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!

Day #2 of the Digital Sisterhood Book 11 Day Countdown Campaign – Listen to Audio Blog


Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!

It’s Day #2 of the Digital Sisterhood Book 11 Day Countdown Campaign.

Some of the books Ananda Leeke read while writing Digital Sisterhood book.

Some of the books Ananda Leeke read while writing Digital Sisterhood book.

When Ananda Leeke writes a book, she reads lots and lots of books. Reading other writers’ words helps her expand her own knowledge base. It also helps her to become a better writer.

Listen to Ananda ‘s audio blog about some of the books she read while writing her new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online.

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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!

Launch of Digital Sisterhood Book 11 Day Countdown to 10/19 DC Book Reading – Day #1


Today marks the launch of the Digital Sisterhood Book 11 Day Countdown to 10/19 DC Book Reading. For the next 11 days, Digital Sisterhood Network will be sharing audio blogs, blog posts, photos, radio shows, and videos that offer an inside look into author Ananda Leeke’s book writing and publishing journey

Photo Credit: VoiceBo

Photo Credit: VoiceBo

For Day #1 of the Countdown, we invite you to listen to a VoiceBo audio blog (4 minutes) that features Ananda reading an excerpt from her Digital Sisterhood book introduction. Also, check out her Internet Geek Tuesday blog post that includes an excerpt from her author interview (published in book).

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Reminders:

You can purchase Digital Sisterhood on Amazon.com.

If you are in Washington, D.C. on October 19, please plan to attend my 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!

9 Things You Can Do Before October 19th Book Reading:

You Are Invited to Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood DC Book Signing on October 19


Photo Credit: Artwork by Dariela Cruz, http://daridesignstudio.com; Copyright 2013 by Madelyn C. Leeke

Photo Credit: Artwork by Dariela Cruz, http://daridesignstudio.com; Copyright 2013 by Madelyn C. Leeke

 

You’re invited to attend an author talk and book signing for Ananda Leeke’s third book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery located at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. (three blocks from the Green Line U Street/Cardozo Metro Station). The book will be available for sale ($23.95) during the book signing. Click here to register on Eventbrite.

About the Book

Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke became a pioneer in the digital universe twenty-seven years ago, when she logged in to the LexisNexis research service as a first-year law student at Howard University School of Law. She was immediately smitten with what the World Wide Web could do. Later, while attending the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995, Leeke found herself in an Internet café, where she experienced an interaction that changed her life.

Over time, through interactions and conversations both online and in-person, Leeke developed the concept of “digital sisterhood.” Embracing this revolutionary concept led to a complete career reinvention that finally allowed her to embrace her enormous creative spirit. She found in her digital sisters true “sheroes” and virtual mentors. Her blogging and social media adventures highlight the lessons she learned in the process, the reasons she launched the Digital Sisterhood Network, and the experiences that caused her to adopt what she terms the “fierce living” commitments.

In her memoir, Digital Sisterhood, Leeke details her journey, sharing experiences and insights helped her and her digital sisters use the Internet as a self-discovery tool and identifying leadership archetypes that shaped her role as a social media leader. 

About the Author

Ananda Leeke is a lawyer turned “Jill of many trades.” She is an innerpreneur, author, artist, coach, and yoga teacher. She founded the Digital Sister Network and currently serves as a blogger ambassador for AARP, Macy’s Heart of Haiti campaign, and Maiden Nation. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. Visit www.anandaleeke.com.

11 Things You Can Do Before October 19th Book Reading

Digital Sisterhood DC Summer Field Trip: FUNNEL CAKE FLOWERS & THE URBAN CHAMELEONS by HaJ on July 2@8pm at American University


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Join Digital Sisterhood Network for a summer field trip to the Washington Women in Theatre’s 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring the D.C. premiere of FUNNEL CAKE FLOWERS & THE URBAN CHAMELEONS by HaJ on July 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at American University.  FUNNEL CAKE FLOWERS & THE URBAN CHAMELEONS  highlights real life stories of code switchers, people who seamlessly transition from white America to their kinky hair taming– coco butter wearing– tipping up the courthouse steps in Manolo Blahniks to bail cousin Pookie out of jail—America.  With her uniquely hilarious, deadpan style, Funnel Cake Flowers reveals the truth and complexity behind why Urban Chameleons…chameleon. Click here to watch a preview of Funnel Cake Flowers in action. She will rock your world!

Ayoka Chenzira and HaJ

Ayoka Chenzira and HaJ

This creative project is a mother-daughter collaboration between and HaJ and her mother, Dr. Ayoka Chenzira. HaJ, an Emmy nominated writer, producer, performer, and founder of Tickles.TV, wrote the show and plays Funnel Cake Flowers in the show. Dr. Ayoka (Ayo) Chenzira, an Award-winning filmmaker and interactive digital media artist, will direct the show. One of the first African American women to write, direct and produce a 35mm feature film, Ayo is currently adapting the novels of New York Time Best-Selling Author Pearl Cleage to the screen. She is also the founder and director of Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon.

