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Let’s start with the long-ish bio 

I’m a certified coach, professor, consultant and former journalist, specializing in helping folks find their core selves. Most importantly, I’m proud to be the recovering daughter of control freak, Chinese immigrant parents. In fact, my past has become central to my purpose!

My purpose is to help people find their child within so that they can be their true selves. Coaching brings together all I have to offer for this mission under one umbrella. Here’s a little bit about my journey to finding a life that I really want!

In my first life, I was a full-time journalist. The second life involved quitting to do the mommy thing and getting divorced. Then, I reinvented myself as a college professor. Now, I’ve taken everything I know and repackaged myself as a professional, certified coach.

As a writing coach and life/career coach, I specialize in helping people figure out the real story of their lives. Finding your true story means getting past disempowering beliefs to see who you really are. Find your story, and you’ll find your life — and a healing path to unconditional love, creativity and personal power.

My coach approach is based on helping clients see what was, what’s new, what’s now™!

“What was, what’s new, what’s now” is my signature mantra. These three components define our storytelling, project pitches and conversations.

Here’s the mantra applied to my own life…

What was: Born in New Jersey, grew up in New York City’s Chinatown. Graduated from Baruch College (accounting) and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Spent  nearly 20 years as a full-time journalist, including nationally-syndicated columnist on the immigrant experience and diversity for The New York Daily News.

  • After my divorce, I started teaching part-time at half a dozen New York City-area colleges and universities. I currently teach food writing at NYU, creative non-fiction at The New School, and speech communications at Westchester Community College.
  • You also might know me from my 2011 blog rant about tiger moms, which went viral: Parents Like Amy Chua are the reason Asian Americans like me are in therapy.
  • See my LinkedIn profile  for my outstanding teaching awards and other career stuff. (I’m also a former board member of the Museum of Chinese in America and New York State’s Board of Acupuncture.)
  • Click here to read: How writing saved my life.

What’s new: 2017 was a big year for me. My only child graduated from college. Last year, I also became a certified professional coach, working with clients on many issues: writing, career issues, family matters, personal relationships, weight loss, childhood trauma and more. All coaching involves storytelling by my clients; they get comfortable talking about themselves in supportive, dynamic ways.

What’s now: I’ve found my purpose! I am here to help people who want to find their stories and share their stories so that they can be their true selves. As for my personal life, I’m now an empty-nesting mom based in the New York City suburbs (Westchester County, N.Y.). My home includes two cats and a rescue pit bull. In my spare time, I love to travel and paint.


Here are the short bios about me

The four-paragraph version:

I’m a diversity and inclusion coach who specializes in life, work, communication, writing and creativity issues. I’m also a former journalist and currently a professor who teaches writing, journalism and communication skills.

Most importantly, I’m the recovering daughter of my beloved, control-freak Chinese immigrant parents. What I learned in transforming tough early experiences inspired me to create the Inner Child Institute™.

Our mission is to find your original self. These is your childhood within who still triggers and influences every moment of your life. Reconnecting with your inner child changes your decision-making process. Your priorities and perspective shifts.

Find your your unresolved pain and overlooked gifts — and you’ll find a path worth traveling! I bring to this mission everything I know about standing strong in community and diversity. It’s exciting work.

And, in one paragraph: 

Betty Ming Liu is a diversity and inclusion coach, professor and  former journalist.  She specializes in helping clients find their child within, who will guide them to the safety and unconditional love that we all need and deserve. Betty is also the proud mom of a millennial daughter. She shares her home in Westchester County, N.Y. with her adorable rescue pit bull and two cats. Subscribe to her blog, at https://bettymingliu.com.

Or, for an even shorter bio:  

Betty Ming Liu is a diversity and inclusion coach, professor and former journalist who lives in Westchester County, N.Y. 


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