Carla Harris

Carla Harris

Carla Harris is a vice chairman, 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 formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. Ms. 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.

For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corp., one of the largest biotechnology common stock transaction in U.S. history.

Ms. Harris was recently named to Fortune’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s “Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business” (2010), Black Enterprise’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), Essence’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.” Additionally, she was named Woman of the Year 2004 by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum.

Ms. Harris began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she received an MBA from Harvard Business School with Second Year Honors, and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. She 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.

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, A Better Chance Inc., and Mount Sinai and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Xavier University.

Ms. Harris is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. She co-chairs the National Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 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 from the National Urban League, the Women of Influence Award from The Links Inc. and many others.

Outside of work, Ms. Harris is an accomplished author and singer, having released her third gospel CD, Unceasing Praise (2011). Her second CD, a gospel album titled Joy Is Waiting, was featured on BET Nightly News, while her first CD, Carla’s First Christmas, was a bestseller and was featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in his American Dream segment. She is also the author of the newly released book, Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up or Start Over in Your Career. Her first book, Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace, was published in 2009.


Schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

7:30 a.m.
School of Business Women’s Entrepreneur Award Breakfast and Presentation
Adams Hall 403

9:30 a.m.
Fireside Chat with Carla Harris
Gundlach Theatre, Founders Hall
Junior business major Samantha Dorgan will lead an interview session with Ms. Harris about her career path and key issues in today’s business world.

11:00 a.m.
Mini Session: Presentation and Q&A
Gundlach Theatre
In this session, Ms. Harris will address current issues in finance, access to wealth and credit and the impact of the recession on wealth. There will be time for questions at the end of the session.

1:00 p.m.
Business Mega Class
Gundlach Theatre
All Heidelberg students who are majoring in accounting, economics and business administration will participate in this informal class session with Ms. Harris.

6:00 p.m.
Seiberling Gymnasium
Cash Bar

6:30 p.m.
Performance, Dinner & Keynote Address
Seiberling Gymnasium
Payment and reservation required by April 1, 2015

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