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Carla Harris: Find The Person Who Will Help You Get Ahead


The workplace is often presented as a meritocracy, where you can succeed by putting your head down and working hard. Wall Street veteran and current vice chairman of global wealth management at Morgan Stanley, Carla Harris learned early in her career that this a myth. The key to actually getting ahead? Get a sponsor: A person who will speak on your behalf in the top-level, closed-door meetings you're not invited to (yet).

In this inspiring TED talk, vice chairman of global wealth management at Morgan Stanley, Carla Harris offers advice to not just working smarter, but making sure that others are taking notice. “The way to grow your power is to give it away,” Carla says. “And your voice is at the heart of your power.”

Learn how to identify and develop a productive sponsor relationship by watching this candid, powerful speech Carla delivered on the TEDx stage.

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...

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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.
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