My #BlogHer13 Conference Recap #1 – My “Lean In” Moment

Connecting with new friends Pauline Campos and Sherri Good at the BlogHer 13 Expo Hall on July 25 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL
Connecting with new friends Pauline Campos and Sherri Good at the BlogHer 13 Expo Hall on July 25 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL

Happy August! Happy Friday!

Last week, I attended the 9th Annual BlogHer Conference held at the McCormick Place and Sheraton Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. What a time I had! It was intense, inspiring, and informative. That’s why I decided to write several blog recaps.


Today’s blog recap is about my “Lean In Moment.” The theme is based on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and the impact of her BlogHer Conference interview with Lisa Stone, BlogHer Co-Founder and COO, on July 27. For more information, watch part one and part two of Tracy Baim’s video of the interview.


I read Sandberg’s book earlier this year. It took me a full weekend to inhale her words and wisdom. Her book was filled with many golden nuggets I have used in my life and shared with other women. It also inspired me to write and submit a case study entitled “Lean In and Listen to Yourself” for the Hot Mommas Project. As a result, I was recently named a 2012-2013 author for the Hot Mommas Project case study library.

Sheryl Sandberg and Lisa Stone
Sheryl Sandberg and Lisa Stone

When I learned Sandberg would be a BlogHer keynote, I was thrilled! Here are the key takeaways I received from her interview with Stone.

  • Believe in yourself.
  • I am unapologetically a feminist (inspired by Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments and one of my virtual mentors from the 1990s).
  • Reach for any ambition.
  • Ask yourself what would you do if you weren’t afraid, and then reach for those ambitions.

At the end of her interview, she challenged audience members to write what they would do if they weren’t afraid on paper signs her provided, take photos with the signs, and tweet and post the photos on Tumblr. I loved the challenge. Check out the statements I wrote below.

My "Lean In" Statement
My “Lean In” Statement

Writing these statements helped me get clearer on what I really want to do with my passion, gifts, energy, and time. My next step is to lean in and publish my Digital Sisterhood book (you know the one I have been writing since 2009 — what a journey!), create space in my life to write more books and create art, and plan when I will cut my locs and grow my Angela Davis afro (will probably happen during my 50th year on earth which is fast approaching in 2014 — maybe even 2015).

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

What are you leaning into?

UPDATE: BlogHer posted a full video of Sheryl Sandberg’s interview. Click here to watch it. Also, check out a video of BlogHer’s Lean In Circles session held at the 2013 conference. Enjoy!

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