Carla Harris

Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley | Co-Chair, Women in Leadership Institute™


Purposeful Leadership , Advancing Women Leaders

About Carla:

Carla Harris is a Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, having finished a 30+ year career as a Vice Chairman and Managing Director. Throughout her career she managed and executed billions of dollars of equity and equity-related transactions, including the IPOs of UPS, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, and the Immunex Corporation. She was Chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation from 2005 to 2014 and sits on the boards of several community organizations.

Carla is also a gospel recording artist, with four commercially released CDs under her belt, five sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, and two at the Apollo Theatre, and a popular public speaker who gives impactful career guidance to corporate audiences based on her books, Expect to Win (2009), Strategize to Win (2014), and Lead to Win (2022). She sits on the boards of the Walmart Corporation, Cummins Corporation, and MetLife.

Background and Experience:

In her 30-year career, Carla has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

Education and Training:

Carla joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 after completing an AB in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, second year honors. Carla has also received Honorary Doctorates of Laws, Humanities and Business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons University, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Fisk University, respectively.

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Inspiration & Why It Matters

Inspiration comes from within. Act with positive energy, even when the going gets tough. When you are thoughtful and deliberate, you bring out the best in your team.

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