About C.J. Hayden

Professional Bio (Personal bio below)

C.J. HaydenC.J. Hayden, MCC, CPCC, is the bestselling author of six books, including Get Clients Now!, The One-Person Marketing Plan Workbook, The Women’s Giving Circle Guide, and 50 Ways Coaches Can Change the World. C.J. is a business coach and trainer who helps entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs get clients, get strategic, and get things done. She is a former management consultant with over 30 years of business experience, including marketing, product development, finance, human resources, and information systems. C.J. has been a professional trainer since 1978 and a coach since 1992.

A popular speaker and workshop leader, C.J. has taught entrepreneurship, marketing, and leadership skills for hundreds of organizations, including John F. Kennedy University, Mills College, the Social Enterprise Alliance, Leaderspring, Green America, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

As a pioneer in the emerging profession of coaching, C.J. was a founding director of the worldwide Professional & Personal Coaches Association (later merged with the International Coach Federation). She also founded and served as editor of Being in Action: The Journal of Professional & Personal Coaching. She holds the credentials Master Certified Coach and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and is a member of the Arbinger Coaching Network.

C.J. is co-founder of the Thriving Women in Business Giving Circle. She previously founded the social enterprise Women’s Economic Network, and was a founding board member of the Social Enterprise Alliance San Francisco chapter and the Global Initiative to Advance Entrepreneurship. Some of the many other organizations where C.J. has served as a board or committee member are the Coaches Make a Difference Initiative, Grameen Shakti, International Coach Federation, Volunteers for Careers, and Women in Business Mentoring Circles. She received the “Woman of Achievement” award from San Francisco Business and Professional Women for her tireless work in their Entrepreneurial Development Program.

C.J. has authored over 400 articles on marketing, entrepreneurship, overcoming barriers to success, and social change, published internationally in magazines such as Home Business, Selling Power, SOHO Business Report, and Choice. She contributes regularly to dozens of websites and ezines, including RainToday, SalesDog, and About.com.

C.J. has been featured in Investor’s Business Daily, Working Woman, Information Marketing Journal, Home Office Computing, and Costco Connection, plus numerous books. She has been widely profiled internationally by newspapers, radio, and TV.

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Personal Bio

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.

In 1992, C.J. finally found her mission in life when she began helping others fulfill theirs. She has since turned her passion for empowering mission-driven entrepreneurs into a thriving coaching and training business and four books. 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.