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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1962
Birth Location:
Port Arthur, Texas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Hamburgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1962
Birth Location:
Port Arthur
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Biography

Investment banker and gospel singer Carla Ann Harris was born on October 28, 1962, in Port Arthur, Texas. She was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Harris began singing at an early age, and by the time she was thirteen years old, she was singing in both Catholic and Baptist choirs. After high school graduation, Harris left Jacksonville and entered Harvard University where she graduated magna cum laude with her A.B. degree in economics and received her M.A. degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, she sang with the world renowned Radcliffe Chorale Society, the oldest women’s singing group at Harvard and in her own band called Rhythm Company.

In 1987, Harris began her career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department. She has become Managing Director in Global Capital Markets for the firm. She is responsible for the structuring, marketing and execution of public and private equity financings. She is also the active chair of the firm’s Private Placement Commitment Equity Committee. And, for more than a decade, she was a senior member of the Equity Syndicate desk, where she executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and the $3.2 billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, the largest biotechnology follow-on offering in U.S. history.

Harris has been named by Fortune magazine among The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America. Black Enterprise named her one of the Top 50 African Americans on Wall Street. Essence magazine named her among The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World. Harvard’s Black Men’s Forum named her Woman of the Year in 2004.

As a gospel singer, in 2000, Harris performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall and released her first album, Carla’s First Christmas. The album was featured on The Evening News with Dan Rather and was one of the top selling albums on Amazon.com in New York City. In 2006, Harris released her second album, entitled Joy is Waiting. She donated the proceeds to two high schools.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Carla Harris' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carla Harris lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carla Harris describes her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carla Harris describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carla Harris talks about her mother's childhood community and role models
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carla Harris talks about her father's occupation and how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carla Harris talks about her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carla Harris describes her earliest childhood memories in Port Arthur, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Carla Harris describes the black community in Jacksonville, Florida during her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Carla Harris describes her experience in Claudezeal Alvin's bowling league in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Carla Harris talks about her teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Carla Harris talks about how her mother inspired her, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carla Harris talks about how her mother inspired her, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carla Harris reflects upon how her generation has failed to pass on their sense of determination to their children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carla Harris describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carla Harris recalls her consciousness of race in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carla Harris recalls her expanding consciousness of race at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carla Harris shares her opinions about the use of the N-word and recalls a racist experience at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carla Harris describes her decision to attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carla Harris describes her decision to attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carla Harris recalls discovering that she could sing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Carla Harris describes her experience in the Radcliffe Choral Society at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Carla Harris talks about how she became interested in finance at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carla Harris describes her experience on Wall Street and her decision to become an investment banker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carla Harris talks about beginning her career at Morgan Stanley in 1987
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carla Harris talks about the importance of mentors and sponsors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carla Harris talks about the challenges of working on Wall Street as a black woman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carla Harris describes her experience working on UPS's IPO with Morgan Stanley in 1999
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carla Harris talks about recording her first CD and being promoted to managing director of Morgan Stanley in 1999
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carla Harris talks about her mentor, William Wright, II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Carla Harris describes her positions at Morgan Stanley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Carla Harris talks about the longevity of her career at Morgan Stanley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Carla Harris describes the growing diversity of Wall Street during her career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Carla Harris reflects on her career accolades
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Carla Harris describes her experience performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carla Harris describes her experience performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carla Harris reflects upon her biggest achievements
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carla Harris reflects on the importance of her faith in her personal life and business success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carla Harris talks about the people she admires
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carla Harris talks about the lack of an organization for all African Americans on Wall Street
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carla Harris talks about her CDs and some of her organizational involvements
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carla Harris describes her hopes for her investment banking career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Carla Harris describes her plans for her music and her book
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Carla Harris concludes her interview