Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the founding president of the Center for Talent Innovation (formerly known as the Center for Work-Life Policy or CWLP), a Manhattan-based think tank where she chairs the Task Force for Talent Innovation (formerly the Hidden Brain Drain), a grouping of 71 global companies committed to global talent innovation. She also directs the Gender and Policy Program at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Century Association and the World Economic Forum Council on Women’s Empowerment.
Hewlett is the author of eight Harvard Business Review articles and ten critically acclaimed nonfiction books including When the Bough Breaks(Basic Books, winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Prize), Off-Ramps and On-Ramps (Harvard Business School Press, named as one of the best business books of 2007 by Amazon.com), Top Talent: Keeping Performance Up When Business Is Down (Harvard Business Press) and Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets: Why Women Are the Solution (Harvard Business Press). 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 Harvard Business Online. Her upcoming book, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career (Harvard Business Review Press), explains how different corporate programs can create better jobs for women, generating greater innovation and stronger leadership.
Hewlett is the founder of Sylvia Ann Hewlett Associates LLC, a boutique consultancy. In 2009 Sylvia Ann Hewlett Associates formed an alliance with Booz & Company focused on helping organizations leverage top talent across the divides of culture, gender and generation.
Dr. Hewlett has taught at Cambridge, Columbia and Princeton universities and 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 up the Economic Policy Council—a think tank composed of 125 business and labor leaders. She recently received the Isabel Benham Award from the Women's Bond Club and Woman of the Year Award from the Financial Women's Association.
Hewlett is a well-known 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 with co-author Cornel West. She is a frequent guest on TV and radio, appearing on Oprah, 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.