Carla Walker-Miller is a founder, CEO and savvy entrepreneur and a visionary leader determined to change lives through energy. Established in 2000, her Detroit-based firm focuses on empowering people and enriching communities by providing an exceptional experience to customers, team members and the communities in which they serve. Walker-Miller Energy Services (WMES) develops and implements energy efficiency solutions for utility, residential and commercial building owners.
Ms. Walker-Miller is a proud Detroit booster, and champions issues related to water affordability and the intentional recruitment, training and employment of black Detroit residents. Her firm has grown to more than 85 team members, and expects to increase that number to 100 employees by the end of 2018. An engineer by degree, Carla Walker-Miller led her business to double-digit growth after the recession, earning both local and national recognition as an innovative company. Over the past few years, WMES received several accolades and was awarded by DBusiness magazine as a 2017 Champion of the New Economy and honored by Ernst & Young as the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region in the category of Business Consulting. Other recognitions include an honor from The Heat and Warmth Fund as a trailblazer with the 2016 Alice Parker Award and from the Women President’s Organization (WPO) as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-owned business in America for 2016. They have also been recognized by Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council as the 2016 Employer of the Year and by the Michigan Small Business Administration as the 2015 Woman-Owned Business of the Year. In addition, WMES has been featured in national publications including FORTUNE, USA Today, EBONY, JET, Black Enterprise and Crain’s Detroit.
As a sought after speaker on issues relating to energy efficiency and sustainability, Carla is determined to bring underserved populations into the important energy dialogue. As part of her strong commitment to the Detroit community, Carla started a nonprofit organization in 2003, The Water Access Volunteer Effort (WAVE), which provides water bill assistance to low- income Detroit citizens and has distributed over $2 million to help over 9,700 families.
In 2014, Carla was elected President for the Michigan Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. . She also serves on the Board of Directors for numerous community organizations including the Detroit Regional Chamber, Build Institute, Mayor Duggan’s Workforce Development Board, TechTown Detroit, and the Wayne State University Physicians Board. Carla is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., InForum Michigan, the Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Women’s Informal Network, and the NAACP. She is a former member of the Board of Water Commissioners for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, and alumni of Detroit’s Inaugural Cohort for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. She and her family reside and work in the City of Detroit.