About C.J. Hayden
C.J. is a business coach and productivity mentor who helps creatives and self-employed professionals get clients and get things done. She specializes in serving consultants, coaches, freelancers, and professional service providers. C.J. has been a professional writer and trainer since 1978, and a business coach since 1992.
A popular speaker and workshop leader, C.J. has presented hundreds of programs on marketing, self-employment, and productivity, 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 Choice: The Magazine of Professional Coaching, Home Business, and Selling Power. She contributes regularly to dozens of websites and ezines.
A pioneer in the profession of coaching, C.J. was a founding director of the worldwide Professional and Personal Coaches Association (which later merged with the International Coach Federation) and editor of the first coaching newsletter, Being in Action. 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 Coaches Network.
As a citizen activist, C.J. is founder and director of the nonprofit Citizen Angel, former vice chair of the San Francisco Social Enterprise Alliance, and a co-founder of the Thriving Women in Business Giving Circle.
C.J. has been featured in Investor’s Business Daily, Information Marketing Journal, Home Office Computing, Costco Connection, and numerous books. 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 didn’t stay there long. 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 during her teenage 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, product manager, and research 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.