The ABCs of Generation XYZ: and what it means for the Future of Work

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Wells Hall, B122

Sheryl Connelly

On November 18th,  Ford Futurist Sheryl Connelly will be on campus for a series of talks about “How to Think like a Futurist”. In the afternoon she will be giving a lecture to interested students. The student lecture at 2:00pm will be titled “The ABCs of Generation XYZ and what it means for the Future of Work”.

“The ABCs of Generation XYZ and what it means for the Future of Work”:  Most of us know what makes a Baby Boomer a Baby Boomer. However, the generational distinctions between Generations X, Y and Z are much less clear. In this session, Sheryl Connelly will review the formative events that have shaped the values of generations across America and explore what impact these shifts in values may have on the future of work.  

Sheryl Connelly has served as Ford Motor Company’s Futurist for over a decade. She is responsible for identifying global trends, exploring potential implications and cascading the futuring insights 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. She has been a featured speaker at TED Global, appeared on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, 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, she holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration. When her schedule permits, she teaches design research at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan.

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