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Anyone Can Innovate with Amy Simpkins

You Belong in the C-Suite

In today’s episode, Laura welcomes author, podcast host, co-founder, and CEO at muGrid Analytics, Amy Simpkins. Amy solves problems at the intersection of energy, technology, and economics using math and modeling.  The clean energy industry is booming and changing the way we have thought about energy over the past 100 years. There is a disruption to the stability that we have relied on, due to the nature of innovation and the changes that come with it. Around this, there is a common theme of “both, and” and the balance that is necessary in order for them to work hand in hand. Innovation is for everyone; innovation is an inherently human process. Through that process of innovation, there is a leap between theory and practice - and the leap is a chasm.   Tune into this episode to learn about the types of innovation, who can be an innovator (and how to do it), recognizing the need for, and knowing when to innovate, and the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership to have a boundary-breaking webbed perspective. Laura’s first book – Values First. How Knowing Your Core Beliefs Can Get You the Life and Career You Want – is now available! Grab your copy today! Go to www.thecatchgroup.com to check out the show notes, resources, and links mentioned in this episode! Connect with Laura: -Follow The Catch Group on LinkedIn. -Follow the show on Instagram @thecatchgroup. -Enjoying what you hear? Follow and leave a review HERE.


8 Jun 2022

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2.06 On Architecting the Clean Energy Future through Collaboration with Amy Simpkins featuring Laura Novak

Power Flow

For this 20th Power Flow episode, we flip the script - Power Flow Creative Director, Laura Novak, interviews our erstwhile host, Amy Simpkins, putting her on the hot seat and giving her a dose of her own tough questions. As co-founder and CEO at muGrid Analytics, Amy Simpkins solves wicked problems at the intersection of energy technology and economics using math and modeling. muGrid provides bankable techno-economic analysis, optimized control, and project development of renewable energy, energy storage, and microgrids to maximize economic return, increase energy resilience, and promote energy equity in the US and around the world. Amy is also an internationally recognized speaker on innovation and iterative development for entrepreneurs. She is the author of Spiral: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion and host of the Power Flow Podcast, which amplifies diverse voices in the energy revolution. Prior to muGrid, Amy designed and operated spacecraft as a Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin. Her technical expertise includes system and software architecture, system-level performance modeling, and design tradespace analysis.Amy holds an MS in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an SB in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a messy chef, a world traveler, a taekwondo green belt, a vocal music minor, a mom to three curious innovators, and a tough cookie in the Colorado backcountry. QuotablesAll quotes by Amy Simpkins“The drive for simplicity results in inefficiency.” “We said ‘yes, simplicity and stability at any cost.’ And when I say any cost, I mean any economic cost and at the cost of the planet in carbon emissions. And the trouble is, we can no longer say that.”“I think we need to have more spaces that are devoted to free exchange of ideas without fear of competition.”“The economic market is what’s going to drive the widespread change.” “Stability and efficiency at the cost of the planet is not acceptable.”“We need to be able to take baby steps back from oversimplification, stovepiping, and this unwavering commitment to stability at any cost.”“We are all interacting with the system. Whether you work in the industry or not, you live in it.”Resources:Connect with Amy on LinkedIn.Check out muGrid’s website.Connect with muGrid Analytics on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.If you enjoyed the conversation, please share the episode with other innovators. Leave us a positive review and subscribe to Power Flow on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out our awesome merch! And hey, we’re new, so you can even apply to be a sponsor or a guest.You can follow Power Flow Podcast on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tik Tok. Thank you for listening. See you at the whiteboard!


22 Mar 2022

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402: From Astronautics to MicroGrids with Amy Simpkins of muGrid


