Re-Cap of DC Digital Sisterhood Focus Group on 12/12: How Women in Social Media Discuss Beauty, Fashion, Hair & Lifestyles


Photo of Digital Sisterhood Focus Group Panel on 12/12/10

Day #12 of Digital Sisterhood Month was a special digital diva day for me because I moderated the Digital Sisterhood Focus Group on how women in social media discuss fashion, beauty, hair, and lifestyles at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. The dynamic digital sister panelists included:

1. LaWanda Amaker, Founder of L.A. Beaute Beat and Media Mingle;

2. Monica Byrd, Founder of Fashionista Flea Market, Pregginista, and Charm Chat, and DC Women’s Style Examiner;

3. Kelly Collis, Founder of City Shop Girl;

4. Glory Edim, Founder of I Hate My 9 to 5 blog;

5. Sheena D. Franklin, Founder/CEO of Bella Bush;

6. Aisha Massac, Esthetician, Makeup Artist, and Founder of I.C. Faces;

7. Courtney Powell, founder of;

8. Laquita Thomas-Banks, Founder of All Naptural blog and DC Natural Hair Examiner; and

9. Dana Williams-Johnson, Founder of The Art of Accessories.

Many thanks to Xina Eiland for serving as the event videographer, Sharon Malachi for serving as the event photographer, and Glory Edim’s mother Ms. Henrietta for making “Digital Sisterhood” cupcakes (they were yummy) for the ladies!

  • Click here to see photos from the event.
  • Click here to listen to my audio blog recap of the event.
  • Click here to watch a video (21 minutes) that introduces the panelists and their blogging passions.

Ananda’s Digital Sisterhood Month Adventures @ DC TED Women on 12.7.10

The first week of Digital Sisterhood Month 2010 ended with me attending a local DC TED Women event – on December 7, 2010. The event was co-sponsored by Melanie Spring, Amy Liz Martin, and Nicolette Pizzitola at Nicolette’s offices. These three women brought together a group of approximately 13 digital sisters and one digital brother to watch the TED Women’s webcast which featured a group of dynamic women a and men speakers who gave short talks about how women and girls are reshaping the world. It was an amazing afternoon and evening. It was just the kind of Digital Sisterhood Month outing I needed to keep myself moving through December!

Click here to listen to my audio blog re-cap about the speakers I admired.

Click here to see photos of the DC TED Women event.

I have included some of my favorite tweets by women who attended the DC TED Women event and photos of several TED Women speakers (photos were taken by James Duncan Davidson for TED).

  1. @TEDWomen: E Lesser started listening to mystics to avoid what Einstein called “the optical delusion of everyday consciousness” #TEDWomen Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:59:48 PM via HootSuite

