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
  • Ripa Rashid
    Ripa Rashid
  • Carolyn Buck Luce
    Laura Sherbin

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

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.


Noni Allwood

Noni Allwood is a managing director at Hewlett Consulting Partners and senior vice president and senior fellow at the Center for Talent Innovation. She brings over 20 years of experience as a corporate executive and consultant specializing in optimization strategies for diverse talent and strategic business operations. Her previous experience includes leading Cisco's global diversity and inclusion and participating in Cisco's partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative. A Latina, she has a degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador and is an alumnus of the Stanford University Executive Program. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Geographic Expeditions and on the Advisory Boards for the Department on the Status of Women for the City and County of San Francisco and Professional Business Women of California.

Roxanna Azari Roxanna Azari is an associate at Hewlett Consulting Partners. Previously, she held positions that support diversity and inclusion in the education and non-profit sectors. Azari was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship where she created and led intersectional workshops focused on women's advancements in the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and South-East Asia. She is skilled in conducting workshops pertaining to intersectionality for Millennials. Azari earned a BA in women's studies and English literature from Wheaton College (Mass.) and an MSc in gender, development, and globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Roxanna Azari

Michelle Birnbaum, principal at Hewlett Consulting Partners and vice president at the Center for Talent Innovation, is a recognized thought leader and subject matter expert on work-life and family matters and has a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of diversity and inclusion, program development and management. Most recently as head of Work-Life and director of Diversity and Inclusion at MetLife, she was responsible for the strategic development and implementation of programs, policies and practices that foster work-life, inclusion and a thriving culture. Over the course of her career, Birnbaum has successfully applied her partnerships, marketing, and business background toward enhancing and launching new programs, implementing efficiencies, embedding work-life into strategic company-wide initiatives, while driving a positive return on investment. She has a unique ability to drive change and craft new offerings on a budget by capitalizing on creativity, relationships and the ability to craft a compelling business case. Birnbaum earned a Master's in Public Health from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a B.A. from Emory University.

Danielle Cruz

Danielle Cruz is an Chief of Staff for Managing Partner Ripa Rashid. She has more than 10 years of administrative experience, working in publishing, corporate responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement. She has worked at PEOPLE magazine and most recently at Time Warner Inc. She is a co-founder and former co-chair of Time Warner's business resource group, TW Parents Exchange.

Colin Elliott is a senior associate at Hewlett Consulting Partners. He has expertise in Levers to Leadership® programs, sponsorship program strategy and implementation, as well as  Insights In-Depth®. Elliott holds an MA in History from St. John's University with a focus on globalization. He researched criminology, race and the early drug trade with the university prior to working with HCP.

Julia Taylor Kennedy

Julia Taylor Kennedy is director of digital learning at Hewlett Consulting Partners, setting and overseeing strategy for the development, marketing and implementation of digital tools that help companies create inclusive company cultures based on proven CTI research and HCP practices. She is also executive vice president and director of publications at the Center for Talent Innovation where she drives qualitative research and writing. She coauthored Mission Critical: Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce and Power of the Purse: Engaging Women Decision Makers for Healthy Outcomes. A seasoned writer, producer, and interviewer, Taylor Kennedy has moderated sessions and hosted podcasts at the UN, Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, The Conference Board, and many others. She has also collaborated with business and gender experts on articles published in Forbes, Time, and academic journals, and has advised speakers for major platforms like the World Economic Forum and the United Nations. Previously, Taylor Kennedy hosted 51%, a public radio show on gender issues, and reported for NPR and NPR member stations. She earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University and a master of international relations from Yale University.


Joan Snyder Kuhl is a principal at Hewlett Consulting Partners and a fellow at the Center for Talent Innovation. Kuhl has 13 years of corporate management experience working at Eli Lilly, Forest Laboratories and Actavis in sales, marketing, organizational effectiveness, training and development. She is an international speaker and Founder of Why Millennials Matter, a research and consulting agency. She is the author of two books: The First Globals: Understanding, Managing and Unleashing the Potential of our Millennial Generation; and Peter Drucker's Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today's Leaders. She serves on the Cosmopolitan Magazine Millennial Advisory Board and The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute. As the Career Expert for Barnes & Noble College (BNC), Kuhl speaks on campus, at conferences and provides live and digital content for the 5.2 million students associated with their 725+ stores. She shares research and advice on success strategies for transitioning from college to a career. She earned her BS from The University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Rutgers University.

