Michele Whyle

Director of Global Quality, Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability, 3M


As the Director of Global Quality, Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability at 3M, Michele is responsible for the development and execution of overarching sustainability and quality strategy across multiple consumer product business.


Michele has worked with 3M for 21 years and has been a long-time leader in sustainability & operations throughout her career. Key accomplishments include developing more sustainable adhesive technology for the company which eliminated the need for both solvent and water in the manufacturing process. She led efforts to develop environmental and safety management processes in 3M’s manufacturing sites and she has worked for years in the regulatory compliance area of 3M businesses where she was responsible for global regulatory affairs. Michele has been involved in developing corporate policy and processes around environmental marketing and claims, ethical sourcing and human rights protection. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master in business administration.


Michele is a mother of four and a passionate advocate of children. She volunteers her time working with and mentoring high-risk youth in the St. Paul Public schools system, she is the founder of a local Girl Scouts organization for an underserved population of local grade-school age girls, she teaches Christian education to youth and helps coach in her local youth sports program. She has been involved in many organizations including, but not limited to, the Consumer Specialty Products Association, the Program Review Board for the Twin Cities United Way,  Dovetail Partners, The Kids in Need Foundation, Youthlink, The Product Stewardship Institute, and Green Community Schools. Michele is often involved in speaking engagements and has presented on sustainability at the National Council of State Governments Convention, the Retail Industry Leadership Association, National Net Impact Convention, and National Society of Women Engineers Convention.