The theme of this year’s TEDxRVA event is “Create”—
a tribute to all forms of creativity in Richmond.
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. A natural artist and licensed attorney with an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree in finance, Ford found her current role through a search for work in the “sweet spot” where business, law, and finance intersect.. Read More t
Michael-Birch Pierce is an artist based in Richmond. Pierce’s talk will be part performance and part conversation. To him, art is not about making grand statements or perfectly crafting a beautiful object, but rather it’s a tool for connecting individuals. It’s that shared experience – through brief but very intimate interactions with his subjects – that Pierce values above the finished product... Read More t
Mike Henry graduated from The Collegiate School and Washington & Lee University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy. There, he met Seth MacFarlane who invited him to write for his animated series Family Guy. In his six seasons on Family Guy, Mike created and voiced characters Cleveland, Herbert, Bruce, Consuela, and more. In 2009 Mike developed Family Guy spin-off series, The Cleveland Show which he continues as executive producer while continuing to voice his much-loved Family Guy characters... Read More t