Speaker Profile

Sheryl Connelly
Manager, Global Trends and Futuring / Ford Motor Company

Sheryl Connelly has served as Ford’s futurist for more than a decade. She is responsible for identifying global trends, exploring potential implications, and cascading these insights on futuring to organizations throughout the company, including design, product development, and corporate strategy.

Ms. Connelly is a member of the Global Advisory Council on transportation for the World Economic Forum. Fast Company magazine named her one of the Most Creative People in Business in 2013 and 2015. She has been a featured speaker at TED Global, appeared on CBS This Morning, CNBC’s Fast Money, and NPR’s All Things Considered.

Before working for Ford, Ms. Connelly practiced law. In addition to a juris doctorate, she holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration. When her schedule permits, she teaches design research at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit.