Economist and Columbia University professor Sylvia Ann Hewlett is one of the world's leading experts on talent management, workplace transformation, and diversity. Dr. Hewlett has been charting new ground for companies and employees with her bestselling books and cutting-edge research. In 2014 HR magazine ranked her #1 on its list of the "Most Influential International Thinkers."
Dr. Hewlett is the President and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation. The Center’s flagship project is the Task Force for Talent Innovation, helping corporations leverage their talent across gender, generation, race, and culture. More than 70 global companies constitute the Task Force. In 2015, she made her third appearance on Thinkers50, a listing of the world's top business gurus.
In her 2014 book, Executive Presence, Hewlett identifies the qualities that true leaders exude, a presence that telegraphs you're in charge or deserve to be. Mark Bertolini, CEO & President of Aetna said, “Authenticity is the new currency of leadership. In Sylvia Ann Hewlett's valuable book, she demonstrates how you can crack the code of executive presence by embracing what differentiates you from the pack." The book was named "best book of the month" in June 2014 by Amazon.
2013's Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor describes how different corporate programs can create better jobs for women, generating greater innovation and stronger leadership. Working with Microsoft, NBCUniversal, American Express, Deloitte, and others, Dr. Hewlett has developed innovative models of best practice.
She explains how companies can retain, re-engage, and re-energize their star performers in her book, Top Talent. Hewlett’s Off-Ramps and On-Ramps was named one of the top 10 business books of 2007 by Amazon.com. Her other books include: Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets and When the Bough Breaks.
Dr. Hewlett has authored 11 Harvard Business Review articles on issues including leveraging talent and sustaining high performance. Shumeet Banerji of Booz & Company comments “Sylvia Hewlett makes a compelling case for the intangibles that genuinely help you engage your top talent and, ultimately, build the bottom line—during bear or bull markets.”
Named Woman of the Year by the Financial Women's Association, Dr. Hewlett co-directs the Women’s Leadership Program at the Columbia Business School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum Council on Women’s Empowerment.
- Google talk: Cracking the code of Executive Presence (2014)
- Hewlett on Today Show: Can Working Women Really Have It All? (2013)
- Hewlett Interview with Thinkers50 (2011)
- Hewlett on the rise of women in the global workforce (2011)
- On Leadership: Hewlett on the power of sponsors (2013)
- Hewlett on What It Takes to Get to the Top (2013)
- Sponsorship: The Proven Link to Success (2013)
- Big Think: How to Recruit the Best and Brightest (2009)
Are you leadership material? Do you exude confidence and credibility? Can you command a room? Sylvia Ann Hewlett cracks the code of Executive Presence for men and women intent on winning the next plum assignment and doing something extraordinary with their lives.
Dr. Hewlett lays out the three key factors for success: gravitas, communication, and appearance. EP is an amalgam of qualities that true leaders exude, a presence that telegraphs you’re in charge or deserve to be. It is a dynamic mix of confidence, poise, and authenticity.
The good news is that Executive Presence is teachable. In this speech, Hewlett shows you how to ace Executive Presence and fully realize your unique potential — no matter who you are, no matter where you work.
Why do some qualified people lack the powerful backing necessary to inspire, propel and protect them through the perilous straits of upper management? They lack, in a word, sponsorship. Sponsors advocate and facilitate career moves; they push their protégés to achieve high-level visibility and forge crucial connections. Without sponsors, it is nearly impossible to climb the last and steepest rungs of the career ladder—where competition is at its most intense.
“Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career” maps out the two-way street of this strategic alliance, one that results, for the protégé, in promotion and, for the sponsor, in protection. How does this mutually beneficial relationship form? What keeps it going? What makes it work for both parties? And how can everyone get in the game?
Join Sylvia Hewlett as she explores the dynamics of this vital relationship.
There’s no stopping change, so why not be the one who makes it? Promoting a culture of innovation begins with cultivating a diverse talent pool to offer new perspectives, experiences, and ideas. Recent studies have shown that a diverse workforce throughout a company, from the boardroom to the sales floor, creates a stronger business model, counters groupthink, and sees increased profits. Put simply, a diverse staff breeds and fosters innovation. In “The Power of Difference: The Impact of the Bottom Line,” Hewlett spells out the vitality of variety and asks you to take charge of the future and focus on new ways of getting results.Read More >
In difficult economic times it’s essential to hold onto your top performers. They’ve got the dedication and out-size smarts your company needs to survive flat-lined growth and emerge a winner. In Top Talent economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett presents new data detailing how star performers are at risk in a downturn—despite high rates of unemployment. She then presents eight pragmatic interventions for engaging and re-energizing your best people (women as well as men) so they can, in turn, drive productivity and profits.Read More >
With new markets emerging all around the world, it is no surprise that the next generation of leaders have different cultural backgrounds, educations, and life experiences that will no doubt impact the way companies are run. Sylvia Ann Hewlett explains how to elevate up-and-coming talent by understanding what these global employees need from their job, and how to ensure they get it.Read More >
After a hard knock or serious failure, how do you pick yourself up and garner the energy needed to reinvent your life and rediscover success? Hewlett provides inspiration from a life journey marked by stunning highs and wrenching lows. Born into a working class family in the Welsh mining valleys, she won scholarships to both Cambridge and Harvard and launched a high-profile career as an economist and best-selling author. But success is never a smooth ride. The death of twins and the vagaries of the marketplace knocked Hewlett off track three times but she dusted herself off and figured how to fiercely focus and thus survive and thrive—creating a hugely successful publishing and consulting venture in her fifties. Hewlett not only tells a compelling story, she lays out a road map guaranteed to help anyone in the business of self-reinvention.Read More >
In an era of 70-hour workweeks, outsourcing, and endless to-do lists, finding work-life balance is crucial to keep your career on track without burning out. Sylvia Ann Hewlett draws on her research to offer cutting-edge insights showing how to make the most of your work and personal life without sacrificing one for the other.Read More >
- Executive Presence
- Growing Global Executives: The New Competencies
- Women Want Five Things
- Harnessing the Power of the Purse: Female Investors and Global Opportunities for Growth
- Athena 2.0: Accelerating Female Talent in Science, Engineering and Technology
- Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career
- Top Talent: Keeping Performance Up When Business Is Down
- Innovation, Diversity, and Market Growth
- Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets: Why Women Are the Solution
- Asians in America
- The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering, and Technology
- Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success
- Creating A Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children
- Vaulting the Color Bar: How Sponsorship Levers Multicultural Professionals into Leadership