Today's guest is Amy Simpkins, CEO of Mu Grid.  We talk about her life as a clean energy consultant, her history in astronautics and her new podcast, Power Flow.  Growing up in a culture of theater, music and performance, Amy has deep love for words and a connection to story.  But she spent years taming the right brain and training the left as an engineer, studying aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, interning with NASA and working for the Space Systems Division of Lockhead Martin.  Amy still has a pending application to be an astronaut. But in the meantime, she has stepped away from building systems for space shuttles and has turned her focus to Resilient Microgrids.  After all, what is a spacecraft, but a microgrid in the sky?  Together with her husband, electrical engineer Dr. Travis Simpkins (see episode 56), they have formed a consulting company dedicated to helping establish grid-tied microsystems that can withstand grid failure.  Governments, schools, grocery stores, hospitals, everyone needs to move into sustainable energy consumption that can handle the wild ride of climate change.  Mu Grid helps clients tackle unpredictability (see the definition of stochastic*) with data and better modeling.   But, you know me, I like to ask personal questions. You'll  hear what it's to manage a highly technical consulting firm with her husband while also traveling the world and homeschooling three small children.   In a pandemic.  How their family is growing and adjusting.  And why she launched Power Flow, a podcast dedicated to elevating diverse voices in the new energy economy.  Pass the microphone.   *Stochastic - randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely. Remember you can always find the resources and learn more about today’s guest, recommendations, book links, and more than 380 other founder stories and startup advice at www.mysuncast.com. Text Nico and start a conversation! +1 (310) 634-1780 You can connect with me, Nico Johnson, on Twitter, LinkedIn or email

1hr 14mins

23 Sep 2021

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Episode 1.01 On Bringing All Minds to the Whiteboard with Amy Simpkins

Power Flow

In this episode, Power Flow host Amy Simpkins shares her vision for the podcast and the importance of collaboration in innovation. Featuring conversations with energy experts, Power Flow showcases all things energy: the new energy economy, the all-electric future, sustainability, resilience, and equity.Learn how microgrid project development is similar to spacecraft acquisition. Also: sustainability, community resilience, the new energy economy, all-electric future, and moving from centralized to distributed architectures.Amy’s objective is to start conversations that dream a new dream in the context of collaboration, understanding that no one person has all the answers to the energy crises that are facing our world right now. Using the power of collaboration to save the planet together, we can tap many people’s zones of genius and learn about the exciting solutions all around us.Quotables “The way that we innovate, the way we move forward is not just diversity for the sake of diversity, but it’s a diversity of conversation and experience, bringing the vast experience and knowledge and inspiration from all different kinds of people together. Those are the keys to changing the world.” “I believe that the most potent form of innovation is collaborative, where you get multiple minds to the whiteboard to solve problems together. We need to have conversations with people who don’t think like us.” This Week’s GuestAmy Simpkins is Co-Founder, Host, and Chief Architect of the Power Flow Podcast. She is the author of  Spiral: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion and is known as a speaker and thought leader in innovation.Amy is CEO of the renewable energy startup muGrid Analytics, who solves problems at the edge of energy technology and economics using math and modeling. She is dedicated to creating a sustainable energy future for the planet, one project at a time. Previously, Amy designed, integrated, and operated spacecraft at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. During her tenure as an aspiring Spacecraft Systems Architect, she contributed to programs such as Juno, Stardust-NExT, Orion, and Space Radar, and worked in dynamic idea incubation groups for advanced aerospace innovation.Amy holds an SB in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MS in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California. She is a messy chef, a world traveler, a taekwondo green belt, a homeschooling mom of three, and a tough cookie in the Colorado backcountry.Connect with Amy on LinkedIn and Instagram. Follow Power Flow on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tik Tok. Follow muGrid Analytics on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, and check out their website.If you enjoyed the conversation, please share with other innovators. Leave us a positive review and subscribe on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. See you at the whiteboard!


14 Sep 2021

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018: How Equity Can be Enhanced in Sustainability and Disaster Preparedness with Amy Simpkins

How to Disaster

“A fundamental principle of innovation is that if you want more diversity of ideas and possibilities, you need to have more diverse brains in the room. That's not a diminishment of anyone. In fact, that's an elevation of everyone.”  -Amy Simpkins Episode Description:  Electricity is probably one of the most significant achievements of all time. The biggest industries down to individual residences all rely upon electricity for almost everything. But what if power grids suddenly fail? With the traditional grids getting outdated and less inefficient, this is likely to happen IF interventions keep being delayed. About ⅓ of energy is delivered to end-users; the greater fraction goes to waste. Moreover, outdated traditional grids continue to pose security, safety, and equity issues. How? In this episode, Jennifer sits with MuGrid Analytics CEO, Amy Simpkins to uncover this overlooked problem we have today.  Jennifer and Amy talk about the advantages of shifting from large centralized power plants that we use today to localized, distributed energy using microgrids. Learn how communities can maximize resiliency, advocate for energy equity, and ensure safety and security. The world needs a new way to define sustainability and renewable energy. Tune in and discover effective ways to pattern resilience metrics as Amy shares how to solve wicked problems with math and modeling! Connect with After The Fire USA:  Website Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn YouTube Highlights: 02:52: Microgrid- Definition and Benefits 06:35: The Danger of Traditional Grids  14:55: How to Increase Resiliency  17:52 Security Issues and the Political Landscape 23:42: Modeling Resilience Metrics 30:43: Energy Equity and Environmental Issues 35:11: The Advantages of CHP-Based Solution 41:46: Evolve with the New Energy Economy 43:38: Women Power 50:00: Define Resilience in Your Own Life


