Barbara R. Guthrie
is the Vice President and Chief Public Safety Officer for UL, responsible for ensuring the company remains focused on its public safety mission. She leads the team that began formulation of an algorithm to produce a numerical index for unintentional injury that quantifies the relative safety of living and working environments for people in a country. The UL Safety Index™ is a dynamic data science initiative that provides accurate, relevant data to be used to explore specific safety outcomes, inform policy and investment choices, and make informed, science-based decisions for a more secure, sustainable, safer world.In 2000, Barbara combined her business and engineering skills with the mindset of a dedicated mom to create, design and execute a global youth safety education program – UL Safety Smart® – in partnership with The Walt Disney Company. UL Safety Smart has been adopted in over 24 countries, translated into 34 languages, and has educated over 900 million kids and adults around the globe. She serves on several Boards and committees including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), National Consumers League (NCL), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC), Youth Services America (YSA), DiscoverE 2017 Thought Leadership Marathon, President of Bradley University Alumni Board, and serves as Chair to the UL Consumer Advisory Council. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University, and a Master of Business Administration from Roosevelt University.She is a Corporate Fellow of the William Henry Merrill Society Class of 2014.