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Sullivan, Maya

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  • Departments:Community & Continuing Education Instructor

Over the years, Maya Sullivan has helped many individuals pursue their dreams through hundreds of seminars and classes on topics such as starting a business, financial literacy and career passion.

The Winding Path of Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs like change. About every five years, Maya reinvents her career moving on to new opportunities acquiring knowledge and skills along the way.

Equipped with an MBA, she embarked on a career that included positions as a controller/operations manager, stockbroker, account manager and entrepreneur.

After five years as a stockbroker, Maya decided to pursue her dream of owning a business. As she was exploring various ideas there was an emerging concept that sparked her enthusiasm—temporary executives. It involved recruiting executives and finding positions for them on a short-term basis. This could be as an interim manager, overseeing special projects or other professional responsibilities.

After doing research, developing a detailed plan, and engaging executives she launched CorporatArm, Inc. What Maya didn’t consider in the planning process was how long it would take to obtain sales. It required an educational process of the “why” and “how” to utilize these seasoned professionals. After two years, she cut her losses, closed the company and moved from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest.

Her next venture was a seminar and training business. Maya contracted with community colleges and other organizations presenting a variety of topics including financial literacy, career passion and starting a business, (she had gained knowledge about what “not to do” in her CorporatArm venture).

Helping People Achieve Their Dreams: While presenting seminars and classes on how to start a business, it became apparent that many people were not passionate about the type of enterprise they were creating. Many selected an idea that they thought would make money but didn’t ignite their enthusiasm.

Then Maya wrote a book, which began as a seminar, entitled "Are You Meant to Be Your Own Boss?" For various reasons she didn’t publish it at the time and continued with teaching contracts.

While in the marketing process to find additional clients, a recruiter contacted her about an account manager position with a software company. The position involved project management, training and traveling the country; it seemed like an adventure and she accepted the position.

The idea of revising her book kept calling. After six years on the road, Maya was at a point where she intuitively knew that if she was ever going to rewrite it—the time was now.

Taking a leap of faith—she quit a good job and once again became her own boss writing books and presenting seminars.

After substantially revising the manuscript, she changed the title to "Dare To Be Your Own Boss: Follow Your Passion, Create a Niche."

Helping people follow their passion, start a business and enhance their financial insights is the essence of her seminars. Inspiring individuals to do what they love and make a difference in their own unique way!

When starting college Maya knew that business was the area that interested her the most. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Business she continued on to receive an MBA. It took her several years in that she was working full-time while going to school.

Maya enjoys being in nature, kind friends and traveling. The first time she came to Washington state on vacation she knew this was her home. Seven years later she moved on her own to live North of Seattle.

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