How I Drive | Profile of Sheryl Connelly, Ford Futurist

Continuing our look inside the driving styles and habits of folks in the automotive industry with the “How I Drive” series, we are sharing the driving profile of Ford’s own Sheryl Connelly. Also known for her involvement with TEDxTalks, Sheryl has been working with Ford since 1996 and is currently their Global Trends and Futuring Manager – her expertise helps the automakers stay ahead of the curve.

I got to hear from Sheryl a couple of times during NAIAS in Detroit as part of the Ford influencers program, and I must admit she has one of the coolest jobs out there.

How I Drive | Sheryl Connelly

Sheryl Connelly - Futurist, Ford Motor Company

Sheryl Connelly – Futurist, Ford Motor Company


Location: Metro Detroit

Daily Driver: Curiosity, my 2015 Ford Taurus SHO.

Time Spent Driving/day: 90 – 120 minutes daily during the weekday commute

Road most traveled: Southfield Road/Freeway is a mainstay in my journey to and from work.

Driving Style in One Word: Assertive

In-Car Must Haves: Ford’s Sync which pairs my phone to the entertainment system rendering it hands-free and voice activated. I make all my personal calls either on my way to work or on my way home. That way, my husband and daughters can have my undivided attention when I am at home.

Driving tunes: I like talk radio. I switch between the conservative and liberal news stations to better understand differing points of view.

Time-saving technique: GPS has been a life-saver; not only in terms of navigation, but finding local businesses, restaurants and retail outlets while on the go.

Hanging from rear view: For many years, a rosary given to me by my father hung from my rear view mirror. Somewhere along the way I must have misplaced it. This is a good reminder to find it again.

Stay tuned for more “How I drive” profiles. Whose profile do you want to see next?

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Whitney (Gonzalez) Ramirez has admired high-performing cars from a young age since her father is an automotive mechanic and racecar driver. She is intrigued by new developments in the automotive industry and is particularly interested in European cars and racing. Read more about Whitney here.