Speakers

PANELS Keynote Speaker

Learn to think like a futurist.

Sheryl Connelly

Futurist, Ford Motor Company

We’re excited to announce Sheryl Connelly, Manager of Global Consumer Trends and Futuring at Ford Motor Company, as the 2018 PANELS keynote speaker. From population growth to the proliferation of technology, Connelly’s big-picture outlook ensures that organizational leaders recognize and take advantage of the trends that shape the way we live and do business. With perspective that will revolutionize your approach to long-term planning and strategy, Connelly will provide the insights you need to thrive, innovate, and remain relevant in our constantly evolving world.

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

Connelly has served as Ford’s corporate futurist for over a decade, and is responsible for identifying global consumer trends that feed into functions across the entire company, including design, product development, and corporate strategy.

Fast Company magazine named her the 24th Most Creative Person in Business in 2013. She sat on the Global Advisory Committee for transportation in 2015 and 2016, and has been a featured speaker at TED Global. Connelly will provide insights on how to think like a futurist as she kicks off PANELS 2018.

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