Join Digital Sisterhood Network Founder Ananda Leeke at Press Publish Conference on March 28!


Press Publish Conference in Portland

Press Publish Conference in Portland

Greetings Digital Sisters

Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke is heading to Press Publish, WordPress’ first-ever conference featuring WordPress bloggers and the people behind WordPress.com, on March 27 and 28 in Portland, Oregon. While she’s at Press Publish, she’ll lead a session on “Blogging for Obama” that will give her an opportunity to share how she began blogging for personal reasons, evolved into a social media leader for the White House, and learned how to make the most of opportunities that have presented themselves as a result of her blogging adventures on March 28.

She’s also serve as a panelist for Michelle Langston’s session, “A Tale of Two Sites.” During this session, you’ll have a chance to look at her older AnandaLeeke.com web site and blog and learn how Michelle transformed them into a new and improved site that fully expresses her personality and online goals.

In addition to these sessions, you’ll be able to dive into a day of learning with presentations and tutorials led by an amazing group of speakers including Digital Sister of the Year Kathy Cano-Murillo, founder of the CrafyChica.com, on blogging 101, blogging on the go, going pro as a blogger, storytelling, turning your blog into a book or business, writing, WordPress design and plugins, and so much more. Click to see the schedule.

Oh yeah, you’ll get to attend a Friday evening mixer where you will meet your fellow bloggers, receive your attendee packet, and enjoy storytelling by Longreads, snacks, and libations.

Guess what? The generous and groovy Press Publish team is offering a special 40% discount to the conference! Click here and use the special coupon code SISTERHOOD40 to register. One last thing — your ticket purchase also gets you a 1-year subscription to the WordPress Premium upgrade, a $99 value, that you can use on any WordPress.com blog. A coupon code and instructions on how to redeem it will be included in your ticket confirmation email.

See you in Portland!

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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.

Empirista - Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, www.leighmosley.com

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.

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’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.

AnandaLeeke.com logo by Madelyn C. Leeke

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 #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday: Our April Creativity Conversations & April 30 DC Digital Sisterhood Meet Up


Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday Digital Sisters,

It’s hard to believe today is the last day of April. This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) promoted the theme, “Giving Birth to Your Creativity” as a Creativista. Click here to read more about what it means to be a Creativista. What have you given birth to this month and year?

Photo Credit: Ida Wainschel

Photo Credit: Ida Wainschel

DSN has given birth to a series of creative conversations. Earlier this week, we hosted an episode of Digital Sisterhood Radio that featured an interview with Tech Creativista  Ida Wainschel, Senior Director for Global Product Innovation and Strategy at Dun and Bradstreet. Click here to read about and listen to the interview (approximately 20 minutes).

April 23rd DSN Breakfast Meet Up at Teaism

April 23rd DSN Breakfast Meet Up at Teaism

Last week, DSN founder Ananda Leeke hosted the DC Digital Sisterhood Network’s Breakfast Meet Up at Teaism, a woman-owned tea house (see photo above). Learn what happened at the meet up by clicking here to listen to the podcast Ananda recorded with Valerie Trammel, founder of Trammel Communications. Valerie was the first person who arrived at the meet up. She won a Digital Sisterhood mug filled with Tazo Passion tea bags and chocolates. She also received a complimentary 20 minute creativity coaching session (which we had today). They had a great time chatting about creativity and overcoming challenges with Nia, founder of Karat Cakery, a DC Dessert Food Truck (makes the best carrot cake in the universe!!!!).

April 9th Altanta DSN Meet Up

April 9th Altanta DSN Meet Up

On April 9th, Ananda hosted a creativity conversation during the Atlanta Digital Sisterhood Meet Up held at Proof and Provision, a bar and restaurant located in the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Click here to listen to the podcast she recorded with the amazing women who attended the event.

April 30th DSN Meet Up Location

April 30th DSN Meet Up Location

APRIL 30 DC EVENT

If you are in DC on April 30, join Ananda for the DC Digital Sisterhood Meet Up: Sip Tea & Coffee, Eat Dessert & Chat About Creativity from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Mediterranean Spot, 1501 U Street, NW, Washington, DC (located on the corner of 15th and U Streets, two blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Green/Yellow Line Metro). Click here to register for the event on Eventbrite.

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Come ready to chat with Ananda about creativity and her new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online. She’ll have copies of the book for sale ($23.95 – credit card via Square or PayPal and cash accepted). Be sure to read the Digital Sisterhood Network blog for clues that can help you win a prize (the first person to arrive will win a special prize).

