Saluting A Heart of Social Good: Pamela Pressley, Founder/Editor of The COTILLION

Photo Credit: Pamela Pressley's Facebook Photo Collection

As a Heart of Haiti ambassador, I was asked to blog about a fellow blogger who has a “Heart of Social Good.”  Pamela Pressley, founder and publisher of The COTILLION has an overflowing “Heart of Social Good!”  Pamela established The COTILLION to serve as a news resource and membership organization dedicated to highlighting and promoting philanthropic and cultural enrichment activities in the Washington, DC area and other metropolitan cities. In November 2010, she organized the National Philanthropy Day with The COTILLION, an event that gave Washington DC professionals and area philanthropist an opportunity to discuss their causes or missions.

Pamela and I met at my book signing in December 2009.  I will always remember the way she shined her smile as she talked about her work with The COTILLION.  Her positive energy, passion, and commitment to tell the stories of people and organizations who are involved in social good efforts was IMPRESSIVE and INSPIRING!  In the midst of telling these stories, I have watched her personally serve organizations and causes. She has a generous spirit and shares what she knows with anyone who asks.  That’s what makes Pamela a precious diamond diva with a Heart of Social Good who gives back and encourages others to do the same!

Are you planning to share your “Heart of Social Good” with an organization or cause in 2011? How? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

PS: Remember to follow the Heart of Haiti campaign on Twitter to stay updated about January 2011 events.

Videos from Ananda’s December 6th Book Release Party

Happy Kwanzaa and New Year!

I hope your holiday season has been a joyous one so far!  Today I uploaded several videos from my December 6th book release party that celebrated my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery.  Enjoy! 

That Which Awakens Me and my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One ( are both available on and

Enjoy your week!

Peace, Compassion, Gratitude, Unity, and Self-Determination,


Ananda’s December 6th book release party featured in The Cotillion Magazine

Me and author/performer Margaux Delotte-Bennett (one of my favorite poets! –

Photo Credits: Jessica Solomon, founder of The Saartjie Project –


Greetings All,

Many thanks to Pamela L. Pressley, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Cotillion (, a daily online  publication, for writing an article about my official release party that celebrated my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery on December 6 at SHAKTI MindBody Studio ( in Washington, D.C.  Click here to read the article:  It includes some great photos. 

I will post some webisodes from the book party later this week.  My photographer Leigh Mosley ( will give me photos of the event this weekend or early next week. So hold tight until then!  My videographer Matt Leeke of Majik Productions (yep he’s my brother) will edit the video footage this holiday season.  Look for the videos on Ananda Leeke TV ( this winter!

If you missed the book party, you can watch my online book party featured on the December 5th webisode of Ananda Leeke Live! on

That Which Awakens Me and my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (2007 – are available on  Click here to purchase the books:  That Which Awakens Me – and Love’s Troubadours –

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Joy, Compassion, and Gratitude,