Managing Director of Morgan Stanley

Carla Harris

Fee Range

$25K - $40K

Travels From

New York, NEW YORK

At a glance:

As the first African American to join Morgan Stanley’s management committee, Carla Harris shares proven strategies that have helped her succeed and thrive on Wall Street. She helps audiences maximize success.

Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. The breadth of her industry experience enables her to move effortlessly from topics of technology, retail, or media sectors to healthcare, telecommunications, and transportation. Ms. Harris began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Carla received from Harvard Business School an MBA, Second Year Honors and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. President Barack Obama appointed Carla to chair the National Women’s Business Council in 2013.

With audiences, Carla is applauded for her grace and humor, as well as what she calls “Carla’s Pearls,” delightful bits of evergreen wisdom. Her presentations are colored with her experience as a senior member of the equity syndicate desk, executing transactions such as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation. She has been named to Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance, and Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business, to mention a few.

Carla’s belief is that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.” As a result, she remains actively involved in her community and carries the energy of that empowering spirit to each presentation.

  • Carla's Pearls: Tools for Maximizing Your Success.

    Carla speaks about the proven strategies that have helped her succeed and thrive on Wall Street. This presentation shines the light on her self-described "Pearls" of wisdom. She helps audiences maximize success from where they currently find themselves, as well as increasing the odds of reaching the position they aspire to. Discussion points include the importance—and the power—of perceptions in the workplace, key relationships needed to ensure your success, and the role authenticity plays in being a powerful leader.
  • Leadership: Currency, Change, & Creating A Powerful Presence.

    Carla Harris is the Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley, that’s true. But she is also a gospel recording artist, and author of two books: Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies to Surviving in the Workplace and Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career. In this presentation, Carla talks with audiences about the components of positioning yourself to maximize success as a leader in your current career environment or in the environment you desire. The concepts of performance currency vs. relationship currency are explored, as well as how to manage change, create change, and become an impactful and influential leader.

A Morgan Stanley Exec Explains Why the Bank Is Investing In a Business Opportunity That's Been Under the Radar for Years

As I like to say, where there’s a market inefficiency, there’s a commercial opportunity. We know that only a tiny fraction of venture capital investment flows to women and people of color. Whether ... Read more

by Business Insider

The Woman—and Program—Changing the Game for Female Entrepreneurs

First, the good news: Female entrepreneurship is expanding. Female-owned businesses grew 58 percent from 2007 to 2018, according to the eighth annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. And businesses started by ... Read more

by Goop

Morgan Stanley’s Carla Harris Builds Stronger Businesses Through Diversity

Carla Harris built her reputation on Wall Street by shepherding billions of dollars through initial public offerings. She now oversees Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab. To gain an edge, she says, ... Read more

by Fast Company

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