nature's wisdom for today's woman


“Much speech is one thing; Well-timed speech is another.” ~Sophocles

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Camilla Gray-Nelson’s farm-girl roots and “natural” approach to communication, leadership and power has launched her to success with a wide variety of clientele. She has taken her unique brand of wisdom to the masses, sharing the secrets of power and influence from the animal world with corporate leaders, women, parents and couples alike. She is President of Dairydell, Inc., a multi-million dollar dog training business in Northern California. As North Bay Business Journal’s 2012 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, she’s an innovator, thought-leader and woman on a mission.

Camilla coaches, cajoles and commands her audience, teaching important life lessons on leadership and personal empowerment with lessons learned from the animals that have shared her life. Drawing upon years of studying animal behavior first-hand, Camilla discusses the similarities between animals and humans and the subtler side of leadership – why bigger and louder isn’t better and how universal social 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 animals, but with their staff, their clients, their children and partners alike.

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general audiences / motivational

Move Over Maslow!

There’s a new Pyramid in town

Our animal instincts predispose humans to respect and follow size and strength. (Read: maleness.) In this entertaining and provocative presentation, Camilla Gray-Nelson reveals an unexpected side of power practiced in the animal world and points out some natural leadership skills at which women can excel. Learn why heavy-handed management can backfire and how poor posture or unintended gestures can undermine your effectiveness at home and at the office. Women, discover how to unleash your Inner Leader!

The Harmony Code

Nature’s hidden secrets to keeping the peace while getting our way

In this mind-expanding presentation, the audience is introduced to the pyramids, secrets and archetypes that make up Nature’s Harmony Code — the unwritten rules of peaceful and effective social interaction which have finally been codified by Camilla Gray-Nelson. This new perspective will enable the audience to understand and anticipate behaviors in those around them and empowers them to cleverly redirect behaviors through instinct to achieve desired results without conflict — at work, at home or in relationships. A transformative presentation revealing how to get what we want instead of settling for what we have, avoiding the conflicts that often sideline us in pursuit of this goal.

women in leadership

Ladies Labs & Leadership:

Why women have a leg up on the competition

Our animal, instincts predispose us to respect and follow size and strength. (Read: maleness.) In this entertaining and provocative presentation, Camilla Gray-Nelson reveals the subtler side of power as practiced in the animal world and points out some natural leadership skills like patience, empathy and stick-to-itiveness at which women can excel. Learn why “manly” management can backfire and how something as simple as poor posture or unintended gestures can undermine a woman’s effectiveness, at home and at the office. This is a quick course in how to unleash the Inner Leader — doggie-style!

workplace challenges

Lead Your Pack & Manage Your Herd

Get the most from your employees, using leadership secrets of the Animal World

Camilla shares her personal secrets of managing and motivating her staff…with the same techniques she uses in training animals! How does she keep her team cooperative and motivated? By understanding the profound parallels between four-legged animals and the two-legged ones that work for her! In the presentation, Camilla reveals our hidden animal instincts, the power of praise and clear boundaries, the silent signals of power and weakness and how to make the animal group dynamic work on any office for any manager. Coming from the North Bay Business Journal’s 2012 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, this presentation is insightful and inspiring — no bones about it!

No Fence Too High:

How to clear any obstacle on the path to your goals, even if you’re not the Big Dog

In this eye-opening and provocative presentation, Camilla shares how gracious acceptance of our current status is not only the key to interpersonal harmony, but ironically, the key to status advancement as well. Only from this peaceful place can we implement an upward strategy with minimum pushback, nature’s way. It’s what animals know and we should, too!

relationships & parenting

Kids, Spouses and Dogs – They’re All Animals!

How learning to manage one can hold clues to influencing the others

Are your children out of control? Does your spouse or partner treat you with disrespect? In this entertaining and eye-opening presentation, Camilla Gray-Nelson helps you understand husbands, kids and co-workers as the animals they are! Learn what animals look for in their leaders and what characteristics will earn you respect as well as the three common behaviors that signal weakness to any animal and can cause the two-legged animals in your life to be dismissive of you. Hear why yelling and punishment don’t work and how to motivate others by tapping into their most basic animal instincts. Riveting and revealing!

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