Morgan Stanley Managing Director Carla Harris, Author of “Expect to Win”, Also Sings the Gospel for the Glory of God

Carla HarrisWall Street banks are not known as particularly religious workplaces. But Carla A. Harris, a managing director at Morgan Stanley and a part-time gospel singer, has found a way to blend profits with piety.


Ms. Harris, one of the most senior African-American female executives on
Wall Street, began her career in mergers and acquisitions, then worked
her way up the equity capital markets ranks. She now runs the emerging
manager platform at Morgan Stanley, where she advises asset managers
owned by women and members of minorities.

But after hours, she is a celebrated gospel artist who sings in two
choirs, has released three solo albums and has performed packed shows at
Carnegie Hall.

“I always like to say that my success is not about who I am, but whose I
am,” Ms. Harris said, pointing to the sky during a recent interview in a
Morgan Stanley conference room.

Ms. Harris, 48, began singing as
a 9-year-old in her Catholic elementary school’s talent show. She grew
up on a steady diet of soul and R&B, but when she arrived at
Harvard, she joined the Radcliffe Choral Society, an all-female
classical choir. That forced her out of her comfort zone, she said.

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Source: KEVIN ROOSE, The New York Times

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