  2. @tbdunmasked: Tony Porter – thank YOU for breaking out of the Man Box and inviting others to do so. #TEDWomen first standing ovation. Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:59:08 PM via HootSuite
  3. @TEDWomen: Elizabeth Lesser is deeply disturbed by the way cultures are demonizing “the other” #TEDWomen Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:43:35 PM via HootSuite Retweeted by NicPiz
  4. @NicPiz: Elizabeth Lesser suggests new movement to counter our habit of ‘otherizing’ – the take the other to lunch movement Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:46:47 PM via TweetDeck
  5. @TEDWomen: Tony Porter: My liberation as a man is tied to your liberation as a woman. #TEDWomen Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:41:48 PM via HootSuite
  6. @Sisarina: When a coach says ‘you play like a girl’ why does it destroy a man? What are we teaching guys about girls? #TEDWomen Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:32:56 PM via TweetDeck
  7. @Sisarina: .@monaeltahawy learned that Orthodoxy was much kinder to men than women so she became Liberal Muslim. #TEDWomen Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:08:28 PM via HootSuite
  8. @Sisarina: I totally can’t do @monaeltahawy justice. She’s ridiculously incredible. #TEDWomen#WOW Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:08:06 P via
  9. @kristasande: Mona Eltahawy #TEDWomen: “This is an incredibly exciting time to be a Muslim woman.” Tuesday, December 07, 2010 6:05:50 PM via web Retweeted by NicPiz and 1 other
  10. @NicPiz: Sheryl Sandberg is so on target – love hearing a C level exec with this message! Tuesday, December 07, 2010 5:50:57 PM via TweetDeck
  11. @NicPiz: Messages 4 women who want to stay in the workforce:Sit at the table.Make your partner a real partner.Don’t leave before you leave. #TEDWomen Tuesday, December 07, 2010 5:48:29 PM via TweetDeck
  12. @NicPiz: Courtney Martin, Feministing #TEDWomen mother told her “I will not stand for your desperation.” 5:37 PM Dec 7th via TweetDeck
  13. @NicPiz: Courtney Martin, Feministing – “we don’t want just one hero.” #TEDWomen – YES! 5:35 PM Dec 7th via TweetDeck
  14. @healthpolicygrp: Pres Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: I’ve been a *Victor* of circumstances. #TEDWomen Video Q&A posted ht @TEDxDeadSea @NicPiz 3:36 PM Dec 7th via Mobile Web Retweeted by NicPiz and 1 other
  15. @Sisarina: Embrace the differences between women & men. It’s not either/or. Embrace the balance. Just do good business. – Halla #TEDWomen 3:44 PM Dec 7th via HootSuite
  16. @jbhertel: Lisa Witter: “Women want to give because they want to feel connected.” #TEDwomen 3:34 PM Dec 7th via TweetDeck Retweeted by NicPiz
  17. @NicPiz: Halls Tomasdottir #TEDWomen. We believe in profit with principles. We care how we make profits. 3:26 PM Dec 7th via TweetDeck
  18. @NicPiz: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – I’ve been a victor of circumstances #TEDWomen – brilliant! 3:20 PM Dec 7th via TweetDeck
  19. @NicPiz: Hanna Rosen #TEDWomen forget the glass ceiling – the high bridge is a better image. (spot on!) 3:06 PM Dec 7th via TweetDeck

TED Women Speakers I admired:

Courtney E. Martin - Photo Credit James Duncan Davidson / TED
Iyeoke Ivie Okoawa - Photo Credit: James Duncan Davidson / TED
Elizabeth Lesser - Photo Credit: James Duncan Davidson / TED
Sheryl Sandberg - Photo Credit: James Duncan Davidson / TED

Ananda’s Digital Sisterhood Month Adventures at Fabulous Women Business Owners’ December Meeting

Digital Sisterhood Month Week #2 started with a bang. I taught an online kind and gentle office yoga class that you should check out if you have 18 minutes and a need for some OM energy in your day. Click on the link to watch the video:

I also launched the weekly Digital Sisterhood Wednesday celebration and hosted the Tweetchat about women’s most popular Twitter conversations. Both Twitter events inspired me and really helped me reach into my heart to give thanks for the beauty and power of women sharing online.

The highlight of my offline day was attending the DC Fabulous Women Business Owners holiday party and mentoring meeting that was hosted by Christina Bailey, co-founder of Tindale Real Estate, at Hounshell Real Estate offices. Visit to learn more about Christina and her business. I took several photos. Click here to see them on Flickr.

Kathy Korman Frey, Chief Hot Momma and founder of the Hot Mommas Project, was the keynote speaker. Kathy talked about the power of mentoring in women and girls’ lives. For more information, visit  Sarah Massey, founder of the Fabulous Women Business Owners group  and Massey Media, jumpstarted the evening with a mentoring sharing circle that allowed women to share their business, mentoring expertise, and mentee needs. Click on the link to listen to my audio blog about the event (it begins with my 12/9 morning reflection on – 16 minutes):

I love the Fabulous Women Business Owners group because the women are about business and being bright lights of sisterhood. Many thanks to all of the women who made the event a sisterhood sensation!

Do you belong to any local women’s groups that meet offline?

What makes these groups so fabulous in your world?

Share your thoughts in the comment section of this blog. Thank you.

Digital Sisterhood Month Blessings,

Ananda Leeke

Highlights from DC Digital Sisterhood Month Weekend

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Digital Sisterhood Month has been amazing so far. Yesterday, I hosted the DC Digital Sisterhood Month field trip to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Digital sisters Danielle Hatchett (@dyhatchett on Twitter) and Xina Eiland (@xeiland on Twitter) attended the event. We had a wonderful time viewing the beautiful artwork of Dr. Lois Mailou Jones, an African American artist and former professor of art at Howard University. Click here to see additional photos from the event.

