Born in the U.S. and raised in part overseas, Turner settled on the West Coast (USA) as a young adult. Turner received a Liberal Arts degree from Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington, a self-generating curriculum school, where her studies centered on the understanding of current-to-future human endeavors in design and culture.
Turner began her professional career as a visual communications designer, working 15 years+ from San Francisco to New York City, including tenure as communications designer with Nike’s trend resource team. Subsequent design and trend insight work included consulting with Starbucks international retail brand teams and a full-time role instigating a trend library for The Gap/Old Navy with Ivy Ross. In 2003, Turner met Reinier Evers of Trendwatching.com at a round table in France, and cites this encounter as critical to launching her career as a trend hunter futurist. That same year Turner founded her company Culture of Future (CoF).
Turner speaks at international conferences across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and within developing nations. She is a regular speaker at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Istanbul. In 2009 she was awarded a World Brand Congress Brand Leadership Award in Mumbai  and has worked on numerous global projects focused on empowering women and girls, including the Nike Foundation Girl Effect out of London, and the Forbes Girl Quake project with Denise Restauri.
In 2010, Turner mentored then-Creative Studies design student Veronika Scott, and assisted her in the founding of American humanitarian project the Empowerment Plan. The organization provides employment and training to homeless women as they hand-make sleeping-bag coats distributed to the homeless of Detroit, as well as globally via disaster relief programs.
Boards & Associations
- Jody Turner is an adjunct and rotating professor and faculty member at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in the MFA in Collaborative Design graduate program.
- Content curator for the San Francisco impact entrepreneur and investor conference SoCap14
- Member of Advisory Board for the Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based project aimed at easing homelessness by employing homeless women to create coats that transform into sleeping bags, distributed free of charge to those who need one.
- Member of the Advisory Board for the Architecture and Design Museum (A+D), Los Angeles
- Former Member of the Advisory Board for Cria Global, the organization charged with creating the social legacy guidelines for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
- Member of the Advisory Board for Women 2.1 Summit, Ghana, Africa
- Collaborator with Hyper Island strategic digital business leadership institution
- Jody Turner on 'empathy and innovation' for D\Construct magazine
- Jody Turner on 'industrial vs social model' for D\Construct magazine
- Jody Turner on 'the creative zone' for D\Construct magazine
- Jody Turner for IDEO in Fast Company Co.Design
- Jody Turner speaks at TedX Helsinki on "Opportunity"
- Jody Turner on Dr. Phil Show
- Impactmania interview with Reinier Evers by Jody Turner
- Jody Turner for GOOD Magazine
- Jody Turner for TedX Helsinki
- Jody Turner at iMedia, Gold Coast, Australia
- Brand Leadership Award in Mumbai reception clip
- The Nike Foundation Girl Effect
- Denise Restauri on Forbes
- Jody Turner for Fast Company
- Stanford Social Innovation Review
- Jody Turner for GOOD Magazine
- Shareable.net content publisher
- Interview with Jody Turner on "Glimpse" by Impactmania
- PNCA Faculty - Meet Jody Turner