Women account for just 3% of CEO roles on NZX-listed companies; only 3% of venture capital funding goes to women and a mere 3% of New Zealand’s 15-year-old girls are pursuing a career in technology.
For Alexia Hilbertidou (pictured left), Founder and Director of GirlBoss New Zealand, these figures are unacceptably low and she has set herself a mission to change them. With a rapidly growing network of some 10,500 people behind her, she is already making her mark on the business world and has become a sought-after public speaker on her work with GirlBoss NZ.
Auckland-based Alexia is aged 19 and her full-time job is encouraging young women to pursue their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. She has been named a Westpac Woman of Influence, has been a Leadership Facilitator with NZ Air Force and was the recipient of the 2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award for Services to the Commonwealth.