Afterglow: Digital Doyennes + LightCasting

Digital Doyennes

“There are women who make things better… simply by showing up.
There are women who make things happen. There are women who make their way.
There are women who make a difference. And women who make us smile.
There are women of wit and wisdom who- through strength and courage- make it through.
There are women who change the world everyday… Women like you.”
Ashley Rice

Tonight, I got a serious dose of WOMANSHINE at Digital Doyennes, “a celebration of the emergence of sisterhood in new media.”  I had to be there. It was the perfect opportunity to see women who are BEING the fullest versions of themselves.  It was my chance to bask in the glow of bona fide LightCasters. Live. No Internet connection necessary. Search the #DigiDoy hashtag for byte-sized recaps.

“Ya whole planet catch a tan in my sunshine!” -Talib Kweli, Reflection Eternal

Noun: A woman who is the most respected or prominent person in a particular field: “she’s the doyenne of daytime TV”

Gina McCauley: I know what she did. She captured some ancient ancestral energy, wrapped it in new-age Brown Girl savvy, fashioned it into a badass pair of shoes, and created a strut befitting of said shoes. She made me want to dance, and holler, and make art in honor of her spirit. Seriously.
—and that’s not the most riveting part of my experience seeing her.
She reminded me so much of my oldest daughter, Marley. Gina showed me guts, smarts, know-how, and my God, glow! –All Warrior. All Day.

Ananda Leeke: The other woman who embodied one of my children. Ananda is one of those femmes that remind you of what Hatshepsut or Nefertiti must have been like. Regal. Brilliant. Intuitive. Sharp. Soulful. Nurturing. Beautiful. I’ve been following her for at least a year now, and when we met, it was like we’d known each other forever. What kind of juju is that to be going without bonfires and chanting??!! Ananda reminded me of my youngest daughter, Sage-Niambi.
Humble Soul + Warm heart + Warrior Pose.

Jacqui Chew: She truly embodied “Doyenne” status. As Jacqui spoke, my fingers did their best to type faster than my normal speed, fearing the idea of missing a single word she stated. She.Dropped.Knowledge. I had to make it a point to thank her personally after the discussion. She churned out term after term that had me this.close to purchasing a new domain: She looked kind of shy, but when she opened her mouth…Lioness roar. I’m still taking notes.

Angela Conyers Benton: It always moves me when a woman seems like a left-brained, sharp-as-a-knife, business mama, but when you hear her speak, she reminds you that passion and authenticity are the integral ingredients for success. Angela is impressive on paper and in person. She built her organization from a space of wanting to represent African Americans in technology. She’s a developer, an entrepreneur, a CEO, and a new media maven. She reminded me that passion rules. That’s the best news, ever!

Erica Hartfield: Undeniably a powerhouse-in-the-making! She chimed in with valuable insight that often rounded out the overall conversation in a memorable and easy to digest way. She’s a digital producer, a new media mama, and it was clear to me that Erica took her work seriously. Her job is to create social media experiences for her company’s clients, and if she’s held it down for brands like Newell Rubbermaid, Geek Squad, and CNN, then it’s safe to say she’s doing a fantastic job!

I consider myself a LightCaster, and I feel that every one of us has that same capacity to embrace our unique shine. If you share that sentiment, join me over at