New Orleans, La. – Kay Kelley
Arnold, Entergy Corporation’s vice president, public affairs, has been
recognized by the International Women’s Forum as one of the organization’s
“Women Who Make a Difference.”
The award was presented at the
organization’s recent World Leadership Conference in San Francisco. The forum
honors trailblazing women who have made a tremendous contribution in their
fields of endeavor and a significant difference in advancing women’s leadership.
The recognition underscores Entergy’s
continuous commitment to improve the lives of customers. Arnold oversees
Entergy’s civic and social responsibility efforts, including grassroots
initiatives, corporate contributions, low income programs and voluntarism.
Participation in professional programs include Harvard University’s John F.
Kennedy School of Government, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of
Finance and others. She has chaired boards, fundraising campaigns and events for
numerous organizations and serves as a mentor and advisor to women starting new
“Kay’s political and social
understanding, vast experience and unfailing compassion are a driving force of
Entergy’s efforts at making a difference in the lives of our customers,” said
Kim Despeaux, senior vice president, federal policy, regulatory and governmental
affairs for Entergy Corp. “From lobbying on Capitol Hill on behalf of low income
customers to overseeing significant investments in making the area we serve a
better place, Kay’s oversight advances the impact of Entergy’s advocacy efforts.
It is fitting that she be recognized in this way.”
Other leaders recognized this year
include Denise Morrison, president & CEO of the Campbell’s Soup Corporation;
Nana Magomola, deputy chair of The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust; and
Dr. Amal Zuriekat Sharaiha, founding chair of Operation Smile.
Arnold has been associated with
Entergy since 1988, when she joined Arkansas Power & Light Co., the forerunner
of Entergy Arkansas, as general manager of corporate communications. Since then
she has served in a number of roles, including director of federal regulatory
affairs, before taking her current position in 1995. From the University of
Arkansas, Arnold holds bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in
communications as well as a juris doctorate.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated
energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail
distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with
approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more
than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading
nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility
customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual
revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.