Find Your Fearless: Millennial Women Question Professional Ambition

     Find Your Fearless: Millennial Women Question Professional Ambition

Nearly 50 Percent of Women Say That Too Much Personal Sacrifice Is at Stake

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, June 13, 2013

NEW YORK, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Amidst the ongoing
discussions of women in the workplace and the opportunity for women to assume
leadership positions, new research finds that Millennial women, surprisingly,
have little interest or desire to assume a top leadership position.


A recent survey commissioned by Zeno Group, the award-winning global public
relations firm, finds that only fifteen percent of 1,000 Millennial women said
they would want to be the number one leader of a large or prominent
organization. Of these women, 92% are confident they are on the right track
to attain that role and two-thirds (66%) think it will take them less than six
years to do so.

A prominent theme emerging from the research is the extent to which millennial
women are unwilling to make the personal sacrifices they believe are
inextricably linked to their ability to climb the corporate ladder.

  oForty-nine percent say the sacrifices women leaders have to make aren't
    worth it, and nine in ten agree that women leaders have to make more
    sacrifices than their male counterparts
  oMore than three-quarters of women surveyed (76%) are concerned about their
    ability to achieve a balance between personal and professional goals
  oLess than half of the women (46%) are willing to sacrifice aspects of
    their personal life to achieve professional goals
  oDiving deeper into the data, a strong majority (59%) of millennial moms
    agree that the sacrifices women leaders make are not worth it in contrast
    to 40% of those without children share that point of view

"This new data shows we must get smarter and more creative in the recruiting
and retention of top Millennial talent," said Siegel. "We don't want W-O-R-K
becoming the new four-letter word for this generation."

The survey also found that Millennial women truly value mentorship. However,
surprisingly, less than 60% of these Millennials have mentors. Women who have
a mentor are much more likely to believe they are on track to achieve their
professional goal than women who don't have a mentor (82% vs. 60%).

"The findings send a clear signal that we cannot operate business as usual,"
said Barby K. Siegel, CEO of Zeno Group and mother of two teenage daughters.
"We need to think about doing things differently when helping Millennial women
develop their careers and weigh the sacrifices that may or may not be
required. We do not want to risk losing this talented generation of

Millennial Women with Children vs. Without Children

Not surprisingly, the Zeno survey unveiled different attitudes when comparing
millennial women who have children with those who do not:

  oMillennial moms are six times more likely than millennial women without
    children to say that their career is not that important to them (26%
    versus 4%)
  oMillennial moms are three times more likely than millennial women without
    children to say thatan inability to balance professional goals with being
    a parent is what is most likely to keep them from achieving their
    professional goals (35% vs. 11%)

Stay-at-Home vs. Working Millennial Moms[1]

  oThe study also revealed a difference in perspectives between stay-at-home
    versus working millennial moms, however, both agree that having a family
    takes a toll on achieving professional goals. Three-quarters of working
    moms agree that they've had to make personal sacrifices to get ahead
    (74%), but over half say that the sacrifices that women leaders have to
    make are not worth it (52%).
  oAlmost one-third of working moms indicate that the inability to balance
    professional goals with being a parent would hold them back from attaining
    their ultimate professional role (30%).
  oAlmost one-quarter of stay-at-home moms say that the inability to afford
    child-care or elder-care (22%) could potentially keep them from attaining
    the professional role they ultimately desire.

The market research firm Edelman Berland conducted this online survey of
1,000American women ages 21 to 33 who were graduates of a four year college
or university was conducted May 14, 2013 – May 17, 2013. The margin of error
is +/- 3% (at a 95% confidence level). Percentages may not add up to 100 
percent  due to rounding.

For more information, please contact Danny Cohn,

About Zeno Group
Believers in the fearless pursuit of the unexpected, the award-winning Zeno
Group operates as one firm across eleven full-service offices in New York,
Chicago, Santa Monica, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Toronto, London, Beijing,
Delhi, Jakarta, Singapore, and three satellite offices in Amsterdam, Sao Paolo
and Tokyo. Zeno is the unprecedented 2011, 2012 and 2013 winner of the PR
Week US Mid-Size Agency of the Year, 2011 Holmes Report US Creative Agency of
the Year and 2013 Holmes Report Consumer Agency of the Year. The firm's
practice areas include consumer, health, technology and corporate, all
supported by planning, digital engagement and media. Clients include:
AstraZeneca, Bacardi, Bausch & Lomb, Brocade, Emirates, Facebook, Four Seasons
Hotels & Resorts, Kia Motors America, Lipton, McAfee, Micron Technology, Inc.,
Office Depot, Oak Investment Partners, Pizza Hut, Sears and Seattle's Best
Coffee. Zeno Group is a member of the Daniel J Edelman Company. Please visit
us at, like us on Facebook or follow us @zenogroup.

About Edelman Berland
Edelman Berland is a global, market research and analytics firm that provides
corporate, non-profit and government clients with strategic intelligence to
make their communications and engagements with stakeholders the smartest they
can be. The firm specializes in qualitative and quantitative research,
measurement, tracking and analysis in reputation, branding and communications.
 Edelman Berland is part of Edelman, the world's largest public relations
company. Edelman Berland has more than 100 employees in offices around the
world. For more information, please visit Edelman
Berland: Intelligent Engagement.

[1] Working moms are defined by: have children under 18 and work part-time,
are employed full-time, or are self-employed.

SOURCE Zeno Group
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