Cel­e­brat­ing un­stop­pable women

As a com­pany built around the val­ues of em­pow­er­ing and sup­port­ing women, Ziera is shar­ing the sto­ries of Ki­wis in­spir­ing oth­ers with their amaz­ing spirit.

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I am no longer ac­cept­ing the things I can­not change. I am chang­ing the things I can­not ac­cept. – US po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist An­gela Y. Davis

Name Alexia Hil­ber­tidou Age 18 Oc­cu­pa­tion Ac­tivist & En­tre­pre­neur Alexia’s un­stop­pable mo­ment Or­gan­is­ing the two-day mo­ti­va­tional Third Wave Con­fer­ence for sev­eral hun­dred high school girls, fea­tur­ing high-pro­file speak­ers.

Alexia Hil­ber­tidou is de­ter­mined to change the world – and she is fear­less in her quest. The 18-year-old is the founder of Gir­lBoss New Zealand, a so­cial en­ter­prise boast­ing 10,000 mem­bers that aims to ad­dress gen­der in­equal­ity by em­pow­er­ing fe­male stu­dents. “I find con­fi­dence in know­ing that what I’m do­ing is hav­ing an im­pact,” ex­plains Alexia, who is also the brains be­hind KaiShare, a food dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vice for those in need. “I don’t wait for milestones and I don’t wait to be given per­mis­sion to go out there and cre­ate change.” The teenager’s big think­ing has taken her to the edge of the world – quite lit­er­ally. She was re­cently in­vited by NASA sci­en­tists to take part in an overnight mis­sion at 45,000ft, some­thing she de­scribes as “an ab­so­lutely life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence”. Op­ti­mistic she might see gen­der equal­ity in her life­time, fail­ure is not an op­tion for this out­go­ing en­tre­pre­neur. “The fear of fail­ure can re­ally hold us back,” Alexia says. “A lot of the time that fear stems from the fact that we are fo­cussed more on how other peo­ple per­ceive us, and less on how we can reach our vi­sion.”

My typ­i­cal week...

With a sched­ule that can in­volve pre­sent­ing to high school stu­dents in Welling­ton or del­e­gates at the Fu­ture of Work Con­fer­ence in Malaga, Spain, Alexia’s work­ing weeks are hugely var­ied. How­ever, the core of Alexia’s work in­volves pre­par­ing the Gir­lBoss news­let­ter, de­liv­er­ing work­shops in schools, spread­ing the word about Gir­lBoss and “ca­jol­ing spon­sors”. To ex­er­cise, she en­joys boot camps, and in her down­time makes the most of liv­ing near the beaches and parks of Auck­land’s pic­turesque Hibis­cus Coast.

Jes­sica in Rose Gold by Ziera

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