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MAY 15 ONLINE EVENT

Do you know what creativity looks like in your life? Do you need to open your creative heart? Do you know what your creative voice sounds like? Are you able to access it? What is it telling you? Are you ready to give birth to your creativity? Do you need support and tips on how to give birth to your creativity or navigate your creative process?

If you answered YES to one or more of these questions, join Ananda on Thursday, May 15 for the “Giving Birth to Your Creativity” online workshop from 8:30 p.m. EST to 10:00 p.m. EST. The online 90 minute workshop will offer a small group of five participants the following:

•Creative Self-Care Practices (breathing exercises, guided meditation, affirmation, and kind and gentle office yoga for your eyes, hands, mouth, and shoulders).

•Ice Breaker Exercise and Sharing Circle.

•Talk on “Giving Birth to Your Creativity with a Creativity Recipe.”

•Journaling Exercises with Sharing Circle and Creativity Coaching Feedback.

•Action Planning Steps and Tips for Giving Birth to Your Creativity.

•Two creativity coaching email check-ins (one in June and one in July).

•A special discount on creativity coaching sessions and packages.

That Which Awakens Me by Ananda Leeke

That Which Awakens Me by Ananda Leeke

The workshop is based on exercises and information contained in her book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on Amazon). It will be delivered via conference call. So all you need to participate is your telephone. Once you register and pay $26.26 ($23.95 workshop fee and $2.31 Eventbrite fee) for the workshop, she will email you an agenda with handouts, the special discount on creativity coaching sessions, and the telephone number for the conference call. Click here to register for the workshop.

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.

Logo by Dariela Cruz

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

#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 Christy Little Jones


Photo Credit: Christy Little Jones

Photo Credit: Christy Little Jones

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Christy Little Jones, M.S., is the Head Coach of My Relationship Revolution, a coaching and resource center that inspires more intentional interactions within the key relationships that impact your life. Christy is featured in the March issue of Real Simple magazine. Her story about forgiving her husband is AMAZING. Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine and read it! She and her husband will be chatting about relationships at the “What’s Love Got To Do WIth It!” event on Sunday, February 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, Virginia. Click here to register for the 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 launched my business in November 2011 and used social media to build a following and connect with my tribe.

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

It has given me the platform to inspire action and influence change in the lives of men and women around the world. Essentially, it’s helping me to make a difference in the world.

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 to share my strengths and experience to women who need it most. In particular, relationships. The most important relationships that we hold as women – in marriage, friendships and as mothers.

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?

Supporter, accountability partner, coach, and encourager

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

I help remind women of their God-given strength, power and influence. I am the leader who affirms, supports and lovingly pushes women to step into their magnificence with confidence and authenticity. I am a coach and a cheerleader, helping women to become fearless!

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

It’s mandatory to be authentic as you build your tribe as well as consistent.  Your followers need to be able to trust you.

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

I would like to expand my leadership role by bringing awareness to digital space about my global platform – Child Sex Trafficking. Together we can bring about change, but not without knowledge and commitment to the cause first.

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

Some of my favorite social media women leaders include Ananda Leeke and Fabienne Frederickson. Ananda encourages and include other women entrepreneurs in her success. She also creates a sisterhood among women. I love Fabienne’s strength, passion, and commitment to making your business thrive.

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

Women can use social media to define and express their personal leadership brand through video, developing relationships via Facebook and Twitter, and publishing an e-zine or newsletter.

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Jana Baldwin


Photo Credit: Jana Baldwin

Photo Credit: Jana Baldwin

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Jana Baldwin, founder of Northwest to Southeast blog.

 

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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 Facebook in 2005.

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

Social media has helped me connect with friends, gain employment, gain a graduate degree, communicate with community, and develop relationships with nonprofit organizations.

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?

At this point I am hoping to make a career utilizing social media.

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?

Provide relevant, specific information during emergencies.

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

Public Safety Chair in my neighborhood and Public Health Communications and Marketing expert.

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

Networking and writing.

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

My plans include improving my  website and building mobile apps.

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

One of my favorite social media women leaders is Tracey Webb, founder of BlackGivesBack.com. We have built a relationship by meeting online. As a result, I became a part of Tracey’s Black Benefactors organization. She has given me motivation and strength in a community that I need.

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

Women can share their expertise, opinions, and emergency information to define and express their personal leadership brand.