The Optimistic Outlook

The Optimistic Outlook

Hosted by Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA  

Introducing The Optimistic Outlook Podcast

Previewing the show, Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton shares her goals for the podcast and what makes her an optimist even amid a healthcare, economic and societal crisis. This series, she says, will help listeners see infrastructure in a new way: as a tool to build a more resilient future.

 

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Season 1: Innovation Amid Crisis: How to Reinvent America’s Infrastructure

The next big thing for America’s infrastructure

One of the biggest trends impacting infrastructure actually started in the consumer world: a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Elise Neel, Vice President of New Business Incubation at Verizon, joins Barbara to share its potential and the impact of 5G to infrastructure and industry.

 

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A connected world we can trust

In using data to bring infrastructure online, cybersecurity conversations tend to focus on everything going wrong. With Laura Bate, a director of cyber engagement at the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, Barbara delves into a world in which everything goes right instead. Additionally, Laura shares her perspective on how trust, collaboration and focusing on human talent can drive digital innovation.   

 

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The factory of the future

As U.S. manufacturers help the country respond to COVID-19, Jay Timmons, President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers, on how manufacturers have responded to the pandemic and the bright future ahead if the industry invests in technology and human talent.

 

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Can indoor spaces adapt to COVID-19?

A big challenge in co-existing with the COVID-19 pandemic is understanding how to create safe indoor spaces. Scott Rechler, CEO of New York City-based RxR Realty, provides examples of the digital innovation being used to reinvent buildings.

 

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How do we scale electric mobility? 

A rare upside to a global pandemic? Less driving helped to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. Vic Shao, CEO, Amply Power, outlines how we can continue to accelerate climate action even while restarting the economy by focusing on the immediately actionable opportunity to scale the use of electric mobility.

 

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Show Notes:

The national conversation surrounding America’s infrastructure has focused on how to fix it and fund it. In The Optimistic Outlook podcast, Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton looks deeper, focusing on how reinventing infrastructure can help address societal challenges. 

 

Building on her video and blog series as the world continues to wrestle with COVID-19, Humpton and invited experts explore how U.S. infrastructure is designed and maintained and how to advance game-changing projects. They discuss the potential for digital tools to spur new innovation; to transform industries and our built environment; and to help build more sustainable, resilient communities.

Barbara Humpton is President and CEO of Siemens USA, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market in the world, with more than 50,000 employees and over $26 billion in revenues. She views the true purpose of technology as expanding what’s humanly possible. She’s also passionate about diversity, STEM education and what she calls a work-life blend that honors her priorities both at Siemens and as a grandmother.