Carla Harris & The Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6:30pm— 8:00pm
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A Fireside Chat with Carla Harris

Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management and Co-Head of the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab

Co-Hosted by Betsy McNeilly, Executive Director, and Sharon Schoenherr, Portfolio Manager, and Financial Advisors, Morgan Stanley

“By specifically catering to high-growth multicultural and women entrepreneurs, the Multicultural Innovation Lab presents a unique opportunity for disruptive startups to increase their visibility, accelerate their business and achieve success”
Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, and Co-Head of the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab
Launched in 2017 the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab was established to promote financial inclusion and provide founders of tech and tech-enabled startups with much-needed access to investors—along with the tools, resources and connections they need to grow and thrive—the Lab’s mission is nothing less than to transform the investing landscape.

The Multicultural Innovation Lab is led by Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She formerly headed the Morgan Stanley Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries, and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. In her 30 year career, Ms. Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

She is the past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and of The Executive Leadership Council, and sits on the boards of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), The Sesame Workshop, Mother Cabrini Foundation and is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. She is a member of the board of overseers of Harvard University and of the board of directors of the Walmart Corporation and Cummins Corporation. In her other life, Carla is a singer who has sold out concerts at the Apollo Theatre, and released her third gospel CD “Unceasing Praise” (2011). She has performed 5 sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall. Carla is also the author of the books, Strategize to Win (2014) and of Expect to Win (2009) (Hudson Press).

Join us for an enlightening Fireside Chat with Carla Harris, to learn more about the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab, how it works, who it's for, and what it has done, or to ask questions about Ms. Harris herself, given her accomplished and varied activities.

Topics we will cover –
  • What is the Multicultural Lab; when and why was it started?
  • What benefits and resources does the Multicultural Lab provide?
  • Who and how can one apply for or utilize these resources? Is the Lab specific to one geographic region or area?
  • Who are some of the past start-up participants of the Lab, maybe highlight a few success stories?
  • Are there any ways other companies that support these goals can help and participate in nurturing start-ups at the Lab?
  • In your incredibly accomplished and multifaceted career, what is it about the Multicultural Lab that draws you to taking this on in a leadership role right now?
++ Audience questions will be encouraged in this virtual Fireside Chat with Ms. Harris about both the Multicultural Lab and her multifaced career achievements.

When: Tuesday, Novembwer9, 2021, 6:30 pm ET
Where: Upon receiving your registration we will email you the Zoom details.
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$10 for Basic Member**
$10 for All Other Guests

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