Danielle arrived first. So she won a copy of my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One. Love’s Troubadours tells the story of Karma Francois, a museum curator, art consultant, and yoga teacher. It is based in Washington, DC. It also discusses Dr. Jones’ artwork “Jennie” and “Les Fetiches” (two paintings in the museum exhibit) and the National Museum of Women in the Art.  Visit for more information. My book is available on too.

I also enjoyed having dinner at Teaism (, an Asian-inspired cafe that is owned by woman entrepreneur, on Sunday evening and practicing yin and yang yoga during the field trip to Tranquil Space, a yoga studio owned by author/yoga instructor/entrepreneur Kimberly Wilson on Saturday afternoon. Visit for more information on the yoga studio. The whole weekend was a Digital Sisterhood blast that allowed women to support other women-owned businesses and cultural institutions!

I am happy to report that this weekend’s Definition of Digital Sisterhood contest had two winners Treva Lindsay (@divafeminist on Twitter) Bernadette Davis (@bernadettedavis on Twitter). See their definitions below. Both ladies won a one hour creativity coaching session with me. Bernadette has already scheduled hers!

@divafeminist #digitalsisterhood def: strength in our virtual dissonance towards injustce&our affirmations of each other

@BernadetteDavis – #digitalsisterhood = making authentic connections, keeping an open mind, having someone’s back and using your talent, network to help women

Celebrate the First Annual Digital Sisterhood Month in December 2010

It’s time to celebrate the First Annual Digital Sisterhood Month in December 2010! Visit

Digital sisterhood is the feminine currency women use to create relationship wealth through the connections they make, conversations they have, communities they build, causes they support, collaborative partnerships they establish, and commerce they engage in with women they meet online and offline.

I created Digital Sisterhood Month to give women an opportunity to celebrate their connections, conversations, communities, collaborative partnerships, and commerce.

Digital Sisterhood Month Events

1. December 1

#DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration: Tweet about digital sisters, organizations, and causes like the Red Pump Project that promote HIV/AIDS awareness.

7:00-7:15 am EST – Digital Sisterhood Online Yoga

9:00-10:00 pm EST – #DigitalSisterhood Tweetchat: Discussion topic is how did you use the power of your online voice to raise awareness in 2010.

2. December 2

8:00-9:00 pm EST –  Digital Sisterhood Radio: Sisterhood Collaborators Success Coach Dr. Nicole Cutts and Certified Financial Planner Marie Isabel Laurion on Taking Your Dreams from Design to Destiny: The Next Level

3. December 4 (offline in DC)

2:00-3:45 pm – Field Trip to Yin Yang Yoga Class @ Tranquil Space, 1632 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC ( several blocks from Dupont Circle Metro)

Please bring your own yoga mat and register for the class online by paying $18 (drop in class fee) several days in advance.  Click here to register.  If you wait until December 4 to register online  or at the studio, the class may be filled.  The studio IS NOT offering any special discounts to Digital Sisterhood field trip participants.

Meet Ananda Leeke in the the studio’s tea lounge after class for a cup of tea. If people want to hang out after the yoga class, then the group can pick a place like Sweet Green or another local cafe for a impromptu afternoon meet up.

4. December 5 (offline in DC)

3:30-4:30  pm – Museum Meet Up Visit to Lois Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color exhibit @ National Museum of Women in the Arts,  1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005-3970 

Directions: Metro Center is the closest metro stop. Parking is limited and a bit challenging. Please meet Ananda Leeke and the group at the museum information desk by 3:30 pm.  The event is FREE because it is held on the first Sunday of month. The group will walk to Teaism for dinner (10 minute walk)

5:00-6:30 pm – Dinner Meet Up @ Teaism, a woman-owned Asian-inspired tea cafe, 400 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Directions: Everyone is responsible for their own dinner.  The group will eat together on the lower level.  Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

5. December 7

9:30-10:30pm EST – Poet Yael Flusberg on Blogatique with Ananda Leeke on BlogTalkRadio

6. December 8

#DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration

7 :00-7:15 am EST – Digital Sisterhood Online Yoga

9:00-10:00 pm EST – #DigitalSisterhood Tweetchat: Discussion topic is  the most popular conversations women launched and/or participated in on Twitter in 2010.

