Carla Walker-Miller, Founder and CEO of Detroit-based Walker-Miller Energy Services, one of the largest African American- and woman-owned energy waste reduction firms in the country, is featured in The Unstoppables, a dynamic documentary that celebrates some of the world’s most visionary entrepreneurs.
The Unstoppables, produced by Ernst & Young (EY) in collaboration with CNBC Catalyst, is currently airing on CNBC television in over 100 international markets, including the United States. The first iteration of The Unstoppables launched in 2020 and was watched by over six million people, with 68 million impressions and 45 million video views. It’s a phenomenal way to showcase how entrepreneurs like Walker-Miller are reframing the future and rising to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
“The Unstoppables is a chance to recognize and give thanks to some of the entrepreneurs who are lighting the path forward for a better world,” says Stasia Mitchell, Global Entrepreneurship Leader for Ernst & Young.
Mitchell continues, “My hope is that the world will be inspired to make changes after seeing Carla’s unstoppable journey. Walker-Miller Energy Services is a great example of the resiliency and long-time legacy of innovation that Detroit has always been known for.”
In this latest documentary, Walker-Miller, who earned the award for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region in 2017, shares her journey as an entrepreneur as well as her vision for a more sustainable future of energy. She has demonstrated a relentless commitment to diversifying the workforce, aggressively recruiting Black people and people of color, women, people who identify as LGBTQI, people living with disabilities, returning citizens, and veterans. Walker-Miller also shares how her personal values continue to guide her company’s growth.
“As the infrastructure of this country is being decarbonized, the clean energy industry has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to intentionally and thoughtfully include people who have historically been absent from the industry and its benefits,” says Walker-Miller.
She continues, “The demand for new clean energy businesses, employees, and communities can be fulfilled by inviting a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of this country. That is how we drive equity into the process as we win the fight against climate change.”
Two additionally inspiring leaders in the world of entrepreneurship are featured in the documentary alongside Walker-Miller: JungJungJin SEO, Founder and Honorary Chairman of Celltrion Group, EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2021, and Mate Rimac, Founder and CEO of Rimac Group, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2017 Croatia. SEO reveals what inspired him to make a radical change of direction and reshape the future of medicine and health care while Rimac takes us inside his state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Croatia to reveal how he is navigating the fast-paced world of sustainable mobility technology.
Walker-Miller Energy Services works with utility companies, commercial clients and homeowners to assist them in saving energy and money through a lens of equity. Their efforts help decrease the energy burdens on local families and businesses, create jobs, diversify the local energy workforce, and serve the needs of low- and moderate-income families with compassion. As part of its evolution, the company has turned its sights on driving equity in the global clean energy transformation.
The clean energy firm began as a full-line electrical equipment distributor in 2000, pivoting to energy efficiency services as its core business during the great recession. As its company evolution continues, its 170 team members across five states has added to its portfolio, becoming a distributor and certified installer of EV charging stations, building backup batteries and solar panels.
The high-performing firm is in high demand as a clean energy industry thought leaders and partner, providing a multitude of products and service that include:
- Energy Waste Reduction/Energy Efficiency Program Design and Implementation
- EV Charging Station, Batteries, and Solar Panels
- Building Performance Institute (BPI) Energy Auditor Certification Training
- Inclusive Outreach and Community Engagement Experts
- Transmission and Distribution Product Procurement
- Customer Experience / Call Center Management
- Workforce Development and Training
With a promise to “Deliver Extraordinary Experiences” as one of its core values, Walker-Miller Energy Services has curated a diverse, talented team of Engineers, Certiﬁed Energy Managers (CEM), BPI Certiﬁed Energy Analysts, Building Analysts, Six Sigma practitioners, and other energy industry professionals. As a U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Score Partner and a certified BPI Goldstar Contractor, the company trains with industry best practices in mind and staffs programs with individuals who hold safety and customer satisfaction paramount.
“This year we are so excited to feature Carla Walker-Miller of Walker-Miller Energy Services and shine a light on the fantastic and crucial work she does around energy transition, in addition to the incredible efforts she makes to ensure the energy industry is more diverse and equitable for all,” says Angie Kelly, Managing Partner of the Ernst & Young Detroit Office.
Kelly goes on to state, “As a prior Entrepreneur Of The Year Michigan and Northwest Ohio award winner and seeing firsthand her significant impact in the Detroit community, asking her to be in the film was a clear choice.”
The Unstoppables is available for on demand viewing at cnbc.com/unstoppables and on CNBC TV from December 2021 through January 2022. Check local listings for show times.
A repeat airing is scheduled for this Saturday, January 29, at 11:30 a.m. Check local listings to confirm show times.
For more information on Walker-Miller Energy Services, visit www.wmenergy.com.