GirlBoss Connect

GirlBoss NZ is excited to launch GirlBoss Connect a half day accelerator programme for young women who are defying stereotypes and making a difference.


Powered by the Ministry of Primary Industries this summit is facilitated by GirlBoss NZ Founder , Alexia Hilbertidou.


Only 2% of NZ’s top CEO’s are women - we’re changing that! 

Young women do not have to wait for permission to live a life of purpose and fulfilment. We will equip them with the skills and confidence to live their passions now. Based on research from NZ’s top recruiters we show students how they can win scholarships, gain internships, and create an online presence which bolsters their career success. New found skills will be practised in real life networking situations giving them the confidence they need to lead and change the world!

No RAMS required - we come to your school!

We decorate the space and create a conference like environment with stickers, badges, lollies and chocolate and we promise a fun and interactive session.   

This summit is FREE thanks to sponsorship by the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Alexia is just 20-years-old yet her vision to inspire young women has led her to a level of influence well beyond her years. Alexia’s passion for STEM and entrepreneurship led her to create GirlBoss New Zealand at just 16 years old. In just 4 years, GirlBoss has gained 13,500 members across the country. Alexia’s passion for future-focused education is why she was named the most influential woman under the age of 25 at the 2016 Westpac Women of Influence Awards, a Top 30 Global Teen Leader, and received a 2018 Queens Young Leader Award for Services to the Commonwealth. She is the youngest Commonwealth Citizen to hold this honour. 

96% of attendees rated the speaker 5 stars ★★★★★ (based on 1000 attendees)


Length: 3 hours (includes a snack break)

Target Audience: This workshop is aimed at young women in Years 11-13 who have an interest in Leadership; STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths); the Primary Industries and Business/Innovation.

Group Size: Suitable for groups of 40 students. As a host school we do ask that 15 places are set aside for students from local schools who may like to attend.


  • Build resilience and confidence

  • Identify issues they care about so they can find their own 'WHY"

  • Become aware of challenges they may face and develop strategies to overcome them

  • Brainstorm ways to powerfully impact their own communities.

  • Be inspired by examples of young women across the globe who are making a difference

  • Find out what NZ’s top recruiters are looking for

  • Learn to create a positive digital footprint and their own personal brand

  • Learn how to nail internship and scholarship applications

  • Practise their skills with on site STEM mentors


“My younger sister was one of the girls in your workshop today and I just want to say thank you. She came home and was absolutely buzzing about the talk, I haven't seen her this excited since she met some of the silver ferns and even then I think she's more excited!” (student, Riccarton High, Christchurch)

“The girls absolutely loved this experience and all came back buzzing. We would love you to come back next year.”

(Gate Coordinator, Nayland College)

“Thank you so much for the tips for our pitch, speech and upcoming presentations with our community projects. All the advice you gave us is going to be extremely helpful.  I was absolutely inspired by your story and how you have created such an amazing company for yourself at such a young age. I have been taking to my parents about your workshop for the whole day."

(student, Westlake Girls High, Auckland)

“The students left the session buzzing, and on the way back to school they were already planning an app to help people both measure and reduce their carbon footprint.” (Principal, Christchurch)



This opportunity is only available to 8 schools across New Zealand.

It is completely FREE for students thanks to The Ministry for Primary Industries.

Please respond by December 1st 2019 to secure your place as a host school. 

Summits will take place Feb -June 2020.


99% - More confident

93% - More interested in a STEM career

96% - Rated the facilitator 5 stars

86% - Rated the workshop 5 stars

Based on a Ministry of Education Report analysing 1000 workshop participants from 33 Schools.  

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