Digital Sisterhood Wednesday Shout Out of Support for Adria Richards


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

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

Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!

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

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

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

Celebrating 28 Black Women’s Digital Sisterhood Leadership in Creative Crowdfunding Projects


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Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday!

Black History like Women’s History is made every day. During the month of February, Black History celebrations are held online and offline to recognize the contributions of Black people in America. Today, Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle, and Living Well Initiative is celebrating 28 Black women who are making history as they use crowdfunding platforms to bring their creativity and dreams to life with art, books, blogs, creative learning opportunities, dramatic performances, films, music, photography, social entrepreneurship, webisode series, and travel experiences. These women represent the best of Digital Sisterhood Leadership. Their efforts are AMAZING because they inspire and empower others to dream and act bigger. They embody our 2013 theme, “Too Bold for Boundaries = Fierce Living.” See the list below.

We encourage you to get to know them and their work by visiting their web sites and blogs regularly in 2013. Talk about them to your network. Support their creative efforts. Follow them on Twitter. LIKE them on Facebook. Connect with them on Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Vimeo, YouTube, and other social media sites. Celebrate their beauty, brilliance, courage, creativity, and leadership in the digital space!

About Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding is a web-based financial model that allows individuals to network and pool their money in community to support projects and ventures initiated by other people and organizations. gofundme, indiegogo, and Kickstarter are three of the most popular reward-based crowdfunding platforms. PayPal is also another platform people use to collect crowdfunding donations. To learn more about crowdfunding, click here to see Ananda Leeke’s Crowdfunding Pinterest board of resources.

Celebrating Black Women’s Digital Leadership in Creative Crowdfunding Projects:

Photo Credit: girltank.org

Photo Credit: girltank.org

1) Crowdfunding Projects You Should Know About

gofundme.com

gofundme.com

2) gofundme Campaigns

indiegogo.com

indiegogo.com

3) indiegogo Campaigns

kickstarter.com

kickstarter.com

4) Kickstarter Campaigns

NOTE: This post is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (2013). If you would like Leeke to facilitate a workshop, give a presentation, or speak about crowdfunding, please contact her at kiamshaleeke@yahoo.com or 202.607.3509. Visit www.anandaleeke.com.

Digital Wellness Resources for Women Caregivers – AARP CareSupport Campaign


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AARP Blogger Kitchen Cabinet #CareSupport campaign

AARP Blogger Kitchen Cabinet #CareSupport campaign

Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday!

Today, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is sharing information about digital wellness resources for women caregivers as a part of our Leadership, Lifestyle and Living Well initiative and participation in AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign. AARP is a nonprofit organization that helps people who are 50 and over turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security,  and retirement planning.

Photo Credit: AARP.org

Photo Credit: AARP.org

AARP’s web site and social media presence offer a diverse portfolio of resources to its membership of more than 37 million and the general public. AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center is one of DSN’s favorite online destinations. Here’s why. There are plenty of great articles and tips that women caregivers can use to support their wellness journey as they care for their loved ones. Check out our list of favorite resources below.

Be sure to join AARP’s online chat on how to stay healthy while caregiving with Dr. John Whyte, author of AARP New American Diet, today  from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Click here to access the chat. Be sure to use the Twitter hashtag #cgchat  and follow @AARP.

Also, plan to celebrate National Nutrition Month in March by visiting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ EatRight.org site and incorporating the “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” tips and resources into your daily life.

Womenshealth.gov

Womenshealth.gov

Photo Credit: WomensHealth.gov

Photo Credit: WomensHealth.gov

Women’s Wellness Resources:

Check out WomensHealth.gov, an online resource center managed by the Office on Women’s Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health  at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to find the fitness and nutrition  resources.

Did you know that the Office of Women’s Health sponsors National Women’s Health Week? It will be held on May 12-18, 2013. Click here for more information and resources that can support women caregivers.

I have included additional caregiving, meditation, and yoga resources below that women caregivers can use to nurture their bodies, minds, and spirits.

1) Caregiving Resources

2) Meditation Resources

3) Yoga Resources

#DigitalSisterhood Wednesday at Social Media Week DC 2013’s PRSA NCC Breakfast


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Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday!

Guess what’s happening this week? Social Media Week! That means lots of opportunities for me to connect with and learn from digital sisters and brothers in Washington, D.C.

Are you attending or following Social Media Week events in your city or another city?

What have been your favorite events so far?

Denise Graveline and Anthony Shop

Denise Graveline and Anthony Shop

PRSA NCC Social Media Week DC 2013 Event

PRSA NCC Social Media Week DC 2013 Event

This morning, I attended a great Social Media Week DC panel discussion on 2013 social media communications trends for communicators featuring Denise Graveline, founder of Don’t Get Caught, and Anthony Shop, managing director of Social Driver. It was sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter.

Denise Graveline

Denise Graveline

My biggest takeaways were three of the trends Graveline discussed in her presentation: Visual, Mobile, and Integrated. They are now my “VMI” communications strategy for the Digital Sisterhood Network. Click here to read Graveline’s fantastic blog post about her trends.

Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke at PRSA NCC Social Media Week DC 2013 event

Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke at PRSA NCC Social Media Week DC 2013 event

Here are some of my notes from the presentation.

1) Visual

Graveline stated that visual content is the strongest trend in social media that will increase in 2013. So that means it is time to return to my 2011 passion for videos. Here I come YouTube, Animoto, Vimeo, Vine, Facebook video chats, UStream livestreaming, and Google Hangout! It’s time my brother Matt give me editing lessons too.

