Columbia College of Columbia, South Carolina recently announced that Carla Harris, a senior executive with Morgan Stanley and the chair of the National Women’s Business Council, is scheduled as the keynote speaker for the undergraduate commencement ceremony.
The ceremony, scheduled for April 30, will feature Harris because of her experience as a vice chairman, managing director, senior client advisor, and wealth management expert at Morgan Stanley.
Harris has extensive experience in her industry, particularly the media, technology, telecommunications, retail, industrial, health care, and transportation sectors
Harris has received numerous awards; in August 2013, President Obama appointed her the chair of the National Women’s Business Council. In addition, she has been included in Fortune Magazine’s “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America” list.
Harris was previously a senior member with the equity syndicate desk. She has overseen transactions for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Redback, UPS, Ariba, and Immunex Corp., one of the biggest biotechnology common stock transactions in the history of the U.S.
Harris first joined Morgan Stanley in 1987. Before working there, she earned her MBA from Harvard Business School as well as her economics undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has accepted honorary doctorates from Bloomfield College, Marymount Manhattan College, Jacksonville University, the College of New Rochelle, Fisk University, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Simmons College.