Sheryl Connelly has been serving as the in-house Futurist for Ford Motor Company for almost a decade. In this role, Connelly tracks 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. 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, Connelly practiced law.
In addition to a Juris Doctorate, Connelly holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration. Connelly teaches design research at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Connelly has been a guest lecturer at Massachusetts Institute for Technology, University of Michigan and Wharton School of Business and a featured speaker at TED Global. Connelly’s strategic viewpoints have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Financial Times and BBC, and Connelly has been profiled in Automotive News, Forbes and Edmunds. Fast Company magazine named Connelly the 24th Most Creative Person in Business in 2013.