Happy #FierceLiving Friday: #FierceLiving People & Places (podcast included)


Happy #FierceLiving Friday!

Today’s podcast features reflections on the power of #FierceLiving people and places in my life. It also includes two invitations for people living in Atlanta who are available to meet me on:

  • April 9 for the Digital Sisterhood Meet Up: Cocktails & Conversation on Creativity from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Proof and Provision at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia. Click here to register on Eventbrite.
  • April 10 for Spelman College’s “Conversation with Ananda Leeke: Fierce Living Online” at 4:00 p.m. at the NASA Auditorium in the Science Center on Spelman’s campus, 350 Spelman Lane, SW, Atlanta, Georgia.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Who are your #FierceLiving people?

What are your #FierceLiving places?


Time for a Digital Diet After Everywhere’s Digitini Event & Digital Sisterhood Network Activities

Happy Thursday!

This morning I had a wake up call while I was biking my four miles in the gym. I realized that the past two weeks have been filled with lots of social media moments.  Some of my favorite moments happened during the Digitini Cocktails and Cupcakes event hosted by Everywhere (my favorite social media marketing firm!) on May 18 in Atlanta (huge moment was receiving the Atlanta #Digitalsisterhood Key to the City that Danica Kombol made!).  See the photos below.
Photo Credit: Terrance Gains and Everywhere Team (they created the invitation)
Photo Credit: Everywhere
Everywhere team with Ananda
Photo Credit: Everywhere’s photo of OMG Cup and Cakes & Ciroc’s Digitini Cocktail
Digitini Thank You Note
Photo Credit: Everywhere
Photo Credit: Everywhere
Photo Credit: Everywhere
Atlanta Digital Community – Photo Credit – Everywhere
To read more about my social media adventures at Spelman College’s Women of Color Leadership Conference and Everywhere’s Digitini event, click here:
2) Everywhere’s Digitini Event, May 18.  My Digitini adventures and Digital Sisterhood Network activities have been juicy sweet! Now it’s time to return to my digital diet where I take time off from the social media world.  Guess what? My summer and fall months are gonna be filled with lots of digital diet moments as I wrap up the final parts of my Digital Sisterhood book. I will be online on Digital Sisterhood Wednesdays and during BlogHer in early August and Blogalicious in late September.  Are you going on a digital diet or changing your online routine this month or summer? If yes, share how.  See you next week with my end of the month blogs! Enjoy your day and long weekend!

Ananda is headed to Spelman for the Digital Doyennes in April

Photo Credit' Atlanta WIFTA

I was honored and excited to receive Spelman College’s invitation to participate in the Digital Doyennes: Wisdom from the Women who Lead in Social Media and Digital Innovation. Why? That’s a no brainer for me because Spelman embodies digital sisterhood, 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.

Since 2008, I have been researching women in social media (for my next book project Digital Sisterhood, a memoir) and tracking the unique ways Spelman uses social media and technology to promote its mission, academic programs, research, students, professors, alumni, social justice efforts, and community activities.  What I learned is Spelman has become a social media and technology trailblazer for women of color!  As an institution, it uses a wide an array of social media tools including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, blogs, ezines, and webcasts.

Guess what tool is a big hit at Spelman?  Twitter.  Spelman’s Admissions Office, academic programs like the Music Department, LEADS program, Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development, Museum of Fine Art, Digital Moving Image Salon, women of color conferenceSisters Chapel, Alumnae Affairs office, alumnae association and chapters, and student organizations such as the Student Government Association and Spotlight newspaper use it.  Recently, Spelman President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum joined the Spelman Twitter bandwagon.

Technology also plays a major role at Spelman.  In October 2010, AT&T announced Spelmanites Jonecia Keels and Jazmine Miller won the 2010 AT&T Big Mobile on Campus Challenge with their HBCU Buddy, a mobile application created to educate and inform users about Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States.  Keels and Miller received $5,000 each, a mobile device of their choice, a lifetime development license for Spelman, and all-expense paid trips to the AT&T Higher Ed Board of Advisors meeting and the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.

Did you know Spelman is located in Atlanta, the second most socially networked city in the United States according to Men’s Health (DC was ranked first — had to give my city a shout out)?  Men’s Health published its socially networked city rankings in March.  The Atlanta metropolitan area is also home to a dynamic blogging community of women including:

Social media savvy women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses such as Clutch Magazine/Sutton New Media LLC founder Deanna Sutton, Tyler New Media co-founder Ronnie Tyler, Jacqui Chew, Latoicha Givens, Shannon Nash, Jonnice Slaughter, the Blog Rollers, and Everywhere are located in the “ATL.”  Several key conferences such as Blogging While Brown, Blogalicious, and lavish! were held there too.

While I am in Atlanta, I will get to see my attorney, best friend, and Howard University School of Law classmate Lauren Medlock Smith, founder of Catch the Verve, LLC.  Lauren is currently serving as the sponsorship chair for Women in Film & Television Atlanta, a co-sponsor of the Digital Doyennes event.

I also hope to spend time with my digital sister and fellow Heart of Haiti tripster Danica Kombol, a managing and founding partner of Everywhere, another co-sponsor of the Digital Doyennes event.

So now you can see why coming to Spelman and Atlanta in April is a digital sisterhood dream come true!

Ananda is back from Atlanta and Blogalicious 2009!


Happy Monday All,

I spent last week in Atlanta.  While I was in the ATL, I conducted research for my next novel, Love’s Troubadours – Symon: Book Two (2011) on the campus of Morehouse College.  I also visited Spelman College and its Museum of Fine Art.  Most of my research was captured on video with my Creative Vado camera.  I will post the videos early next week.


I also attended Blogalicious (www.blogaliciousweekend.com), the first annual conference for women of color bloggers.  It was AMAZING.  I will write about the conference and share video interviews and clips from various sessions on Examiner.com this week.  I already posted several videos from the conference on Ananda Leeke TV – www.youtube.com/anandaleeke.


Blogalicious inspired me to launch Ananda Leeke Live! on USTREAM, an online show that will give me an opportunity to talk directly with people about my books, artwork, creativity coaching practice, yoga and Reiki services, and social media expertise. The first show airs on November 1, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. EST. It will kick off my online book party for my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (iUniverse, Inc., 2009). Click here to watch the Ananda Leeke Live! on November 1: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/author-ananda-leeke.