Maria Thattil is a multi-hyphenate who is a founder, speaker, corporate professional, digital creator and fierce activist for inclusivity, equality and empowerment. Before she started training to be an accredited life coach, she graduated with a psychology degree with Honours, and then with a Masters degree in Management with First Class Honours, and was nominated for a scholarship to Harvard University. Maria’s biggest hobby is volunteering and is a member of the United Nations (UN) Association of Australia, works as an ambassador for the SisterWorks charity and volunteers for Mission Australia.
As an Australian woman of Indian descent, a daughter of immigrants, and a product of a hybrid culture, Maria believes her upbringing has gifted her with unique experiences and fuels her passion for inclusivity. She is the founder of her own podcast ‘Mind With Me’ which is a curation of conversations and interviews on a myriad of critical and complex topics.
Whilst spending 8 consecutive months in lockdown, Maria founded her own Empowerment Series on Instagram, ‘Mind With Me,’ which has been viewed in excess of 300,000 times all over the globe and is now a podcast.
This has been her first experience participating in a national pageant and is her first time participating in an international pageant!
Maria is the shortest MISS UNIVERSE contestant in the class of 2020, with a strong ambition to be the shortest Miss Universe in history.
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