Founding president and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation and founding partner of Hewlett Consulting Partners LLC, Sylvia Ann Hewlett is the co-director of the Women’s Leadership Program at the Columbia Business School, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Association.
An economist with 20 years of experience in global talent management, Hewlett has particularly focused on the “power of difference” and the challenges and opportunities faced by women, minorities and other previously excluded groups. She has forged a signature style of enquiry which blends hard data and rigorous analysis with concrete solutions and on-the-ground action.
She is the author of eleven Harvard Business Review articles and twelve critically acclaimed books, including When the Bough Breaks (winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award); Off-Ramps and On-Ramps; Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets; Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor (named one of the best business books of 2013 by the Globe and Mail and winner of the 2014 Axiom book award); and Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success (an Amazon “Best Book of the Month,” June 2014).
In 2014 she was recognized as the Most Influential International Thinker by HR magazine and won the Google Global Diversity award. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, she’s a featured blogger on the HBR Blog Network. In 2011 she received the Isabel Benham Award from the Women’s Bond Club, and a Women of the Year Award from the Financial Women’s Association, and in 2013 she received a Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute.
Hewlett has taught at Cambridge, Columbia, and Princeton universities and has held fellowships at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London and the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard. In the 1980s she became the first woman to head the Economic Policy Council, a nonprofit composed of 125 business and labor leaders.
Hewlett is a sought-after speaker on the international stage. She has keynoted International Women’s Day at the IMF, given the featured address at Pfizer’s Emerging Markets Leadership Summit in Dubai, and spoken at the White House. She is a frequent guest on TV and radio programs, appearing on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, ABC World News Tonight, The Today Show, The View, BBC World News, and Talk of the Nation—and she has been lampooned on Saturday Night Live.
A Kennedy Scholar and graduate of Cambridge University, Hewlett earned her PhD in economics at London University.
- 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 >
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
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