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GirlBoss Edge: Finance & Technology

Launch your financial future. Change the world.
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150 Young Leaders. 10 Days. 
One Transformational Experience

Who: Young women aged 15 - 18 who are passionate about Finance, Technology, Business, Data Analysis, Mathematics, Investment, or Innovation.

What: 10 Day Online Career Accelerator. Receive a fully funded scholarship (worth $250) thanks to ANZ and the Ministry of Education. 

When: 8th - 17th October 2021. The total time commitment is approx. 1 hour a day. Self-paced so can work with your schedule! 
Applications now closed.
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kickstart your career with the best

GirlBoss Edge makes it possible for you to

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Alexia Hilbertidou

Founder & CEO, GirlBoss NZ

Forbes 30 under 30

Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year

Alexia is the CEO of GirlBoss NZ - the school project which has grown to become NZ's largest organisation for young women. Founded when Alexia was just 16, GirlBoss now has 13,500 members. Alexia’s 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 flown with NASA and is the youngest person to represent New Zealand at the United Nations in New York. 

Alexia's passion for women in Finance and Technology, is why she was named Emerging Alumni of the Year by The Young Enterprise Scheme, Pacific Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and a Forbes 30 under 30 in 2021.

Antonia Watson 

CEO, ANZ New Zealand

Antonia Watson is one of New Zealand's most influential names in finance.


She has blazed a trail at some of the world's biggest companies, including Morgan Stanley in London, Sydney and Budapest, KPMG in Auckland, and is now CEO at ANZ Bank New Zealand.  ANZ is New Zealand's biggest bank, with over 2 million customers and more than 7000 employees across New Zealand.


Antonia is passionate about opening pathways for women to enter the finance sector, supporting women to become independent with their finances and creating more opportunities for women to reach their leadership potential. She has also been a staunch supporter of LGBTQ+ rights and ANZ's Pride Network. Antonia's incredible story shows that with passion and purpose, you can go anywhere!


Queenie Tan

Founder, Invest with Queenie

TikTok "Fin-fluencer" 

Tik Tok Sensation, Queenie Tan is an absolute force when it comes to Finance & Investing.

Her personal finance journey started when she moved out of home as a teenager and was earning just $400 per week. She could barely afford to pay her bills and groceries each week. Fast forward only a few years later, and Queenie has just bought her own home, has investments, has a 6 figure income and is on her journey to reach financial freedom.


"Investing and financial literacy isn't only for the rich - it's how people become rich. When you're young, even if you don't have a lot of money to start with, you have time on your side. Nowadays, investing is way more accessible. We can start with $5!" 

Diana Chao

Founder, Letters to Strangers

Researcher, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Diana is the founder of Letters to Strangers which sends anonymous letters to people in need of inspiration and compassion all over the world. Letter to Strangers is the largest global youth-run mental health nonprofit, impacting over 35,000 people on six continents. She is the youngest winner of the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award.

She is a passionate Astro -physicist who has worked with NASA in their Jet Propulsion Lab to study and analyse asteroids using innovative tracking techniques. She is a youth voice on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and has dug for green sauropod bones with the US Dinosaur Institute.


Frances Cook

Host, "Cooking the Books" Podcast

Author, Tales from a Financial Hot Mess

Frances is a reformed financial hot mess who now makes a living saving others from her money mistakes.


As a podcaster, columnist, author, and speaker, Frances knows how to balance giving you the information you need with making sure you don’t fall asleep.


She is best known for hosting the personal finance podcast 'Cooking the Books' and her best selling book, Tales from a Financial Hot Mess.

“The best gift we can give ourselves is financial independence. I’m excited to talk to the next generation about how they can achieve this and become empowered to make life choices without money dictating their decisions.”

leaders at ANZ

Get 1:1 mentoring from incredible

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How it works.

Ambitious aspirations require simple solutions.

Apply Online

Apply for this fully-funded, completely free (yee-hah!) online programme. We will select 150 young women who are determined to be future leaders in Finance and Technology.

Complete the Masterclasses

Gain the GirlBoss Edge through self-paced masterclasses and activities on topics such as: Personal Branding, Linkedin, Interviewing, and Networking. You will receive one lesson every day, and the activities can be completed in just one or two hours. 

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Be Mentored and Connect with Industry leaders

It's not who you know, it's who knows you!

Build your professional networks without leaving home. You will be mentored LIVE and online by inspirational role models from NZ's largest organisations.

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Gain CV Worthy Experience

You will complete a challenge to solve real-life business problems and will pitch your solutions to some of New Zealand's biggest industry leaders. 

Here's what you get

10 days of mentoring, support, and inspiration to help you achieve your goals.

Career Accelerator Modules

Gain confidence and learn invaluable career skills with our self paced modules on Personal Branding; Networking; Interviewing and LinkedIn.


By the end of the programme you will have a strong and cohesive personal brand and the confidence to network with NZ’s most inspirational leaders.

You will sharpen your interview skills so that you can nail any job or scholarship interview, and grow your professional presence and connections with a killer LinkedIn Profile. 

Live Sessions with our High Profile Mentors

Learn from the best with our Online Facebook LIVE Sessions.


Global leaders will answer your questions and give you advice to take you to the next level!

A CV Worthy Community Challenge (with incredible prizes)

Imagine having New Zealand’s biggest industry players on your CV before you have even left school!


Our real-world Challenge is sponsored by ANZ.

Participants on the programme will have 5 days to complete and submit the challenge and the best entries will win a customised prize experience with our sponsor companies.

One-to-One Mentoring Sessions

Choose your own mentors from the fields of Finance, Tech and Innovation.


Our experts from ANZ will be available for you to book a complimentary 25-minute One-to-One mentoring session.
With the GirlBoss Edge, you will be ahead before the race has even begun!

Coming together as a group to support and champion each other is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the programme.
Community building activities during the programme include:

  • Access to our Facebook Community

  • Netflix Parties

  • Speed Networking - we use an online tool for you to meet others on the course and make like-minded friends.

  • GirlBoss Merch

  • Netflix Parties and more…

Come join a tribe of ambitious young women who are determined to lead and change the world. 

and a Tribe of like-minds


Siying, 16, Auckland

The GirlBoss Edge programme is like a dream come true: my confidence has increased by 100x in my own home! Being in a community of like-minded young wahine, I am no longer fearful of the future.

Don't just take our word for it

Hear from our GirlBoss Edge Alumni 

Monika, 17, Auckland

This opportunity has provided me with skills and knowledge that will greatly benefit me in the long run. It has motivated me to not only pursue my future career but also to commit and achieve whatever I put my mind to, and to do everything with a purpose. I am truly grateful to have been selected for this programme.


Emma, 18, Christchurch

I loved every second of it because it pushed me to think inwardly and also about the world around me and what needs changing. The energy that I have felt as well as the empowerment that has come from being a part of this amazing opportunity is overwhelming and inspiring. It is one of the best things I have done.






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We believe in equity of access. 

This course is completely free thanks to ANZ and the Ministry of Education.
We want all young New Zealanders to gain access to employers and inspirational role models. Nothing should stand between you and your career dreams. 
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