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Confessions of a Futurist: Sheryl Connelly
Sheryl Connelly is manager of global trends and futuring for Ford Motor Company, tracking shifts and trends in topics as far reaching as the environment, politics and millennials and analyzing those shifts to predict consumer preferences. Her insights inform the company’s automotive design, product development and corporate strategy and help anticipate the needs and desires of car buyers. Sheryl, a licensed attorney with an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree in finance, also teaches design research at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. She has guest lectured at Massachusetts Institute for Technology, University of Michigan, and Wharton School of Business. She has also been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Financial Times and on the BBC.
As the former chairman/CEO of Domino’s Pizza Inc., Dave Brandon, AB ’74, brings unique perspective to his current role as director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Michigan. “Fundamentally the leadership role is very similar,” Brandon says of his shift from the corporate sector to the nonprofit realm. “But if your corporate team screws up, you can’t make them run laps.” Brandon shared his tips for leading high-performance teams during Reunion Weekend at the Ross School of Business Oct. 28.