Carla Harris at MBA CREF Carla Harris dispensed her hard-earned “pearls” of wisdom to attendees.

SAN DIEGO—A mentor will tell it like it is, good and bad, while a sponsor will sing your praises to those who matter, Carla Harris, vice chairman of wealth management, managing director and senior slient advisor at Morgan Stanley, told attendees at an mPower women’s networking event during MBA CREF/Multifamily here last week. With 30 years of experience on Wall Street, Harris presented “Maximize Your Success,” offering “Carla’s pearls” of wisdom, as well as actionable advice about identifying and owning your own power, being your authentic self, being unapologetic about your accomplishment and taking risks.

Harris spoke about the economy initially and leading through change, saying despite saying that we’ve never seen the market do what it’s doing, we’ve seen dips in the market every few years. She said Wall Street and Main Street are inextricably related.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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