Black Chicks That Rule: Maya Penn

At four years old her father taught her how to take a computer apart and put it back together. She’s an animator, a designer, a philanthropist and at age 14 Maya Penn in an entrepreneur.

She has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Ebony, Redbook, Black Enterprise and many other media outlets. She has a passion for the planet. Her mother taught her how to sew. Maya designs eco-friendly clothing and accessories and focuses on working with organizations that share her vision for saving the world. Her drive for justice and equality in the world is matched only by her diverse talents. She designed her first website herself and is learning JavaScript and HTML 5.

Most importantly she self-identifies as a business owner even though she is only 14 years old. There is no age limit to success in her mind. What would the world be like if everyone thought like Maya and had the encouragement of their parents to pursue their talents. If you want to learn more about Maya Penn or buy some of her designs visit her at her website Maya’s Ideas ( Not only will you be able to learn about her you can donate to her cause Maya’s Ideas for the Planet. In her designs she supports recycling and reusing materials that will not put an additional strain on the planet and believes in sustainable business. She would rather reuse a piece of vintage wool than buy it new. If that’s not enough 10-20% of her company’s profits go to local and global charities.

Here from Maya in her own words at the TEDWomen 2013 conference.




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