Maia Heymann is the co-founder and general partner of Converge, a Boston-based venture capital firm that specializes in seed and early-stage investments and “success built on mutual respect.” Maia brings more than 25 years of investment experience, including more than 50 M&A transactions, 17 IPOs, and 22 board and observer roles. But Maia is so much more than numbers. For this Changemakers Q&A, I got to talk to her about how the VC landscape is shifting to become more equitable, what it takes to succeed (do the work, outperform and show your stuff), how this time of extreme uncertainty is sparking exciting innovations such as “pop up manufacturing” and more.
Since the early days working around her kitchen table, Beth has grown Inkhouse into one of the top independent PR agencies in the country. She’s been named a Top Woman in PR by PR News, a Top 25 Innovator by PRovoke, and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Beth designed Inkhouse’s signature Storytelling Workshop to mirror the literary hero’s journey and to unearth the emotional connections that bind an audience to a brand or idea. She also uses narratives to build Inkhouse’s culture, most recently through two books of employee essays, “Hindsight 2020” and “Aren’t We Lucky?”