Genee’ Kilgour (nee Liebenberg, Class of 1987) is a St John’s D.S.G Old Girl, daughter, sister, wife, mother and employer. After completing her degree at UKZN, Durban, she initially entered the corporate banking world in Durban, but headed to Johannesburg thereafter to pursue a career in marketing. “I found my niche, and loved what I did,” says Genee’. “I launched and grew Storage Direct (Google it!) and then decided, in 2000, to become a full-time mom.”
Genee’ has raised 4 strong, beautiful, independent daughters, all of whom – like their mum – attended St John’s D.S.G. (Genee’s youngest, Payton, is currently in Matric.) Having been a parent at the school for the last 14 years, Genee’ says she has absolutely loved seeing her daughters journey through her ‘old school’, but is also looking forward to the next, exciting chapter of her life, as she sometimes feels a part of the St John’s D.S.G. furniture!
And what’s more: Genee’ couldn’t escape her passion and flair for business development. As her daughters grew, she not only continued with the “mom hustle” of running her home, but also started running several businesses too! Genee’ left the ‘big smoke’ in 2015, and now lives near the beach. She says she is truly blessed, healthy and has a strong PMA (positive mental attitude.)
It was our pleasure to catch up with this “super-mom” and inspirational business woman for this month’s Heart to Heart. This is what Genee’ said:
What did you love most about St John’s D.S.G?
So much! We were largely termly boarders, and we had such busy, fun, sport-filled weekends. The tuck shop was a special treat, as was movie night on Saturdays in the Boardroom, or walking to Braai and Bake in Scottsville with friends to buy a custard slice! (in our capes, tricorns and long black socks!)
I still love the tradition and heritage of SJS – visiting the school still feels like I am home! Yes, it has changed a bit over the years (girls, your food is amazing in comparison!) but the essence, ethos and culture are still the same.
What does success mean to you, and how did St John’s D.S.G. equip you for life after school?
For me success is all about applying attitude to your passion. If you are doing what you love with a “PMA”, you’re doing well. Success will follow.
What advice do you have for our current girls and their families?
You are fortunate to go to such a wonderful school – be grateful and positive! Embrace all opportunities, treasure your friendships (mine have lasted a lifetime), follow your heart and find your passion.