Carolyn Carolyn Buck Luce is executive in residence at Center for Talent Innovation and senior managing director at Hewlett Consulting Partners. She was previously the Global Pharmaceutical Sector Leader at Ernst & Young LLP where she coordinated worldwide relationships with global pharmaceutical corporations. In addition, she served on various management and leadership committees at Ernst & Young and was the Senior Advisor to Ernst & Young's Professional Women's Network for the tri-state area. Buck Luce also is an adjunct professor at Columbia's Graduate School of International and Public Affairs teaching "Women and Power." She is the coauthor of several Harvard Business Review articles. She served on the NYC Commission on Women's Issues and on the board of the New York Women's Foundation, and is a director on various corporate boards. Buck Luce is the recipient of the HBA 2012 WOTY (Woman of the Year). She graduated Phi Beta Kappa as well as magna cum laude from Georgetown University and received her MBA from Columbia University.

Cristina Francisco-McGuire is a senior associate at Hewlett Consulting Partners. She has more than 10 years of experience in political advocacy and nonprofit program management. Most recently, she was a lobbyist and program lead, working with legislators in over two dozen states to expand access to voting. Francisco-McGuire earned her MA in intercultural relations from University of the Pacific and has deep expertise in cultural frameworks, critical race theory, and intercultural training design. She also holds a BA from Pomona College.

Rebecca Rebecca Midura is a principal at Hewlett Consulting Partners. Midura has over 15 years of experience in the talent development space from recruiting, human capital management to leadership development through her roles at Sapient Corporation and Bloomberg LP.  She earned her BA from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters from Boston College. Midura also holds the following professional certifications: Senior Professional in Human Resources, Franklin Covey Change Management Practitioner, CoachU licensed facilitator, Insights Discovery Accreditation and Hay Group Climate.
Andrea Turner Moffit

Andrea Turner Moffitt is senior managing director at Hewlett Consulting Partners and a senior vice president at the Center for Talent Innovation. She specializes in issues relating to female investors and consumers, leadership development, sponsorship and diversity. She is the author of the book Harness the Power of the Purse; coauthor of CTI's report Harnessing the Power of the Purse: Female Investors and Global Opportunities for Growth; and the cofounder of Wealthrive, Inc. a start-up platform educating women to be confident investors. With a decade of experience on Wall Street in investment banking and asset management, she worked globally at Citibank and earlier in her career she helped build a hedge fund and financed high growth technology companies. An honors graduate from Columbia Business School and the School of International and Public Affairs, she earned her BA from Tulane University. She is the cochair of Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Alumni Circle, a board member of Tulane University's Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Adam Quinton Adam Quinton is Executive-In-Residence at Hewlett Consulting Partners. He is also the founder and CEO of Lucas Point Ventures, an early stage investment and advisory company. Quinton serves as Board member or Advisor for a number of startup companies as well as several organizations across the US supporting diversity in technology. In 2016, he was named as one of "26 great people spearheading change in tech investment" by Silicon Republic. Quinton is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs. Previously he served as a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and head of Global Macro Research, leading a team of 175 professionals in 12 countries. He has lived and worked for extended periods in all of Europe, Asia and the US.
Ripa Rashid

Brandon Urquhart, is vice president, accounting and finance at the Center for Talent Innovation and Hewlett Consulting Partners. Urquhart has over 12 years of progressive experience in accounting and audit across various industry segments. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and for the past 7 years has worked at not-for-profit organizations focused on education, the well-being of children and animal rights. Urquhart is an alumnus of Hofstra University and holds a BBA in accounting.

Eunice Yu Eunice Yu is a senior engagement manager at Hewlett Consulting Partners. She works closely with clients to understand their talent management, leadership development, and inclusive culture needs, and to collaboratively design and deliver targeted solutions. She was integral to the development, marketing and implementation of digital learning tools that help companies create inclusive cultures based on proven research from the Center for Talent Innovation and HCP practices. In particular, she specializes in designing blended learning solutions around the Sponsor ReadySM, a cohort-based digital learning program about sponsorship that positions participants for career advancement. Previously, Yu practiced law at Brown Rudnick LLP in the corporate restructuring practice. After leaving Brown Rudnick, she worked as a freelance writer and editor with a focus on education consulting. Yu holds a BA from Cornell University where she majored in government and in psychology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She received her JD from Harvard Law School.


Senior Advisors


Fabiola Dieudonné is a senior advisor at Hewlett Consulting Partners. A co-author of CTI's research on Executive Presence, she focuses on HCP's suite of strategic interventions that advance diverse talent in the workplace. Dieudonne is also co-author of recent CTI publication, Athena Factor 2.0: Accelerating Female Talent in Science, Engineering & Technology. Prior to joining HCP, she served as Senior Associate Director of Programs at Youth, I.N.C. (Improving Nonprofits for Children), consulting to nonprofits in fundraising and board development while managing a wide range of external stakeholder relationships. Dieudonné serves as an advisor to New York-based nonprofit, The Child HELP Partnership. She holds a BS from Boston University and a MPA from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.