Cynthia Hutchison is Vice President of Automation Alley, a globally recognized Industry 4.0 knowledge center and a World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB), where she oversees program development, operations, sales, marketing and government affairs efforts for the nonprofit association's portfolio of 1,100-plus technology and manufacturing member companies across Michigan.
Hutchison is an Industry 4.0 thought leader who is frequently asked to present on the digital revolution’s impact on business, and she plays a key role in maximizing Automation Alley’s reach nationally and globally, serving as Automation Alley’s liaison to the World Economic Forum and helping to shape and promote the organization’s many Industry 4.0 initiatives, including Automation Alley’s annual Technology in Industry Report and global Industry 4.0 conference, Integr8.
Hutchison connects public and private industry stakeholders across Michigan for regular AMHUB meetings and leads invitation-only roundtables with C-Suite leaders and state and federal officials to help inform their legislative agendas regarding manufacturing, technology and Industry 4.0 initiatives.
She recently introduced and facilitated “The New Normal: Leveraging COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies to Build Future Innovation,” a weekly livestream series that leads the conversation with industry experts on what’s in store for manufacturing, digital transformation and business post-pandemic.
She is a member of the SecureAmerica Institute Governance Board and the Michigan Fashion Industry Council and was recognized as a Notable Woman in STEM by Crain's Detroit Business in 2019.
Prior to joining Automation Alley, Hutchison founded Band of Angels, an international outreach organization dedicated to helping individuals with Down Syndrome reach their full potential. She was named a Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News in 2007; in 2006, Woman’s Day Magazine named her one of 9 national Women Who Inspire Us, an award that recognizes extraordinary women who push themselves to exceptional limits.
Hutchison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Allegheny College