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Learning to Trust Yourself

June 20, 2014

With over 20 years of experience in conflict management, Charmaine Hammond has faced her share of challenging situations. But she credits a near-death sailing accident with teaching her the secrets to resilience and business success. Much of that wisdom can be found in her five best-selling books, including On Toby’s Terms which is being made into a major film.

“I learned that day on the lake 17 years ago that I didn’t trust myself,” said Charmaine, a speaker at the Journey 2 Success Conference held by Company of Women on May 27.

So she started “following the nudges” to let her own voice emerge, said Charmaine, whose corporate team-building business took off once she started weaving anecdotes about her dog Toby into her presentations. Now, she is a sought-after international speaker and featured author in Road Map to Success with Dr. Ken Blanchard and Dr. Deepak Chopra.

“Get out of your own way and let life happen,” Charmaine told 100+ women entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners at the Oakville conference. “Once you put the purpose and passion behind your work, champions will be lined up at your door.”

After building a business based on her “authentic self,” Charmaine then focused on learning when to ask for help. “Know what you do best and look outside for expertise in the other areas,” she advised. “We often don’t put a dollar value on our time within our companies.”

Charmaine, a 1985 graduate of Sheridan’s Correctional Worker program, founded Hammond International following a decade working with adult and young offenders in Ontario. She was part of a three-person panel of successful entrepreneurs at the conference organized by fellow graduate Anne Day (Family Day Care, 1980). Anne founded Company of Women in 2003 to support, connect and promote women in business.

Anne has been honoured with multiple awards including the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, and the 2005 Rotary Centennial Award for Professional Excellence. She is also a 2010 Premier’s Award nominee for outstanding Ontario college graduates and a former Chair of Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Health and Community Services Alumni Board of Directors.
Company of Women JuneCompany of Women: Anne Day (top left), Charmaine Hammond (right) with emcee Liz Radzick (seated)