maya shea pennMaya Shea Penn is a 13 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist, animator (I make animated short films), illustrator, and writer. She is the CEO of Maya’s Ideas, a company she started in 2008 when she was just 8 years old. She creates handmade artisan crafted one-of-a-kind eco-friendly accessories and clothing. Maya has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Ebony, Redbook, FOX 5 Atlanta, Black Enterprise,The NRDC, Gotham Gal, The Michael Baisden Show, CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and many other publications. My designs are sold all over the world and she has customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. She loves to use creativity to give back to the community, and the environment and it’s creatures. 10-20% of my profits go to causes that she is passionate about like: Hosea Feed The Hungry, Atlanta Community Food Bank, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation (She’s also a a member of their kids division and writes articles and add content/videos to their website.). She also writes a column as a contributing writer for  Maya has a non-profit organization called Maya’s Ideas 4 The Planet and received a Pollination Project Grant in 2013. She spoke at TEDx Youth November 19th 2012.