Event Location: Katzen Arts Center Studio Theatre on the campus of American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC (American UniversityTenleytown/Metro on Red Line)

Event Fee: $12 for Adults and $10 for Seniors (over 65) and students  –  You must buy your tickets in advance or at the door. Click here to buy them online. Digital Sisterhood Network is NOT selling tickets directly or providing free tickets or a ticket discount. You MUST purchase your tickets in advance or at the door.  

Digital Sisterhood Eventbrite Notice: Please click here to sign up for the Summer Field Trip. When you sign up, we will know who to look for on the day of the event. Thank you!

Join Digital Sisterhood Network for Digital Sisterhood Unplugged Weekends from March to December 2013


DSN_LLL150Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday! Happy First Day of Spring!

Springtime offers us an opportunity to check in with ourselves to see what’s been happening since we started the new year. How is your year going so far? Springtime also offers us space to renew and recharge ourselves with healthy living choices and practices. How are you renewing and recharging yourself?

Spring flowers by Ananda Leeke

Spring flowers by Ananda Leeke

This Spring, Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle, and Living Well Initiative has been inspired by Spelman College’s Wellness Revolution to relaunch the Digital Sisterhood Unplugged Weekends Initiative (#DSUnplugged) to encourage women to slow down and take a break from their digital lives and electronic devices once a month. The break could be 30 minutes, an hour, a half-day, a full day, or an entire weekend. It’s up to each woman to choose and commit to a timeframe that  works best for her. If you’d like to join us on our 2013 #DSUnplugged Weekends, check out the schedule below and use the #DSUnplugged hashtag to share your plans, comments, and questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’ll also be posting more blogs with digital wellness resources and tips on how to unplug and take better care of yourself while you are online in the coming days, weeks, and months.

Unplug from your digital life once a month!

Unplug from your digital life once a month!

#DSUnplugged Weekend Schedule

  • March 23-24
  • April 27-28
  • May 25-26
  • June 22-23
  • July 20-21
  • August 24-25
  • September 28-29
  • October 26-27
  • November 23-24
  • December 28-29

Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 Favorite Moments


Happy New Year!

Today Digital Sisterhood Network is reflecting on our favorite Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 moments. See our list and photos below.

What were your favorite moments?

Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 Moments

1) Naming the 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year a/k/a “Digital Sisterhood 100” and receiving their emails, Facebook posts, and tweets.

Digital Sisters of the Year on #DSmonth Pinterest Board

Digital Sisters of the Year on #DSmonth Pinterest Board

2) Traveling to New York City to host the #DSMonth Meet Up at Argo Tea and  Field Trip to the Brooklyn Museum.

12/14 #DSMonth NYC Meet Up Members: Halana, Amy, and Ananda - Photo by Christina Soriano

12/14 #DSMonth NYC Meet Up Members: Halana, Amy, and Ananda – Photo by Christina Soriano

Digital Sisters at NYC Field Trip Meet Up at Brooklyn Museum

Digital Sisters at NYC Field Trip Meet Up at Brooklyn Museum

NYC Field Trip

NYC Field Trip

Art work by Mickalene Thomas

Art work by Mickalene Thomas

3) Working with Brea Ellis, founder of What I Wore: tip to toe blog, to organize two Digital Sisterhood Month events: Fierce Living in Fashion 15 Minute Flash Mob on U Street (#DSFlashMob) and Salon Series on DC Style (#DSStyleSalon).

Brea Ellis & Ananda Leeke

Brea Ellis & Ananda Leeke

4) Shopping with digital sisters on U Street and eating a snack at Ben’s Chili Bowl during the #DSFlashMob event in Washington, DC.

#DSFlashMob meet and greet at the Mediterranean Spot on U Street

#DSFlashMob meet and greet at the Mediterranean Spot on U Street

#DSFlashMob shopping moments at Zawadi on U Street

#DSFlashMob shopping moments at Zawadi on U Street

#DSFlashMob shoppers at ben's Chili Bowl

#DSFlashMob shoppers at ben’s Chili Bowl

5) Learning from the #DSStyleSalon speakers and audience at the Tenley-Friendship Public Library in Washington, DC.

