Author(s): Maya S. Penn
Everyone is talking about the entrepreneur, animator, eco-designer, and girls' rights activist Maya Penn. Her TEDWomen Talk has been viewed over 1,200,000 million times (and is one of the top 15 TEDWomen Talks of all time). Now this amazing teenager has written an inspirational handbook for teens and young adults to help them discover their passions and maximize their full potential for a creative, successful life. Maya Penn is a remarkable teen entrepreneur who has given three TED Talks, created her own eco-friendly fashion line, developed animated films, and appeared on The View with Whoopi Goldberg. She has even been name-checked by bestselling authors Gabrielle Bernstein, Steve Harvey, and Eve Ensler. All while still in middle school! Although Maya is extraordinary in many ways, and her success is a testament to her own creativity, passion, and fearlessness-these are traits that can be cultivated in all of us. In You Got This! Maya shares her incredible journey to becoming an artist, designer, philanthropist, and business owner.
She provides a creative blueprint for teens and young adults, along with the tools she used to build an authentic, exciting, and connected life, and offers creative prompts for cultivating success. So let your creativity and passion flow freely and watch as your world transforms-it all starts with you!
"If Maya S. Penn and her book You Got This! are any indication, the future belongs to girls and will happen happen because of them. Passionate, heartfelt, practical, true. A girl to girl inspiration. May the life force that is Maya S. Penn usher in a new day!" -- Eve Ensler
Maya Penn is an award-winning philanthropist, environmental activist, entrepreneur, filmmaker, eco-designer, keynote speaker, artist, animator, coder, illustrator, and writer. She is the CEO of Maya's Ideas, a company she started in 2008 when she was just eight years old. She creates eco-friendly clothing and accessories. She loves to use her creativity to give back. 10-20% of her profits go to local and global charities and environmental organizations. She also started her own nonprofit called Maya's Ideas 4 The Planet, where she is working on an ongoing project to give back to girls in developing countries. She also helps girls pursue their passions in technology and STEM fields. She has been featured in Forbes, Time, NPR, CNN, O Magazine, Essence, The View, The Steve Harvey Show, Huffington Post, The NRDC, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wired, Black Enterprise, Cosmopolitan, Ebony, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and many other publications. She's done three TEDTalks. Maya's TEDWomen Talk has gone viral, with more than a million views worldwide. Maya is the youngest female to do two back-to-back official TEDTalks.