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The Power of a Women's Choice: How Engineering Fuels Ford's Innovations with Nuance

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join Ford Motor Company and Nuance Communications, a leader in voice and language technologies, to explore what goes into technological advances in the in-car voice-enabled systems as well as uncover why technologies such as these play a role in the purchasing habits of today's consumer.

Meet Sheryl Connelly, a well respected manager of Ford Global Trends and Futuring. Sheryl is openly passionate about her work but readily admits that the road that led her to where she is today included a few unexpected twists and turns. Sheryl will share her insights on being a catalyst for change at Ford and her advice on building one's personal brand and driving successful teams.

Joining Sheryl, is Brigitte Richardson, the Ford speech systems lead engineer, guiding global voice recognition and speech systems across all vehicle designs. Find out how Brigitte chose her career path and what drives her commitment to excel.

Take a test drive or listen in (literally) at the WITI event, June 13. Ford Escape is America's best-selling utility vehicle, engineered to deliver even more of what WITI leaders like you really want. Featuring: new hands-free technology - including liftgate with motion-sensing technology similar to video games' and upgraded MyFord Touch® system that makes connecting with digital devices on the go even easier!

Registration includes appetizers and beverages, come early and bring your business cards.

About Our Speaker(s)

As manager of Ford Global Trends and Futuring, Sheryl Connelly tracks consumer trends and collaborates with people throughout the Ford system to see how that information may impact future products. Connolly looks for insights and collaborates with people in Ford Design and Product Development who try to turn them into business propositions.

Brigitte Richardson a leading Ford speech systems engineer guides speech systems across all vehicle designs and is a native of Windsor, Ontario, Richardson's father is a Ford retiree, and she's married to a fourth-generation Ford employee. The connection with Ford, both past and present, means the company and its vehicles regularly find their way into family conversations.

Jeanne McCann, Senior Vice President and Technical Advisor at Nuance
is responsible for Nuance's IBM relationships and also works on matters of R&D strategy, prioritization, and operational excellence. Jeanne has been with Nuance for 10 years. Prior to joining Nuance, Jeanne led development programs at Lernout & Hauspie and before that Dragon Systems and Wang. Jeanne has over 30 years of experience in technology development leadership, and holds a B.A. from Simmons College and an M.B.A. from Babson College.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at:

    Nuance Communications, Inc.
    One Wayside Road
    Burlington, Massachusetts 01803

6:00 - 6:30 Networking
6:30 - 6:40 Welcome from WITI
6:40 - 6:50 Nuance Introduction
6:50 - 7:15 Ford Technology: A Deeper Dive
7:15 - 7:30 Ford Trend Presentation: The New Normal
7:30 - 8:00 Q&A / Networking


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

As Ford is committed to innovation and education at all levels and strongly believes in creating opportunities for women in the science and technology fields, the Ford representatives are excited to share their experiences with the Boston network of WITI.

Nuance is a leading provider of speech, imaging and customer interaction solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuanceā€™s proven applications and professional services. Nuance is hosting the meeting at their corporate headquarters location.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Deb Stark ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.