Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013 to chair the National Women’s Business Council.
“My paternal grandmother would always tell me, 'Whatever you be, be good at it.' She definitely instilled in me this appetite to really go for it, if I was going to bother to do anything. And my mother was a contributor to that because she would always say, 'Listen. The world's not fair. So if you want an A, go for the A-plus. Be so outstanding that there is no debate.' These are the kinds of women I had around me. They absolutely sparked the appetite for excelling."
"When I see something that looks like it's going to be difficult, or if I sense that somebody is sort of in my way, then I become even more determined and focused to overcome whatever that challenge is.”
Forbes, photo via Leverette Weekes