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About Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke
Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke discovered mindfulness, self-care, and wellness when her career as a lawyer, an investment banker, and digital communications professional stressed her out, caused burnout, and did not produce the level of success she expected. During her healing journey, Ananda studied and practiced meditation, reiki, yoga, art, and creative writing. As a result, she became a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher, a reiki master and sound healing practitioner, a digital wellness educator, and an artist-in-residence for the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Today, she helps mission-driven people, companies, organizations, and communities become resilient and thrive with mindfulness, self-care, wellness, and creativity. She leads Ananda Leeke Consulting, a wellness company, and the Thriving Mindfully Academy and Community, an online education platform and community. Also, she hosts the Thriving Mindfully podcast
Ananda received Acquisition International’s Influential Businesswoman Award for the Most Caring Woman in Mindfulness Training and WeUpWomen’s Adelaide Smith Award for her work in self-care and wellness in 2018. In 2019, she was selected by lululemon to serve as a lululemon luminary, received Acquisition International’s Influential Businesswoman in Professional Development - USA Award, and was named a Well-Being Warrior by the Well-Being and Equity Bridging Network.
Her books, Love’s Troubadours, a yoga-inspired novel; That Which Awakens Me, a mindful creativity memoir; and Digital Sisterhood, a mindful technology memoir, are available on Amazon. She is currently writing Thriving Mindfully as the REAL ME, a memoir of resiliency and joy.
She speaks at trainings, conferences, and events sponsored by Amazon, Automattic, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Community Associations Institute, Howard University, InsightLA, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC., Institute for Medicaid Innovation, Keela, Marisla Foundation, National Association of Corporate Directors, Nonprofit Technology Network, Sierra Club, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Spelman College, The Conference Board, Washington National Cathedral, and Wonder Women Tech Summit. In addition, she regularly shares her meditation, mindfulness, and social media expertise as a commentator on WHUR 96.3 FM.
She is a proud alumna of Georgetown University Law Center, Howard University School of Law, Morgan State University, and Elizabeth Seton High School. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She lives in Washington, DC. Learn more at AnandaLeeke.com.
Get a FREE membership to Ananda's Thriving Mindfully Community, a digital sacred space that inspires you to nurture, transform, and celebrate your life and career. Go here to join: https://thrivingmindfully.mn.co.
As a Thriving Mindfully Community member, you gain access to the 5-Day Mindful Self-Care Challenge, Mindful Self-Care Assessment, weekly Mindful Monday Meditation class, Mindful Self-Care 101 Resource Library. You'll also be able to take advantage of special discounts for the Thriving Mindfully Academy's master classes, webinars, courses, Moon Meditation Circles, coaching packages, and other resources.
Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke became a pioneer in the digital universe twenty-seven years ago, when she logged in to the LexisNexis research service as a first-year law student at Howard University School of Law. She was immediately smitten with what the World Wide Web could do. Later, while attending the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995, Leeke found herself in an Internet caf, where she experienced an interaction that changed her life.
Over time, through interactions and conversations both online and in-person, Leeke developed the concept of digital sisterhood. Embracing this revolutionary concept led to a complete career reinvention that finally allowed her to embrace her enormous creative spirit. She found in her digital sisters true sheroes and virtual mentors. Her blogging and social media adventures highlight the lessons she learned in the process, the reasons she launched the Digital Sisterhood Network, and the experiences that caused her to adopt what she terms the fierce living commitments.
In her memoir, Leeke details her journey, sharing experiences and insights helped her and her digital sisters use the Internet as a self-discovery tool and identifying leadership archetypes that shaped her role as a social media leader.
When Leeke graduated from law school in 1989, she was a twenty-something with a life plan focused on becoming a successful attorney. Using her multiple bar exam failures and two bouts of unemployment as a catalyst for self-discovery and lifestyle reinvention, Leeke followed her own unique path during the past twenty years and made changes in the way she feels, thinks, lives, works, and manages her finances. Through poetic reflection and personal stories, she shares the lessons that taught her to trust her intuition, expand her spiritual practices, heal emotional wounds, tap into her creativity, discover her passions, open her eyes to hidden opportunities, volunteer and serve her local community, travel the world, and heed her calling as a writer, artist, creativity coach, yoga teacher, Reiki Master practitioner, radio host, blogger, social media strategist, and innerpreneur.
That Which Awakens Me provides insight for anyone seeking guidance on how to both handle and benefit from the ups and downs of their own life journey.