Maya Chivi is a survivor of Anorexia, Bulimia, and depression. Overcoming her mental health challenges in her teens, Maya is an inspiring speaker who believes in every person’s power to transform their lives.
As a speaker and advocate for gender equality and children’s rights, Maya combines her personal experiences with her BA in Child Studies, with Distinction and Dean’s Honour List, from Concordia University and MA in Educational Leadership, Dean’s Honour List, from McGill University.
Maya launched her first business when she moved to Lebanon to pioneer healthy child development ideologies. Through one of her TV appearances, she was the first person in the Middle East to shed light on the need to unconditionally love children regardless of their gender. It’s one of her proudest moments!
At TEDxMontrealWomen, Maya spoke about the importance of raising girls and boys with equal rights and opportunities and the impact of the media and gender stereotypes on life outcomes. She also gave the keynote speech “Gender Equality in Society” to the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Commission. Over the years, she’s been privileged with the opportunity to motivate thousands around the world to bring positive changes into their lives. She does her work because she believes in youth and their potential to shape our world as active local and global citizens.
Workshop Description For “You Matter”
In You Matter, Maya shares her experiences overcoming Anorexia, Bulimia, depression, and suicide without professional help. At less than ten years old, she had her first suicide attempt. At sixteen, amid one of her darkest moments and by harnessing personal willpower, she took a decision that would forever change the course of her life.
An intense, motivating, and empowering speech, You Matter gets students out of their seats and inspires them to choose to live a life of meaning as they strive for success. Messages addressed include:
- Transformation starts within
- You CAN overcome mental health challenges
- Choices lead to change every day
- The impact of intent and determination on success