Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Wealth Management; Managing Director, and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Carla_Ha<a href=BrownFlynn co-founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn recently launched their first book Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women). The book introduces readers to 25 of the nation’s most accomplished women business leaders and shares their insights and advice on what it takes to be successful, while also empowering future leaders.

One leader who embodies the concept of an uplifting leadership is Carla Harris, a vice chairman, wealth management, and managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley.

In Uplifting Leaders, Carla shares several personal stories that range from the life lessons she learned from her mother to her love of gospel music (she’s released several albums).

In the book, she suggests that leaders take the time to learn before they listen.

“When you’re a leader, people come to you for a reason. There’s something you need to know. You need to either learn about this personality type or how to ignore this particular issue and move past it, over it or through it. But there’s always some lesson you need to learn from this interaction. So change your script. Look at an ‘interruption’ as something that could become valuable to you later.”

UpliftingLeaders_quote1Before being named to her current roles, she headed Morgan Stanley’s emerging manager platform and was also responsible for equity private placements. For more than a decade, she was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, and Redback.

Carla is the immediate past chair of the board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and the Food Bank of NYC, and sits on the boards of The Executive Leadership Council, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, A Better Chance, Inc., and Xavier University.

In 2013, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council, and was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America” and U.S. Bankers “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” (2009, 2010, 2011).

She is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers, and has released several gospel albums. She is also the author of Expect to Win and Strategize to Win.


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