Brea Ellis & Rosemary Reed Miller

Brea Ellis & Rosemary Reed Miller

Blogger Town Hall Speakers Krystin Hargrove,  Monica Byrd, and Deb Vaughan

Blogger Town Hall Speakers Krystin Hargrove, Monica Byrd, and Deb Vaughan

Brea Ellis and DC designers Philissa Williams and Katherine Martinez

Brea Ellis and DC designers Philissa Williams and Katherine Martinez

#DSStyleSalon audience

#DSStyleSalon audience

Philissa Williams and her mom & Ananda Leeke at #DSStyleSalon

Philissa Williams and her mom & Ananda Leeke at #DSStyleSalon

6) Interviewing Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, Dariela Cruz, Stacey Ferguson, Kelly Heisler, Elyane Fluker, Nadia Jones, Claire-Dee Lim, Allissa Richardson, Jessica Solomon, and Elena Sonnino on Digital Sisterhood Radio.

7) Hosting #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter chats with:

8) Taking Kimberly Wilson’s Yoga and Meditation class at Tranquil Space in Washington, DC.

Yoga teachers Kimberly Wilson and Ananda Leeke

Yoga teachers Kimberly Wilson and Ananda Leeke

9) Chatting with Valerie Trammel at the She Writers Meet Up held at Teaism in Washington, DC.

She Writers Meet Up - Valerie Trammel and Ananda Leeke

She Writers Meet Up – Valerie Trammel and Ananda Leeke

10) Replying to the Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter positive comments from the Digital Sisterhood community.

11) Reading Janel Martinez’s Black Enterprise article about Digital Sisterhood Month.

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12) Going to the National Museum of Women in the Arts to see the Women Who Rock exhibition.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum of Women in the Arts

13) Seeing the #DSMonth badge on digital sisters’ blogs and web sites.

#DSMonth Badge

#DSMonth Badge

14) Attending the TEDxAdamsMorganWomen event and hearing the fantastic speakers.

TEDxAdamsMorganWomen Event

TEDxAdamsMorganWomen Event

15) Meeting digital sister Kesha Bruce, an artist and writer, at her opening night reception at Morton Fine Art Gallery in Washington, DC.

Artist Kesha Bruce and Ananda Leeke

Artist Kesha Bruce and Ananda Leeke

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Simone Jacobson


Photo Credit: Simone Jacobson with her fellow actresses as they prepare for the performance of Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai’s play, Say You Heard My Echo, via Google Hangout.

 

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Simone Jacobson, blogger, co-founder of Smart Chicks Network, poet, writer, and curator, events coordinator, and social media manager at Busboys and Poets.

Fun Fact: Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke met Simone when she participated in the DSN’s DC Women in Social Media Focus Group series featuring creative social media women at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C in August 2010. Ananda became an instant fan of Simone’s amazing work!

 

1) How can people find you online?

2) Why did you start using social media?

I started using social media in my early teens. I remember sitting in front of the computer screen watching AOL chat load with my best friend. It used to be a truly social experience then. My dad, my friends, and my sister would always be involved. We’d all kind of participate together, like watching a movie or something. It was new and we were exploring it together.

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

In my personal life, social media has allowed me to stay connected to friends and family all across the globe, from Morocco to Burma and France. But, I was a letter writer back when people still sent snail mail, so I’ve always been committed to staying connected to the people I love.

As a professional tool, social media has been most useful to me in connecting to what I’d consider “community celebrities” or mid-level thinkers and doers in their respective fields. That is to say, not the level of famous that requires an intermediary, but hard-working and talented enough that they might have missed an e-mail from me, but perhaps responded to a Facebook mention or tweet. I definitely expanded my network of hip-hop scholars via social media, and many of them are digital sisters and brothers, though I’ve never met some in person.

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 refine my writing skills. I’ve written for TheRoot.com, The Pink Line Project, The Couch Sessions, and The Lantern Review online. These platforms were influential in my development as an arts critic, a journalist, and in my creative writing practice, as well. I recently launched a new space for conversations about gender and the role our self-identification as male, female, or “neither” in daily living: http://sim1ontharun.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/dancing-as-gender-performance.

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?

Women definitely lead important conversations in the digital space. Think Arianna Huffington or Dream Hampton. Think of the comical “Texts from Hillary” or Philippa Hughes of The Pinkline Project in DC. Think the co-founders of Hyphen Magazine (http://www.hyphenmagazine.com) or Ruby Verdiano (http://rubyveridiano.com). These women are their own brands. It’s inspiring to see how self-promotion via social media can be leveraged for the greater good, including the benefit of the woman herself, working hard, writing and curating content online. I think a lot of people take for granted how much work it takes to run a successful and active digital space.

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

I think my biggest “leadership role” in social media is as the steward and co-founder of the Smart Chicks Network (SCN). This network is a resource-sharing platform for intelligent, ambitious and generous women in the DC area, and includes postings about jobs and other announcements. SCN has allowed members to get jobs, connect with other similarly minded individuals, and even helped beautiful women (who are not stereotypically wafer-thin models) gain experience modeling for a new kind of forward-looking publication due out this fall, NeonV Magazine (http://www.neonvmag.com).

