If you have been invited to the room, you belong in the room. If you are in the room then you have a seat at the table. If you have a seat at the table then you have a responsibility to speak.

—Carla A. Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Harris used those words to inspire and challenge hundreds of black senior executives of the nation’s largest corporations as she received one of the 2017 Achievement Awards at the Executive Leadership Council’s Annual Recognition Gala. She echoed the call to action delivered by the series of speakers who addressed attendees in the jam-packed ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort Thursday night: Use your power to make a difference.