Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke discovered mindfulness when her career as a young lawyer and investment banker did not produce the level of success she expected. Ananda defines mindfulness as “the practice of taking a deep breath and coming into the present moment without judgment. The present moment is where you can access awareness, balance, and calm with loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Mindfulness is the gateway to who we truly are.”
Over the past 25 years, mindfulness has helped her overcome panic attacks, release her career expectations, develop self-care practices, and pursue her calling as an artist, author, Reiki master practitioner, speaker, and yoga teacher. She serves as the CEO of Ananda Leeke Consulting, a firm that provides coaching and training in mindful living, creativity, and technology.
Since 2003, she has served as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Her mixed media collages, wire sculptures, and paintings have been exhibited in the Washington DC metropolitan area, New York City, North Carolina, and Kentucky.
Several of her paintings decorate the covers of her books, "Love’s Troubadours," a yoga-inspired novel, and "That Which Awakens Me," a creativity memoir. Both books and her tech memoir, "Digital Sisterhood" are available on Amazon. She is currently writing "Lighthouse: A Memoir of Thriving Mindfully."
She speaks at conferences and events sponsored by AT&T, Automattic, BlogHer, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Executive Women International, Howard University, Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media, Nonprofit Technology Network, Sisterhued, Spelman College, and Web of Change. Visit anandaleeke.com to learn more.
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 also a member of Unity of Washington, DC and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She lives in Washington, DC.
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