As a senior executive at Morgan Stanley, Carla Harris had a delicate balancing act during the pandemic years: managing the company’s bottom line while ensuring the safety, well-being, and productivity of employees who were working from home.
Since the pandemic, there has been a seismic shift in how work is done. Many companies still have a large percentage of employees working remotely; while others are being called back at least two or three times a week.
Harris is all too familiar with the challenges each of these scenarios present. As a veteran of Wall Street for over four decades, she has had to manage crises of all sorts. But in the last year or two, she stepped back to think: What does it take to lead effectively now? What does leadership even mean?
In Lead to Win (Avery Publishing, Sept. 2022), Harris examines the journey from individual contributor to leader. She targets the essential skills necessary to succeed, such as the importance of taking risks, creating a vision, and leveraging assets like relationships and partnerships. At the heart of this book are the eight things you must be intentional about every day—authenticity, building trust, creating other leaders, clarity, diversity, innovation, inclusivity, and voice—qualities that you need to hone and manifest to become a powerful, impactful leader no matter where you work. She also examines the key traits of being a transformational leader, focusing on the gaps she has seen in leadership that could impede or damage any leader’s effectiveness.
“Carla Harris knows what it takes to smash glass ceilings and blaze new trails. This powerful, practical book is filled with pearls of leadership wisdom from her exemplary career,” notes Adam Grant, the renowned management guru.
Harris, who last spoke at the Club in April, will join us once again for a spellbinding talk. Join us for this program.
Participants must register by Noon on September 14th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley
Carla A. Harris is the author of Expect to Win and Strategize to Win, and a senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley. She has degrees from Harvard University and numerous honorary doctorates. In 2013 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She was also the chair of the prestigious national organization, The Executive Leadership Council; chair of the board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation; and she currently sits on both for profit and other philanthropic boards. The recipient of several professional awards, Carla has been named to Fortune magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” Essence magazine’s “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony‘s list of “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and others. She regularly appears on national television and radio programs, and speaks to corporations, colleges and universities, and at events and conferences many times a year. An accomplished gospel singer, she has released four albums and performed to sold-out crowds at Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theatre.
Partner, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips
Joanna Stone Herman is a Partner at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips and serves as the TMT Industry Group Co-Head for Oaklins International, our global investment bank with offices in 60 cities across 40 countries. Prior to joining Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips in 2011, Joanna worked in several senior executive roles including as SVP Global Strategy for LexisNexis, EVP of Corporate Development for Thomson Financial Corporate Group, VP of Strategy for Thomson Learning and Director of Strategy for Dow Jones. Joanna also served as CEO and co-Founder of Librify, a technology start-up that was the exclusive e-book platform for Target, sold to Scribd in 2015. Joanna has a B.S. and Masters degrees from MIT and an MBA from HBS.
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