Creative. Compassionate. Intuitive.
Maya joined Blue Beyond in the summer of 2015 as an intern and began full time in the summer of 2017. She supports our marketing team (with social media content and illustration creation) and supports creative client work as well. Maya graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in Studio Arts and a minor in Sociology. Maya spent 4 semesters working as a fundraiser for her university, during which she gained important skills in communication, finding common ground with others, and asking good questions. Maya is most complimented on her creativity, artistic talent, and the way she makes big ideas accessible through engaging imagery.
What skills and expertise do you bring to the team?
As a recent college graduate, I am still drawing on many of the skills I learned through my classes and the genuine excitement to learn that drove me as a student. At school, I studied Studio Art, which meant I spent much of my undergraduate career learning and practicing how to portray my ideas, thoughts, and feelings through sculpture, painting, drawing, and performance. Since being with Blue Beyond, it has been an invigorating challenge to apply my creative and artistic skills to the business consulting world. Thus far, I have done so by working on creative illustration and video projects for internal marketing and for clients, by learning and practicing the unique art of graphic recording and facilitation, and constantly collaborating with team members to tap into a group genius that is bigger than myself.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
As the proud daughter of Blue Beyond’s CEO and CFO, Cheryl and Tom, it has been a privilege to grow up along with the company. Blue Beyond was started when I was only 10 years old, and now I find myself working alongside my parents. It has been incredibly rewarding to find my own place at Blue Beyond and my own ways to contribute to a culture of learning, listening, and growth that has not only been integral to the company’s success, but also has been the backdrop of my development since childhood.
Name a peak experience in your life. What happened?
In the fall of 2015 I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in the Czech Republic’s beautiful city of Prague. I joined six other students on an immersive art-based program that lasted for four months. While there, I lived with a lovely host family who, despite a challenging language barrier, became a true support system for me. I learned about Czech history from individuals who had lived through revolution and gained a greater appreciation for their peoples’ astonishing ability to elicit change through nonviolent protest. At the same time, I worked closely with a talented local artist who advised me as I created my own series of artworks for an exhibition that culminated my time there. This trip was the longest time I had ever been away from home and truly on my own and it was in the new and invigorating world of Prague that I found the freedom and independence to develop a deeper understanding of myself and my place in the world.
Do you have a favorite question?
I love asking people if a particular piece of art has ever especially resonated with them. Art can be such a unique way of communicating emotion, displaying ideas, or challenging preconceived notions. I think someone’s favorite or most memorable piece of art can say a lot about his or her mind and fascinations.