Nazli Hocaoglu becomes Google CEO for a day

Who runs the world? According to Beyonce it’s girls. According to Wetherill Park’s Nazli Hocaoglu, there can be more of it.

The 22-year-old got a chance to take over Google on Tuesday in recognition of girls’ leadership for International Day of the Girl.

It was part of Plan International Australia – one of the world’s largest child rights development agencies – planned 600 takeovers in more than 60 countries, calling on governments to make girls’ rights a global political priority.

Nazli and fellow youth activist Edie Bannerman shared the role of Google Managing Director, Jason Pellegrino for the day to represent young women in an industry where they are typically not seen.

They attended executive meetings, gave a presentation and sat down with leaders to tell them the  importance of have woman in leadership roles.

”We wanted to prove to girls over the world that things like this is possible and you should never question if you can do it,” she said.

“We want to help carve out social, political and economic space to make girls visible, break through stereotypes and inspire people.”

The International Studies/Law student said she was “really passionate” about creating justice for girls and embodying the theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl – Fearless Girls.

“We want to prove that girls are just that – fearless,” she said. “I want Australian leaders to empower young women to lead, learn, decide and thrive. I hope this opportunity will make a real impact and showcase how successful, fearless and aware girls can be.”

Google chief executive Jason Pellegrino said they strive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. 

“We recognise the incredible contributions made by girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said 

“We also know there is a lot more that we can all do to support young women in technology and in their aspirations to become the leaders of tomorrow.” 

Deputy CEO of Plan International Australia Susanne Legena said the takeover action is an emphatic statement of girls’ power and potential.

“When girls get equal opportunities and equal chances in life, they can transform their lives and their communities,” she said

For Nazli, the one thing she learned at Google was that even though it can be “daunting”,  positions of power are definitely achievable if you have the right skills.

“It should constantly encouraged instead of something we’re scared of,” she said.

In 2012, the former Prairiewood High School student was one of 20 to receive a Certificate of Commendation.


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