3M Leader to Deliver President's Lecture on Sustainability

Gayle Schueller '87

Gayle Schueller '87 (Image provided)

Gayle Schueller ’87, vice president and chief sustainability officer at 3M, will deliver the 7th President’s Sustainability Lecture on Wednesday, September 30, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. Her talk, “Business for the Greater Good,” will be held virtually. (More details to come.)

In her role, Schueller leads 3M to address customer needs in a way that advances environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic success. She started in 3M’s corporate laboratory as a product development engineer and has over 25 years of technical and business leadership experience. Her career spans a broad range of businesses, from electronics to healthcare to consumer industries. She has led technical and business teams from around the world, including Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America.

Her previous roles include serving as vice president of new platforms for growth and commercialization, director general for 3M Mexico, vice president for global sustainability, and vice president of research & development and design for 3M’s Consumer and Office Business. She is passionate about making a positive impact in the world through science and technology. 

“She is our first Geneseo alum to be invited as this speaker and she brings with her a very unique perspective on sustainability. Her background in physics and her career path appeals to a wide range of students on our campus. Everyone from physics majors to social entrepreneurs to aspiring executives can relate to her,” says Meg Reitz, associate director of residence life for educational initiatives, and co-chair of the President’s Committee on Sustainability. “She provides a sustainability lens to running a global company, which we hope will begin a lot of conversations and kickstart initiatives from students to help make Geneseo a more sustainable campus.”

Read Gayle Schueller’s article about how science is helping company leaders and customers be better earth stewards in the Geneseo Scene.


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