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Carla Harris

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” 

During her three decades at Morgan Stanley, Harris has held influential positions in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets, where she oversaw a number of the largest initial public offerings in history.

In addition, Harris is an accomplished gospel singer who has produced three albums and performed at Carnegie Hall five times. A sought-after public speaker as well, she is the author of two books, Expect to Win (2009) and Strategize to Win (2014). She graduated from Harvard Business School with second-year honors and is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where she studied economics.

Harris has been named to Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America, Fortune’s Most Influential List, U.S.Banker’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017) and Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street, Essence Magazine’s list of the 50 Women Who are Shaping the World, and Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and 15 Corporate Women at the Top.

She has also received honorary doctorates from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Fisk University