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Carla Harris

Chair, National Women’s Business Council and Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management, Managing Director, and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley


Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council in August 2013. She is a Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management, Managing Director, and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, where she is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, and has a number of other prestigious awards from U.S. Bankers, Black Enterprise, Essence Magazine, Ebony, and Harvard Black Men’s Forum. She is the Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards of the Food Bank for NYC, The Executive Leadership Council, The Toigo Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, A Better Chance, Inc., The Apollo Theatre Foundation, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Xavier University, and is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. She is co chair of the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and was a member of the Board of Overseers’ Committee on University Resources, Harvard University.

She has received the Bert King Award from the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association, the 2005 Women’s Professional Achievement Award from Harvard University, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League, the Women of Influence Award from The Links, Incorporated and many other awards. In her other life, Carla is a world-renowned gospel singer, having released three albums, and author of two books: Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace, and Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Harvard University.


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