The trail-blazing team behind Hewlett Consulting Partners reflects the value that we place on diversity of background, education and professional experience.
Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Sylvia Ann Hewlett is the founder of Hewlett Consulting Partners LLC and the founder and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation. 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.She is the author of fourteen Harvard Business Review articles and thirteen 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); 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 was honored by the European Diversity Awards with its 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. She's the recipient of the Isabel Benham Award from the Women's Bond Club, Women of the Year Award from the Financial Women's Association, and the Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute. READ MORE
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.
Ripa Rashid, managing partner at Hewlett Consulting Partners and co-president at the Center for Talent Innovation, specializes in global talent strategies. She spent over a decade as a management consultant with leading global firms including Booz & Company, PwC, and Mitchell Madison Group, and held senior positions at MetLife and Time Warner. Coauthor of Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets: Why Women are the Solution (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011), Asians in America: Unleashing the Potential of the "Model Minority", the book Growing Global Executives: The New Competencies (Center for Talent Innovation, 2015), as well as numerous reports and whitepapers, and has been featured by Fox News, Bloomberg, Newsweek, The Times of India, Hindustan Times, South China Morning Post and China Radio International, among other international media. Rashid has lived and worked in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America, and speaks four languages. She earned an AB cum laude in astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard University, an MA in anthropology from New York University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Laura Sherbin is managing partner at Hewlett Consulting Partners and co-president at the Center for Talent Innovation. She is an economist specializing in work-life issues and gender. She is also an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University teaching "Women and Globalization." She is a coauthor of Harvard Business Review articles "How Diversity Can Drive Innovation"; "How Gen Y and Boomers Will Reshape Your Agenda"; "Off-Ramps and On-Ramps Revisited" and Harvard Business Manager article "Letzte Ausfahrt Babypause" as well as the Harvard Business Review Research Reports The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering, and Technology and The Sponsor Effect: Breaking Through the Last Glass Ceiling and CTI reports including Executive Presence, among many others. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and earned her PhD in economics from American University.