Carla Harris On Being Smart Isn't Enough

Carla Harris On Being Smart Isn't Enough


Carla Harris, Vice Chairman at Morgan Stanley, was the first African American to join the bank's management committee and discusses her road to discovering that being smart isn’t enough for success.

In this CNN interview, Carla speaks powerfully about the proven strategies that have helped her get ahead on Wall Street and become an influential voice for women in finance. She shares her challenging road to success, and how she came to understand how the game was played – the importance and the power of perceptions in the workplace, the key relationships that you must form, and the power of authenticity and its place as a part of powerful leadership.

Throughout her 30-year career, Carla has had 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. She was named to Fortune Magazine's list of "The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America," US Banker's "Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance" (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise's "Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business" (2017) and "Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street," Essence Magazine'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.”

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Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management & Senior Client Advisor At Morgan Stanley

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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.