Survey Invitation - Women's Career Aspirations and Realities Survey

Convergence Partners

Over the last decade, the imbalance of female representation at senior levels in business, and the inequality in career advancement and compensation has drawn increasing scrutiny, both within the media and from organisations themselves.

Beyond the headlines, how much is really known about women's ambitions, and their perceptions of the barriers to advancement?

As an executive recruitment company with a team of long tenured recruitment practitioners, Convergence Partners are in a privileged position to hear women's personal perspectives first-hand, as well as enjoying a vantage point to view the broad spectrum of ways in which organisations attempt to address issues of inequality and diversity.

These experiences compelled us to seek a deeper appreciation for the complex mix of aspirations, perceptions and impediments that underlie these challenges. We hope that the new insights from the Women’s Career Aspirations and Realities Survey will help your organisation to better understand women’s ambitions and priorities; and how to facilitate women’s career progress in ways more attuned to these.

In partnership with Massey University's MPOWER research team, Convergence Partners have developed a study that seeks to go behind the statistics to examine how women themselves feel about their career progress, barriers to advancement, and the factors they see as priorities for their career development.

The survey will take participants approximately 15-25 minutes to complete and examines the following aspects:

  • How respondents' demographics relate to their relative career progress and aspirations.
  • The importance women place upon their careers.
  • Women’s perceptions of their personal abilities.
  • How organisations function as progressing or inhibiting their careers and aspirations.
  • Women’s views about the relationship, if any, between the challenges and support to their career advancement and their exit intention.
  • What more can be done to make workplaces more inclusive and facilitate career advancement.
  • Whether women see a link between their workplace seniority and organisational performance.


We invite women from all walks of life to participate in this survey. We seek a broad representation from recent graduates through to executive and board level.

You can access the survey by clicking the following link:

The survey will be open for 3 weeks from 30th October 2016, closing 20th November 2016.

All participants will go into a draw to win a $500 restaurant voucher, plus $500 worth of executive coaching.

We encourage you to socialise the survey with your female colleagues, and beyond your organisation!

The results:

The preliminary results will be available in early December 2016 and will be shared via the Sunday Star Times.

MPOWER will subsequently present key findings in a report commissioned by Convergence Partners which will be made publicly available.

MPOWER and Convergence Partners will disseminate the results via media and other platforms, as well as producing academic outputs.

If you have questions about the survey or would like to discuss how your organisation can participate, please contact:

Dave Rees - Partner
Convergence Partners
09 300 6875 | 021 511 466 |


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