C.J. is a former systems and productivity
consultant with over 35 years experience in business management. She has been a professional
trainer since 1978, a business advisor since 1990, and a coach since 1992.
A popular speaker and workshop leader, C.J. has presented
hundreds of programs on marketing, entrepreneurship, and overcoming barriers to success,
to corporate clients,
professional associations, and small businesses. She has
taught marketing for John F. Kennedy University, Mills College, the U.S. Small
Business Administration, and SCORE. Her articles have been published internationally in Home
Business, Selling Power, and Sales and Marketing Management, and in
numerous regional publications, including California Job Journal and Bay Area
BusinessWoman. She contributes regularly to dozens of websites and ezines, including
RainToday, SalesDog, Salesopedia, and About.com.
A pioneer in the emerging profession of
coaching, C.J. was a founding director of the worldwide Professional & Personal Coaches
Association (which later merged with the International Coach Federation) and editor of their
newsletter Being in Action. She founded the Coaches Make A Difference
Initiative and serves on the advisory board of
Choice: The Magazine of Professional
Coaching. C.J. holds the credentials Master Certified Coach from the
International Coach Federation, and
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from the Coaches
Training Institute. She has completed advanced coach training with the
Arbinger Institute and is a member of the Arbinger
As an activist and social entrepreneur,
C.J. is the founder of the Send Girls to
School Project, and serves on the board of A
Good Deed Tea.
C.J. has been featured in Investor's Business Daily,
Information Marketing Journal,
Home Office Computing, and Costco
Connection, and in numerous books, including Get Slightly Famous, How to
Position Yourself as the Obvious Expert, and The Business and Practice of Coaching.
She has been widely profiled internationally by newspapers, radio, and TV.
ALSO ABOUT C.J. HAYDEN
C.J. was born in Westchester County, New York, but left
almost immediately. Before settling in San Francisco as a young adult, she had lived in
sixteen cities, eight states, and two Canadian provinces. At the age of 15, C.J. dropped out
of high school and ran away from home. Living on the street for more than two years in
several U.S. and Canadian cities, she became addicted to alcohol and drugs, and was a victim
of assault and abuse. Overcoming homelessness, addiction, and her lack of education, C.J.
eventually earned her way off the street with a series of minimum wage jobs. She put herself
through college at night over a period of ten years.
Before she turned 30, C.J. held over fifty jobs,
including carhop, bank teller, computer programmer, surveyor, product manager, and planetary
geologist. Her first entrepreneurial venture was making jewelry in a logging cabin on
Vancouver Island, and she has been self-employed as a technical writer, corporate trainer,
seminar producer, software developer, and management consultant. An instinctive gate-crasher
and determined survivor, C.J. has created her own path to success by applying her special
blend of persistence, resourcefulness, and an ability to relate to just about anyone.
To find out more about C.J., visit
C.J. Hayden and
Social Entrepreneur Coach.