“Maia has an uncanny ability to pull back the curtain of uncertainty, misunderstandings and assumptions—so you can peer through to the VISION and move forward.”
Eva Leos, CMP, Senior Event Coordinator, Fiatech
Chapter President, MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter
Maia spent the first two decades of her career in a variety of illumination-producing roles. Her leadership skills and communication strategies evolved through stints in jobs that ranged from retail sales to non-profit organizations, from being a telephone “operator” for Bell Telephone to working in “non-traditional” jobs like being a small-boat electrician in a shipyard to being a member of a solar heating system installation crew. Along the way, she spent over 11 years as a sailor in the US Navy—one of the first women assigned shipboard duty in the mid-70s—where her jobs ranged from sandblasting and painting submarines and managing the procurement of the required materials for each docking and undocking, to shipboard communication systems tech, to certified substance abuse counselor.
“Working with Maia was an uplifting experience to say the least. I always felt like she heard me and allowed me to lead our coaching conversations; she seemed to know what I was thinking. She challenged me in so many great ways.”
Allen Miller, Area Director, N2 Publishing
“There are few times in our lives where someone truly ‘gets’ us and knows how to bring us to success. From the minute I heard Maia speak, I knew she was one of those people… I wanted a coach to help me through the clutter that was holding me back.”
Amy Wong, CEO, DotOrg Solutions
Each of these experiences refined and instilled in Maia the three strategies that she’s been sharing with her clients, internationally, as a Leadership Coach, Master Trainer and Keynote Speaker, since 1990: being able to develop (and draw from) a deep knowledge of communicating with a wide variety of people, from clients to suppliers to colleagues at every layer of an organization; being comfortable enough in your own skin to be able to think on your feet; and discovering how to make the Simple Shifts that will move even the most difficult conversations forward.
“After meeting Maia in April of 2016, I can honestly tell you that our business has never been the same. When I asked her what she would do to address our situation, she put the accountability back on me. Instead of telling me what she thought we should do, like many others might do in her spot, she asked me what I thought about the situation and what I wanted for our executive team and for our agency. This was her secret of seeing how she could help—or more importantly, (show us) how we could help ourselves. Maia has unlocked the potential of our Executive Team in ways we never thought possible.”
Ben Brugler, President, AKHIA Public Relations
Since 1990, thousands of professionals in over 40 states, the UK, Canada and Australia have united their teams, increased revenue, simplified problem-solving, reduced destructive conflict, increased innovation, overcome their fear of public speaking, and created employee buy-in and trust through Maia’s transformative coaching, learner-focused-and-performance-based training, inspiring presentations and five books.
“Maia has an immediacy and efficiency that is quite remarkable. From a timeline of just about two months she created and presented a tailored two-day training program for seasoned instructors. Her output was accurate, insightful and effective. Maia crosses the line of ‘great trainer’ to ‘great person’—which doesn’t happen too much in my experience of training other trainers.”
Carol Mintz, Director, Center for Emergency Preparedness
Cleveland State University
“Maia is the most powerful presenter that I have ever seen! Her stage presence controls the energy in any room that she is in. Her audience adores her. This is a professional who knows how to engage, impact, and take her audience on a ride that causes life changing behavior and thinking to occur… Talent like this is very rare!”
Lisa Newberger, Owner, Discuss Directives, LLC