Wall Street Women of Faith

24 May 2017 | 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Molly Ashby, Carla Harris, and Eileen McDonnell brought together their wisdom and experience for this special panel discussion to address the following questions:

What are the experiences of women in the finance industry, including women of faith? How does their faith impact their work? What is the market forecast for financial services to women? Are there obstacles in the job market to women of faith? Might there be a competitive opportunity in the marketplace? Join your fellow finance professionals in this important discussion with our panel of distinguished leaders.

Molly Ashby
Solera Capital
CEO, Chair, and Founder

Molly Ashby is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Solera, a private equity firm grounded in the belief that companies have the power to shape our world and to inspire Solutions, while achieving business success. Throughout her career, Ms. Ashby has been committed to building the next generation of businesses and leaders. Prior to founding Solera, she began her career at JP Morgan & Company, where she served as Vice Chair of the Investment Committee, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Investment Strategist, and member of the board of directors of JP Morgan Capital, the firm’s private Equity division. Ms. Ashby is a member of numerous organizations dedicated to the advancement of women and girls around the world and Emeritus Trustee of College of William & Mary’s endowment and former chair of its investment committee. She received a Master of Science, with distinction, from Georgetown and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, where she graduated Phi Beta Capital. She was also honored by Timothy Cardinal Dolan for the Christmas Angel Award given by Catholic Charities of New York.


Carla Harris
Morgan Stanley
Vice Chair of Global Wealth Management

Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. Previously she was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as IPOs for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transaction in U.S. history. In 2013, Ms. Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She has been named to U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance, was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on the boards including Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, and is an active member of the St. Charles Gospelites of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the Mark Howell Singers. Ms. Harris received from Harvard Business School an MBA, Second Year Honors and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Harris has also received Honorary Doctorates from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fisk University, among others. She has released several gospel CDs and has performed 5 sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall, and authored “Strategize to Win” and “Expect to Win”.


Eileen McDonnell
Penn Mutual
Chair and CEO

Eileen C. McDonnell currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Penn Mutual, after joining the organization in 2008. Previously she was president of New England Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife, and senior vice president of the Guardian Life Insurance Company. Ms. McDonnell is a former member of the Master of Science in Management faculty at The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where she held the newly endowed chair for Women and Financial Services and was author of “Marketing Financial Services to Women.” Ms. McDonnell was named one of the “Forty Under Forty” executives on the rise in 2002 by Crain’s New York Business magazine. She was also honored in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in Irish America’s Annual Business 100 list. In 2017, she received the Taoiseach Award from the Irish American Business Chamber, the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Initiative Award, and the Neumann University Humanitarian Award. A graduate of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Ms. McDonnell majored in mathematics and computer science, and received an honorary doctor of laws (LL.D.) degree in 2011. She earned her MBA in finance and investments from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y. and was recognized in 2013 for ‘Outstanding Service” to the university


Graciously hosted by
Mutual of America
New York, NY 10022



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