Are you the next GirlBoss?

Applications are now closed.
All winners will be notified by September 15th 2022.

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ARE YOU THE NEXT GIRLBOSS?

Now, more than ever, the  world  needs confident, energised and resilient leadership from young women just like you.

That is why we have developed the GirlBoss Awards - a nationwide search for trailblazing young women (aged 11–18) who are defying stereotypes and creating change in their communities. We're after inspiring young leaders, facilitators, role models, and innovators.

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A nationwide search for trailblazing young women aged 11 - 18

 

Our Categories

Each category winner will receive
a $1000 cash grant.

Inclusion

A GirlBoss who empowers others to dream more, do more, and be more.

Sponsored by PwC New Zealand

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Trailblazer 

A leader who defies stereotypes, inspires others, and creates change.

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Sport

A GirlBoss who plays like a girl - giving it her all and helping others do the same. 

Sponsored by ANZ

Arts & Culture

A GirlBoss whose love for arts and culture see her leading the way.

Sponsored by Grandkid Power

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Volunteering

A GirlBoss who shows commitment, dedication, and service to others.

Sponsored by Lyttelton Port Company and EcoCentral 

Emerging Leader

A GirlBoss (aged 11–14) who is not afraid to speak up and embodies the question:
‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’

Sponsored by Delta Insurance

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Activator 

A GirlBoss in the Primary Industries who takes action, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, and lets her strength and determination lead the way.

Sponsored by the Ministry for Primary Industries

Community

A GirlBoss with the heart to make a difference and the courage to take a stand.

Sponsored by Serato

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths)

A GirlBoss whose love for STEM has her thinking, researching and creating, to make our world a better place.

Sponsored by Orion & Connetics

Wellbeing

A GirlBoss with the compassion to ensure the health & wellbeing of herself and her community.

Sponsored by Xero

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Innovation

A GirlBoss who imagines a better future and sets out to create it in new and innovative ways.

Sponsored by Spark 

 

Our Judges

Trailblazers leading the way
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Erin Venter
Partner,
PwC New Zealand

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Heather Polglase
People & Culture Director,
Spark

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Michelle Russell
General Manager, Talent & Culture
ANZ

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Emma Lloyd
Graduate Electrical Engineer
Connetics

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Kirstie Gardener
CEO,
Lyttelton Port Company

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Karen Adair
Deputy Director,
General Agriculture and Investment Services 
The Ministry for Primary Industries

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Jennifer Farani
Human Resources Manager,
Serato

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Craig Hudson
Managing Director,
NZ & Pacific Islands
Xero

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Petra Lucioli
Claims Manager,
Delta Insurance

 

Proudly sponsored by

New Zealand's leading companies

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Previous Winners

We are so proud of them!

2018 

Trailblazer : Rahiri Makuini Edwards-Hammond

STEM : Mikayla Stokes

Innovation : Tulsi Lathia

Emerging Leader : Greer Wilson

Enterprise : Simone Renee Peers

Community : Zoe Palmer

2019

Trailblazer : Georgia Tiata Fa’atoese Latu

Innovation : Brooke Moore

STEM : Yashna Kumar

Emerging Leader : Maia Filisita Mariner

Online Impact : Tayla Nasmith

Community : Emily Hacket Pain

Sustainability : Sophie Handford 

Arts & Culture : Rosetta Lopa

Activator : Hailey Jay Bolton 

2020

Trailblazer : Gina Dao-McLay

STEM : Rangipo Takuira-Mita

Emerging Leader : Richelle Wahanga

Innovation : Oriwa Hakaraia

Leadership : Aigagalefili Fepulea’I Tapua’I

Arts & Culture : Verity Howells

Community : Molly Hillman 

Activator : Anamaya Taylor

2021

Trailblazer : Bella Powell

Activator : Tessa Berger

Emerging Leader : Lilah McDonald

Inclusion : Meadow Bodkin-Allen

Sport : Eva-Sky Gundry

Sustainability : Sophie Weenink

Volunteering : Huda Mazharuddin

STEM : Anna Skiffington

Arts & Culture : Jazz Vidamo

Community : Nora Quigley

Wellness : Rosalie Norton

Enterprise : Abby Green

Innovation : Luisa Dewar