Maya Penn is the award-winning founder and CEO of eco-fashion brand Maya’s Ideas, keynote speaker, sustainability consultant, 3 time TED Speaker, artist, global activist, animator, filmmaker, social entrepreneur, coder and Simon & Schuster author. Maya has received a commendation from President Barack Obama for outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship. Maya was awarded the 2016 Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award, as well as honored at the SCLC Drum Major for Justice Awards (test honorees include Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, John Lewis and more). She has been hand chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her youngest Supersoul 100 entrepreneur, change-maker, and thought leader. She has been one of the youngest leaders in sustainability and environmental justice for 12 years, starting at just 8 years old.
I’m #ProudToInspire because being a young black woman in the sustainability and eco-fashion space for 12 years — I’ve lived through just how crucial it is to make sure black, brown and indigenous role models have a voice in the sustainability space because sustainability has historically been championed by our communities. Being an interdisciplinary artist and using art, animation, film, writing, fashion and more to push the movement forward is my life’s work.