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.


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.
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.


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.
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 Ready℠, 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.