Access and Opportunity with Carla Harris
Summary: On the Access and Opportunity podcast, host Carla Harris, a Vice Chairman at Morgan Stanley, asks the question: How can we connect capital with communities that traditionally have been left behind? One way is by talking to the people who are already doing it. Entrepreneurs, investors, developers and activists join Carla, who taps into her 30 years of experience on Wall Street, to explore why investors are unaware of the above-market returns that exist in investing in multicultural- and women-owned businesses, and how to dispel these misconceptions and exploit this market inefficiency. Together, they show what's possible through the people who are making it possible.
We turn the tables to ask Carla Harris and Alice Vilma about the work they do at Morgan Stanley to address funding equity.
Carla speaks with VC Miriam Rivera and entrepreneur Ritu Narayan about the benefits of consistent decision-making, and how diversity is the natural outcome.
Carla speaks with VC Mallun Yen, founder of Operator Collective and Kieran Snyder, co-founder of Textio, an augmented writing platform and one of Operator's portfolio companies, on the value of the outlier, on structuring venture more like the enterprise and on how diverse portfolio companies grow from a network of diverse investors.
Carla speaks with Natalia Oberti Noguera of Pipeline Angels and Melissa Hanna of Mahmee, a maternal health startup, on what brought them together, the unique challenges of social entrepreneurship and the approach Pipeline uses not only to find opportunities among a truly diverse set of founders, but to bring a more inclusive set investors to the table.
Carla speaks with Jesse Draper of Halogen Ventures and Esther Crawford of Squad, one of Halogen's portfolio companies, on what brought them together, the challenges and necessities of pivoting a business, and the power of values alignment.
Carla speaks with Kesha Cash of the Impact America Fund and Diishan Imira, founder of Mayvenn, on what brought them together, the hurdles they faced and their relationships with the communities that sustain them.
Welcome back for Season 6 of Access & Opportunity!
In the wake of continued violence against black lives, we are revisiting conversations with black entrepreneurs and investors whose stories advance our understanding of how these injustices are lived and overcome.
Carla Harris checks in with Hope Knight, President and CEO of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, on how she continues to support her community in the time of COVID-19.
Carla Harris checks in with Freada Kapor Klein, Founding Partner at Kapor Capital, on how she continues to seek impact in the time of COVID-19.
Carla Harris checks in with Jewel Burks Solomon, head of Google for Startups in the U.S. in this time of COVID-19.
Carla Harris checks in with James Rhee, investor and CEO of clothing retailer Ashley Stewart, on how he’s managing in the time of Covid-19.
Henrique Dubugras, the founder of Pagar.me and Brex speaks with Carla Harris about his entrepreneurial journey.
Jewel Burks Solomon, founder of Partpic, on the challenges of selling her company to Amazon and what others can learn from her experience.
Bob Johnson, founder of BET, on the company’s sale to Viacom for almost $4B and the key skills of entrepreneurship.