7. December 9

9:00-10:00 pm  EST – Digital Sisterhood Radio: Lessons Learned from BlogHer 2010

8. December 12 (offline in DC)

3:00-4:30 pm – DC Focus Group: Women in Social Media Who Discuss Fashion, Beauty, Hair, and Lifestyles, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Room A-10, Washington, DC (Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro stations are located within walking distance. Parking is challenging!)

9. December 13

9:00-10:00 pm EST – Digital Sisterhood Radio: Women in Social Media Who Discuss Fashion, Beauty, Hair, and Lifestyles

10. December 14

9:00-10:00 pm EST – Digital Sisterhood Radio: Lessons Learned from Blogalicious 2010

11. December 15

#DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration

9:00-10:00 pm EST – #DigitalSisterhood Tweetchat: Discussion topic is share the women businesses, services, products or events you patronized and/or financially supported in 2010.

12. December 16

9:00-10:00 pm EST – Digital Sisterhood Radio – Feminism Online

13. December 20

9:00-10:00 pm EST – Digital Sisterhood Radio – Digital Native Lauren Thomas

14. December 22

#DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration

7 :00-7:15 am EST – Digital Sisterhood Online Yoga

9:00-10:00 pm EST – #DigitalSisterhood Tweetchat: Discussion topic is share the types of online women communities you created, discovered, and/or participated in this year.

15. December 29

#DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration

7 :00-7:15 am EST – Digital Sisterhood Online Yoga

9:00-10:00 pm EST – #DigitalSisterhood Tweetchat: Discussion topic is share the digital sisters who inspired and/or informed you in 2010.

Opening Your Heart to Haiti: I am a Heart of Haiti Ambassador

Happy Sunday!

Guess what?  I am a Heart of Haiti Ambassador!  You may be wondering what is the Heart of Haiti?  The Heart of Haiti campaign is a Macy’s partnership that was created to provide sustainable income to Haitian artisans impacted by the January earthquake.  Through the partnership, the artisans create artwork that is sold as the Heart of Haiti collection in Macy’s stores.  The sales from these hand-made products including quilts, metalwork, paper måché, painting and jewelry generate the sustainable income and provide trade instead of aid to the Haitian artisans.  The Clinton Foundation inspired Macy’s to create this amazing partnership.  Macy’s is selling the Heart of Haiti collection at 25 stores including the Metro Center location in Washington, DC  (for all my DC area folks) and on   

Ananda holding Haitian artwork at Heart of Haiti booth at the Blogalicious Conference held in Miami, FL in October 2010

I learned about the Heart of Haiti campaign during the Blogalicious 2010 Conference held on October 8-10, 2010, in Miami, Florida. During a speed networking session, I met Danica Kombol, a managing and founding partner at Everywhere, who introduced me to the Heart of Haiti Campaign. Click here to listen to my interview with Danica:

Later that morning, I listened to a Heart of Haiti campaign presentation featuring Willa Shalit and two Haitian artisans.  They discussed the powerful work they are doing to create artwork and support Haitian artisans as they rebuild their lives after the January earthquake.  That’s when I fell head of heels in love with their work.

After the presentation, I visited the Heart of Haiti booth in the Blogalicious Exhibitor Hall to learn how I could support the campaign. Lauren Thomas, former digital coordinator with Everywhere, gave me more information about the artwork and campaign.  My conversation with Lauren turned into an interview. Click here to listen:

A week after I returned to DC, I received emails from Lauren and the Blogalicious team about a local Heart of Haiti event at Macy’s at Metro Center featuring my favorite Haitian singer Emeline Michel. Visit  I decided to attend and invite my dad so he could learn more about the campaign.  We were both impressed with the campaign and collection.  Click here to see photos of  the Heart of Haiti events I have attended:

My dad has become a big fan of the Heart of Haiti collection.  So has my mother! I plan on recruiting other family members, friends, and people who read my blog by serving as an ambassador!

Please support the Heart of Haiti campaign by purchasing a product from the Macy’s collection this holiday season!  See the links below for more information.

Macy’s Heart of Haiti:
Heart of Haiti on Twitter:
Heart of Haiti Facebook:!/HeartofHaiti
Fair Winds Trading:
Willa Shalit on Twitter:


Ananda submitted her Ignite DC #6 Speaker Submission on Digital Sisterhood today!