6 Sep 2021

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38. COVID-19’s Exponential Growth with Amy Simpkins

The Notable Woman Podcast

In this bringing the podcast back episode, I interview self proclaimed data nerd Amy Simpkins about COVID-19’s exponential growth.I’ve been personally off the grid due to the death of my father. He was one of my favorite people to walk the earth. A good egg. He went on hospice in December and then passed away in January. While we sat together each evening, with my mother too, we saw reports about a virus in Wuhan which eventually became a global pandemic.Not quite sure what to do – who really knows right now? – I decided to create a series of resources Notable Women might need to get by right now, and they’re all housed in “The Social Distancing Summit.” You can find that in The Society of Notable Women right here. We’ve got experts on fear. anxiety, and stress; activities for tiny humans, and interviews like this one here with Amy Simpkins.Amy is the CEO of muGrid Analytics, and she and her husband Travis created a data project looking at the exponential growth of COVID-19. You can find their work at humansvsvirus.com. The more we flatten the curve, the more likely we can beat the virus!! (I always see Bill Pullman’s speech in Independence Day in my head at this moment.)One of the things I’ve noted as I talk to people about this virus is that don’t understand why people freak out when there’s 3, or 7, or even in the case of New York City, 300 cases in your community. Ah, my friend, that is what Amy is here to explain.IN THIS EPISODE, I EXPLORE: Why Amy’s the right person to talk to about this Why Amy’s personally interested in the data around COVID-19 An explanation of some of the terms you’ve been hearing – R naught value and CFR What COVID-19’s doubling time is How we can #flattenthecurve I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did creating it. You can listen now, right here from this webpage by clicking the play button below.Prefer Apple Podcasts? Android user? Go to Overcast here or Google Podcasts here. Pocket Casts? Radio Public? Something else? And of course, if you loved the episode, a review is always appreciated! Subscribe now (Apple)EPISODE RESOURCES INCLUDE (affiliate links included): Humans Vs. Virus website Amy’s initial predictions Exponential growth explained Information about Patient 31, the super spreader The Imperial College report (where 18 months is coming from, if you’ve heard that) The Notable Woman on Overcast My email tool: Active Campaign What used to be my online meeting tool, now keeping the fabric of American education together: Zoom My website hosting fave: Siteground Today’s GuestAmy SimpkinsWebsite | Facebook“Seriously, get your head around – it’s going to be awhile. And if it’s less than that while, we’ll all be super duper happy.”Welcome to our community for leaders connecting to our already existing power so that we can remake the world through our work – whether that be for someone else or our own creations.We help those who are looking to get a seat at the table or build their own in a way that matches their values so that they can use their powerful voices for good while also living lives that they love.Sound interesting? We’d love for you to join us.FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter Search for:Join the free book club About Amy Simpkins Amy Simpkins is the Chief Executive Officer of MuGrid Analytics, and has over 15 years of experience in technical engineering and project management of complex systems and software. Prior to joining muGrid, Amy was an engineer and spacecraft systems architect with Lockheed Martin, where she worked on advanced R&D and design integration for earth observing and manned spacecraft. In this capacity, she assessed architectural choices based on design performance, operational power constraints, and program finance. Amy also spent several years in flight operations for unmanned scientific exploration spacecraft, where she helped monitor and manage the solar array performance, energy storage systems, and power budgets of long duration deep space missions. Her technical expertise includes system and software architecture, system-level performance modeling, and design tradespace analysis.Amy has coached and consulted on product innovation, business strategy, marketing, and sales for startups and small businesses in the renewable energy, healthcare, and SaaS sales spaces. She is an internationally recognized speaker on innovation and integration for entrepreneurs and is author of the book, Spiral: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion (Amazon). She holds an MS in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an SB in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Connect with Amy: Website – mugrid.com Website – humansvsvirus.com Facebook – @mugridanalytics Twitter – @mugridanalytics LinkedIn If you liked this episode, check out: The Super U Summit A MINIMALIST APPROACH TO NUTRITION AND WELLNESS with Bianca Osbourne (must join group to watch the video) The Notable Woman Podcast POLE DANCING TO BODY POSITIVE with Victoria Ng The Notable Woman Live! Change the World from the Inside Out: The Power You Have to Make a Difference! with Valerie Friedlander Support the podcast People like you keep The Notable Woman alive through your Patreon support! There are great perks at every level, starting from just $2/month. People who support my work through their work: Julie Neale of Mothers Quest Jennifer Cole Siobhan McAuley of The Meaning Maker Collective Leave a voicemail for The Notable Woman! Call my Google voice number at (213) 340-4231 ‬and leave a voicemail, and you might just find yourself in the next episode of The Notable Woman! The Notable Woman Website If you’re viewing these show notes from one of the platforms the podcast is distributed to, head on over to the website at www.thenotablewoman.com for more resources, additional episodes, and more! The post 38. COVID-19’s Exponential Growth with Amy Simpkins appeared first on The Notable Woman.


