Words to Live By
An Uncanny Ability to Help You Say the Right Thing
B2C? B2B? B2H
There is no shortcut to creating value – and your audience knows it.
Looking good means sounding good. And that means having compelling, reliable content that rings true. There’s no faking it.
“She Just Gets It”
Maya Chendke is known for her hybrid style – blending creativity with analytics to deliver a uniquely empathic business perspective. She uses uncanny precision with words to help clients align their business strategies, messaging, and content marketing in an efficient, polished, cohesive way.
Maya is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management (MBA), Stanford University’s Summer Institute for General Management, and Ryerson’s School of Journalism. Since beginning to freelance in 2007, Maya went on to become a trusted agency subcontractor regularly tapped to serve up client delight.
As a writer and journalist, Maya has nearly 20 years of clippings ranging from a 500 page novel to celebrity profiles. This doesn’t count time spent hand-stapling magazines she made as a kid.
As a marketer, Maya has +10 years of experience in B2B and B2C with industries including automotive, healthcare and pharma, financial services, luxury goods, manufacturing, tech, and equine. Her expertise is digital and content, but she thinks omnichannel and with an entrepreneurial flair.
Rather than continue to serve as an A-Z marketer, Maya now focuses solely on content and strategy work. If you’re looking for graphic design, social media, technical SEO, PPC, website builds, etc. she’d be happy to hook you up with a referral!
Maya in Print
Clippings and publishings!
Awake But Dreaming
Maya self-published her first novel, Awake but Dreaming, and learned the ropes of turning half a million words into print (or download). She has spoken about the process of creative writing and self-publishing.
Read Maya’s quote in Canadian Business Magazine.
Read Maya in The Globe and Mail’s Stuck? Try Cultivating an Aha-Moment.
Read Maya’s guest column for women’s entrepreneurial network, She Owns It.
Maya was honoured to receive a nomination for RBC’s Canadian Women’s Entrepreneur Awards.
- Is an Unplug Meditation certified teacher taught by davidji
- Consistently hits +90% on Grammarly’s “most unique words used”
- Is an avid analytics junkie (inspiring her to hit her Move goal like the Quantified Self)
- Reads anywhere from 30-50 books a year (mostly business, autobiographies, armed forces)
- Wrote and self-published a novel, available internationally
- Has a rescue horse and cat
Maya’s tenacity and commitment to the success of a plan is incredible. Running a successful company requires trusted, talented, authentic, passionate people, committed to doing whatever it takes to realize a vision. To find some of those traits in a person is common, to find them all is rare. Maya is that rare find. When it comes to marketing, it’s easy to get stuck in the weeds. Maya knew where to start and where to focus our time and resources so that we could execute a bold growth roadmap. She took the time to understand my company, our history, purpose, value, and values to craft the voice of our brands and create realistic marketing strategies. Above all else, I trust Maya deeply as a sounding board whose advice has never steered my wrong.
Maya captures and develops a brand’s voice into strategic content, personalizing each approach for the brand itself, a key skill we look for at Horsefly. Her writing consistently hits the mark, making her an exceptionally reliable contributor. She is equal parts creative and methodical and manages her deliverables efficiently with the perspective of a seasoned account and project manager.
For a growing agency, it’s tough to find talented people who can reliably pinch hit and handle growing pains with equal amounts of grace and tenacity. Not having someone with strong skills can impact profitability and client happiness. Maya’s expertise in digital marketing is top notch and her strategy work is always exceptionally thoughtful and relevant. She is someone who puts her heart, gut, and mind into what she does, and is a pleasure to have on a team. She’s also an operations geek who thinks like a business owner and is able to effectively galvanize a team whenever she’s in a leadership role. Maya’s approach is invaluable. Maya is a trusted partner who not only puts up with our awful puns, but genuinely wins our hearts and confidence every time we work together.
Launching a basic e-commerce website is one thing. But launching an e-commerce site with intricate, customizable options is a task I wouldn’t trust just anyone with. Maya and her team brought my vision to life with an impeccable eye to the details of how I run my business. She understood exactly what I needed in helping me move from an Etsy shop to a fully integrated solution that my customers love. Maya thinks like an entrepreneur and makes things practical and uncomplicated while pouring tender loving care into her work.
Launching an established brand in a new geographic market has a whole set of challenges that not everyone can handle. Everything feels like it needs to get done all at once, but budgets are limited (and so is time). Working with someone who understands the need to prioritize is critical. Maya gave me confidence and ease because I knew she had my best interest in mind. Her genuine care and entrepreneurial spirit meant she treated the budgets like her own money, trying to be as economical and practical by prioritizing the “musts” over “nice to haves.” She kept me reined in with her calm, straight-forward style and I trust her advice completely. Having a consultant who can look at both the business side and the creative is a rare find.
As any business owner understands one must wear many hats. Marketing with all its components requires a high level of skill and consistency and we struggled to find the time and did not have the expertise to be effective. It can be overwhelming but working with Maya brought a sense of relief (and engagement with our content). There is a distinct difference between working with a writer and working with Maya. She felt as though she was truly part of our team and not an outside contractor. Her care to understand our business strategy and goals adds a valuable dimension that goes well above what a standard copywriter provides. Her genuine care and thoughtfulness make her a loyal, trusted collaborator I can count on.
I had the pleasure of working with Maya on the Give a Latte Campaign in support of Autism Ontario. Maya spearheaded this extremely successful crowd-funding campaign utilizing her extensive strategic marketing skills and her social media prowess. Thanks to Maya’s project management skills, this campaign more than tripled its initial goal and will make a difference in the lives of adults living on the autism spectrum. I would highly recommend Maya for all things digital marketing!
Passion, creativity, care, and genuine excitement for her work are all ways I would describe the experience of working with Maya. She has demonstrated a genuine interest for our business. A prime example of this is her leadership in creating an "Inspiration Folder" for us to brainstorm ideas and keep up with industry trends. Dedicated to excellence, Maya has always fostered an open and honest dialogue and provided well thought out advice to help us reach our goals. Always thinking outside the box, Maya's creative ideas and approach are refreshing.
Major projects like websites and communications changes require a lot of patience and persistence. Maya was a great asset to me during a major website redesign and re-branding (and all that entails); her dedication to capturing detail and building working relationships was what moved project status. She genuinely cares to make a difference and work collaboratively, and all her advice and feedback is transparent and thoughtful.
Maya is a natural when it comes to providing her clients with valuable content that is tailored to their brand and crafted to provide the greatest results. Her attention to detail, poised personality and clear communication style makes her a true pleasure to work with.