social do gooder, storyteller, and thought leader.”

What other types of leadership roles do women play in social media?

Wow. I think you knocked them all out of the park. But, I would also add connector.

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

I play the role of creator, curator, educator, influencer, and storyteller. My site is a story of my life and how I live.

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

Keep learning. It constantly changes and you must stay up on the changes.

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

I’m still working this part out.

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

My favorite social media women leaders include Sloane Davidson, Bevy Smith, Ananda Leeke, the Blogalicious ladies, Shameeka Ayers, and too many to name.

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

  • We can use social media to ignite the world of their own true power and personal brand.
  • We can connect with like-minded women, promote other women, and stay engaged in the social media world.
  • Also, don’t put anything out in the social media world that you would not want to be read on the front page of the New York Times.