A longtime presence on Pittsburgh’s social media scene, Ginny decided recently to step away from Twitter. We had a really thoughtful discussion with her about social media's good and bad sides to close out our podcast's first year.
Sara Innamorato, owner of Innamo Co. is the cofounder of She Runs Southwestern Pa., one of many organizations focused on getting more women to run for office. Pennsylvania ranks 40th when it comes to female representation in government.
She talked to us about why she decided to run for office.; she says both the results of the 2016 election and her father's struggle with opioid addiction are big motivators. Innamorato wants people to feel more connected to their elected officials, to know that someone is listening to their concerns.
Tereneh Mosley is a Pittsburgh fashion designer who created an eco-design collection with OMWA, the Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya, which became the catalyst for Idia'Dega, Mosley’s global eco-design fashion project. Tereneh talked with us about her goals for the fashion line and the collaboration and why she wanted to work with indigenous women to help them become self-sufficient.
La'Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM is a nationally recognized leader in the field of reproductive justice, human rights, and leadership development for women and girls of color. She's the founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, a multi-state organization dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls headquartered in Pittsburgh with offices in Philadelphia and Cleveland. La'Tasha is a passionate reproductive justice activist, native of West Philadelphia and believes in the indefatigable spirit of women. She spoke with Kim and Natalie about the challenges of protecting reproductive rights in the current political climate and the need for intersectionality. To learn more about La'Tasha, visit latashadmayes.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @duxfemfac.
As Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives in the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto, Betty Cruz led the strategic development of numerous mayoral priorities in the City of Pittsburgh including Welcoming Pittsburgh, a comprehensive plan to build a more welcoming experience for the city’s growing immigrant community, and Live Well, a wellness agenda focused on increasing access to affordable healthcare and expanding participation in meals programming for youth. In 2016, she launched Change Agency, a social enterprise to elevate civic initiatives including implementation of a countywide community-designed immigrant integration plan that exists independent of government. Originally from Miami, Betty is the daughter of Cuban refugees and knows first-hand the challenges immigrants face seeking to establish a better tomorrow. She is a first-generation college graduate and was recently selected as one 40 attendees to the Next City’s 2017 Vanguard conference in Montreal. Betty talked to us about her work helping immigrants feel more welcome in Pittsburgh, made more daunting by the 2016 presidential election.
Liana Maneese is an entrepreneur and activist born in Brazil and raised in Pittsburgh. She's co-founder and CEO of The Good Peoples Group, an organization that specializes in creative and cultural problem-solving through identity navigation, building and honoring resilience and dynamic team building. Through the Good Peoples Group, Maneese and her team work toward having constructive conversations focused on healing racial divides.