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Sheryl Connelly

Manager of Global Trends & Futuring at Ford Motor Company
  • Leading global consumer trends expert
  • Named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company magazine twice and listed among TechWeek's “Top 100 Innovators”
  • Helps business leaders to think like a futurist to effectively track, analyze, and predict how global consumer and lifestyle trends will impact organizations across industries
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InnovationFuture TrendsGenerations & DemographicsBusiness StrategyTechnologyDisruptionConsumer BehaviorTED SpeakersFemale Speakers

Sheryl Connelly has served as the in-house futurist for Ford Motor Company for over a decade. In this role, she identifies and analyzes global consumer trends to aide in the discussion of long-term planning and strategy across the entire company, including design, product development, and corporate strategy and help anticipate and predict the needs and desires of consumers.

Fast Company magazine twice named her one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and TechWeek listed her among its “Top 100 Innovators”. Sheryl was a featured speaker at TED and TED Global, and her strategic viewpoints have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Financial Times, and BBC, and she has been profiled in Automotive News, Forbes, and Edmunds. She has also appeared on CBS’ This Morning with Charlie Rose, CNBC’s Fast Money, and NPR’s All Things Considered with Robert Siegel. She is also a former member of the Global Advisory Council on transportation for the World Economic Forum. 

Her insights into what’s next helps others understand how STEEP factors—Social, technological, economic, environmental, and political trends—will affect business in the short-and long-term.

In her compelling talks, Sheryl reveals her secrets for how to think like a futurist, providing audiences with the expertise and strategies necessary for effectively anticipating change and managing uncertainty. She delivers the insights necessary for business leaders and organizations across industry sectors to thrive, innovate, and remain relevant in the new age of constant innovation and disruption.

Prior to joining the trends team, Connelly spent eight years of her 18-year career with Ford in a variety of field positions in marketing, sales, and service roles. Before working for Ford, she practiced law. In addition to a Juris Doctorate, she holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration. She teaches design research at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Sheryl has also been a guest lecturer at Massachusetts Institute for Technology, University of Michigan, and Wharton School of Business.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in Michigan.

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