Professional Bio (Personal bio below)
C.J. Hayden, MCC, CPCC, is the bestselling author of
Get Clients Now! (AMACOM, 2007), Get Hired Now! (Bay Tree, 2005), and The
One-Person Marketing Plan Workbook.
Since 1992, C.J. has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and changemakers launch and sustain successful
ventures, serving as a business coach and trainer. In her current role as an entrepreneurship coach
to right livelihood entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs, she blends business coaching with
mentoring and practical advice. C.J. has over 30 years of business management experience and has
studied psychology, spirituality, and personal growth in a wide variety of
disciplines since she was old enough to read.
C.J. has taught
entrepreneurship, marketing, and leadership skills for hundreds
of organizations, including John F. Kennedy University, Mills College,
The Coaches Training Institute, Leaderspring, Chevron, Federal Express, Marriott, Wells Fargo, SCORE, and the U.S. Small Business
As one of the leaders 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 is also the founder of the
Coaches Make a Difference Initiative
and serves on the advisory board of Choice: The Magazine of Professional
Coaching. C.J. holds the credentials of Master Certified Coach and Certified Professional
As an activist and social entrepreneur, C.J. is the founder of the
Send Girls to School Project, and serves on the boards of
A Good Deed Tea, Global Initiative to Advance Entrepreneurship,
and the Social Enterprise Alliance San Francisco chapter.
A popular speaker and workshop leader, C.J.
has presented hundreds of programs on marketing, entrepreneurship, life purpose, and social change
to corporate clients,
professional associations, community groups, and small businesses. Her articles have been published
internationally in Home Business, SOHO Business Report, and CareerSource magazines,
and in numerous regional publications, including California Job Journal and Bay Area BusinessWoman.
She contributes regularly to dozens of websites and ezines,
Business KnowHow, and SelfGrowth.com.
C.J.'s work has been featured
in Investor's Business Daily, Priority
Office Computing, and Costco Connection,
and in numerous books, including Get Slightly Famous, Take Back Your Time,
Business and Practice of Coaching. She has been widely profiled internationally by newspapers, radio, and
TV. Find out more about C.J. at CJHayden.com.
C.J. was born in Mount
Kisco, 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. C.J. dropped
out of high school and ran away to Canada at the age of 15, and
has been on her own ever since. After surviving on the streets as a homeless teenager, she began her entrepreneurial career making jewelry
in a logging cabin on Vancouver Island.
Before turning 30, C.J. held
over fifty jobs, including carhop, bank teller, computer
programmer, surveyor, product manager, and planetary geologist.
She has been self-employed as a technical writer, corporate
trainer, seminar producer, software developer, and management
consultant. For ten years, she put herself through college at night while working full-time. 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.
C.J. lives overlooking San
Francisco's Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park with her sweetheart Dave
and their two cats Seabiscuit and KimChee. On the Enneagram, she is a Four with
a Three wing, her Myers-Briggs type
is ESFJ, and astrologically
she's a Sagittarius with an Aquarius moon and Cancer rising.
C.J. & Dave cruising in Alaska