GirlBoss New Zealand was founded in 2015 with the mission to close the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Entrepreneurship and Leadership and empower confident, resilient, future-ready, young women to lead and change the world. In 2019, they have a network of 10,500 high school aged members nationwide and their programmes have been implemented in 55 Schools across New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands.
We are delighted to continue our support for GirlBoss and were totally inspired by the determination and passion of all the winners’ at the GirlBoss Awards Evening last night, a celebration of the young women who are defying stereotypes and leading change in their communities.
Petra presented the Emerging Leader Award to an amazing young lady, Maia Mariner. Maia is 14 years old and founder of Lazy Sneakers, a charitable organisation based on a beautifully simple, yet totally practical and socially in-tune idea: taking in quality, used sneakers and sports shoes that people no longer fit or use – hence the name ‘lazy’ sneakers – clean them up if needed and then pass on to others who can’t afford them. So far she has re-housed over 800 pairs of sneakers to children in need.
We can’t speak highly enough of her dedication and commitment to such a worthwhile cause and we wish her all the very best in the future.