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. As CEO of Ananda Leeke Consulting, Leeke marries her three passions in her work 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.” To learn more, listen to her Thriving Mindfully podcast series.
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 and implement social media strategies that tell stories about their mission and work, build and engage online communities, promote causes and events, and conduct outreach.
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.
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.
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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Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley (top photo)