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Christina Heyniger
Christina Heyniger

Christina Heyniger

Xola Consulting/Action Sports Consulting

Santa Fe, NM USA

"The thing that everybody has to give is their joy."

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Christina's work combines: Action Sports, Entrepreneurship, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life


I provide consulting and design and manage training programs and resources to help outdoor companies succeed.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Speech Communication and Rhetoric

    Cornell University

  • Graduate Degree

    Speech Communication and Rhetoric

    Georgetown University

  • Graduate Degree

    Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies

    American University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Grew up in Alaska and wanted a change of scenery; went to New York to go to college at Cornell University.

  • 2.

    Had a "breakdown," didn't know what to do after college, started selling cheese at a farmer's market stand.

  • 3.

    Eventually went back to graduate school and got a job with a consulting firm.

  • 4.

    She was there for eight years but felt she was "flatlining," still didn't have something that was inspiring her.

  • 5.

    Based many of her choices on how much money she'd make; let go of this idea and suddenly had tons of options.

  • 6.

    Took a trip along the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, found her "joy."

  • 7.

    Took a leave from her job, sent résumés to river companies asking if she could get a job/training to be a river guide.

  • 8.

    One company took her up on it, asked if in exchange, she could give them consulting advice; that merge was "the start of figuring out what [she] wanted to be."