Peggy Smedley

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Peggy Smedley is an internationally known speaker and highly respected influencer in the tech world, educating businesses and consumers alike on the latest trends in 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 a 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 nationally commercially syndicated radio shows.


In 1997, Peggy formed Specialty Publishing Co. with the goal of enlightening executives in key industries about 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 for empowering a younger workforce and women to join STEM, IoT, and digital innovation.


Before launching her own company, Smedley served as Group Publisher and Editorial Director of numerous publishing firms based in Chicago, Illinois.


Some of the more recent accolades:

  • The 5 Best Internet of Things Podcasts You Should Listen To
  • 14 IoT Influencers to Follow in 2021
  • 20 IoT Twitter Influencers to Follow in 2020
  • Top Influencers for 2020


Recognized by the following organizations, as an industry expert:

  • 5 IoT Influencers You Should Follow in 2021, January 2021, Davra
  • 14 IoT Twitter Influencers to Follow in 2021, January 2021,
  • (#7 out of) 100 Top IIoT Influencers, May 2020, Onalytica
  • 5G: Top 100 Influencers, May 2020, Onalytica
  • 100 Women B2B Thought Leaders You Should Follow in 2020, March 2020, Thinkers360
  • Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on HealthTech, March 2020,
  • The 5 Best Internet of Things Podcasts You Should Listen To, January 2020, Solutions Review
  • Top Influencers for 2019, December 2019, Appy Pie
  • 20 Thought Leaders to Follow in IoT, September. 2019, SKYHOOK
  • Top 9 Enterprise IoT Podcasts,
  • Top IoT Influencers to Follow in 2019, June 2019, MarkTechPost
  • 20 IoT Influencers on Twitter, December. 2019,
  • 5G: Top 100 Influencers, May 2019, Onalytica
  • Excellence in Journalism Award 2019, March 2019, ASCE
  • Biggest Influencers in IT-Consulting, March 2019, QEMPLOY
  • Best IoT Podcasts of 2019, March 2019, IoT For All
  • Top Influencers for 2018, January 2019, Appy Pie
  • 13 IoT Influencers on Twitter, May 2018,
  • Top Construction Technology YouTube Channels to Follow, December 2018
  • Top IoT Influencer to Follow, November 2018, R-Style Lab
  • (#1 out of) Top 100 IoT Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2018, October 2018, Feedspot
  • Featured as Industry Expert, October 2018, Topcon’s Documentary Series
  • Top Picks: IoT Podcast, August 2018, Momenta
  • Top IoT Influencers to Follow, July 2018, IoT for All
  • 18 Marketing Experts Using Data Responsibility to Enhance the Customer Experience, July 2018, IoT For All
  • 21 Women Making an Impact in Industrial IoT, March 2018, Temboo
  • 6 Best IoT Podcasts, January 2018, Sure Universal


She serves on the Boards of Advisors as a Member for both RevTwo and New Urbana and has previously served on IFTNEXT (Institute of Food Technology) Think Tank and IoT Council in Chicago.

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  • What is your favorite quote? Nothing happens without a dream. So, the best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. I follow that motto in just about every facet of my daily professional and personal life.
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? I remember being told as a young child I didn’t have what it takes to be a writer. Perhaps that is why when I started my own company, I believed there is the power you are given and there is
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I “love” to play tennis (pun intended).
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? While not a journalist, I look up to Billie Jean King as someone who has proven that she can be a champion on the court and off the court for both men and women, to me that is a perfect mento
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? Happy to rock your event with an awesome presentation!