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Dr. Gayle Schueller

Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at 3M

Driving Change: Dr. Gayle Schueller’s Insights on Global Sustainability and Science Innovation

“Look at the innovations. I don’t want to give too many examples here, but electric vehicles, if it weren’t for Tesla making electric vehicles aspirational, I don’t think we would be where we are now with the transformation towards electrifying transportation. I think that there are breakthroughs that hopefully somebody listening to this today, a young person, are going to have.”

In today’s episode, we’re joined by a visionary leader in the arena of sustainability, Gayle Schueller, the Chief Sustainability Officer at 3M. Gayle brings a treasure trove of insights into the intersection of science, technology, and environmental stewardship, fostered from a childhood immersed in the natural beauty of national parks and a keen observance of technological evolution and challenges. 

Looking towards 2040, she envisions a world transformed by technological advances in smart buildings, transportation, and artificial intelligence advancements that not only promise to revolutionize our way of life but also offer sustainable solutions to the environmental and societal challenges we face today.

Join your host, Prashant Raizada, as we delve into how companies like 3M are turning challenges into opportunities, integrating sustainability into the core of their business strategies, and inspiring the next generation to build a more sustainable future. 

Tune in to discover how optimism and action can coalesce to reshape our world.

Key moments

00:00 Major international presence with over 100 sites.

04:06 Explored nature across the US and Canada, profound impact.

10:05 Next generation’s importance, mental health, climate anxiety.

13:59 Traditional education works, but struggles with technology.

17:05 Loomi aims to support youth through collaboration.

18:54 Unconventional 3Ms Impact program aids struggling communities.

22:08 Science for circular, climate, and community impact.

26:37 Addressing emerging regulations on global plastic waste.

29:28 Sustainability work requires optimism for the future.

32:33 Advocating optimism, action, and business opportunities for sustainability.

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About In YOUth We Trust

In YOUth We Trust sits down with successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, educators, and others worldwide.

We spotlight how individuals & organizations are shaping a better world, directly or indirectly, for the coming generations by focusing on sustainability, equity, education, and more to empower young people to create the future they deserve.


About Lumi.Network

Lumi is building the world’s first AI-augmented platform where 10-25-year-olds undertake Quests to build entrepreneurship, design thinking & AI skills while collaboratively developing tech-enabled solutions to the world’s biggest problems (based on UN SDGs). The Quests culminate in a unique Digital Skills Passport accredited by a Stanford University-affiliated institution.

Working in teams from around the world, Luminaries learn skills in coding, design, and entrepreneurship. Supported by weekly expert sessions, they put these skills into practice to develop their original apps and solutions with tremendous potential to create real-world impact.

Young people see solutions, not problems. Lumi is their chance to combine their natural curiosity with the opportunity to make a real difference.

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About Your Host, Prashant Raizada

“I am an experienced entrepreneur & CEO whose career highlights include being part of the founding team of a unicorn (Infosys BPO- $2bn exit), Founder & CEO of Macmillan Publishers’ flagship digital education venture-EnglishUp, which became Brazil’s 3rd largest online English learning co.), working at McKinsey & Co. and having tried and failed (or learned) multiple times but starting back again…

I have operated in/engaged with most major global markets, continue advising companies across sectors on digital strategy/innovation, and mentor several start-ups and charities globally. I have dedicated the last 11 years to solving problems in all forms of education globally, and I am most excited about my latest venture, Lumi.Network, which is giving young minds globally an opportunity to learn about and collaborate to solve some of humanity’s greatest challenges. 

Since 2017, I also started my journey of inner transformation by becoming a part of the Self-Realisation Fellowship, a remarkable 100+ year institution started by Paramhansa Yogananda. Integrating yoga and meditation in my life has allowed me to become a better leader and person in all walks of life.”


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Sandy Nessing

Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at American Electric Power