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Carla Harris

2016 Speaker

CARLA HARRIS is a vice chairman, wealth management, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley.  Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She has received praise and honors from numerous national publications, including Fortune magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U. S. Bankers “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance,” Black Enterprise’s “Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business,” Black Enterprise’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street,” Essence’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the “Power 100” and “15 Corporate Women at the Top.” She has also received countless awards for her achievements.

She is the immediate past 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 (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc, Mt. Sinai and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Xavier University, and is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers.  In her other life, Harris is a singer, and has released three albums, including, “Unceasing Praise” (2011), Joy Is Waitingand “Carla’s First Christmas.” She is also the author of the newly released book, “Strategize to Win” and “Expect to Win” (2009) (Hudson Press). Harris earned an M.B.A., Second Year Honors, and an A.B. in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude.  She has also received Honorary Doctorates of laws, humanities and business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fisk University respectively. @carlaannharris