Our Founder, Alexia Hilbertidou, is an excellent orator with a powerful story to tell..
Alexia has spoken at over 150 corporate and community events to over 80,000 people about Gender Equality, Gen Z Mindset, Women in STEM, and the future of work. She has been a keynote speaker for over 40 corporate organisations including Air New Zealand, Trade Me, AMP, The New Zealand Defence Force, Auckland Council, Russell McVeagh, Vodafone, Westpac, PwC, The University of Auckland, Microsoft, Foodstuffs, and Deloitte.
She's joked with the Queen, flown with NASA, had lunch with Jamie (Oliver), tea with Teresa (May) and rubbed shoulders with David (Beckham).
Described by the NZ Herald as the Headmistress of Gen Z, Alexia is the founder of GirlBoss NZ - NZ's largest organisation for young women. In 5 years, GirlBoss has grown to 13,500 members and programmes have been implemented in more than 100 schools across New Zealand, Australia, and the Cook Islands.
Alexia’s own mission is to get women to the table - the boardroom table that is, and she believes the decisions made while young are crucial in paving the way.
She has spoken at some of the world's largest conferences such as The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and One Young World, sharing stages with speakers such as Richard Branson, HRH Meghan Markle, and JK Rowling.
At only 22-years-old, Alexia is a living, breathing example of how Gen Z are making their mark on the world, becoming a Deliotte Global Scholar, National Geographic Explorer, and a Facebook Leadership Fellow, despite bypassing university.
Alexia has received over 30 Awards for her work including being named the 2019 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award Winner, Semi-Finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year, the Most Influential NZ Woman under 25 at the Westpac Women of Influence Award, and Finalist for World Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2020.
Alexia was also awarded a Queen's Young Leader Award for Services to the Commonwealth by Her Majesty, The Queen, at Buckingham Palace. She was selected from over 20,000 nominations and is the youngest Commonwealth Citizen to hold this honour.
Through her jaw dropping, name dropping stories Alexia proves that you are never too young (or too short) to create change.
"Nothing could be more important than the work (Alexia) is doing for the next generation. Her voice is important to empower other youth"
“I’ve been going to HR conferences for over 20 years, so I’ve seen a whole generation of talks about generations. I’ve always been a bit cynical about them. But Alexia provided a practical, insightful, funny, nuanced, and original presentation about Gen Z. NASA, David Beckham, Jamie Oliver, and the Queen have all had a chat to Alexia Hilbertidou about Gen Z and her work at GirlBoss NZ - maybe you should too!"
Author, Thriving in Complexity
"Alexia has superb youth voice. Her expertise of Gen Z enabled the audience to build greater clarity on the “why” and “how” of the radical rethinking required for a new mindset across our communities."