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Sylvia Ann Hewlett is the founding president and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, and the founder of Hewlett Consulting Partners LLC. She's the co-director of the Women's Leadership Program at the Columbia Business School and 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.
Hewlett is the author of eleven Harvard Business Review articles and eleven critically acclaimed books, including "When the Bough Breaks" (winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award, "Off-Ramps and On-Ramps" (named as one of the best business books of 2007 by Amazon.com), "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." She is currently ranked number sixteen on the Thinkers50 list of the world's most influential business gurus. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and the International Herald Tribune, and she is a featured blogger on the HBR Blog Network. In 2011 she received the Isabel Benham Award from the Women's Bond Club as well as 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 is a founder of Hewlett Consulting Partners, an advisory services firm that focuses on helping organizations leverage talent across the divides of culture, gender, geography, and generation.
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 Oprah Winfrey Show, 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.