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

BlackEnterprise.com Features Digital Sisterhood 100 – Digital Sisters of the Year


BlackEnterprise.com

BlackEnterprise.com

Many thanks to Janel Martinez for writing a great article about the Digital Sisterhood 100 for BlackEnterprise.com. We are excited about the 100 amazing women we honored this year. They are fierce living women who rock the web and world! Click here to read Martinez’s article.

#DSMonth Day 15 Recap: NYC Field Trip To Brooklyn Musuem’s Mickalene Thomas’ Exhibition


Mickalene Thomas exhibition at Brooklyn Museum

Mickalene Thomas exhibition at Brooklyn Museum

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

Ananda Leeke excited to be at the Brooklyn Museum

Ananda Leeke excited to be at the Brooklyn Museum

Xenobia Bailey and Ananda Leeke (Ananda is wearing one of Sylvia's hats)

Xenobia Bailey and Ananda Leeke (Ananda is wearing one of Sylvia’s hats)

Day 15 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a field trip to see the Mickalene Thomas exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke toured the exhibition with six amazing digital sisters: Xenobia Bailey, fiber artist; Liz Calvin, advocate and justice seeker workers; Xina Eiland, President of The Eiland Group and PR professional; Sylvia Wong Lewis, founder of Narrative Network and PR consultant; Patricia Patton, founder of BoomerWizdom.com; and Sanura Weathers, founder of My Life Runs on Food blog. During the field trip, Bailey gave the group a mini lecture on the importance of Thomas’ work. Group members also shared how Thomas’ work impacted their lives, discussed their online and offline activities, networked, shared resources, and purchased hats created by Bailey.

  • Click here to read Lewis’ blog post about the Thomas exhibition. She also wrote an article about the NYC Field Trip for her Examiner.com column.
  • Click here to see the event photos.

After the museum field trip, Eiland, Leeke, and Weathers enjoyed an afternoon of self-care and shopping in Brooklyn. They went to Seven Nails for manicures and pedicures (located on the corner of Union and Seventh Avenue). They also did some window shopping at several vintage shops including Almost New Vintage Clothing on Saint Marks Avenue.

Visit to Eponymy boutique in Brooklyn

Visit to Eponymy boutique in Brooklyn

Ananda Leeke and her new BFF digital sister, Lady Bianca Miller, a socialite, fashionista and blogger

Ananda Leeke and her new BFF digital sister, Lady Bianca Miller, a socialite, fashionista and blogger

Eiland and Leeke also visited Eponymy, a boutique in Park Slope, to meet a very special digital sister, Lady Bianca Miller, a French bulldog. As a socialite, model, and arbiter of style, Lady Bianca Miller shares her views on her blog,That’s what B said. She also has a Pinterest page too!

#DSMonth Day 14 Recap: NYC Meet Up at Argo Tea


Argo Tea in Chelsea, NYC

Argo Tea in Chelsea, NYC

Day 14 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a meet up at Argo Tea (Chelsea location) in New York City. The meet up was organized to conduct outreach to women in social media and technology. During the meet up, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke met with Halana Black, founder of Garlic and Lemons; Christina Soriano, founder of Soriano Designs; and Amy Vernon, a freelance writer, digital strategist, and General Manager of Social Marketing for Internet Media Labs. The group discussed how women can present themselves as a business and brand with multiple businesses and passions. They also shared resources, brainstormed ideas for collaborative partnerships, and identified ways DSN can provide support in their 2013 efforts.

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

Photo Credit: Christina Soriano

Photo Credit: Christina Soriano

#DSMonth Day 13 Recap: Digital Sisterhood Radio Interview with Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media Founder Stacey Ferguson


Stacey Ferguson and Ananda Leeke at Brunchalicious event at BlogHer 12 in NYC

Stacey Ferguson and Ananda Leeke at Brunchalicious event at BlogHer 12 in NYC

Day 13 of Digital Sisterhood Month featured a Digital Sisterhood Radio interview with Stacey Ferguson, Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media, Personal Brand Strategist, Digital Content & Events Producer, Tech Lawyer, and BeBlogalicious.com Chief Curator. Click here to listen to her interview.

#DSMonth Guest Blog Post by Nakita Pope, Founder of Branding Chicks


Happy Day 26 of #DigitalSisterhood Month! Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday! Happy First Day of Kwanzaa – Umoja (Unity)!

Today, Digital Sisterhood Network is celebrating the voices of our community by sharing a guest blog post written by Nakita Pope, founder of Branding Chicks. Check out what Nakita has to say about the #DSMonth 2012 theme “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women.” To learn more about Nakita and her business, visit www.facebook.com/BrandingChicks. Follow her on Twitter: @brandingchicks.

Photo Credit: Nakita Pope

Photo Credit: Nakita Pope

Guest Blog Post by Nakita Pope, Founder of Branding Chicks

I love the Digital Sisterhood Month theme of Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women. It’s something that resonates with me in a very real way, because I see the relationship between the two everyday in my life. In my heart I am an artist and creator, among other things. I’m blessed that part of my creative outlet IS my and people actually PAY me to do it! When I picked up my first box of crayons I never imagined that I would be able to do the thing that made my heart happy for the rest of my life. Although being creative is what I do for a living, no matter what you’re doing, you can bring creativity to it. But, you have to be healthy in order to have that metaphorical clean slate for creativity to show up.

