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2019 Featured Presenters

The conference will include more than 150 speakers and presenters. In addition to our amazing featured presenters, speakers will include MBA alumnae, experts, and representatives of Forté sponsor companies and schools.

Carla Harris

Vice Chair & Managing Director, Morgan Stanley (MBA, Harvard Business School)

Carla Harris is Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where she also serves as a senior client adviser. Previously, she headed the Emerging Manager Platform at Morgan Stanley, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries. Ms. Harris has extensive industry experience in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and health care sectors. She served as a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and in the mergers and acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Harris was appointed by President Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is the author of the books Expect to Win and Strategize to Win. Ms. Harris holds an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jessica Bennett

Author of Best Selling Book Feminist Fight Club, A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace

Jessica Bennett has spent her award-winning career focusing a gender lens on social issues and culture—from the persistence of workplace inequality to the ripple effects of #MeToo.

She is the New York Times’ first-ever Gender Editor, leading a newsroom-wide initiative to elevate the stories of women across platforms. She oversaw the launch of Overlooked, a project to provide long-overdue obituaries to historic women who never received them, and hosted the Times' very first women's summit, The New Rules. She helps steer the paper's ongoing coverage of #MeToo, and was editor of #ThisIs18, a project to showcase the lives of 18-year-old girls around the world—which she is now adapting into a book for Abrams.

Jessica has written front-page stories on the rise of women over 60, the evolution of Miss America, and a tome about her Resting Bitch Face, which did not actually appear on the front page but should have. She has profiled Monica Lewinsky, Paula Broadwell and Ellen Pao and written features on female pot entrepreneurs, NFL cheerleaders and stay-at-home dads.

She is author of the best selling book, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, a guide for navigating sexism at work, which has been translated into 14 languages, a podcast, and is being adapted for television.

Yes, she's in a real-life feminist fight club.