This week our feature is this absolute go-getter, owner and founder of @whistlerstagingco Georgia Hybner
We first met Georgia when she moved her business into the space behind Velvet, and after getting to know her and reading about her story, I knew we had to feature her!
Georgia spent most of her career working in the technology industry, most recently working as the recruiting lead for North America at Dell, where she was responsible for driving diversity recruiting practices, increasing opportunities for women in tech and leadership as well as veterans and minorities. As a side career, Georgia spent 12 years as a Ski Patroller at Thredbo, Australia and Heavenly, Lake Tahoe.
However, after surviving her life-changing illness she realized working endless hours in corporate life did not promote good health and made some long-overdue changes. She started volunteering at @whistlerwag , and decided to turn her past time passion into her career (side note: Georgia, amongst juggling her 2 huge careers and fighting a serious illness has also been buying and flipping houses since she was 24! Including 7 recent Whistler homes! ) 🤯 This woman is unbelievable! Anyway, after making some life changes, she became a Canadian certified staging professional, graduating with honours and then launched her own business @whistlerstagingco.
When not staging Georgia is an avid skier, mountain biker, surfer, horse rider and world traveller.
Here’s our chat with her.
1. Where’d you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up on the sunny coastline of Sydney’s Northern Beaches and first moved to Whistler back in 1996 as a youngen. I never let go of my Mountain dreams and relocated back here in 2012.
2. What is your definition of strength?
Overcoming the impossible while remaining kind and humble
3. What is something that’s important to you now that never used to be?
That old saying “your body is a temple” rings more true to me today than it ever did.
Wear a friggin mask and put your social life on hold temporarily - please protect those vulnerable and with weakened immune systems.
4. How would you describe your style?
Favourite food to cook at home?
I loath cooking and a so blessed to have a wonderful partner who loves to cook 😊
6. What’re 3 books on your bookshelf?
“Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain”
“The Surfer’s Travel Guide”
“Lonely Planet” – multiple countries
7. What’s something you want to accomplish in the next year?
Continue to kick cancer’s butt
8. Tell us something people would find surprising about you:
Just over 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. After 3 surgeries and 18+ rounds of chemo, I have managed to stay relatively fit and active. I have not let it rule my life and set up my new business Whistler Staging Co to stay focused, positive and passionate.
9. Favourite movie?
The Man from Snowy River – an Aussie classic
10. How do you want people to remember you?
As a kind, strong and driven woman who never put morals aside for success.