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Every piece of her past informs her current career. Today, Cecily makes her living helping others navigate the twists and turns of life, as a highly sought after futurist. She guides companies through a process of paying close attention to trends, markets, data, and culture. The goal? Futuristic breakthroughs to problems of the present.crayons-12

 

To see into Cecily’s own future, we’ll look into her past to find a path to remarkable imagination and resilience.

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Cecily comes from a line of builders and searchers. Growing up in an alternative family— creative and academic—she watched her mother, a painter, flit from Judaism to Catholicism to Hinduism and to Buddhism. Her stepfather was a professor. Her father worked in public television and radio. While this collection of adults may not have prepared her for the skills of making a robust living, she learned that to lead an interesting life you must be interested in life.

 

Let’s watch her move forward, shall we? 

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A DANCER REIMAGINED

Attacking life with gusto and enthusiasm, Cecily dove deep into all of her passions—everything from romance, to dance, to a surprising new love for science.

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BOSSLADY REIMAGINED

Even after finding success, there was still the need for more. Cecily itched to find a “thumbs up” feeling with a partner. She couldn’t predict that everything would be lost in the process.

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At this point, Cecily may not have known where she was going. But she knew how to put on a show. She knew how to teach. She knew how to run a business. So Cecily set out to combine these skills in such a way that could forge a new direction for her career. After many iterations, she founded the Push Institute, a think tank that tracks the implications of global trends. Within the institute, Cecily created the PUSH conference as a call to action for audiences to take charge of the future. Speakers at PUSH included the unlikely combination of the Prime Minister of Estonia, a theoretical physicist, a Grammy-Award winning songwriter, and a buddhist teacher.

 

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Once asked, who are you to be doing all this? Cecily answered, “I’m the one doing it.” 

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In finding herself, Cecily was prepared for the big life challenges still ahead. She now had the experience to position herself as a leading expert in predicting business trends. But even more importantly, she is now able to uncover purpose in others.

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Evan Palmer
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