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Ford 'futurist' headlining tech conference downtown

February 26, 2018
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Sheryl Connelly
Sheryl Connelly. Courtesy SalesPad

A local tech company has announced the keynote speaker for its conference later this year.

Sheryl Connelly, in-house futurist, for Ford Motor Company, will be headline SalesPad’s PANELS 2018, taking place Aug. 6-8 at the JW Marriott and the L.V. Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids.

“Participants will learn how to spot trends that may impact their industry and learn strategies for thinking like a futurist, and we encourage anyone who wants to prepare their business for the future to attend,” said Jennifer Jurgens, president, SalesPad.

In her role with Ford, Connelly identifies global consumer trends that could impact the entire company from product design to development, to corporate strategy.

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” with Robert Siegel.

The theme for PANELS 2018 is “Back to the Future.”

During Connelly’s keynote presentation, she will help attendees think like a futurist and spot trends that impact their businesses and industries. She will also share stories of her predictions that have come to fruition.

PANELS 2018 is a technology conference for manufacturing, distribution, warehousing and retail professionals.

All members of the public are welcome to attend and can register online.

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