Do you dream of helping to grow a sustainable New Zealand?

GirlBoss Edge: Primary Industries

120 Young Leaders. 10 Days. 

One Transformational Experience

Who: Young women aged 15- 18 who are passionate about a career in the Primary Industries.
This includes:
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

  • Sustainability

  • Innovation

  • Animal Welfare

  • Policy

  • Protecting New Zealand’s natural resources

  • International Trade

  • Feeding Aotearoa and the world

  • Biosecurity, Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and more!

What: 10 Day Leadership Accelerator (100% online) 
100% Free thanks to the Ministry for Primary Industries.
When: 11th - 20th July 2020. This is in the July School Holidays and the total time commitment is approx. 1 or 2 hours a day.
Applications now closed.

learn from the best

GirlBoss Edge makes it possible for anyone to

Rachel Taulelei

Māori Woman Business Leader of the Year

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata

Rachel is the CEO of Kono, a food and beverage company employing over 450 staff, farming more than 1000ha of land and sea, and exporting to over 25 countries. 

Rachel presently sits on the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council and chairs New Zealand’s APEC Business Advisory Council.

She is also the Former US Trade Commissioner for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.

Annika Andresen

Antarctic Explorer & Environmental Advocate

As an Environmental Educator for BLAKE NZ, Annika shares her passion for protecting our fragile marine environment with thousands of Kiwis. She is the Global Underwater Explorers first-ever global scholar, developing her skills as a diver and working on conservation projects while being an ambassador for the underwater world.

Stacey Mareroa

Tūhono Whenua Horticulture Limited

TedX Speaker

Before leading Tūhono Whenua Horticulture Limited, Stacey was a globally renowned Commercial Lawyer who completed a Masters of Law (Hons) at the University of Waikato focusing on opportunities for Māori and Pasifika Peoples.

She is a leading inspirational speaker who has spoken to thousands of people at conferences across the globe.

Emma Dangen

Young Farmer of the Year Finalist

Vet at Vetora

Emma is a vet in Te Awamutu and holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University.

She is a trailblazing woman who lets nothing get in her way - she lives and works on a 750 cow dairy farm and was one of only six woman nationally to ever qualify for the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final. 

Mele Tabukovu

Senior Policy Analyst, Domestic Climate Change at the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Mele is of Fijian descent and moved to New Zealand when she was 11. This has influenced her passion in helping New Zealand and Pacific Island countries tackle serious climate change issues.
Mele is an influential voice who advises Parliament on groundbreaking climate change policy. She has been a driving force in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy and agricultural emissions.


Get 1:1 mentoring from one of the team

from the Ministry for Primary Industries

How it works.

Ambitious aspirations require simple solutions.

Apply Online

Apply for this fully-funded, completely free (yee-hah!) online programme. We will select 120 young women who are determined to be future leaders in the Primary Industries. 

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. 

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.

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)

Our real-world Challenge is sponsored by The Ministry for Primary Industries.

Participants on the programme will have 5 days to complete and submit the challenge and the best entries will win a personalised internship experience.

Imagine having The Ministry for Primary Industries on your CV before you have even finished school!

One-to-One Mentoring Sessions

Trailblazers working in the Primary Industries will be available for you to book a complimentary 30 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

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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Frequently asked questions

Is this programme 100% online?

Yes. This programme is 100% online and there is no in-person element. This ensures that any young woman, no matter where in New Zealand they live, can take part.

How much does it cost? How is it funded?

This is a free programme. GirlBoss NZ works with sponsors to ensure that our programmes are free and accessible to all.
The cost of your participation in the programme is $250, this cost is 100% subsidised by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Who can apply for this programme?

This programme is for young women aged 15 - 18 who live in New Zealand. If you have finished high school, you can still apply.

I am not interested in the primary industries. Can I still apply?

This programme is for young women with an interest in the wider primary industries - there are so many roles in the Primary Industries - such as being a Scientist, Technologist, Engineer, Fisheries Officer, International Trade Consultant, Policy Analyst and so much more! We will be running future intakes for other industries, please sign up as a member at to be notified of future intakes.

What will I do on the programme?

This online programme is highly interactive and is designed for young women who are keen to actively participate and execute on their learning. You will practise your networking and interviewing skills. You will take part in intensive leadership and career training. You will develop personal branding skills. You will take part in a quick-fire industry challenge where you will gain CV worthy experiences. You will recieve mentoring and be inspired by industry role models. The GirlBoss Edge Programme has been created in order to empower you to reach your full potential.

What is the time commitment involved?

You must complete all units and tasks to successfully graduate from the programme. The tasks will be self-paced and it will take between 10 - 20 hours to complete them all (around 1 - 2 hours a day). In addition, there will be 5 set times where you participate in Facebook LIVE and online community networking events. If you can not attend a Facebook LIVE session, you can watch a recording.

We believe in equity of access. 
This course is completely free thanks to the Ministry for Primary Industries. We want all young New Zealanders to gain access to employment opportunities and inspirational role models.

Nothing should stand between you and your career dreams. 
GirlBoss New Zealand

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