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

Words matter. Protect yourself, but know that the Internet is very porous and you can only control your own voice. In some cases, there are no “take backs” once you put it out there. The economy of language is a gift (as proven by the ubiquitousness of Twitter), so learn it well!

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

Not at the moment. My new blog, he said // she said // they said, is a relatively humble project, but one I’m enjoying immensely: http://sim1ontharun.wordpress.com/about.

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

I named a few above, but really, YOU! Ananda, you are so dedicated to the digital sisterhood and I’m so happy I met you online and off. You rock!

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

  • Control your image as much as possible. See a video of a performance you were in that you don’t like? Ask to have it taken down. Do a Google search of yourself every now and again. Is there an image on someone else’s Facebook page you want removed? Don’t ever hesitate to ask or “untag”. Protect yourself, but again, you can only control your own output at the end of the day.
  • Articulate your goals and mission, personally and professionally, as succinctly as possible. The way people use the Internets is mostly sporadic and unfocused. Think like an editor or a headlines writer. Would you read about you based on the first 3-5 words you see?
  • Be humble, kind and truthful, yet unafraid to celebrate your successes. I know that may seem contradictory, but consider the purpose of each word you put out into the universe. If you’re trying to get a job, use your LinkedIn profile to shine and don’t hold back. But, if you’re a panelist and they ask you for a SHORT bio, don’t be wordy! Most of all, be a leader because you feel compelled to be one. Don’t be a brand, have one. Who you choose to be should never be defined by perceptions of who you are, especially not by folks online. The Internet can be a cozy wall to hide behind, as well as a wonderful resource and connectivity tool, so don’t take any of it personally.
  • And ladies, if I may offer one final piece of advice, you gotta have a sense of humor about it all at the end of the day.

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Lauren Fleming


Photo Credit: Lauren Fleming

 

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Lauren Fleming, founder of QueerieBradshaw.com and Creativity Squared, LLC, lawyer, speaker,  and writer.  Lauren recently spoke at the annual BlogHer conference. She spoke about the business of blogging during the Pathfinder Day’s Morning Fundamentals Workshop: My Blog as Business and as a panelist for The Personal: Erotica Out in the Open session.

Fun Fact: Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke attended Lauren’s BlogHer 12′ session on The Personal: Erotica Out in the Open and became an instant fan!

 

1) How can people find you online?

2) Why did you start using social media?

I started using social media back in the Friendster days, before you could just sign up, you had to have a friend already on there recommend you. I went through MySpace and Live Journal and everything since. I started using social media and keep using it for the same reason: I want to connect with my friends from all over the world.

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

Social media has enabled me to connect with the readers and writers of my site. It’s also helped me keep in touch with friends I otherwise wouldn’t still know.

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?

Through social media, mostly Twitter, I’ve made a name for myself as an expert in sex, sexuality, gender, and gender identity. In that capacity, I’ve been able to mentor other writers, both younger and older than me, through the difficult and often stigmatized world of writing about such taboo topics.

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?

I think you hit them all.

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

I often lead conversations that normally wouldn’t be had.

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

Keep doing it. It feels exhausting and like a time warp, but keep it up. People are listening.

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

I plan to turn my blog into a book and do a whole online book tour.

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

My favorite social media women leaders include everyone over at Women’s Media Center. They’re so very helpful. And BlogHer bloggers as well. They really inspire me to dig deeper and be my more authentic self.

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

  • Know who you are before you go into it.
  • Know who you are every time you post.
  • Know when to leave.
  • Don’t let online be your only life.

Meet Digital Sisiterhood Leader Erika Pryor


Photo Credit: Erika Pryor

 

Meet Digital Sisiterhood Leader Erika Pryor, a digital communications consultant and host of Digital 411, an Internet radio show featured on TalktainmentRadio.com.

 

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 helped me connect with individuals throughout the world, find new business opportunities, build a personal and professional brand, experience new events, be identified as a thought leader is social media, and create an Internet radio program.

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 carve out leadership roles through blogging and community development for various local and national websites.

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?

The other types of leadership roles that women play in social media and digital marketing include bloggers and writers on various topics related to business and technology, influencers, and promoters.

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

Influencer, educator, motivator, promoter, and thought leader

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

Be honest and transparent. Identify what your goals are. Ask for help or assistance via social media.

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

Yes. I have plans to do more blog writing and publish an e-book and white papers.

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

Heather Whaling and Chalene Johnson — I like their business discussions and motivational advice.

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

  • Tweet.
  • Create a Facebook page.
  • Blog.