Sylvia Ann Hewett



Research reveals that the top jobs often elude women and professionals of color because they lack "executive presence" or underestimate its importance. These findings underpin the premise of economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett's new book EXECUTIVE PRESENCE: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success (HarperBusiness; June 3, 2014), which defines and unpacks executive presence in all of its nuances and offers guidance to individuals seeking to improve opportunities for advancement.

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HBR Blog







Bloomberg TV - Surveillance
"Path to Leadership" segment - September 2014
  After the ad, skip to 9:40 for the start of Sylvia's segment.

NAIC Summer National Meeting & AM Best TV
"How one Insures a Vested Interest in Executive Presence" August 2014

Morning Joe (MSNBC)
"What it takes to be a leader"  July 11, 2014

Today Show
" Who's Pulling for You? Who's Got Your Back?" November 29, 2013

Milbank Tweed Forum:
"Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor" September 13, 2013

"Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor" Book Discussion September 9, 2013

Harvard Business Review
"The Importance of Sponsors" September 10, 2013



The Broad Experience
"Authenticity vs Conformity"  September 8, 2014

"Hewlett's 'Executive Presence' Shares Keys to C-Suite"  August 7, 2014

BBC News Wales  (
"Sylvia Ann Hewlett: I got away from class distinctions"  July 3, 2014

BBC Radio 4:
"Women's Hour" May 22, 2014

NPR Morning Edition:
"Want More Gender Equality At Work? Go to an Emerging Market" April 22, 2013

HBR IdeaCast
"The Next Global Talent Pool," September 15, 2011



Tapping Into Female Talent For a Competitive Advantage March 30 2015

The Huffington Post
Teaching Women the Joys of Power March 9, 2015

Teaching Women the Joys of Power March 6, 2015

Tech's Ultimate App for Success: Diversity February 27, 2015

Best Advice: Sponsors Hold Open the Door to Your Future Success February 20, 2015

The Huffington Post
Getting Smarter About Gender Smarts February 18, 2015

"Sylvia's Executive Presence is listed on Entrepreneur's top "5 Books That Will Help You Transform How You Do Business"  January 13, 2015

"Talent Management Tips for 2015"  January 20, 2015

"Making the Benefits of a Top Job More Transparent to Women"  January 5, 2015

"How To find a Mentor"  November 2014

Destiny Connect
"7 ways to make a good first impression in business"  October 1, 2014

Fast Company
"Yes, Gender Equality is a Men's Issue"  September 26, 2014

"The One Skill Most Entrepreneurs Need, But Often Overlook"  September 18, 2014
"What Is a Sponsor in the Workplace?"

The Economist
"The Look of a Leader"  September 27, 2014

How to Make Your Presence Felt, August 8, 2014

Wall Street Journal
How to Develop Your Personal Presence on Social Media and in Real Life, August 6, 2014

Fast Company
The Intangible Career that You Need to Succeed , August 6, 2014

Business Insider
7 Ways to Make a Killer First Impression , August 6, 2014

Small Business Trends
Do You Have What it Takes to Lead? Read Executive Presence and Find Out, August 2, 2014

Do Executive Presence: An Interview with Author Sylvia Ann Hewlett, August 2, 2014

UPSTART Business Journal - Teresa Novellino
Why Steve Jobs in a black turtleneck and comedic female CEOs conquer all, August 1, 2014
Do You Have Intellectual Horsepower? Why You Must Flaunt It, the Right Way, July 29, 2014
Working Strategies: Books part 2: For mid-career workers, July 27, 2014
Embrace what makes you different to become a leader, July 31, 2014

METRO US- Lakshmi Gandhi
7 tips for climbing the corporate ladder, July 20, 2014

Executive Presence: The Career Trait Today's Ladder Climbers Need, July 15, 2014

The Fold London
Boardroom Beat: Executive Presence – what everyone is talking about, July 14, 2014
"Are You 'Leadership Material'?" July 10, 2014
"Simple steps that prove you're 'executive material" July 8, 2014
"Work It Out" July 6, 2014
"10 top tips on how to impress the boss and leave your office colleagues standing"  July 3, 2014

Strategy + Business Blog
"What's the Secret to Leadership Presence?" June 30, 2014

London Evening Standard (
"Gravitas, grooming and communication: all you need for the perfect 'executive presence" June 30, 2014
"The secret to promotion for women?" June 28 2014

The Times
''Executive presence' is key to women's success" June 28, 2014
"Practice Makes Polish" June 26, 2014 (sister publication of CIO Insights)
"How You Can Enhance Your Executive Presence" June 26, 2014

Linkedin post - Jacki Zehner
Executive Presence: Do you need it? Do you have it?, June 23, 2014

Columbus CEO
Book Review: Executive Presence, June 23, 2014

DayBreak USA
"Executive Presence" Interview, June 20, 2014

Fast Company
Sorry, Not Sorry – Why Women Need to Stop Apologizing for Everything, June 19, 2014

10 Things NOT To Wear To Work, June 18, 2014

Business Insider
This One Quality Signals That You're Leadership Material, June 17, 2014

Fast Company
Mastering the Skill You Lack to get the Promotion You Deserve, June 17, 2014

800 CEO Read - The Daily Blog
Jack Covert Selects – Executive Presence, June 13, 2014

Business Insider
5 Signs You're Not Leadership Material, June 10, 2014

Entrepreneur Magazine
5 Keys to Making a Great First Impression, June 9, 2014

Can 'executive presence' be learned?, June 5, 2014

Chicago Tribune
Conformity vs. authenticity in the office, June 2, 2014

The Washington Post
How to act, sound and look like a leader, June 2, 2014
Do Women Leaders Walk a Tightrope to Be Seen as Effective and Likable?, June 2, 2014
Look Like a Leader: Secrets of Executive Presence, May 28, 2014

Huffington Post
What 15 Female Leaders Really Think About Crying At Work, May 28, 2014

Shape Magazine
The Best Advice from Female Bosses, May 13, 2014

More Magazine
How to Command a Room, March 2014 Issue

Independent Publisher
Announcing Results of the 7th Annual Axiom Business Book Awards, March 18, 2014
Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor named Gold Medal winner in Career category.

Godfather In The Boardroom, February 19, 2014

Washington Post
Hewlett's forthcoming book, Executive Presence: The link between merit and success named a "2014 leadership book to watch," December 26, 2013

Washington Post
Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor named a "2013 book every leader should read"
December 16, 2013

Time Ideas
"What's Holding Japanese Women Back," September 27, 2013

Fast Company - Dialed
"Sponsors Are The New Mentors--And They Really Need You," September 26, 2013

"Smart, Hardworking, Loyal And Career-Stalled?" September 3, 2013

Investor's Business Daily
"Boost Your Chances Of Landing A Job This Fall," September 4, 2013

Fast Company
"Who's the Best Person to Fast-Track your Career?," August 30, 2013

Wall Street Journal
"What's a CEO To Do? Experts on How to Fix Microsoft," August 28, 2013

New York Times
"The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In," August 11, 2013

Financial Times
"Sponsors Crack Glass Ceilings," July 8th, 2013

The Boston Globe
"Want to move up? Not only do you need mentors, but a sponsor" June 23, 2013

New York Times
"Mentors Are Good. Sponsors Are Better," April 14, 2013

Financial Times
"The Benefits of Senior Women in the Workplace," September 1, 2011

"The Daughter Also Rises: Women Are Storming Emerging-World Boardrooms" August 27, 2011

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