If ever there was an entrepreneur who embodies adventure and bravery, it’s Hilaree O’Neill. Her career is full of many exciting facets! She’s a Telluride-Colo., based professional skier and alpinist, sponsored by The North Face (TNF) and also serves as part of the TNF product design team for both women’s and youth collections. In addition to her work at TNF, Hilaree is also a heli-skiing guide in Telluride and Alaska. Most recently, she launched a career extension as an inspirational speaker! BOOM!
You do not want to miss this conversation! Not many people have pivotal entrepreneurial career moments occur at the top of not one, but two 8,000-meter peaks! Hillaree is probably the only female entrepreneur in the world who can lay claim to THAT.
Hilaree shares the incredible trajectory of her career, starting right out of the gate right after she graduated from college. It was at that time that she decided to up and move to Chamonix, France to become a big-mountain athlete. Yeah – brave! She didn’t even speak French at the time!
After five years in “Cham” Hilaree moved back to the United States as a professional skier and alpinist. To say that HIlaree is inspired by her love and passion for the mountains is an absolute understatement – she is completely driven by her love for skiing and climbing. She’s figured out a way to build a life that supports this with her husband and her two little boys in their home of Telluride, Colo.
In 2012, Hilaree had a career and live pivotal event occur when she successfully became the first woman to climb two 8,000-meter peaks in a 24-hour period (Everest and Lhotse). This was an absolutely amazing accomplishment for any alpinist, especially one who has two small children. In talking about this feat, you’ll hear about the affect it had on her life, her career as an entrepreneur and on her family. It’s fascinating how Hilaree makes it all work in grand style and with true grit and raw authenticity.
In addition to the 2012 Himalayan accomplishment, Hilaree has also skied from the summit of Cho Oyu in Tibet and climbed and skied several high peaks in Bolivia and Argentina. To see her entire amazing resume, visit her site here.
You can also learn how to book Hilaree for speaking engagements on this site. The world NEEDS Hilaree to be sharing her amazing approach to climbing, skiing and life with more audiences! She is a remarkable woman, humble and so approachable.
Bravery in Business Quote:
“The best part of my career is pushing people out of their comfort zones. I love, love, love to see it click with the people I’m guiding – I see them stepping out of their comfort zone, doing something that probably scares them and then be successful with it as a guide, for example. You’re literally watching someone expand and grow and that’s such an amazing thing to see!”
Habit for Success?
“I work on my ‘mental exposure’ as often as possible to train and prepare for my life climbing up or skiing down the mountains.” (Translation: Hilaree practices being “exposed” on the mountain by climbing and skiing with ropes and rappelling, etc. in-between expeditions to keep her mental edge sharp.)
Her 2012 Everest and Cho Oyu expedition, during which she “truly pushed her own limits” and became the first woman to climb two 8,000-meter peaks in 24 hours.
Coolest Expansion Idea:
Inspirational speaking! Hilaree is just launching into this; just think of the expansion and inspiration she can bring with this incredible addition to her entrepreneurial journey!