Read an excerpt from the article “Pearls of Wisdom You Can Bank On” below, and read the full article over at The Vineyard Gazette:

As a high school student in Jacksonville, Fla., in the 1970s, Carla Harris had no idea that she would end up on Wall Street, publish two books and become one of the most powerful women in corporate America.

“I wanted to be a lawyer,” Ms. Harris said on a summery afternoon this week, a few doors down from the hustle and bustle of Circuit avenue in Oak Bluffs. She recalled her early penchant for Perry Mason and her reputation as someone who likes to argue.

But Wall Street offered a challenge she couldn’t refuse.

“If you tell me I can’t do something, I’m all over it,” she said. “So the fact that people said, oh, it’s really hard, you don’t see a lot of women, you don’t see a lot of people of color, you have to wear a beeper, you won’t have a life, I was like that’s what I’m going to do. Right there.”

Fresh out of Harvard Business School in 1987, she landed a job at Morgan Stanley, launching a career in financial services that has…