This week, on The Innovation Storytellers Show, I dive into a fascinating and sticky conversation with Jayshree Seth, Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate at 3M. As the creator of everyone’s favorite product, the Post-It Note, 3M has left an indelible mark on note-taking and organization. 

In this episode, we explore Jayshree’s incredible journey from her start in 1993 with a PhD in chemical engineering to holding 77 patents and becoming the first female engineer inducted into the Carleton Society 3M Science and Innovation Hall of Fame. In addition, we discuss her two books, her role in the 2021 docu-series “Not the Science Type,” and her passion for innovation, leadership, and STEM advocacy.

Tune in to this unforgettable conversation with a true trailblazer in innovation and STEM. You will discover the heart and soul behind the sticky notes that have transformed our lives and learn about the inspiring journey of Jayshree Seth, a remarkable woman who continues to break boundaries and redefine what’s possible in the world of science and engineering.

Name: Jayshree Seth
Title:  Corporate Scientist & Chief Science Advocate
Company: 3M

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Jayshree Seth is a Corporate Scientist at 3M and currently holds 77 patents for a variety of innovations, with several additional pending. She joined 3M in 1993 after an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, New York. She is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from her alma mater REC Trichy India, now NIIT Trichy, where she earned a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering.

Jayshree was appointed 3M’s first ever Chief Science Advocate in 2018 and is using her scientific knowledge, technical expertise and professional experience to advance science and communicate the benefits of science and the importance of diversity in STEM fields. She is also a member of Carlton Society which is the 3M Science and Engineering “Hall of Fame.” Jayshree is the fourth woman and first female engineer to be inducted. In 2020, she was awarded the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) highest Achievement Award. She is also the first-ever winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the new Female Thought Leaders of the Year – category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2021.

Jayshree was featured in a docuseries titled Not the Science Type that premiered during the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and was accepted for Brand Storytelling Showcase, a sanctioned event at Sundance Film Festival. She is the author of the books, The Heart of Science – Engineering Footprints, Fingerprints, & Imprints, and The Heart of Science – Engineering Fine Print published by the Society of Women Engineers, and all sales proceeds go to a scholarship for underrepresented minority women in STEM. She is a sought-after speaker, globally, on a multitude of topics such as innovation, leadership and STEM advocacy and has featured in local, national and international media.