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Morgan Stanley’s Carla Harris Says Success on Wall Street Requires Finding Allies

One of the most senior Black women in finance talks about her career journey and what still needs to change.

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This Bloomberg Markets article is part of “The Only One in the Room,” an oral history of the Black experience on Wall Street.

Carla Harris, 57, is vice chairman of global wealth management and a senior client adviser at Morgan Stanley in New York, which she joined in 1987. She’s also a gospel recording artist and the author of Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace and Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career. She spoke with Bloomberg Markets about her career on Wall Street. The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.