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La Shirl Turner

Session: Friday, September 27, 9:00am-10:00am
Breakout Session: Being Black in the Tech Industry 

La Shirl Turner is responsible for the inspiration, research, development and coordination for all exterior and interior color and materials found in FCA US vehicles. She has worked on vehicles such as the performance-driven 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the iconic Jeep® Wrangler and the innovative Chrysler Pacifica minivan. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on textile design from the College for Creative Studies.

Born and raised in Detroit, La Shirl has always had a passion for automotive design and also drew inspiration from the city’s cultural landmarks, such as the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. As a textile designer, La Shirl draws inspiration from textures, patterns and the manipulation of materials that create layering systems that can be seen in architectural structures, historic buildings, nature and African textile weavings.