President Obama Names Carla Harris Chair of Women's Business Council


Carla A. Harris, the Wall Street powerhouse and CNR Honorary Degree recipient who delivered the commencement address to The College of New Rochelle's 2012 graduates, has been appointed chair of the National Women's Business Council by President Obama.

Watch Harris' 2012 Commencement Speech

Harris was recently promoted to the position of Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, where she began her career in 1987. She received a BA in economics from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Harris has been selected by Fortune magazine as one of the “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America" and by Essence Magazine as one of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World."

She is the bestselling author of "Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace," and is also a singer, having recorded two albums, "Carla's First Christmas" and a CD of gospel music titled "Joy is Waiting."

"Carla is a distinguished, visionary leader and one of the most exciting and strategic minds in business. I look forward to working with her to increase economic opportunity and access for women entrepreneurs across America,” said Anie Borja, executive director of the NWBC.

“I’m honored and delighted to lead the National Women’s Business Council, especially during a time when women are creating businesses at such a fast rate," Harris said.

"I look forward to working with a dedicated group of knowledgeable women who share a common vision for increasing opportunity for female business owners, and strengthening the pipeline of women aspiring to achieve as producers, innovators, and leaders.”

The National Women’s Business Council is a non-partisan federal government council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women entrepreneurs.

Members of the Council are prominent women business owners and leaders of women’s business organizations. As the nation's advocate for the more than 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., the Council works to increase access to capital, access to markets, job creation and use of reliable data to help expand and improve opportunities for women entrepreneurs and business owners.

Harris spoke at The College of New Rochelle April 9, sharing her advice for career success with the community and students from all four schools. Watch video from An Evening with Carla Harris.