Technology is transforming the way products are being manufactured around the world. Join Washington Post Live as key players in the industry discuss how artificial intelligence, digital technology and machine learning are rapidly changing the manufacturing process. Industry leaders will also examine the challenges in building a skilled and motivated 21st century workforce to drive the engine of American manufacturing.


“We’ve seen during the pandemic a real problem in the supply chain. Our dependence on foreign supplies and trade has… obviously highlighted big time during this pandemic.” (Washington Post Live)
“The future of America depends on sustainable and inclusive growth… Technology is key to that. And that is about… shifting from 20th century manufacturing to 21st century manufacturing… We do have this really exciting window because the supply shortages and the lack of resilience in our supply chain has been incredibly… damaging, but the flipside is it has really accelerated many companies’ journeys to digitize and use automation.” (Washington Post Live)
“The build back better agenda, the reconciliation package, thinking about the long-term impact of our cares economy, long-term impacts of our schools, our early education, and also job training… As we do this, the one problem that we have to face with right now is the sense of urgency. And we don’t have the time to wait two and three and four years to figure out what is happening here.” (Washington Post Live)
"This team does seem to have something special going on....they remind me of the 2007 team [that won the World Series]." (Washington Post Live)

Katy George

Provided by McKinsey & Company.

Katy is a senior partner, and a leader in the firm’s Operations Practice. She is also a member of the Shareholders Council, the firm’s equivalent of the board of directors, and the firm’s 15-person global leadership team. Since joining the firm, Katy has partnered with clients on their transformations, including operational performance improvement, operations strategy linked to business strategy, and operating model design. She has led programs around product launch, manufacturing network configuration and plant performance, end-to-end sourcing and supply chain optimization, and quality system effectiveness. Katy has also worked with companies on digitizing their sales and marketing approaches, as well as their operations, making technology platform decisions, and transforming organization structures. As part of the McKinsey Global Institute, Katy has coauthored several pieces of research, including most recently, “Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector [],” and has also contributed pieces for Harvard Business Review, Industry Today, and Market Watch. She is a frequent speaker at events and conferences on topics in advanced manufacturing technology, including workforce adoption and capability building, digital manufacturing management, the role of advanced analytics in manufacturing, and regional manufacturing competitiveness.

Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh, U.S. Department of Labor

Martin J. Walsh was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of Labor on March 23, 2021. A lifelong champion of equity and fairness, and a proud product of the City of Boston, Secretary Walsh leads the U.S. Department of Labor with a strong connection to working people, and a commitment to creating an economy that works for all.

In 1997, he was elected to serve as a State Representative for one of the most diverse districts in Massachusetts. There, he focused on creating good jobs, protecting workers' rights, expanding mental health treatment, and investing in public transit.

Following his time as a State Representative, Secretary Walsh spent the last seven years as the Mayor of the City of Boston. While mayor, he led the creation of close to 140,000 jobs and helped secure a statewide $15/hour minimum wage, paid sick leave, and paid parental leave. He established Universal, high-quality Pre-Kindergarten for all children, and free community college for low-income students.

Secretary Walsh was a national leader in the response to COVID-19, getting PPE to first responders and nursing homes; funding emergency child care for healthcare and frontline workers; halting evictions and providing rental relief; and setting up multiple funds to help small businesses survive. His work early in the pandemic to pause construction and establish safety requirements has been lauded as a model by both unions and employers alike.

As Mayor of Boston, Secretary Walsh also made his mark as a labor leader. After following his father into Laborers Local 223 in Boston, he rose to head the Building and Construction Trades Council from 2011 to 2013. He worked with business and community leaders to promote high-quality development, and he created a program called Building Pathways that has become a model for increasing diversity in the workplace and providing good career opportunities for women and people of color.

Born and raised in the neighborhood of Dorchester by immigrant parents, Secretary Walsh is driven to ensure our nation’s economy works for everyone. Secretary Walsh is a survivor of Burkitt lymphoma and is a proud member of the recovery community who has worked to expand addiction treatment throughout his career. While working full-time as a legislator, he returned to school to earn a degree in Political Science at Boston College.

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Cybersecurity for Advanced Digital Manufacturing

Cybersecurity for Advanced Digital Manufacturing Connected, smarter operational technology (OT) is enabling manufacturers and other industrial sectors to increase productivity and sustainability. But how do companies ensure their increasingly digitalized operating environments are cybersecure? Trey Herr, PhD, Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative under the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council joins President and CEO of Siemens USA Barbara Humpton, to discuss technology and workforce development solutions to mitigate risks associated with OT cyberattacks.

Trey Herr, PhD

Dr. Trey Herr is the director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative under the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. His team works on cybersecurity and geopolitics including cloud computing, the security of the internet, supply chain policy, cyber effects on the battlefield, and growing a more capable cybersecurity policy workforce. Previously, he was a senior security strategist with Microsoft handling cloud computing and supply chain security policy as well as a fellow with the Belfer Cybersecurity Project at Harvard Kennedy School and a non-resident fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He holds a PhD in Political Science and BS in Musical Theatre and Political Science.

Moderated by Barbara Humpton

Barbara Humpton is President and CEO of Siemens Corporation, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market. Siemens USA employs approximately 40,000 people serving customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico and generated $17 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2020. 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 worklife blend that honors her priorities both at Siemens and as a grandmother.

Most recently, Humpton served as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens’ products and services for federal government agencies and departments. In this role, Humpton also served as an officer/director member of the board of directors of SGT.

Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Humpton served as a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential.

Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Barbara is Chairman of the Siemens Corporation Board, the Siemens Foundation and of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). She serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region, Triumph Group, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband David.