22 Mar 2020

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Amy Simpkins, Renewable Energy Consultant


The US Department of Energy had a program called the Solar in Your Community Challenge, which allowed Amy and her husband to make contacts and gain contracts all while helping lower income communities. Occasionally, we hear from Compass guests that they found a government program that in one way or another helped them get their feet under them. I think we don't hear it more often because these programs aren't well advertised and we don't think to look. Taking time to run a couple of searches might get your business on firm footing that much sooner. We often talk about scaling on Compass and it's a very individual decision. Coaching, consulting, and service work tend to be on the trading time for money end of the spectrum. Downloads, courses, and books are on the recurring revenue end, and they all are types of intellectual property. Additionally, you can develop systems and models to sell to other businesses, depending on what you do. It may be time to take another look at what you do and what other revenue streams are available. Amy consults and is still keeping an eye on whether they want to look at selling their proprietary models later on. It's rare that you get to see the effect your work has on the world at large. I occasionally hear from listeners about how the show has made a difference in their lives. When you manage a company's social media account you can see how it's helping grow their business. Amy gets to see how their work sets up individual companies to shift their energy footprints and it's overall effect in the grand scheme. For full links and show notes, visit compasspod.com/032


3 Sep 2019

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72 - Shifting Identity with the Seasons of Life + Growth ft. Amy Simpkins

The Take Back Your Damn Life Podcast

There are seasons to each year. We know this. Fall, winter, spring, summer...and we all know what each of those seasons bring, right? But, did you know that there are seasons of life too? In today's episode, we've got Amy Simpkins on the podcast. Amy is a former aeronautical engineer. She jokes that her mom would call her a former rocket scientist and she's not wrong. She was living the dream in her field, but got the itch to challenge herself and try something new and completely different. Since her rocket scientist days, she has two new businesses - a renewable energy company and a coaching business helping entrepreneurs tap into their inner innovator.  On today's podcast, she talks about identity, how it can ebb, flow and shift throughout the stages of your life and how the iterative processes engineers use actually apply to our lives and our growth as well! It's a fascinating new perspective that I have been applying to my life constantly since I was exposed to this idea and I'm so pumped to share it with you! For show notes, head to coachellyn.com/podcast and, of course, post on instagram and tag me @coachellyn so that I can shout you out and say thank you! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tbydl-podcast/message

1hr 1min

27 Aug 2019

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Your Business is in a Spiral! with Amy Simpkins - Episode 62

