“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 is internationally known as a Certified Leadership Coach, Master Trainer, Keynote Speaker, and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner.
She spent the first two decades of her career in a variety of non-traditional roles that helped her to hone her leadership skills and communication strategies. The cutting edge approaches she shares with her clients evolved through her experiences in jobs that ranged from retail sales to non-profit organizations, from being a long-distance telephone operator to working as small-boat electrician—one of a few women in the shipyard—to being the only woman member of a solar heating system installation crew.
Maia is a veteran of over 11 years 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, with fire-fighting and damage control certificates. She spent her final three years as a certified addictions counselor.
As a civilian, she spent 5 more years as a Substance Abuse Counselor and earned her certification as a Texas Addiction and Drug Abuse Counselor as well as Certified Employee Assistance Professional. At 37, she earned her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Communications from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi, before starting her business as a keynote speaker and communication strategist in 1990.
Maia is a lifelong learner who continually seeks to expand the boundaries of what’s possible for herself and for her clients with additional training in cutting edge leadership and communication strategies. She earned her certification as a Master Trainer from Langevin Learning Services, the world’s leading Train-the-Trainer organization, in 2001. She built her coaching practice after graduating from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in 2005 and completing their yearlong Co-Active Leadership Program. After 13 years as a successful coach, she completed additional coach training with The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She earned her certification as a Professional Leadership Coach and an Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Master Practitioner in 2018.
Along the way, she discovered and fine-tuned her genius for identifying obstacles, developing simple strategies to achieve remarkable results, and sharing what she learned so that anyone could reproduce her success.
“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
Her experiences instilled in Maia three global strategies that she’s refined over the years and shared with her clients 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
- discovering how to make the Simple Shifts that will unlock your innate genius for accomplishing your personal, leadership and organizational goals.
“After meeting Maia in April of 2016, I can honestly tell you that our business has never been the same…Maia has unlocked the potential of our Executive Team in ways we never thought possible.”
Ben Brugler, CEO, President, akhia communications
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.