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Sandy Nessing

Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at American Electric Power

Listening to both sides: Sandy Nessing on Sustainability, Journalism and Empowering Youth

“When we talk about climate change, we tend to talk about carbon emissions, renewables, steel in the ground. We can’t forget the people and the communities, whether it’s the workforce in those plants that are being retired or the communities where those plants are retired and leaving a big void.”

Discover how American Electric Power (AEP) is paving the way for the future with innovative internships and apprenticeships while transitioning to a cleaner, modern energy grid.

Joined by Sandy Nessing, VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Sandy takes us on her remarkable journey from a passionate young journalist to a leading voice in sustainability, emphasizing the crucial role of generation representation and diversity. Get the inside scoop on her challenges and triumphs in a male-dominated industry and how she champions a just transition to clean energy, ensuring no one is left behind.

Sandy shares her powerful mentorship philosophy and visionary goals for a net zero energy economy by 2045. This episode is packed with actionable insights on empowering the next generation to tackle global problems and create a sustainable future. Don’t miss out—get ready to be inspired!

Key Moments

00:00 Lessons from journalism and career applied successfully.

04:37 Passion for journalism; inspired by equality movement.

09:49 18 years of sustainable career growth and balance.

10:55 Transitioning fossil fuel to clean energy challenges.

14:22 Overcoming opposition, mentoring, and leaving an imprint.

18:19 Teacher mentorship can shape a student’s path.

23:10 Educating team on biodiversity’s importance in climate.

25:02 Leverage nature, financial impact, perseverance, and patience.

29:32 Preparing for power plant retirement, engaging community.

32:46 Hope for cleaner energy and planetary protection.

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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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