Cecily Sommers


A global trends analyst, Cecily Sommers helps organizations understand and prepare for the emerging technologies, markets, and ideas shaping our world. She is the author of Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What DoesnÍt, and WhatÍs Next and the founder of The Push Institute, a non-profit think tank that tracks significant global trends and their implications for business, government, and non-profit sectors over the next 5-10-25-50 years.

Many companies have benefited from the strategic foresight Cecily offers, Accenture, American Express, Best Buy, General Mills, HealthPartners, Kraft Foods, Motorola, Target, Wrigley, and Yahoo! among them. Whether an executive briefing, scenario planning, or designing an innovation program and training for a multi-national corporation, clients find CecilyÍs straight-forward approach a welcome and practical antidote to the complex challenges they face.

A popular speaker at conferences, business schools and retreats across the country, Cecily treats her audience to a guided tour of the future, noting key opportunities and challenges along the way. Cecily was selected as one of Fast CompanyÍs ñFast 50 ReaderÍsÍ Favoritesî and titled by the Business Journal as one of twenty_five Women to Watch. She is a semi-regular contributor to NPRÍs ñAll Things Consideredî and other media outlets, where she reports on emerging technologies, markets, and ideas shaping our world. Cecily is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.