Ayize and Aiyana Ma’at — Business Honorees
Length of marriage: 13 years; May 27, 2002
Number of children: 5 (including a newborn)
How you support each other in your careers: We are each other’s No. 1 cheerleader. We provide emotional support to one another by encouraging each other when we confront challenges and celebrating each other when we experience success. We keep the lines of communication open and create a safe space for each other to laugh, cry, scream, have fun and be our most authentic selves in our business and in our lives.
Why they were chosen: Ayize and Aiyana Ma’at, who are both clinical social workers and marriage therapists, went into business together with the goals of improving black marriages and helping individuals achieve their goals. The two, who were also high school sweethearts, show us how couples can work together, love together and live together—and endure.