Carla Harris to Keynote Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Annual Leadership Awards Dinner
Foundation is Currently Accepting Nominations for Prominent Leadership Awards
DALLAS, December 14, 2016 – Carla Harris, corporate executive, author and presidential appointed chair of the National Women’s Business Council, will be the keynote speaker at Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Awards Dinner, presented by AT&T. The May 9, 2017 dinner, co-chaired by Cheryl Alston and Laura V. Estrada, celebrates the recipients of the prestigious 2017 Maura Women Helping Women Award as well as the Young Leader Award, presented by Capital One. Dallas Women’s Foundation is accepting nominations for both awards through January 6, 2017, at The 2017 Maura Award recipients will join the esteemed company of more than 200 previous honorees, which include both women and men.
Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. In August 2013, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards of the Food Bank for NYC, The Executive Leadership Council, The Toigo Foundation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), A Better Chance, Inc., Mt. Sinai and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, and Xavier University. She has received the Bert King Award from the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association, the 2005 Women’s Professional Achievement Award from Harvard University, the Pierre Toussaint Medallion from the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, the Women of Power Award given by the National Urban League, and the Women of Influence Award from The Links, Incorporated. Ms. Harris is also the author of the books, “Strategies to Win” and “Expect to Win.”
“Dallas Women’s Foundation’s annual Leadership Awards Dinner is an opportunity to illuminate paths to leadership by shining a light on the accomplishments of some very exceptional women — our award recipients and our keynote speaker, ” said Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Foundation president and chief executive officer. “Their stories inspire all of us to support and encourage strong women – and work harder to ensure that girls and women have opportunities to lead, in every sector and field of endeavor.”
For 38 years, the Maura Women Helping Women Award has honored courageous individuals who have catalyzed change for women and girls in North Texas. Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Young Leader Award was established in 2013 to recognize breakthrough leadership exhibited by a woman under the age of 40 who is achieving success in a field, initiative or sector, and creating a path of opportunity for other women to follow.
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