Design Forum features Automotive Technology Trend Watchers and Agents of Change

Jul 16, 2013, 09:47 ET from Center for Automotive Research

Young Detroit Entrepreneurs session – unique offering to this year's event

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2013 CAR Management Briefing Seminars will feature experts focused on the intersection of technology and the consumer in the Designing for Technology (and the Consumer) Forum on August 7. This year's Forum will highlight the technologies, designs and strategies needed to create "must have" products for the next generation of buyers.

Sheryl Connelly,Global Consumer Trends and Futuring Manager for Ford Motor Company, will keynote the session.  Ralph Blessing, Executive Vice President, Strategic Innovation, GfK Consumer Experiences North America; Dr. Heiko Schilling, Vice President, Navigation Product Unit, TomTom, Inc.; and Paul M. Williamsen, National Manager, Strategic Educational Support Lexus International will also address session attendees. 

Following that session, a panel of young entrepreneurs and innovators engaged in businesses that are helping to revitalize Detroit will convene to discuss how they are using design and technology to create manufacturing jobs, end homelessness, and make the Motor City bright again.   In the midst of financial challenges, Detroit is quickly becoming home to an entrepreneurial spirit that will serve as a cornerstone for its renaissance.  These agents of change are creating opportunity for themselves and others, while kick-starting an economic machine.  The panel will give attendees occasion to consider how a new generation of business developers see the world.   The Young Detroit Entrepreneurs panel includes  

  • Benjamin Kennedy, Senior Program Officer, Community Development, Detroit, The Kresge Foundation;
  • Philip Lauri, Creative Director, Detroit Lives!
  • Jacques Panis, President, Shinola
  • Veronika Scott, Founder & CEO, Empowerment Plan
  • Jake Sigal, CEO, Livio

More than 900 automotive industry stakeholders are expected to attend the CAR Management Briefing Seminars, an annual industry event which takes place each year at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, near Traverse City, Michigan.  The conference covers the breadth of the industry with 10 topical seminars focused on global manufacturing strategies, lightweighting, connected and autonomous vehicles, powertrain developments, sales forecasting, purchasing, policy, designing for technology, and capital investment.

For detailed information, visit the event's website at Media representatives may register at no charge via the CAR MBS website. All media registrations are subject to approval.  Follow #MBS2013 on Twitter for the latest conference updates, sponsored by Plex Systems.

The Center for Automotive Research is a non-profit organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its mission is to conduct research on significant issues related to the future direction of the global automotive industry, organize and conduct forums of value to the automotive community and foster industry relationships. For more information, visit the CAR website:

SOURCE Center for Automotive Research