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Peggy Smedley

President at Specialty Publishing Media

Carol Stream, United States


Peggy Smedley, Editorial Director of Connected World and Constructech magazines, host, The Peggy Smedley Show and Constructech TV, managing partner the Peggy Smedley Institute and President of Specialty Publishing Media.

More than 20 years ago Peggy launched one of the most formative media companies in helping businesses to understand how disruptive and innovative technology will help them navigate the flood of digital transformation so they can remain viable and competitive.

As a speaker, strategist, influencer, and futurist, Peggy was imperative in ushering in the M2M/IoT (Internet of Things) era and taking a leading role in guiding companies to grasp how technology will alter their businesses. Today she focuses most of her energy on maneuvering companies through IoT and digital transformation.

She has enjoyed a career as an award-winning journalist with a long history of covering IoT, manufacturing, and construction technology; and in 2008 she even launched her very first podcast.

With more than 650 episodes, The Peggy Smedley Show is now ranked as the No. 1 IoT, AI, and digital transformation podcast airing every Tuesday at 12 pm central.

As an author and tech expert, she has collaborated on eight published books including her own, “Mending Manufacturing: How America Can Manufacture its Survival,” a book detailing all aspects of the American manufacturing crisis.

Each month, she educates the IoT community via Connected World ( and Constructech ( magazines. Her company has been able to take risks and invest in many areas, making it an innovative tech leader. Building on that success, in 2017 Peggy introduced Constructech TV (, which digs into infrastructure, drills into global economic conditions, and addresses the talent gap by adopting a new vision and voice for the new skilled worker in construction, all with the help of technology.

In 2016, she launched the Peggy Smedley Institute, a top-ranked professional educational organization to provide comprehensive assessments for clients to focus on products, services, and profits, all while allowing them to stay ahead of their competition.

Peggy has also been recognized by the following organizations, as an industry expert:
• Jan 2020, she was named one of The 5 Best Internet of Things Podcasts You Should Listen To, Solutions ReviewDec 2019, she was name one of 20 IoT Twitter Influencers to Follow in 2020,
• Dec 2019, she was name one of the Top Influencers for 2019, Appy Pie
• June 2019, she was named Top IoT Influencers To Follow in 2019, MarkTechPost
• May 2019, she was named one of the 13 IoT Influencers on Twitter,
• May 2019, she was named one of 13 IoT Influencers on Twitter,
• May 2019, she was name one of the 5g: Top 100 Influencers, Onalytica
• March 2019, she received the Excellence in Journalism Award 2019, ASCE
• March 2019, she was named one of the Biggest Influencers in IT-Consulting, QEMPLOY
• January 2019, she was named a Top Influencers for 2018, Appy Pie
• December 2018, she was named a Top Construction technology YouTube Channels to Follow
• November 2018, she was named a Top IoT Influencer to Follow by R-Style Lab
• October 2018, she was #1 on the Top 100 IoT Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2018, by Feedspot
• October 2018, she was featured as an industry expert in Topcon’s Documentary Series
• August 2018, The Peggy Smedley Show was named Top Picks: IoT Podcast by Momenta
• July 2018, she was named as one of the 18 Marketing Experts Using Data Responsibility to Enhance the Customer Experience by IoT for All
• March 2018, she was named to the 21 Women Making an Impact In Industrial IoT by Temboo

Peggy also serves as an Advisory Board member for Fry Egg and the IFTNEXT (Institute of Food Technology) Think Tank.

Available For: Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Carol Stream, Il.
Speaking Topics: Distruptive Technology, Innovation, Trends, Women in Business

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Connected World
Theatre: Worldwide
Media Experience: 22 years
Last Media Interview: 02/17/2020

Areas of Expertise

5G 30.39
AI 30.60
Autonomous Vehicles 34.70
Big Data 30.45
Blockchain 31.40
Climate Change
Cloud 31.35
Cybersecurity 30.87
Data Center
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 31.53
Emerging Technology 33.26
Future of Work 37.52
Innovation 30.40
IoT 51.86
Predictive Analytics
Quantum Computing
Supply Chain 34.47
Sustainability 39.09
Leadership 30.77
Healthtech 34.90
Marketing 30.31

Industry Experience

Agriculture & Mining
Engineering & Construction
High Tech & Electronics
Industrial Machinery & Components
Oil & Gas
Primary Metal & Steel
Travel & Transportation

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2 Advisory Board Memberships
Advisory Board Member
Fry Egg
March 01, 2018
Fry Egg is the world's first and only online marketplace connecting fitness coaches and clients around the world.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, IoT, Healthtech

Advisory Board Member
IFTNext Think Tank
June 01, 2017
A member of IFTNEXT Think Tank that is making a purpose-driven commitment to bringing provocative ideas and discoveries together to inspire thoughtful, important conversations that challenge conventional approaches with the goal of informing global issues related to the science of food. Some of these include looking at IoT, blockchain, AI, big data, and more.

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Tags: IoT, Leadership, Sustainability

1 Book
Mending Manufacturing: How America Can Manufacture Its Survival
Specialty Pub Co.
September 01, 2004
This comprehensive book covers all aspects of the crisis in American manufacturing.

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Tags: Future of Work, IoT, Supply Chain

1 Corporate Partner
Managing Partner
The Peggy Smedley Institute
April 01, 2016
The Peggy Smedley Institute provides professional education and consulting focused on the IoT (Internet of Things) and its impact on the digital transformation in the ecosystem and business value chain.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

1 Keynote
Connected World Predicts Future Technology Trends
NBC 5 Chicago
February 07, 2014
Connected World Magazine presented 13 mega-trends that are based on technology advances.

