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

GirlBoss Edge: Primary Industries
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250 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: 16th - 25th July 2021. This is in the July School Holidays and the total time commitment is approx. 1 or 2 hours a day.
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learn from the best

GirlBoss Edge makes it possible for anyone to


Laura Douglas

Founder & CEO, Real Country

Queenstown, Otago

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to crack a whip, muster sheep or fix a fence, ‘Southern Girl’ Laura Douglas is your gal. This gum boot wearing, rescue animal adopting bundle of energy is the founder and CEO of Real Country, a farm that welcomes visitors to enjoy a taste of real, rural New Zealand. Laura is passionate about women's rights founding The Southern Girl Finishing School and The Fairlight Foundation to support women to reach their full potential. 

Latu Clark

Senior Adviser, Horticulture Imports at Manatū Ahu Matua – Ministry for Primary Industries

Latu is passionate about empowering young women to reach their full potential in STEM!  At Manatū Ahu Matua, Latu utilises her science background to manage biosecurity risks and protect New Zealand's beautiful environment. Latu has had an incredible global career including serving as a Guardian at Wellington's Zealandia, New Zealand's home of rare & extraordinary wildlife, where she looked after 150 spotted Kiwi. 


Siobhan O'Connor

Global Council Member, World Oceans Day

Project Manager, Predator Free Hauraki Coromandel Community Trust

Having studied Marine Biology and Environmental Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, environmental issues are part of Siobhan's DNA. She has explored the Pacific Ocean on the famous Tangaroa- one of the most active research vessels in the world! Specialising in microbial research, Siobhan was one of 40 people on the Tangaroa who didn’t see land for 4 weeks. She is now leading an exciting and ambitious project to make over 1 million hectares of mainland Aotearoa predator-free. 

Lisa Kendall

Northern Young Farmer of the Year 2020

Founder, Nurture Farming


Lisa is a trailblazing woman who lets nothing get in her way - she runs her own farming business and was one of only six women nationally to ever qualify for the Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final - and the only to qualify twice. She is passionate about animal welfare and encouraging more young women to step into the fast-paced lifestyle of agriculture.


Get 1:1 mentoring from one of the team

from the Ministry for Primary Industries

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Feedback from our GirlBoss Edge: Primary Industries Alumni 

“The GirlBoss Edge: Primary Industries Edition Programme has opened up so many doors, opportunities and experiences which prior to attending I had no idea about! Each day of this enriching programme challenged me to become a better version of myself from the day before. I connected with wahine from all over New Zealand- learning their stories, sharing laughs with them and overall feeling a sense of comradeship and community. It was really life-changing, inspiring, and thought-provoking, but the best part was that I absolutely LOVED each and every second of the GirlBoss Edge Programme!”


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Here's what you get

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

Here's what you get

GirlBoss Edge: Primary Industries gives you access to New Zealand’s leading role models to inspire you to have a world-changing career.

Access to our 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 biggest players. 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. 


Our leadership facilitator, Alexia Hilbertidou, has completed $500,000 worth of leadership training through prestigious fellowships at Facebook HQ in San Francisco, Cambridge University in the UK, and as a Deloitte Global Scholar. She will be taking the best of what she has learned and will be delivering it to you in this 10-day programme.

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Participate in Facebook Live Sessions with our high profile Role Models!

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.

A CV-Worthy Challenge (with incredible prizes):

Our Real World Challenge is sponsored by The Ministry for Primary Industries.
Imagine having work experience from The Ministry for Primary Industries on your CV before you have even left school!

Participants on the programme will have 5 days to complete and submit the challenge and the best entries will win experiences such as these:

Flights to Wellington, a day in the lab with senior scientists, lunch with a senior leader and the opportunity to pitch your project to staff.
Now that is something to share in a job Interview!
Inspirational leaders from The Ministry for Primary Industries will also be available for you to book a  one-to-one mentoring. session.
With the GirlBoss Edge you will be ahead before the race has even begun!

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Find your tribe

Coming together as a group to support and champion each other is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the programme. On the GirlBoss Edge 10 day course you will join a tribe of ambitious young women who are determined to lead and change the world. 
Community building activities during the programme include:

Access to our Facebook Community
Icebreaker.Video - an online networking event for you to meet others on the course and practise your new found skills.
Netflix Parties and more…


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

  • A free GirlBoss goodie bag (including a GirlBoss HydraFlask (valued at $40.00) 

Make the commitment to yourself and your dream now

You can access this 10 day career accelerator and give yourself the competitive edge for free. Valued at $250. 

The Facilitator

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The GirlBoss Edge programme is designed and delivered by 22-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 Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Award Winner, Forbes 30 under 30 2021, 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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Make the commitment to yourself and your dream now

You can access this 10 day career accelerator and give yourself the competitive edge for FREE. Valued at $250. 

We believe in equity of access. 

This programme is fully funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries. 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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