My love affair for “all things photo” will continue to play itself out on Flickr, Instagram, and Pinterest.

2) Mobile

Graveline shared some interesting statistics about mobile technology users. According to the Harvard Business Review, 46 percent of mobile phone users like you and me use their smartphones for “ME” time. Yes I said “ME” time — pure relaxation, fun, and entertainment. I totally agreed. She talked about how mobile devices give more people access to the web. She also stressed the importance of making sure blogs and web sites are optimized for mobile devices.

3) Integrated

Graveline stressed the value of having one online site as a “base camp” (I like this phrase) for your messages and content. Social media platforms should be used to amplify the messages and content.

She talked about how some folks create a roadblock in their communication efforts by thinking of social media as something you have to add to your long list of things to do rather than as a tool that  enhances your communications efforts. She suggested these folks transform their attitude and accept that social media is how they do business. In short, EMBRACE IT. It’s not going anywhere. It’s here to stay.

She recommended using blog posts instead of press releases or major announcements to achieve better search engine results and connections with reporters.

PS: If you like what you read on Graveline’s blog, click here to subscribe to it. I did. I am also following her on Twitter and Pinterest. She is my new favorite Digital Sisterhood Leader! She rocks!

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.

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Christine Celise Johnson


Photo Credit: Christine Johnson

Photo Credit: Christine Johnson

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Christine Celise Johnson, founder of IamDtech. Christine was named 2012 Digital Sister of the Year – Empowerista.

Fun Facts: Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke met Christine a few years ago while hanging out in front of Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. They exchanged contact information and began following each other on Facebook and Twitter. When Christine launched IamDtech, Ananda became an instant fan and supporter.

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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 began engaging via social media very hesitantly sometime prior to 2008 by using MySpace at my sister’s encouragement. From there I discovered Facebook and found it to be an awesome way to nurture present relationships and develop others. It was the perfect platform to do what I do very naturally – communicate and share myself. But then I discovered Twitter and it rocked my universe! My world exploded and that became the most amazing media for me professionally.

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

Social media has extended my reach professionally in exponential ways. I have been able to rebuild my personal brand using social media as well as build my business. I hit the ground running with nothing more than a Twitter handle and a dream almost a year ago.

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?

It has helped me make connections and develop relationships with some key players in my industry. A well orchestrated tweet or follow can be life changing.

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?

Healers

The spiritual feminine runs amok via words of love, kindness, inspirational quotes, encouragement and verse.

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

I am a connector. I connect my Facebook Group members, Twitter followers, and friends with relevant and timely information via social media. I also create awareness around the topic of diversity in technology.

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

Don’t just post, tweet or otherwise for the heck of it. Provide relevant substance; unique content.

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

Yes, it’s a secret. (-:

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

Elianna Ramos @ERGeekGoddess is the quintessential digital sistah community builder.

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

  • Share relevant information related to a topic of interest. Become the go to for information
  • Blog, blog, and blog.
  • Utilize video as an avenue to provide commentary and introduce yourself to audiences.

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Suzanne Turner


Photo Credit: Suzanne Turner

Photo Credit: Suzanne Turner

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Suzanne Turner, founder of Turner Strategies, Inc. and Feminism 2.0 (Fem 2.0). Suzanne was named 2012 Digital Sister of the Year – Evangelista.

Fun Facts: Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke met Suzanne while sitting in the audience during the Fem 2.0 conference’s closing session in 2009. They struck up a conversation about the power of women. A few days later, Ananda wrote a poem about her conference experience and sent it to Suzanne and her Fem 2.0 team. They posted it on the Fem 2.0 web site (one of Ananda’s favorite online destinations). The positive feedback Ananda received from the Fem 2.0 community inspired her to develop a digital project that celebrates women online. Since then, they have reconnected and spent time chatting during the Blogalicious Weekend Conference and TEDxAdamsMorganWomen event.

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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 embraced every new tool as soon as it came out, since waaaaay back in the 1990s. I love to drive the conversation and listen to others on many important issues. Plus it’s fun to reconnect and stay connected with all sorts of people.

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

Social media has allowed me to create and participate in amazing communities – both personal and professional. It has allowed me to make new friends, keep old ones, and create alliances with new partners-in-crime in social change.

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 helped me transform old ways of doing social change into new, vibrant more dynamic and interactive programs. As a co-founder of Feminism 2.0, I helped to introduce the women’s advocacy community to social media (many powerful websites and amazing bloggers were already active, but the offline organizations had not yet caught up).

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?

They use their social media venues to extend their reach and influence in their own unique voices.

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

  • Specialist in particular types of information
  • Agent of social change
  • Mom
  • Friend
  • Agitator

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

Patience and generosity are key to online success. Give other people credit as much as you possibly can.

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

Yes, I am becoming much more active in online community building for social issues.

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

  • Soraya Chemaly, an amazing blogger and new voice
  • Shireen Mitchell, who knows everything and everyone
  • Gloria Pan, an extremely creative thinker who is always behind the scenes
  • Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner, the dynamo behind the success of MomsRising
  • Violet Tsagkas, editor of Fem2pt0
  • Sarah Burris – living her life outloud on her blog and using her skills to help unions
  • Elana Levin, amazing on and offline organizer
  • Rachel Perrone, who speaks social media as well as any other language

There are too many others to name.

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

  • Speak up about things that are important to you.
  • Speak from the heart.
  • Be generous in everything — especially with link love. Tweet love, resources, and time.