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Have you heard of Ignite DC? Visit

Ignite DC is a fabulous five minute speaker event held several times a year in DC. During the event, 16 speakers take the stage to share their thoughts in five minutes with 20 slides. Speakers include artists, technologists, thinkers, and personalities. Their presentations spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines.

I participated in Ignite DC #4 on June 16. My topic was “Who’s living inside of me?” and used excerpts from my book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (2009 –  Click here to watch a 5 minute video of my presentation.

Ignite DC #4 was a positively fantastic experience! I learned so much from my fellow speakers and enjoyed networking with audience members. It was so great that I decided to submit a topic proposal for Ignite DC #6 which will be held on February 3, 2011.

My Ignite DC #6 topic is “What is Digital Sisterhood” It utilizes my research and excerpts from my next book Digital Sisterhood (December 2011). See the summary below.

Ananda’s Ignite DC #6 Summary

What is Digital Sisterhood? (excerpt from Digital Sisterhood by Ananda Leeke, December 2011)

Copyright 2010 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All Rights Reserved.

What is Digital Sisterhood?

Did you know women represent 87.1 million of the total U.S. adult online population (163.8 million) in 2010? According to the BlogHer-iVillage 2010 Social Media Matters Study, co-sponsored by Ketchum and the Nielsen Company, there are 67.5 million women (18 to 76 years old) out of 126.9 million social media users in the U.S. Now that’s digital sisterhood!

Digital sisterhood is the feminine currency women use to create relationship wealth through the connections they make, conversations they have, communities they build, causes they support, collaborative partnerships they establish, and commerce they engage in with women they meet online and offline. The relationship wealth of digital sisterhood is based on what women care about and their shared interests and experiences. How do women connect? What are their conversations? What communities do they build? What collaborative partnerships do they form? What types of commerce do they engage in?

The answers to these questions lead to one truth. Women are standing in their power and reclaiming themselves online and offline. They move with a power not seen before. It is rooted in women being fully,

P – Present when they

O – Own their lives as

W – Women who believe they have

E – Everything they need to live out their

R – Revolution of authenticity.

May all women know their investment in themselves and each other will yield a high return!

Ananda Launches Her December Digital Sisterhood Birthday Fundraiser Today!

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Happy November 18th All!

Did you know that in 30 days I will celebrate my birthday on December 18th? In honor of my special day, I have decided to launch my December Digital Sisterhood Birthday Fundraiser on today.

Here’s how my December Digital Sisterhood Birthday Fundraiser works. Between now and December 18th at 11:59 pm, I am asking my family, friends, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections, and social media peeps to make a donation of $1, $5, $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $35 $40, $45, $50 or more by clicking on the link:

Guess what? You get a special award for each donation you make! Visit my page to learn about the special awards:

All donations will be used to cover the cost of my self-publishing fees with iUniverse, Inc.

FYI – To date, 28 generous folks have donated $827 towards my goal of raising $1,600 by December 23. Isn’t that amazing? I think it shows how powerful social media and the generosity of people are when they come together to do good. What blessings!

Thank you in advance for your positive energy, support, and generosity!

Blessings, Gratitude and Deep Appreciation,


My Six-Word Memoirs about Digital Sisterhood & Digital Life

It’s Friday confession time.  One of my favorite past times is writing and sharing six-word memoirs on the Smith Magazine six-word memoir web site.  Today, I posted one that I wrote during a six-word memoir networking icebreaker held on Day #2 of the Blogalicious 2010 conference. After posting it, I rediscovered 30 (yes 30) six-word memoirs I posted.   See below. Some of them are gonna show up in my next book Digital Sisterhood: A Gen X-er Memoir on Life & the Internet.

Do you have a six-word memoir? Share it.

Go ahead and join the six-word memoir movement on Smith Magazine’s site: It’s a lot of fun!

My 31 Six-Word Memoirs About Digital Sisterhood & Digital Life:

Recap of some of October’s best Twitter definitions of #DigitalSisterhood

October has been a powerful month for #digitalsisterhood on Twitter!  Check out some of my favorite #digitalsisterhood Twitter definitions below.  Do you have any? Please share.  Thanks in advance.