Camilla Gray-Nelson is a dog trainer that proudly calls herself a farmer’s daughter. Her “natural” approach to communication, leadership and power has launched her to success not only with dogs – but with a wide and varied human clientele as well. She has taken her farm-girl wisdom to the masses, sharing the secrets of power and influence from the animal world with corporate leaders, women, parents and couples alike. So don’t be fooled. Camilla is not just another dog trainer! She is President of Dairydell, Inc. and owner of Dairydell Canine, the fastest growing dog-training center in Northern California. As North Bay Business Journal’s 2012 Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year, she’s an innovator, a powerful communicator and a woman on a mission.
Camilla coaches, cajoles and commands her audience, teaching important life lessons on leadership and personal empowerment in an unlikely way – through the process of dog training. Drawing upon her years of studying animal behavior, Camilla discusses the similarities between dogs and humans and the subtler side of leadership – why bigger and louder isn’t better and how universal leadership cues can be applied to all of life’s important situations. It’s a powerful but pragmatic approach designed to help audiences better achieve their goals – not only with their dogs, but with their staff, their clients, their children and partners alike.
Camilla’s humor, wit and unique message have led media outlets to her door. Her energy, passion and commitment to teaching “natural leadership” make her one of today’s most in-demand speakers.
Industry Expertise (1)
2012 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (professional)
Women In Business Award-Winner in Entrepreneurship. Sponsored by North Bay Business Journal (California) to recognize outstanding contributions of women in business throughout Sonoma, Marin and Napa Counties.
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo: Bachelor of Science, Consumer Economics 1972
Graduate Studies in Business and Public Administration: Cal State Hayward, San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley
- National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
- International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)
Krista Gawronski, President | Fabulous Women of Sonoma County
“The Fabulous Women of Sonoma County would like to acknowledge and recommend Camilla Gray Nelson as a wonderful motivational speaker. Based on her experience with animal training and her passion for life, Camilla has a wonderful way of igniting enthusiasm. She marries her professional skills with her life experience in a fiery and passionate presentation. I love that she empowers women and has fun doing it! “
Denise Collins, Vice President and Conference Director | International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)
“Camilla Gray-Nelson was a speaker at the International Association of Canine Professionals Conference, April 19-20, 2012. Her topic was "From Hobby to Huge, How I Grew My Training Business." Camilla's presentation was lively, funny, and contained valuable step-by-step directions on how to improve our attendee’s individual businesses and how to relate to the clients we encounter. She received the highest marks on our conference evaluation form for her presentation. Camilla is very comfortable in her role as a speaker. Her upbeat personality is sure to delight many different audiences.”
Event Appearances (4)
Breaking the Milk Bone Ceiling
Amierican Association of University Women Tri-Branch Meeting San Rafael, CA
Hobby to Huge: How to Build Your Business
IACP Annual Conference Orlando, FL
Ladies, Labs and Leadership
NAWBO- Marin Corte Madera, CA
Ladies, Labs and Leadership
"Step Into Success" Women's Business Conference Petaluma, CA
Sample Talks (1)
Managing Staff -- Doggie Sytle
Bringing out that winning performance from your employees
- Workshop Leader
- Author Appearance
- Corporate Training