C3E 2013: Advancements for the Developing World Award Winner, Katherine Lucey

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Award Presentation

Presented by Kim Saylors Laster, @KLast5, @Walmart
Vice President of Energy
Award Presenter, Advancements for the Developing World

Ms. Kim Saylors-Laster joined Walmart in 1994 and is currently Vice President of Energy responsible for the procurement of electricity, natural gas and renewable energy for Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities within the US, and the procurement of electricity for ASDA facilities, a Walmart subsidiary, in the UK. Kim is an Executive Champion of Walmart’s Global Energy and Facilities Network which facilitates the company’s efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its facilities around the world while operating for less. In 2011, Kim cofounded Walmart’s Global Renewable Energy Committee, which has successfully helped expand and drive the development of renewable energy projects in Walmart’s operations in fifteen countries, advancing the company’s goal to produce or procure 7 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy globally by 2020 and the company’s long-term goal to be 100% supplied by renewable energy. Kim’s work has contributed to Walmart’s recognition by the EPA as the largest onsite green power generator in the US.

Previously, Kim was Vice President of Global Compliance for the real estate division before joining the energy team in 2006. In addition to her service at Walmart and as a C3E Ambassador, Kim has served on the Board of Advisors of the University of California, Davis Energy Efficiency Center, the Texas Energy Management and Innovation Advisory Board at the McCombs School of Business, and Empower- A-Child, International, a US non-profit organization serving orphaned children in Uganda and Kenya, Africa. Kim is affiliated with the Arkansas Bar Association, a volunteer counselor at the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers, AR, and is an Arkansas Licensed Associate Counselor. Kim earned a B.A. in Psychology from Arkansas Tech University, a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, and an M.S. in Counseling from John Brown University. 

Presented to Katherine Lucey
Chief Executive Officer
Solar Sister
Panelist and Advancements for the Developing World Winner

Katherine Lucey is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Solar Sister, an innovative social enterprise that is creating a green energy revolution in Africa powered by women’s enterprise. Solar Sister combines the breakthrough potential of micro-solar lighting and energy with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network. Women become Solar Sister entrepreneurs, earning income to lift themselves and their families out of poverty and providing access to clean, affordable solar light to their communities.

After a successful 20-year career on Wall Street, Katherine decided to give back and brought her business acumen and passion for empowering women to Africa, creating a sustainable, market-based social enterprise that provides light, hope and opportunity to women and their communities. Katherine is a graduate of Santa Clara Univeristy’s Global Social Business Incubator (GSBI), an Ashoka East Africa Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur. Her undergraduate degree is from University of Georgia and she earned an MBA from Georgia State University.

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