“I was 15 before I met a female software engineer. At 16, I was the only girl in my digital technology class and at 17 I was the only girl studying Advanced Physics. I started GirlBoss because I knew that something had to change,” Alexia says.
Founded in 2015, it has quickly grown to a network of 13,500 students nationwide and GirlBoss programmes are implemented in more than 100 schools across New Zealand and The Cook Islands.
“Our members, who are spread across New Zealand, from Northland to Invercargill, are united by their passion to use 21st Century skills to solve problems in their day-to-day lives and make a positive impact on the world.
“Our mission is to support young women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Finance careers. We want to build a future where our next generation will have choices, purpose and power.
“When I started GirlBoss New Zealand my goal was to help even just one young woman not feel so alone, I never could have imagined that we would now be helping tens of thousands of young women build confidence and find community.”
At just 22, Hilbertidou has been named the Pacific Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has just been listed in Forbes 30 under 30 2021.