Yoga+Creativity+Internet Geek=Ananda Leeke. Michigan born. Maryland raised. Morgan State educated. Howard and Georgetown Law trained. Leeke discovered and pursued her passion as an artist, author of one novel and two memoirs (available on Amazon), creativity coach, digital communications consultant, Reiki practitioner, and yoga teacher while living in the historic U Street, NW neighborhood in Washington, DC. She currently serves as CEO of Ananda Leeke Media, a digital communications consulting firm.
Also, she works as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts with military staff, patients, and families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Her mixed media collages, wire sculptures, and paintings have been exhibited in the DC metropolitan area, New York City, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Her artwork was featured in Heart and Soul in 2001 and often reflects her passion for issues affecting people of color and women. In 2002, she created and donated “Our Womanist Spirit” and “I am my sista’s keeper wire” sculpture collections to The Women’s Collective, an HIV/AIDS direct services organization.
In 2010, her passion for women’s issues, building community, and the Internet inspired her to create the Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN), a media channel that celebrates women in social media and technology through leadership, lifestyle, and living well initiatives. Through DSN, she produces Digital Sisterhood Month, an annual event series that is held in December. She is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by Blogalicious, BlogHer, Howard University, Ignite DC, Spelman College, and WordPress. Black Enterprise named her as one of the Black Women in Tech You Should Follow on Twitter in 2011. The Hot Mommas Project, a women’s leadership research venture housed at the George Washington University School of Business, chose her as an author for its 2012-2013 case study library.
The White House selected her to serve as a social media leader for the State of the Union, French Arrival Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande, and Tumblr Q&A session on education and college affordability in 2014. The U.S. Department of State invited her to participate in a similar capacity during the International Women of Courage Award Ceremony. These experiences inspired her to launch the Digital Citizenship Project, Digital Citizenship Month (July), and My #DigCitizen Supports Campaign. To learn more about Leeke, read her LinkedIn profiles as a creative professional and digital communications consultant.
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