Alexia Hilbertidou

Speaking topics: Generation Z, Diversity and Inclusion, Women in Leadership, Science and Technology, Next Generation Leadership

I can honestly say, if you want an inspirational young social entrepreneur to positively challenge you and your team on clarity of purpose, age, gender and getting stuff done, then you should talk to Alexia.
— Kerry Topp, General Manager, Innovation and Transformation, Datacom

Alexia is an excellent orator with a powerful story to tell, and has spoken at over 100 events to over 30,000 New Zealanders.

Alexia has been the keynote speaker for numerous corporate organisations including Air New Zealand, Trade Me, Chorus, Datacom, AMP, Auckland Council, Russell McVeagh, Vodafone, Westpac, and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She’s joked with the  Queen, flown with NASA, had lunch with Jamie (Oliver), tea with Teresa (May) and rubbed shoulders with David (Beckham).

Described by the NZ Herald as the Headmistress of Gen Z, 20 year old Alexia will captivate your audience with insights from her leadership journey as the founder of GirlBoss NZ - a 10,500 strong army of young women who are determined to achieve gender equality in their lifetimes.

Dismayed by the under representation of women in leadership roles Alexia founded GirlBoss when she was just 16. Encouraging young women to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), leadership and entrepreneurship, GirlBoss is now New Zealand’s largest organisation for young women. It’s members are shrugging off the statistics and preparing themselves to take their seats at the table - the boardroom table that is.

A Kiwi of Samoan and Greek descent, Alexia advocates for the engagement of young women, and other underrepresented groups, into STEM, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship. She believes this movement will be instrumental in improving outcomes and addressing inequalities within New Zealand.

At 17, Alexia was the youngest person to lead a research project at the New Zealand Treasury - at 18 - she was selected to seek new stars and planets on the NASA SOFIA mission - At 19, she was selected by Facebook as one of the Top 100 most influential community leaders in the world today,  At 20 she was the youngest New Zealander to ever speak at The United Nations Headquarters in New York. She was named the most influential young leader in New Zealand under the age of 25 at the Westpac Women of Influence awards and recently returned from Buckingham Palace where she received the Queen’s Young Leader Medal for Services to the Commonwealth. She is the youngest Commonwealth citizen to ever receive this honour.

Alexia proves that you are never too young (or too short) to be an agitator for change. Her humble origins and incredible journey make her a positive and relatable role model for audiences from every corner of New Zealand.

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