Alexia Hilbertidou


Speaking topics: diversity and inclusion, women in leadership, science and technology, backing young women to change the world.


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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 the Founder & CEO of GirlBoss, and has spoken to nearly 20,000 young people, teachers and business professionals. In 2017 she was named a Top 30 Global Teen Leader, and the most influential NZ woman under 25 at the Westpac Women of Influence Awards. At 18, she was selected by the US Embassy for the NASA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Southern Deployment; and is a columnist for stuff.co.nz.

GirlBoss was inspired by Alexia’s own experiences of isolation. When she was 14 she was the only girl in her IT class and when she was 16 she was the only girl in her advanced physics class. She could not understand why, when it was clear that the future was in science and technology, she was the odd one out. She did her research and found that an alienating culture, misconceptions of difficulty and a lack of female role models were the key reasons why young women were missing in action. She set up GirlBoss to fix this.

A Kiwi of Samoan and Greek descent, Alexia advocates for the engagement of young women, and other underrepresented groups, into STEM fields. She believes this movement will be instrumental in improving outcomes and addressing inequalities within New Zealand. The impact of the digital revolution will be most pronounced for women, who are currently a majority in the fields set to go, such as retail and administration, and a minority in the fields set to grow, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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