Women to Share Stories of Success in Financial Realm


Women who have achieved great success in the world of finance will take part in a roundtable discussion at The College of New Rochelle in the third annual Powerful Women event.

The "power-packed discussion by women who've made it" takes place Thursday, January 16, and will feature Carla Harris, Suni P. Harford, and Peyton Patterson.

Harris is Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. Last year, she was named chair of the National Women's Business Council by President Obama.

She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and health care sectors.

Harris has been selected by Fortune magazine as one of the "The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America" and by Essence Magazine as one of "The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World."

She is the bestselling author of "Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace," and is also a singer, having recorded two albums, "Carla's First Christmas" and a CD of gospel music titled "Joy is Waiting."

Harris delivered the commencement address to The College of New Rochelle's 2012 graduates, and has visited campus to share compelling and practical advice for career success.

Harford is Managing Director and Regional Head of Markets for North America Citigroup Inc., overseeing sales, trading, originating, and structuring, and 4,000 employees.

She is a member of Citi's Pension Plan Investment Committee, and a director on the board of Citibank Canada. She is also co-head of Citi Women, a company-wide initiative designed to attract, develop, advance, and retain female talent at all levels.

Harford recently joined the Board of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, the world's largest post-trade financial services company. She is passionate about awareness and support for veterans, serving on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Veteran's Employment Advisory Council, and represents Citi as a founding member of Veterans on Wall Street, a coalition of major financial services firms established in 2010 to engage the broader industry in efforts to support our transitioning veterans.

Harford arrived on Wall Street straight out of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she received her MBA. She joined Merrill Lynch & Co. and rose to vice president in Investment Banking. After five years, she moved to Salomon Brothers, a legacy Citigroup firm, where she made the move into fixed income capital markets.

Prior to business school, Harford was an actuary at Insurance Services Office Inc. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Denison University, where she majored in physics and math. 

Patterson is President and CEO of Bankwell Financial Group. In 2013, American Banker magazine named her one of "Ten Banking CEOs to Watch." The same publication named her Community Banker of the Year in 2008. In 2004 and 2005, U.S. Banker ranked Patterson second on its list of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.

Patterson attended Kenyon College in Ohio, then earned an MBA from Geroge Washington University. She started her banking career at CoreStates Financial, and has spent significant time at larger institutions such as Chemical Bank and Chase Manhattan, but has truly excelled at community banking.

She joined New Haven Savings Bank and transformed it into NewAlliance Bancshares. During her 10 years with the bank, she executed the largest banking IPO in U.S. history – raising more than $1.4 billion. Following that, Patterson successfully completed six acquisitions, growing NewAlliance to be the third-largest bank headquartered in New England. 

Elizabeth Bracken-Thompson, a partner at Thompson & Bender, will moderate the event, which was co-founded by Westfair Communications.

To register for the event, which starts at 11:30 a.m. and includes lunch, contact Holly DeBartolo at (914) 358-0743, or go to westfaironline.com.

(Photo: From left, Peyton Patterson, Carla A. Harris, and Suni P. Harford.)