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


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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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.


Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Kimberly Bryant

Phoyo Credit: Kimberly Bryant


Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Kimberly Bryant, Founder of BlackGirlsCode.com.

1) How can people find you online?

2) Why did you start using social media?

I started using social media in 2010.

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

Social media has been pivotal in the growth of my nonprofit organization. It has led to strong connections with partners, mentors, and collaborators which resulted in measurable business opportunities for my company. Social media has also allowed me to develop personal relationships and become more involved in my community.

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 be a voice to issues surrounding girls and technology especially underrepresented girls. I believe we have been able to stimulate both conversation and change in the general ecosystem by our presence.

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?

Change agents

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

Change agent, thought leader, influencer, community builder, and educator

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

Every voice matters and people are listening.

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

I definitely plan and hope to become more involved as a thought leader and would like to participate in more forums, conferences, etc.

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

Cindy Gallop and Beth Kantor

They are both strong women who are highly talented and respected by many.

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

  • Building a platform (blog, etc)
  • Being a connector within the community
  • Speaking up

Read DC Week Fashion Day Blog Recap by Zane Collins, DSN Project Manager

DC Week Fashion Day

Zane Collins (@zcollins_prgirl) started her first week as the Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) Project Manager at DC Digital Capital Week Fashion Day sponsored by SVELTE, LLC.  She live tweeted during the three panels that featured 16 amazing panelists.  Click here to read her fantastic blog recap.  DSN had a grand time following Zane and her tweets.  We learned so much about fashion and technology.  Now we are as enthusiastic as Zane!

Did you attend DC Week and/or DC Week Fashion Day?

What did you learn during DC Week?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by!

PS:  Stay tuned for more blogs about DSN’s experiences during DC Week!

Meet Digital Sisterhood Network Project Manager – Zanetta “Zane” Collins

Photo Credit: Zanetta 'Zane" Collins

Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) recently hired Zanetta “Zane” Collins as our new project manager.  Zane is a 2011 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She earned a degree in Electronic Media, Arts and Communications, an arts and communications interdisciplinary. During her collegiate career, she explored various mediums of communications and was intrigued by all facets, especially public relations. While exploring these mediums, she revamped her approach towards communications and incorporated modern-day technology such as social media. Her academic studies focused on marketing, communications, and design. They helped her integrate the lessons of graphic design and social/new media, to better every project and every proposal for the end consumer.  She now offers her clients an array of new media, technology, communication, and marketing experiences.  Her moxie, passion, creativity, and dedication are true gifts!

As the DSN Project Manager, Zane will represent DSN and live tweet at several DC Digital Capital Week events, contribute content to the Women in PR and Communications Campaign on Cinchcast, Talkshoe.com, and Twitter, and provide project management support on Digital Sisterhood Month’s online and offline events.  Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @ ZCollins_PRGirl.

Digital Sisterhood Network’s Digital Civility and Security Initiative Coming in July

Technology, the Internet, and social media are amazing.  They have empowered people with information, a global space, and a portfolio of tools to communicate, promote, and debate their ideas and experiences.  They have also presented challenges in how people communicate and engage with each other as they exercise their freedom of speech on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other sites in cyberspace.  Some of these challenges include speech that causes fear or creates a threat of being the target of unwarranted abuse, harassment, or lies.  Thanks to organizations like CiviliNation, an education and research nonprofit that focuses on advancing the full capability of individuals to communicate and engage in cyberspace in a responsible and accountable way, work is being done to educate people about these challenges.

In an effort to support CiviliNation’s work and to promote digital civility, the Digital Sisterhood Network is launching its Digital Civility & Security Initiative on July 4, 2011.  From July 4 to July 11, the Digital Sisterhood Network will use its web site, Digital Sisterhood Wednesday celebration, Twitter page, and radio show to promote and celebrate women in social media and organizations that provide awareness and outreach on digital civility, Internet freedom of speech, online security,  privacy, and digital etiquette.  In addition, Andrea Weckerle, CiviliNation’s founder will co-host the July 6th Twitter chat on digital civility from 8:00 pm ET to 9:00 pm ET.  Please use the hashtag #digitalsisterhood to participate in the conversation.

What do you think about digital civility?

Do you feel safe in expressing your thoughts online?

Share any stories about online communication challenges you have faced in the comment section below.

Be sure to check out the videos below featuring CiviliNation Andrea Weckerle and Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke.