Maia Akiva is a Motivational Speaker / Entertainer
/ Facilitator, a reality bender and an emotional
researcher who dips into every flavor of human
behavior and self-discovery using creativity,
magical realism, original visual storytelling
and emotional coaching.
Originally from Israel, as a motivational speaker and a
workshops facilitator Maia brings basic self-help ideas to
everyday people through entertainment, using imagination
and humor. Her work includes: multi-media lecture
presentations, outside-the-box workshops learning
experiences, heartfulness meditations, and stories that
humanize emotions and human behavior. She takes her
audience through a journey of self-discovery that she herself
is inspired to work hard at every day.
She is a Recipient of an Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB)
Training Center - Diversity Scholarship for fall 2017.
Maia has been sharing her love of speaking and
leading workshops for the past 10 years as a
host/MC and a workshop creator and leader for
WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring
organization for teen girls and women writers,
where she has been a long-time member and volunteer.
She also led workshops of self-discovery at
Models of Pride the biggest LGBTQ youth
conference in the US, and at Brave Trails Camp,
Resilience Treatment Center, and many more awesome
places. She teaches Heartfulness Meditations at
The Den Meditation in Los Angeles and at Companies like
Sony PlayStation, Hulu, Burbank Studios, Deutsch, Caltech
and many more awesome companies.
She lead volunteer training for WriteGirl and staff training at
Reconnect Treatment Center. She managed and lead the Israeli
scouts Los Angeles chapter, and lead workshops
and training as a lieutenant in the Israeli Army,
many years ago.
Maia’s creative work and her desire to
help people take a look at themselves
come from her own experience. After
turning her back on herself for many years,
suffering from depression and self-negativity
she finally decided to start a new relationship
with herself and turned her life around, living
a life full of Joy and positivity.
Through imagination and stories — like
a planned meeting with the woman who
runs her destiny or throwing a Saturday night
party for all of her emotions - Maia explores all of
what life brings up and helps herself and her
audience deal with and explore their challenging
and difficult experiences and their most important
relationship — the one with themselves.
Her award-winning self-help plays and short stories have
been produced and published all over the United States in
the past 10 years, inspiring hundreds of people
to go on a journey of understanding, get to know
themselves better and deeper, and ask
themselves some important questions about
their inner emotional lives, their struggles
and their relationship with themselves.
Maia received her BA in Emotions and her MA in
Imagination from the University of Life. She
currently resides in Los Angeles, which, much to her
surprise turned out to be one of the biggest
self-help and spirituality center in the US.
Right now she is working on her first self-help
novel “Love Crime Unit” (working title), a story
about a world where love is being counted and
measured for survival just like money.
Maia's Mission Statement, vision and believe is in
normalizing self-help into our everyday lives.
- A Recipient of an Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Training Center - Diversity Scholarship for fall 2017.