Who is "Maya?"
I’m a 16 year old philanthropist, environmental activist, entrepreneur, eco-designer, inspirational speaker, artist, animator (I make animated short films), coder, illustrator, and Simon & Schuster author. I am the CEO of Maya's Ideas, a company I started in 2008 when I was just 8 years old. I create eco-friendly clothing and accessories. My designs are sold all over the world and I have customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. I love to use my creativity to give back. 10-20% of my profits go to local and global charities and environmental organizations. I have been featured in Forbes, The View, TIME, ESSENCE, The NRDC, NPR, CNN, Huffington Post, The Steve Harvey Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, FOX 5 Atlanta, Wired, Black Enterprise, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and many other publications. I've done three TEDTalks. My TEDWomen Talk has gone viral worldwide and it has over a million views and growing. I am the youngest female to do two back-to-back official TEDTalks. I spoke at the launch of IBM Verse.