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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 and the Ministry of Education.
When: 15th - 24th July 2022. This is in the July School Holidays. It is flexible and the total time commitment is approx. 1 or 2 hours a day.
Applications close July 4th 2022
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learn from the best

GirlBoss Edge makes it possible for anyone to

Holly Budge

Adventurer & Conservationist  

United Kingdom / South Africa

As an adventurer, an Everest summiteer and the first woman in history to skydive Mt Everest, Holly Budge is described as "one of the most accomplished female adventurers of our time."


As the founder and leader of international non-profit, 'How Many Elephants' and the creative force behind 'World Female Ranger Week,' her work is highly impactful and has been praised by Sir David Attenborough.


As a world-class speaker, she is described as “down-to-earth, funny and incredibly inspiring” by HRH Prince Edward.


Recently Holly immersed herself with the Black Mambas, an all female, front-line, anti poaching team in South Africa and she documented their work on film. 


Holly has motivated thousands of people to think big and dream bigger. Her honest and engaging style of storytelling, combined with her down-to-earth approach to life, will leave you feeling inspired, rejuvenated and ready to scale your Everest. 


Laura Koot

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 Koot is your gal.

This gumboot 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. 


Charlotte Austin


Deputy Director General China Relations

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)

Never one to shy away from adventure, Charlotte Austin is living the dream, representing New Zealand's best interests as a Diplomat based in Beijing, China.


Charlotte's oversees Biosecurity and Food Safety to ensure that all of our products reach our #1 trading partner in tip top condition.

Charlotte's epic career includes stints at Scott Base, Antarctica, where she investigated the impact of climate change on fish species.


She can't wait to inspire you with stories from her meaningful and fast paced career.​


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.

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Alexia Hilbertidou

Founder, GirlBoss NZ 

Forbes 30 under 30 2021

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.

Get 1:1 mentoring from one of the team

from the Ministry for Primary Industries

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Make the commitment to yourself and your future now

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


Feedback from our GirlBoss Edge: Primary Industries Alumni 

“ 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, I absolutely LOVED each and every second of the GirlBoss Edge Programme!”


Here's what you get

10 days of Mentoring, Support, and Inspiration to help you achieve your goals.

Find your Tribe

We are creating a community of young women who are determined to create a future that works for them. If selected, you will join a supportive, like-minded, community of awesome wahine from across Aotearoa. 


Learn from the best with our LIVE talks with the world's best and brightest

Interactive live-streams with game-changing Entrepreneurs, Conservationists, Activists, and Adventurists who will break down the hard topics and GUIDE you on your journey.


Level up with The Challenge

Get CV-Worthy Experience with the GirlBoss MPI Challenge. Designed for movers, shakers and action-takers the MPI Challenge is your opportunity to create the change you want to see. It's time to dream big and walk the walk. 


Complete the Masterclasses

Gain the GirlBoss Edge through self-paced masterclasses and activities on topics such as: Personal Branding, Interviewing, Networking and more..

No previous knowledge is needed - everyone will learn together.  These Masterclasses will help you to navigate your future with confidence and direction.

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Gain 1:1 Mentoring with Industry leaders

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

Build your professional networks without leaving home. You will receive virtual 1:1 Mentoring Sessions with inspirational role models who will work closely with you to empower you to take your next steps. 

Time to party!

After 10 Days, you will graduate from the programme energised and equipped for your future. You will celebrate at our virtual Graduation Party, surrounded by your new-found friends, mentors, and champions.


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.

The Facilitator

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The GirlBoss Edge programme is designed and delivered by 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 in Spain; and a Deloitte Global Scholar in London. She studied Leadership for Change 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. 

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. 






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We believe in equity of access. 

This programme is fully funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries 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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