About Peggy Smedley

Peggy Smedley is an internationally known speaker and highly respected influencer in the tech world educating businesses and consumers alike on the latest trends on digital transformation and circularity shaping everyday lives. An outspoken advocate and supporter of sustainability and resiliency, Peggy is the quick-witted host of The Peggy Smedley Show, the editorial director of Connected World and its sister publication Constructech, as well as the president of Specialty Publishing Co. Peggy has earned the reputation as an innovative and skilled content storyteller throughout her 25-year career and her passion is to do whatever she can to adhere to her motto, “with great technology, comes great responsibility.” She is a renowned author and an award-winning editor having earned numerous honors for editorial excellence. She recently authored Sustainable in a Circular World, Design and Restore Natural Ecosystems Through Innovation, which affords her the greatest opportunity to help move the world from grey to green. She also authored Mending Manufacturing: How America Can Manufacture its Survival, a book detailing all aspects of the American manufacturing crisis and inspiring innovation and has had the honor of collaborating on eight books. Peggy has been a guest on television business and news programs and has been a voice on many national commercially syndicated radio shows. In 1997, Peggy formed Specialty Publishing Co. with the goal of enlightening executives in key industries to the importance of understanding technology for the betterment of their companies. Surpassing publishing norms, Peggy has guided her company in successfully launching very targeted and niche services while at the helm. She has a long history of covering manufacturing and construction, infrastructure, security, and an even stronger passion to empower a younger workforce and women to join STEM, IoT, and digital innovation. Prior to launching her own company, Smedley served as Group Publisher and Editorial Director of numerous publishing firms based in Chicago, Ill.
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Supply Chains: What Are We Going to Do About It?

I forecasted years ago that the supply chain was vulnerable. While I didn’t foresee the pandemic, I did preach about things like the worker shortage and climate change long before the term COVID-19 became a household phrase. All of this is now having a profound effect on our supply chains—obviously. My question is this: What are we going to do about it? I have a few ideas.

By |2021-10-14T14:52:04+00:0010/20/2021|

The Path to Sustainable Homes

If we want to meet our climate neutrality goals by 2050, I would argue we need to start at home. Residential homes are responsible for up to 34% of carbon dioxide emissions. Let’s look at how we can combat this.

By |2021-10-07T17:03:42+00:0010/13/2021|

Breaking Down the Actual Cost of EVs

The number of connected EV (electric vehicle) charging points in North America and Europe is set to reach 7.9 million by 2025. The EV market is on the rise, according to many reports. Add to that the fact the Biden administration has pledged to extend EV tax credits, and California has moved to ban new internal combustion engine cars in 2035, and it is the perfect storm that is going to catapult EVs forward.

By |2021-09-30T17:34:37+00:0010/6/2021|

Moving Mobility Forward

Peggy and Henry Bzeih, CTO/CSO, automotive & transportation, Microsoft, talk about the latest automotive advances at the company. He talks about mega trends, saying mobility is the movement of people and the movement of goods.

By |2021-09-28T17:10:52+00:0010/1/2021|

Mobility: The Road to Transformation

There is a reason the phrase “better together” has taken off. The best ideas, projects, and products come as a result of collaboration. And in an industry such as automotive, collaboration simply isn’t optional, which is why I love Microsoft’s approach to creating a strong ecosystem.

By |2021-09-28T16:49:58+00:009/29/2021|

End Roadway Deaths: What’s Next?

I love the ambition by many organizations to end roadway deaths in the United States by 2050, but is that a realistic goal? How close are we to reaching that goal? And what still needs to be done to get there?

By |2021-09-14T18:41:44+00:009/22/2021|

20 Years: First Responders and Technology

It has been 20 years since the September 11 attacks—and it has me thinking a lot about first responders and how many things have stayed the same and how many things have changed in the past 20 years. Here is one big thing that has changed: technology.

By |2021-09-10T14:38:11+00:009/15/2021|

Food Shortages in the States

Food and water scarcity have been a global problem for as long as we can remember. Today, new factors—like the COVID-19 pandemic, upheaval in the supply chain, and an uptick in natural disasters caused by climate change, just to name a few—are bringing to light new concerns for food shortages across the globe and here in the United States.

By |2021-09-07T16:15:59+00:009/8/2021|

Climate Change and Supply Chain Disruptions

Everyone is so focused on the COVID-19 disruptions to the supply chain—and rightfully so—but what if there is something that could pose a greater threat to our supply chain? Climate change is making extreme weather events more frequent—and it could have a devasting impact on our supply chain.

By |2021-09-01T02:42:56+00:009/1/2021|

Are Regulations and Taxes Coming for Waste?

Could our waste soon be regulated? Will we have more ESG (environmental, social, and governance) policy in the future? Will we have government mandates and sustainable material regulations? A new report gives analysis of past regulatory practices and a newly developed predictive framework.

By |2021-08-19T18:19:26+00:008/25/2021|

Jeans, Redesigned

Can we achieve a circular economy in the fashion industry? One new report says yes. Moving away from a linear take-make-waste model is critical. Clothes can be made with limited impact; be recycled and refurbished; and be long-lasting and ultimately, be kept in use for extended periods of time. Quite simply, clothing can be worn again and again, and again. Now that is what we have been aspiring too for some time now.

By |2021-08-06T16:21:16+00:008/18/2021|

Return to Office and the Mass Exit of Employees

Many companies are demanding employees go back to the office rather than giving them a transition time or work-from-home option. And it’s not surprising that just as many executives are grappling with the challenge that is front and center: employees don’t want to go back to the office. But are we really asking the right questions?

By |2021-07-29T16:21:36+00:008/2/2021|

AI and Meaningful Employment for Disabled Adults

Tim Linsenmeyer, CTO, Clover Imaging Group, and Michael Walton, industry solution executive, manufacturing industry, Microsoft, talk about how Clover Imaging is leveraging Microsoft Azure technology to advance artificial intelligence and machine learning to help disabled adults gain meaningful employment. More specifically, they discuss the benefits of a machine-learning sales forecasting system that has helped right-size inventory and labor all while reducing multiple job functions in the warehouse to just one.

By |2021-07-29T21:15:22+00:008/2/2021|
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