I have the pleasure of knowing Ananda Leeke, the brilliant, creative, and ever-expressive author, yogi, and supporter of self-expression. I recently purchased her book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online, and decided to share it with you here. Check out a snippet from Ananda’s bio and see why she is on my Radical Selfie list.
The best way to describe Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is with a six-word memoir. Yoga + Creativity + Internet Geek = Ananda Leeke. Leeke is a lawyer turned “Jill of many trades:” innerpreneur, author, artist, coach, and yoga teacher. Her mission is “Empowering U2BU through creativity coaching, Reiki, self-care, social media, volunteerism, and yoga.” Since 2005, she has used her blogs to express her mission, advocate for social good, build community, share information, promote her books and events, and market her services. Currently, she serves as a blogger ambassador for AARP, Everywhere Society, Macy’s Heart of Haiti Campaign, and Maiden Nation.
In 2010, her passion for women’s issues, building community, and the Internet inspired her to create the Digital Sisterhood Network, a media channel that celebrates women in social media and technology through leadership, lifestyle, and living well initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by Blogalicious, BlogHer, Howard University, Ignite DC, and Spelman College. Black Enterprise named her as one of the Black Women in Tech You Should Follow on Twitter in 2011. The Hot Mommas Project, a women’s leadership research venture housed at the George Washington University School of Business, selected her as an author for its 2012-2013 case study library. In 2014, she was selected by the White House to serve as a social media leader to develop and curate content, utilize the content to engage online communities, and live tweet at the State of the Union White House Social and White House Social for the French Welcoming Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande.