Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Ambition Gap: How Age And Economic Development Impact Women's Aspirations - FORBES

by Christina Vuleta 
Originally published: April 4, 2017

With Women's History Month fresh in our minds, we were curious to look forward at women's future ambitions. Egon Zehnder, a global talent consultancy, recently completed a study measuring women's professional aspirations. In it's second year, the goal of the Leaders and Daughters initiative is to stimulate conversations to accelerate career paths for the next generation of leaders. In addition to hosting panels with diverse leaders and their daughters in 40 countries, Egon Zehnder conducted a survey with 7,000 professional women across Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, the United States and the United Kingdom. The survey explores the opportunities and challenges facing women as they pursue their ambitions to reach executive levels in the workplace.

The study finds that while young professional women aspire to reach executive ranks, ambition gaps emerge based on age, seniority and economic development. I talked to Cynthia Soledad, who chairs Egon Zehnder’s diversity practice in the U.Ss to get her perspective on these differences.