There are so many aspects of your health. In my experience, being able to keep a sense of balance in my life is what creates the mental wellbeing that allows me to live, create, work, and love powerfully. As a soloprenuer, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with my endless list of things to do …. especially when I wear all of the hats.

However, creating and maintaining that balance is important and necessary for me. It’s what keeps me sane and when I feel most like myself. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I am the only one that can create that balance for myself. My mental health is not nearly as important to anyone else as it is to me, so I had to find ways to keep the joy in my work and my life. On those long lists of to-dos?….are also fun things. Yes. I make it an actual task that gets checked off on my list. Whether it’s a pedicure, a call to someone I love that I haven’t spoken to in a while, or to draw something just because I want to, it goes on the list! That way, I actually get to see the balance I’m creating for myself in a very tangible way daily.

When I neglect to do it, I notice the difference in how I deal with my clients, how inspired I am, and ultimately how FIERCE I am. Maybe my method won’t work for you, but I encourage you to look for ways to take care of yourself not only mentally, but physically. We as women have a tendency to take care of everyone but ourselves, but it’s that commitment to being powerfully whole that can allow you to have even more to give and more to create!

 

#DSMonth Guest Blog Post by Pen of The NetworkFAM


Happy Day 26 of #DigitalSisterhood Month! Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday! Happy First Day of Kwanzaa – Umoja (Unity)!

Today, Digital Sisterhood Network is celebrating the voices of our community by sharing a guest blog post written by Pen, the co-founder of The NetworkFAM. Check out what Pen has to say about the #DSMonth 2012 theme “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women” and what it means to her and her business. To learn more about Pen and her business, visit www.thenetworkfam.com. Follow her on Twitter: @loudpen.

Guest Blog Post by Pen, Co-Founder of The NetworkFam

Photo by Cacha

Photo by Cacha

I first came across the Digital Sisterhood Network via Twitter during their weekly #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday celebration and was immediately intrigued. I was interested in learning more about The Digital Sisterhood Network because I live and breathe all things digital both personally and professionally, not to mention, I am all about networking with other digital savvy women. Recently, the fabulous founder of The Digital Sisterhood Network, Ananda Leeke invited me to write this post about what this month’s theme “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women” means to me and my business.

My company is called The NetworkFAM and it encompasses several different businesses that all work together to promote diversity in fashion, art, & music. Through Cacha` Management and Pen PR, we provide models, stylists, make-up artists, and designers with management, public relations, social media marketing, event and photo shoot production. Our publishing company, 158TH & BROADWAY produces our blogs de la Pen, Cacha`, and The Blogging PR Girl. 158TH & BROADWAY also includes our digital publication, Flavor Magazine NYC and our web series “The Chronicles of Cacha` and Pen”; both of those projects will be released in 2013.

“Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women” is essentially an equation that gives one the recipe for success in life. In essence, this month’s Digital Sisterhood theme is a life lesson to me. As you can see, my business does many things because my business partner, Cacha` and I wanted a company that would allow us to be as creative, independent, and successful as possible.

We are all about being creative, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and being fierce living women. Therefore, I feel that we embody this month’s Digital Sisterhood theme and it is a mantra that we also live by. As female entrepreneurs in the digital realm, we constantly have to be creative when approaching prospective clients, the media, or sponsors and partners. When we have to pitch to these various entities, each pitch has to be tailored and targeted to its audience or else the pitch will be ignored.

We also seek to stay healthy because if we are under the weather then we can’t work which leads to missed opportunities that are crucial to a start-up like ours. As far as being “fierce living women” Cacha` and I want to be more than just successful, we want to be icons. Therefore, we are always seeking to be innovative, informed, and on the pulse of “what’s next”. So be on the look out for The NetworkFAM because we believe that “Creativity + Great Health = Fierce Living Women!”

#DSMonth Day 11 Recap: DC She Writers Meet Up at Teaism


Teaism Instagram Collage featuring Valerie Trammel and Ananda Leeke

Teaism Instagram Collage featuring Valerie Trammel and Ananda Leeke

Day 11 of Digital Sisterhood Month (#DSMonth) was celebrated at Teaism, a woman-owned tea house located at Penn Quarter in Washington, D.C. Cups of ginger zing tea and dark chocolate salty oatmeal cookies kept the DC She Writers Meet Up energized on a cold Tuesday night. Valerie Trammel, a new D.C. resident and communications and marketing professional (formerly the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Wilmington, Delaware) and Ananda Leeke, #DSMonth founder, discussed their creative journeys, favorite books, social media tools for writers and communications professionals, 2012 lessons learned, 2013 plans, and The Power of Memoir by Linda Joy Myers. They also met and chatted with a creative meet up group of women and men knitters who organized themselves via Twitter. The night ended with a ride home provided by Uber DC courtesy of digital sister Mazzie, a DC knitter.

Visit SheWrites.com to learn more about the women writers community.