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Michigan born. Maryland raised. Elizabeth Seton and Morgan State educated. Howard and Georgetown Law trained. 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 storyteller and 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 teaches people and organizations how to practice mindful living, creativity, and technology. Her efforts help them create mindful social media, reduce stress, practice self-care, and increase productivity. 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.

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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 tech and mindfulness memoir Digital Sisterhood are available on Amazon.

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

Mindfulness & Career Reinvention

During her first career reinvention from young lawyer to public finance manager in D.C. government, she 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 her life as she embraced the changes she encountered in her chameleon career in investment banking, digital communications, and nonprofit management.

Today, it shows up in her art, books, Reiki practice, scarf collection, and yoga teaching. She incorporates it in her Mindful Cup of Tea Facebook group, podcasts, speaking engagements, workshops, and videos. It is embedded in everything she does as the Director of Digital Policy and Engagement at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and with clients to develop social media strategies that tell stories about their mission and work, build and engage online communities, promote causes and events, and conduct outreach.

Digital Communications Career

Her love affair with digital communications was born 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, DC. 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.

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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. It laid the foundation for her work as an online columnist for the women’s channel on NetNoir.com, a multimedia services company and web site 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. As a result, she was able to utilize her 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.

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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.

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Contact ananda@anandaleeke.com or 202.607.3509 to learn how you can work with her.

Photo Credits: Leigh Mosley (first photo at top of page), Dave McCulloch, and Damany Campbell (last photo at bottom of page)

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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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