Women’s Bond Club Honors Carla Harris of Morgan Stanley and Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network

33 Rising Stars from across the financial industry also to be recognized at the 19thAnnual Merit Award Dinner, hosted by NYSE Euronext.
NEW YORK, April 24, 2012 /BusinessWire/ — The Women’s Bond Club, the first organization in New York to focus on women in finance, today announced that Morgan Stanley Managing Director Carla Harris and Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network will  receive the organization’s two most prestigious awards at its annual dinner event on April 30, 2012 at Cipriani Wall Street.

Ms. Carla Harris will receive the Merit Award, presented to a senior leader for her career accomplishments in financial services. Harris is a Managing Director and heads the Emerging Manager Platform at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. In her role, Harris provides investment advice to corporations, public pension plans, foundations and endowments. She formerly headed the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries at Morgan Stanley, and was responsible for equity private placements. Ms. Harris began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987.  For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed transactions such as the initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Redback, as well as the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive – among many others.

Ms. Harris lives the Women’s Bond Club motto of ‘lead, learn and return’ in all that she does. She is the author of Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace and often serves as a guest speaker inspiring others to believe in the power of their dreams and achieve success. She is the 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, A Better Chance, Inc., The Apollo Theatre Foundation, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Xavier University, and the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health.  She received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB in economics from Harvard University.

Ms. Kay Koplovitz will receive the Isabel Benham Award, presented to a woman who has made a significant contribution to the greater community of women. This recognition spotlights Ms. Koplovitz for her commitment to women entrepreneurs. Kay Koplovitz is the Founder of USA Network and the SciFi Channel, Chairman and CEO of Koplovitz and Company and Chairman and Co-Founder of Springboard Enterprises. Springboard Enterprises is a national organization that fosters venture capital investments in women-led high growth companies. Companies selected and presented by Springboard have raised over $5.5 Billion. Ms. Koplovitz is also co-founder of Boldcap Ventures, an early stage fund focused on media, technology and life sciences.  Amongst her very many accomplishments, Ms. Koplovitz was also presidentially appointed as Chair of National Women’s Business Council from 1998-2001, and she authored, “Bold Women, Big Ideas” to inspire women entrepreneurs to create wealth through equity. Kay Koplovitz presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Liz Claiborne Inc. and is a board member of CA Technologies and ION Media. Previously, she has served on the boards of Instinet, Oracle Nabisco, General Re and Sun New Media. She serves as trustee of the The Paley Center for Media as well as Babson College and The University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Letters & Science.

Duncan L. Niederauer, Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Euronext (NYX), will serve as the keynote speaker for the Award Dinner event, which will also recognize the future of women in finance with the presentation of the Women’s Bond Club Rising Stars Awards to 33 emerging leaders in the financial services industry.

These women and their firms are:

Amanda Nelson
AXA Equitable
Maisha O’Neal
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Julie Hong
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Kristine Louis Reynal
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jing Shih
Ashley Higgins
Anna Karwowska
BNY Mellon
Mirela Cabej
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Christine Ballance
Michelle Stickels
Citi Group
Priya Rajani
Commerzbank AG
Shannon Buckley
Credit Suisse
Meha Jain
Credit Suisse IT
Megan Hamilton
Deloitte Consulting
Karmen Ehman
Ernst & Young LLP
Courtney Lazzari
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Katie Larson
Amy Meckes
Nita Patel
Christine Chung
Shabari Nayak
Morgan Stanley
Stacie Selinger
Aarti Gokhale
Rebecca Cameron
Nomura Securities International, Inc.
Alexis Knopp
NYSE Euronext
Reagan Anderson
Naila Makhdumi
Christine Cataldo
RBS Securities Inc.
Casey Spezznao
S&P Capital IQ
Louisa Pritchett
Standard & Poor’s
Ana Lai
SunGard Data Systems
Renate Kenney
Thomson Reuters
Aileen Brown

Established in 1921, the Women’s Bond is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional development and networking of women in financial services.  The Women’s Bond Club prides itself on being more than a network; it is a vital community of experienced women across financial services who share a common mission, “to advance women’s leadership, grow our intellectual capital, and return worth to our companies, communities and upcoming generations.” These goals are accomplished by sponsoring events and community service activities and by developing relationships with corporate sponsors and other not-for-profit institutions that support women.  Key to its mission is the scholarship program for young women enrolled in undergraduate university programs focused on business.  The Women’s Bond Club membership reflects buy-side and sell-side across financial services, and a cross-section of executive management, consulting and technology functions.  For more information on the Women’s Bond Club, please visit www.womensbondclub.com.

Proceeds from the annual Merit Award Dinner go to the Women’s Bond Club and its many charitable giving programs which focus on assisting in college preparedness for girls interested in careers in business and finance and the WBC College Scholarship Program.

For additional information on the Women’s Bond Club Merit Award Dinner, please contact Rachel Tepp, 646-336-6800, ext. 105[email protected] of Morgan Stanley and Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network