Business Owner Freedom

Amy Simpkins is an MIT Grad, Aerospace Engineer, former space craft hands-on project member and Founder of muGrid Analytics, a renewable energy consultancy. Along with all of those accomplishments, she is also an entrepreneur coach. She joins us today to share her experiences and wisdom. Find out where your business is in the Spiral! For more information go to www.BusinessOwnerFreedom.com/blog Our discussion today included these points and more: 1. It is good to fail fast. 2. Everyone is an innovator. 3. Design is an iterative process at best. 4. Divergent and Convergent thinking. 5. How to use the spiral to create new products and services. 6. The balance between releasing a product and waiting for perfection.  7. We should be using our intuition more (this is from a data minded person!) 8. Embrace the humanness.  and so much more...  Contact Amy muGrid Website Spiral, by Amy Simpkins For additional insights go to www.BusinessOwnerFreedom.com to join our community. We look forward to getting to know you.  Join the Business Owner Freedom Mastermind. Connect with Business Owner Freedom and Gregory: Website LinkedIn Facebook If you have questions or show subject suggestions, you can submit those via email to askgreg@gregorygray.com. If you truly enjoyed the show, don't forget to leave a positive rating and review on iTunes. We are preparing more episodes, so join us again next week! Thank you for tuning in to the Business Owner Freedom Podcast! Copyright © 2019 BOFP


7 Aug 2019

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168 - "Spiral" with Amy Simpkins (@amylsimpkins)

Going North Podcast

“Enjoy the journey and don’t be summit obsessed.” - Amy Simpkins  Today's featured author is innovation catalyst, MIT-trained engineer, speaker and the "Queen of Big Ideas", Amy Simpkins. Amy and I talk about her book, growing through change and tons more!! Key Takeaways: Constant learning keeps life interesting. What’s important to you now may not be important to you in a different phase of your life. “I think big thoughts.” Spend some time in the confusion phase to get to the solution phase. “All parenting is chaos.” Who do you want to be? Contrary to popular opinion, some engineers love hugs. It’s okay not to know when starting out and seeking to become more innovative. We need to allow ourselves to grow through change. Amy's Site: http://www.amysimpkins.com/ Amy's Book: http://www.amysimpkins.com/spiralbook/ Amy's Energy Company -"Mugrid Analytics": http://mugrid.com/ A special shoutout goes to MagicMusicX (@magicmusicx) for his track "Computer Room". Be sure to cop this and his other wonderful tunes through the following link. https://magicmusicx.bandcamp.com/track/the-computer-room Related Episodes: 4 - "My Cape Is At the Cleaners" with Wendy Elover (@wendyeloveracademymortgage): https://goingnorth.libsyn.com/going-north-podcast-episode-4-my-cape-is-at-the-cleaners-with-wendy-elover-wendyeloveracademymortgage 8 - "Gain the Advantage" with Nancy Gaines (@NancyLGaines): https://goingnorth.libsyn.com/going-north-podcast-episode-8-nancy-gaines-nancylgaines 39 - "Enroll In Confidence" with Sabah Ali (@sabah.ali14): https://goingnorth.libsyn.com/39-enroll-in-confidence-with-sabah-ali-sabahali14 42 - "Courage" with Christie Lindor (@MuseMece): https://goingnorth.libsyn.com/42-courage-with-christie-lindor-musemece 44 - "How to Work With Jerks" by Eric Williamson (@TTS_Williamson): https://goingnorth.libsyn.com/44-how-to-work-with-jerks-by-eric-williamson-tts_williamson 66.5 - "Woman 5.0" with Gema Ramirez (@gemramir): https://goingnorth.libsyn.com/66-point-five-woman-50-with-gema-ramirez-gemramir 82 - "Side Hustle Millionaire" with Tony Whatley (@365Driven): https://goingnorth.libsyn.com/82-side-hustle-millionaire-with-tony-whatley-365driven 84 - "Innovation and Leadership" with Dr. Jeff Standridge: https://goingnorth.libsyn.com/84-innovation-and-leadership-with-dr-jeff-standridge 110 - "Self-Intelligence" with Jane Ransom (@TheJaneRansom): https://goingnorth.libsyn.com/110-self-intelligence-with-jane-ransom-thejaneransom 113 - "Business, Faith & Empowering Women Over 40" with Jen Du Plessis (@JenDuPlessis): https://goingnorth.libsyn.com/113-business-faith-empowering-women-over-40-with-jen-du-plessis-jenduplessis Disclaimer: Forgive the occasional fireworks in the background since this was recorded on the 4th of July.


2 Aug 2019