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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

Our National 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.

Sponsored by Citycare Property

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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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Innovation

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

Sponsored by Spark 

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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Digital Impact Award

A GirlBoss who uses technology to bring communities together and make the world a better place.

Sponsored by Harvey Norman

Community

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

Sponsored by Serato

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Leadership

A GirlBoss who takes action and lets her strength and determination lead the way.

Sponsored by Sisters United

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

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Activator 

A GirlBoss who is working to close the gender gap. She overcomes factors like judgement, lack of confidence and fear of failure to uplift and champion other women.

Sponsored by Sport NZ

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Wellbeing

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

Sponsored by It's My Move

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Sponsors

Our Judges

Trailblazers leading the way
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Chloe Gallagher
Chief People Officer
PwC New Zealand

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Heather Polglase
People & Culture Director
Spark

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Tim Horgan
General Manager
Talent & Culture
ANZ

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Young Ly
Chief Executive
Serato

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Alison Posa
Director
Citycare Property 

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Petra Lucioli
Group Claims Manager
Delta Insurance

Previous Winners
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Kendal Collins
Co-Founder & CEO
Sisters United

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Terezka Trotter
People Transformation Manager
Connetics

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Jane Milne
Senior Campaign Advisor
It's My Move

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Paul Keenihan
General Manager
Harvey Norman

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

Wellbeing
 : Rosalie Norton

Enterprise : Abby Green

Innovation : Luisa Dewar

 

2022

Wellbeing: Layba Zubair 

STEM: Georgia Cruse

Emerging Leader: Nuzhin Gardi 

Community: Jasmine Yip 

Inclusion: Hope Cotton

Arts & Culture: Nikau Grace Chater

Activator: Nora Paicu

Volunteering: Abby Armstrong Green

Sport: Mary Ieremia Allan 

Innovation: Lola Fisher

2023

Trailblazer: Qiana Ram

Digital Impact Award: Elaine Zhang

STEM: Lucy Butterfield


Emerging Leader: Zaria Bourne

Community: Lucia Murphy

Inclusion: Iqra Ali

Arts & Culture: Jaya Rees

Activator: Bianca Bayly

Enterprise: Monique van der Westhuizen

Sport
: Rosie Falcous

Innovation: Hawwa Niyaz

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