ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: How interracial relationships are our power (interview) | Liana Maneese | TEDxPittsburghWomen

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: How interracial relationships are our power (interview) | Liana Maneese | TEDxPittsburghWomen

Here’s Great Tip: How interracial relationships are our power (interview) | Liana Maneese | TEDxPittsburghWomen


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Award-winning activist Liana Maneese answers interview questions from Michelle King related to race, identity, relationships and power. The interview weaves together Maneese’s personal story and professional experience as an activist, interracial relationship expert, and catalyst for social change. Brazilian born, Pittsburgh raised Liana Maneese is an award-winning activist, visionary entrepreneur, doula, and catalyst for creative engagement. She is the founder of The Good Peoples Group and The Center on Interracial Relationships where they use identity navigation as a key component and foundational tool toward building social justice and personal transformation. Growing up as an international transracial adoptee, Liana learned early on that her difference would be a source of pain that she would have to transform if she wanted to live a full life. Liana is passionate about providing an educational process that enhances individual experiences and improves the culture of the world we live in. She believes that through building strong, equitable, and informed relationships, with ourselves first, we can begin to shift toxic societal narratives that have created cycles of trauma for far too long. Liana holds degrees in Marketing (FIDM, Los Angeles), Cultural Studies (Chatham University, Pittsburgh), and clinical mental health (Antioch University, New England), and is also a certified doula. As a social practice artist whose work centers around interracial relationships and her experiences as a transracial adoptee, Liana has won numerous grants and awards that have allowed adoption narratives to be considered in the art world. Always pushing her own boundaries of self-discovery, her story motivates many through speaking, creative projects and her commitment to understanding people, processes, and pleasure. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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