2019 Women|Future Conference

Introducing Keynote Speaker Ford Futurist, Sheryl Connelly

This two-day conference for working women will address the most pressing business issues of tomorrow, from artificial intelligence and the future of work, to cybersecurity and international trade, from the perspective of how they will affect women entrepreneurs, executives, employees in all industries – their careers and their businesses. With plenty of structured networking opportunities and case studies from past Stevie® winners and this year’s nominees, this is the two-day event you won’t want to miss.

Registration is limited to 200 participants.   Save $50 with early-bird registration through September 13.  Save 10% when you register three or more participants.  Be among the first 100 paid registrants and you may be selected at random to be among 20 registrants to attend an exclusive, private breakfast with Ford Motor Company futurist Sheryl Connelly before her Thursday-morning keynote.

Registration includes:

  • Full breakfast and lunch on Thursday, full breakfast on Friday

  • Multiple coffee breaks and snacks and both days

  • Two keynote addresses

  • Multiple panel discussions and case study sessions on both days

  • Multiple structured and informal networking opportunities


Sheryl Connelly

Manager, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring, Ford Motor Company

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