Sarah Breigle, Associate Vice President of Growth Marketing, Linkage, Inc. | 781.402.5599

Date: October 12, 2021


The WIL “Legends in Leadership” faculty honor is awarded to a trailblazing and innovative leadership strategist who has demonstrated a consistent pattern of living out the five commitments of Purposeful Leadership and concentrates current efforts on helping other leaders confidently step into their leadership potential, with a focus on allyship and inclusion.

“We are thrilled to announce that Carla Harris will serve as the ‘Legends in Leadership’ faculty member for our Women in Leadership Institute,” said Kristen Howe, Linkage’s Chief Product Officer. “Carla is an incredibly inspiring and trailblazing leader who joins a growing legacy of honored leadership legends who dedicate their lives to leading effectively and with purpose, while also leading inclusively.”

“Carla is a role model for us all,” said Howe. “Her ascent to the highest levels of leadership and influence within the financial industry is inspiring—but she is also a servant leader, dedicating her career with purpose and unlocking potential in those she impacts.”

Past recipients of the Legends in Leadership Award include Alan Mulally, former president and chief executive officer of the Ford Motor Company, and Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, a visionary leadership thought leader.

As this year’s “Legends in Leadership” faculty member, Harris will share her journey—how she became the purpose-driven leader she is today, as well as valuable advice from the main stage, as part of a comprehensive, four-day leadership development learning experience for high-potential women leaders.

About Carla Harris: Carla Harris is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She was Chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation from 2005 to 2014 and sits on the boards of several community organizations. In August 2013, Carla was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is a gospel recording artist and a popular public speaker who gives impactful career guidance to corporate audiences based on her book Expect to Win. Carla joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 after completing an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

About Linkage: Linkage is a global leadership development firm committed to advancing women and accelerating inclusion in leaders and organizations. For more than 30 years, Linkage has been changing the face of leadership by impacting organizational effectiveness and equity. Through our work with more than one million leaders, we continue to evolve our unique datasets, insights and innovative products to create comprehensive solutions—empowering top organizations to solve their most pressing talent challenges.