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Welcome to my digital world! Looking for my professional photos, biography, or short bio? Scroll down to the end of this page.

Wanna know more about my mindfulness journey and chameleon career? Read my story and watch the videos below. To see what I am up to from week to week, follow @anandaleeke on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

My Beginnings

Michigan born. Maryland raised. Elizabeth Seton and Morgan State educated. Howard and Georgetown Law trained. I am passionate about mindful living, creativity, and technology. I discovered mindfulness when my career as a young lawyer and investment banker did not produce the level of success I expected. Mindfulness helped me overcome panic attacks, release my career expectations, develop self-care practices, and pursue my calling as an author, artist, digital storyteller and strategist, speaker, and yoga teacher.

Mindfulness is “the practice of taking a deep breath and coming into the present moment. The present moment is where you can access awareness, balance, and calm. Mindfulness is the gateway to who we truly are.”

 

As CEO of Ananda Leeke Consulting, I help you and your organization outsmart stress and thrive+work mindfully. Through the practice of mindful living, creativity, and technology, I teach you how to:

  • calm your mind
  • become aware of your emotions and behavior
  • create flexibility in your body
  • practice self-care
  • focus your concentration
  • tap into and listen to your intuition
  • express your creativity fully
  • accomplish your goals with action planning and accountability
  • overcome distraction and increase productivity through project and time management
  • use social media and technology consciously, effectively, and efficiently

The Engaged Mindfulness Institute accepted me into the 2017-2018 Mindfulness Facilitator Training and Certification Program. The year-long program will deepen my work with women and girls of color, social justice activists, and creative, legal, and tech professionals.

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I speak at conferences and events sponsored by AT&T, Automattic, BlogHer, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Executive Women International, Howard University, Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media, Nonprofit Technology Network, Sisterhued, and Spelman College. Go to Amazon to order my yoga-inspired novel Love’s Troubadours, creativity and mindfulness memoir That Which Awakens Me, and tech and mindfulness memoir Digital Sisterhood.

 

 

 

Join my growing community of #ThrivingMindfully podcast listeners. Expand your mindfulness practice with my support as a member of A Mindful Cup of Tea Facebook Group.

Mindfulness & Career Reinvention

During my first career reinvention from young lawyer to public finance manager in D.C. government, I met and fell in love with mindfulness meditation and learned to use it as a stress management tool. It quickly became an essential part of my life as I embraced the changes I encountered in my chameleon career in investment banking, digital communications, and nonprofit management.

 

Today, it shows up in my art, books, Reiki practice, scarf collection, and yoga teaching. I incorporate it in my Mindful Cup of Tea Facebook group, podcasts, speaking engagements, workshops, and videos. It is embedded in everything I do as the Director of Digital Policy and Engagement at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and with clients..

Digital Communications Career

My love affair with digital communications was born during my tenure at the Hamilton Securities Group, Inc. Hamilton was a mission-driven investment bank and financial software firm that represented the Federal Housing Administration and launched a data servicing startup in public housing in Washington, D.C. While at Hamilton, I spearheaded the design and implementation of the firm’s intellectual property protection and contracts administration programs for Internet products and services. My expertise in these areas allowed me to serve as a team member on community venture capital transactions in underserved communities. I also built, maintained, and conducted team trainings on intellectual property, Internet promotions, and privacy.

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In addition, I worked as the Knowledge Manager for e.villages, Hamilton’s data servicing startup in public housing. In this role, I created, curated, and maintained content for an intranet which housed information, resources, tools, and best practices on community development, economic self-sufficiency, employment, financial literacy, housing, life skills management, micro-enterprises, and welfare reform.

My Hamilton experience launched my career as a business consultant who conducted trademark searches, prepared copyright registration and domain reservation applications, and provided legal disclaimer language for web sites, products, and services. It laid the foundation for my work as an online columnist for the women’s channel on NetNoir.com, a multimedia services company and website that focused on African American culture and lifestyle. I later tapped into my content creation skills to create blogs, podcasts, social media marketing strategies, and videos to market my art, books, coaching practice, and reiki and yoga services. As a result, I was able to utilize my expertise to design and manage the first-ever social media technical assistance and training program for over 25 affiliate agencies at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

The Obama White House

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The Obama Administration recognized me as a social media thought leader. From 2014 to 2016, I worked with the White House to provide social media storytelling at national conferences and events including the State of the Union, Arrival Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande, Tumblr Q&A session on education and college affordability, Spring Garden Tour Social, Conference on Aging, InstaMeet, United State of Women Summit, and South by South Lawn. In 2015, I advised the White House Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman on digital engagement strategies. That same year, I began sharing my social media expertise on The Daily Drum, a radio program that airs on WHUR 96.3 FM. Contact ananda@anandaleeke.com or 202.607.3509 to learn how we can work together.

Professional Photos

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Professional Biography

Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is passionate about mindful living, creativity, and technology. Ananda discovered mindfulness when her career as a young lawyer and investment banker did not produce the level of success she expected. Mindfulness helped her overcome panic attacks, release her career expectations, develop self-care practices, and pursue her calling as an author, artist, digital strategist, speaker, and yoga teacher. She defines mindfulness as “the practice of taking a deep breath and coming into the present moment. The present moment is where you can access awareness, balance, and calm. Mindfulness is the gateway to who we truly are.”