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Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Emerging Technology, IoT

3 Media Interviews
Why North American Manufacturers May Have An Edge With The Internet Of Things
April 05, 2016
North American manufacturers may be early adapters on IoT connectivity

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Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT, Supply Chain

Peggy Smedley plugged into Internet of Things to create own brand
Chicago Tribune
October 15, 2015
Smedley ... has built herself into a go-to expert in the field of connected machines.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

Smartphones, Smartwatches and, Now, Smart Toothbrushes
The New York Times
May 07, 2014
In the last few years, sensors have become small and inexpensive enough to make the monitoring of practically everything possible.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

15 Podcasts
The Future Is Mixed Reality
Peggy Smedley Show
March 18, 2021
Peggy shares a big announcement that came out of Microsoft Ignite earlier this month that could have a big impact on industries like manufacturing and construction. She says Microsoft Mesh will completely redefine how we connect—both personally and professionally.

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Tags: Cloud, Sustainability, Future of Work

Empower Workers in Manufacturing
Peggy Smedley Show
March 18, 2021
Peggy and Walid Ali, artificial intelligence, manufacturing, Microsoft, talk about manufacturing, AI (artificial intelligence), and how to empower workers. He says the workforce has been so drastically challenged with what has happened with COVID19 that now we are facing a demand for efficiency increase, a demand for better productivity, and a demand for also scaling the workforce.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Sustainability

Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure
Peggy Smedley Show
March 18, 2021
Peggy and Cynthia Gonzalez, product marketing manager, Exabeam, talk about cybersecurity and critical infrastructure. Gonzalez says cyberattacks on our critical infrastructure were happening before the pandemic—and now they are more accessible than they used to be.

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Tags: AI, Cloud, Cybersecurity

2021 Infrastructure Report Card
Peggy Smedley Show
March 11, 2021
Peggy talks about the 2021 ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Infrastructure Report Card, sharing background and the progress made in the past four years to restore our nation’s infrastructure. She also explains what needs to happen next.

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Tags: Blockchain, Sustainability, Future of Work

Secure Our Critical Infrastructure
Peggy Smedley Show
March 11, 2021
Peggy and Yan Chen, professor, department of computer science Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University, talk about the impact of APT (advanced persistent threat) attacks, giving specific examples such as Target and Equifax.

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Tags: Blockchain, Sustainability, Future of Work

The State of Cybersecurity
Peggy Smedley Show
March 11, 2021
Peggy and Natali Tshuva, co-founder & CEO, Sternum, talk about cybersecurity and the medical industry. They talk about best steps to stop the exploitation and the attack itself in realtime.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Sustainability, Future of Work

All about Work in 2021
Peggy Smedley Show
March 04, 2021
Peggy shares how a digital worker has changed—and how they are going to continue to change going into 2021. She talks all about workers and technology, answering questions such as: Where will your workers work? How will they work? What technology will they use?

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Tags: Innovation, Sustainability, Future of Work

The Story of Data
Specialty Pub Co.
January 13, 2021
Peggy and Christian Connolly, CEO, twICEme, talk about the story of the company and product—and how it grew out of the need for vital information. He says it aims to collect vital information and make it readily accessible.

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Tags: Cloud, Sustainability, Future of Work, 5G

Tech Eliminates Food Waste
Specialty Pub Co.
January 13, 2021
Peggy shares some ways we can redistribute food rather than waste it by tapping into technology and innovation. She urges urban and rural food growers to put greater emphasis on the value of their food production and consider better sustainability methods—and those in the technology world to consider how we can innovate to solve this global problem together.

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Innovation, Sustainability

What’s on the Horizon for 2021
Specialty Pub Co.
January 13, 2021

Peggy and Ian Barkin, chief strategy and marketing officer, Sykes Enterprises, talk about some of the biggest trends on the horizon for 2021. He says there are two different elements that define what is next: the trajectory of travel of predictable evolution of some technology being employed and the other is driven by the environment and the events that have been going on around us in the last 12-18 months.

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Tags: Sustainability, Marketing

Celebrating 700 Episodes
Specialty Pub Co.
December 22, 2020
On the 700 episode, Peggy makes a big announcement—she wrote a book: Sustainable in a Circular World. She explains how environmental, social, and financial need to come together to build up the digital age and lead to transformation.

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Tags: AI, Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation

Data and Our Environment
Specialty Pub Co.
December 22, 2020

Peggy and Walid Ali, artificial intelligence in manufacturing, Microsoft, talk about AI (artificial intelligence), sustainability, and more. He says we need to think about immediate opportunities that manufacturing has been exposed to and that we have to make the most out of explosive data streams.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Sustainability

Cybersecurity: Who Is Responsible?
Specialty Pub Co.
December 17, 2020
Peggy talks all about cybersecurity, asking and answering the question: who is responsible? The employer? Or the employee? She says it seems there is a bit of a tug of war going on here.

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Tags: Big Data, Blockchain, IoT

The Age of Screeners
Specialty Pub Co.
December 10, 2020
Peggy talks about the young, up-and-coming generation she has coined—the Screeners—which is being taught and raised by computers. She spends some time postulating if these Screeners have to be self-taught or if their education will have to come from the likes of corporations that offer training since the universities have made it difficult to go to school.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT, Sustainability

Specialty Pub Co.
August 01, 2008
The Peggy Smedley Show is an authoritative voice, that brings in-depth journalism, opinion-forming, and inspiring technology discussions week after week over the Internet. Host Peggy Smedley presents the best from around the globe with a unique journalistic and artistic quality to address all the topics that are essential to her readership and social media followers.

A time-tested podcast with more than 655 episodes and averaging 115,000 listeners, the show continually is ranked as the No. 1 IoT and digital transformation podcast.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, IoT

1 Speaker Award
2019 ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award
March 14, 2019
Awarded the ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award

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Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT, Leadership



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