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Are  you ready to Engineer your future?

GirlBoss Edge: Engineering & Technology
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140 Young Leaders. 10 Days. 

One Transformational Experience

Who: Young women aged 15 - 18 who are passionate about Engineering, Technology, and Innovation.
What: 10 Day Leadership Accelerator (100% online)
100% Free thanks to the Ruia Fund, Orion, Connetics, and InternetNZ.
When: 5th - 14th September 2020. The total time commitment is approx. 1 hour a day.
Applications now closed
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Sara Clemens

Chief Operating Officer, Twitch

Esports Executive of the Year 2019

Hawke's Bay's own Sara Clemens is one of Silicon Valley’s most famous and influential names. 

As one of Silicon Valley’s few female senior executives, she has blazed a trail at some of the world's biggest tech companies including Xbox, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Pandora, and now as COO at Twitch. Twitch is the global leading Gaming Platform with over 140 million monthly users.

Sara's Global Career is why she was named one of the world's Most Powerful Women Executives by Billboard, one of the Most Creative People in the World by Fast Company, and the Esports Executive of the Year 2019.


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.

For this effort, Diana has been named a Princess Diana Award winner, Oprah Magazine's 2019 Health Hero, 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 leading voice in the geosciences, a youth voice in the United Nations intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and has dug for green sauropod bones with the US Dinosaur Institute.

But most of the time, Diana is a student at Princeton University trying to wake up for class on time.   


Eteroa Lafaele 

Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Award Winner

Software Engineer, Voluntarily

Of Samoan descent, 23-year-old Eteroa, is a trailblazing Software Engineer from Wellington. Her work championing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is why she was named a 2019 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award winner.

Maru Nihoniho

Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāi Tahu

Forbes: "World's Top 40 Women in Tech"

Māori Entrepreneur of the Year

Maru was named by Forbes as one of the world's leading women in technology. She is the CEO and founder of gaming development studio, Metia Interactive. Metia creates some innovative games for platforms such as Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Her latest project, Guardian Maia uses a fantasy setting to learn about Māori culture. She is also passionate about mental health and so created the SPARX app which applies cognitive therapy techniques to help teens combat depression.


biggest industry players

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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 140 young women who are determined to be future leaders in Tech, Engineering, and Innovation.

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 72 hour challenge to solve real life business problems and will pitch your solutions to some of New Zealand's biggest industry leaders. You will gain 1:1 Mentoring and support.

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 InternetNZ.

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 Engineering, Tech and Innovation.


Our experts from NZ's biggest industry players 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

  • 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

The Facilitator

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The GirlBoss Edge programme is designed and delivered by 21-year-old GirlBoss NZ founder Alexia Hilbertidou.​

Alexia has had over $500,000 worth of leadership development training through prestigious fellowships at Facebook Headquarters in San Francisco; the Three Dot Dash Foundation in New York; as an Eisenhower Youth Fellow and a Deloitte Global Scholar. She has a certificate in 'Leading Change' through her completion of a 12 month programme at UK's Cambridge University. 


Alexia is taking the best of what she has learned and will be delivering it to you in this 10 day programme.

Alexia's passion for education has led to her being recognised as a Top 30 Global Teen Leader; Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Award Winner, and a Westpac Woman of Influence. She is also the youngest person in history to receive the Queens Young Leader medal for Services to the Commonwealth. 


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 the RUIA fund, InternetNZ, Orion, and Connetics.
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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