As CEO of Ananda Leeke Consulting, she helps people and organizations outsmart stress and thrive+work mindfully. Through the practice of mindful living, creativity, and technology, she teaches them how to:

  • calm their minds
  • become aware of their emotions and behavior
  • create flexibility in their bodies
  • practice self-care
  • focus their concentration
  • tap into and listen to their intuition
  • express their creativity fully
  • accomplish their goals with action planning and accountability
  • overcome distraction and increase productivity through project and time management
  • use social media and technology consciously, effectively, and efficiently

The Engaged Mindfulness Institute accepted her into the 2017-2018 Mindfulness Facilitator Training and Certification Program. The year-long program will deepen her work with women and girls of color, social justice activists, and creative, legal, and tech professionals.

Her love affair with digital communications was born in 1996 during her tenure at the Hamilton Securities Group, Inc., a mission-driven investment bank and financial software firm that represented the Federal Housing Administration and launched a data servicing startup in public housing in Washington, D.C. While at Hamilton, she spearheaded the design and implementation of the firm’s intellectual property protection and contracts administration programs for Internet products and services. Her expertise in these areas allowed her to serve as a team member on community venture capital transactions in underserved communities. She also built, maintained, and conducted team trainings on intellectual property, Internet promotions, and privacy.

In addition, she worked as the Knowledge Manager for e.villages, Hamilton’s data servicing startup in public housing. In this role, she created, curated, and maintained content for an intranet which housed information, resources, tools, and best practices on community development, economic self-sufficiency, employment, financial literacy, housing, life skills management, micro-enterprises, and welfare reform.

Her Hamilton experience launched her career as a business consultant who conducted trademark searches, prepared copyright registration and domain reservation applications, and provided legal disclaimer language for web sites, products, and services (1997-1999). It laid the foundation for her work as an online columnist for the women’s channel on NetNoir.com (1997-1999), a multimedia services company and website that focused on African American culture and lifestyle. She later tapped into her content creation skills to create blogs, podcasts, social media marketing strategies, and videos to market her art, books, coaching practice, and reiki and yoga services (2005-present).

As a result, she was able to utilize her expertise to launch and manage two tech inclusion initiatives: Digital Sisterhood Network, a women’s media channel and online community (2010-2015), and Digital Citizenship Project (2014-2015). Also, she designed and managed the first-ever social media technical assistance and training program for over 25 affiliate agencies at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants from 2008 to 2013.

The Obama Administration recognized her as a social media thought leader. From 2014 to 2016, she worked with the White House to provide social media storytelling at national conferences and events including the State of the Union, Arrival Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande, Tumblr Q&A session on education and college affordability, Spring Garden Tour Social, Conference on Aging, InstaMeet, United State of Women Summit, and South by South Lawn. In 2015, she advised the White House Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman on digital engagement strategies. That same year, she began sharing her social media expertise on The Daily Drum, a radio program that airs on WHUR 96.3 FM.

Currently, she serves as the Director of Digital Policy and Engagement at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. She speaks at conferences and events sponsored by AT&T, Automattic, BlogHer, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Executive Women International, Howard University, Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media, Nonprofit Technology Network, Sisterhued, and Spelman College. Her yoga-inspired novel Love’s Troubadours, creativity and mindfulness memoir That Which Awakens Me, and mindfulness and tech memoir Digital Sisterhood are available on Amazon.

She is a proud alumna of Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation, 1991), Howard University School of Law (J.D., 1989), Morgan State University (B.A. in French, 1986), and Elizabeth Seton High School (1982). She is also a member of Unity of Washington, D.C. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She lives in Washington, D.C. Visit anandaleeke.com.

Short Bio

Ananda Leeke is passionate about teaching people and organizations how to practice mindful living, creativity, and technology. Ananda discovered mindfulness when her career as a young lawyer and investment banker did not produce the level of success she expected. Mindfulness helped her overcome panic attacks, release her career expectations, develop self-care practices, and pursue her calling as an author, artist, digital strategist, speaker, and yoga teacher. Today, she helps people and organizations outsmart stress so they can live and work fully, express their creativity, and use technology efficiently.

She speaks at conferences and events sponsored by AT&T, Automattic, BlogHer, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Executive Women International, Howard University, Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media, Nonprofit Technology Network, Sisterhued, and Spelman College. Her yoga-inspired novel Love’s Troubadours, creativity and mindfulness memoir That Which Awakens Me, and mindfulness and tech memoir Digital Sisterhood are available on Amazon.

She is a proud alumna of Georgetown University Law Center, Howard University School of Law, Morgan State University, and Elizabeth Seton High School. She is also a member of Unity of Washington, D.C. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She lives in Washington, D.C. Visit anandaleeke.com to learn more.

Photo Credits

Leigh Mosley and Dave McCulloch

 

 

7 comments

  1. Hi Ananda,
    You may be interested in my blog. Sisterhood Across Continents. I am now following you so hopefully we can connect further on this wonderful thing called Sisterhood.
    Asanempoka

  2. I’ve been following you on IG since I discovered you via a Prevention challenge. And today…hello, forgive me I’m a little slow. I see you have a fabulous blog. I got curious because some of your posts you seem to be speaking at/for wordpress. I would so love to come hear you speak on blogging if you are ever in Southern California. Now I’m following you. It’s about time.

    1. Wow! I’m so glad you connected with me via Instagram and now my blog. I love Prevention Magazine! Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and read my blog. I am totally open to speaking in Southern California.

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