Carla Walker-Miller is the founder and chief executive office of Walker-Miller Energy Services. Her firm helps electric and gas utilities achieve mandated energy reduction goals. Walker-Miller is a visionary who has molded Walker-Miller into one of the largest African American- and woman-owned energy waste reduction companies in the country.
Determined to create positive change, Carla is a visionary who leads with both empathy and tenacity. In 2018, she made three transformational decisions in the life of the company. She instituted a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, resolved to only recruit team members who embrace the company’s culture of kind excellence, and adopted second chance policies that give previously incarcerated citizens fair opportunities for employment. An alumnus of the 2014 Detroit Inaugural Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Carla has twice shared the stage with Warren Buffet representing small GS10KSB alumni nationally.
Walker-Miller recently received the 2021 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Award and the 2021 Detroit Women’s Leadership Award. Other awards received in recent years include the 2020 Inc. Magazine Female Founders 100 and 2020 Cool Places to Work. Walker-Miller’s work has been acknowledged in Black Enterprise, Essence Magazine, Forbes, FORTUNE, Inc., MSNBC, CNBC, The Edison Electric Institute Energy Perspectives, among others.
Driven by her giving spirit, Carla founded the Water Access Volunteer Effort (WAVE) Fund in 2003, while serving as a Commissioner for the City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
Walker-Miller serves on the Mayor of Detroit’s Workforce Development Board, the Autism Alliance of Michigan, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, the Michigan Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, the Neighborhood Defender Service National Board, and Executive Director of the Water Access Volunteer Effort, among numerous others.
Carla received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee State University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Oak Grove AME Church.