Maya Lynn

by Terry Watson | March 19th, 2020
Maya Lynn

Maya Lynn

Maya Lynn Harris of Richmond, VA is a entrepreneur, coach, author, connector, and educator. She had served as a high school English teacher for 17 years and an instructional coach for six years before stepping into the world of entrepreneurship. Her business, W.O.M.B., (Woman-Owned Minority Businesses) is a business networking organization committed to helping women entrepreneurs of color make purposeful connections that support their purpose, strengthen their process, and increase their profits.

Unlike other networking groups, W.O.M.B. utilizes a concept called “circles” to emphasize goal-setting and group collaborations that are income-producing activities for all members. W.O.M.B. started in August 2019, however the concept was previously launched under a different name, S.H.E. “Sharing Her Experience” in 2014. “At that time, several networking groups were launching and I did not have that “secret sauce” yet so I shelved it,” she says. After becoming a full-time business owner in 2018, she started planning again. When she closed her microschool in the summer of 2019, she saw it as the perfect time to relaunch the idea.

Coach Maya allows her to serve as a business startup coach and assist new business owners with conceptualizing and launching new business ideas through what she calls a “Business Birthing” method. “Coach Maya was a hobby for years while I was a teacher. I loved creating business blueprints for friends and colleagues. I did everything from business plans to web design, all for free. In 2017, my mentor introduced me to a woman in Tennessee who owned a business design firm and that’s when I decided to establish it as a licensed business,” Maya shares.

Maya shares why she has such a strong desire to help others. “I love working with women, particularly women of color. Their passion and fire to live a better life and leave a legacy for their families pushes me everyday. I also love hearing their new ideas and helping them see their next level. Additionally, I also love the opportunity that being self employed allows for me to spend more time at home, helping my parents. Working a nine to five didn’t give me the flexibility I needed to take them to appointments and handle things that concerned them. They did everything they could for me. I’m blessed to be able to do the same.”

Maya is the proud mother of twin sons, Mandell and Bryce. She is the author of What Your Oil? : Unmasking Your Hidden Talents, and is a co-author of Unchain My Legacy: How Owning Our Choices Free Us and Those We Love.

There are a small group of mentors, all women entrepreneurs of color, who continually push Maya and encourage her to be who she has been called to be. “Their standards are the highest and I’ve learned to set mine higher because of them. When you spend time in the room with seven and eight figure earners who look like just like me, I am not allowed to make any excuses,” she says.

In the future, Maya hopes to expand W.O.M.B. and provide its services in every city where there are women entrepreneurs of color. “We’ll take those statistics and flip them upside down, together. There’s nothing more powerful than a determined group of women. We’re going to change the narrative,” she says.

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