Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pearls of Leadership Wisdom Offered as EVE Ceremony Recognizes Winners

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pearls of Leadership Wisdom Offered as EVE Ceremony Recognizes Winners

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Carla Harris didn't have to wear pearls to present her "pearls of leadership" to an enthused audience at The Florida Times-Union's EVE Awards luncheon Friday.

The Jacksonville native has learned a lot about the subject during her 30 years on Wall Street and on the boards of numerous organizations. Indeed, she had just been appointed that morning to the board of Wal-Mart.

Harris, vice chairwoman of wealth management, managing director and senior client adviser at Morgan Stanley, spoke to about 300 people who came to honor the 2017 EVE winners. The program was created by the Times-Union in 1969 to recognize the achievements of women but with a major twist this year. The women were no longer nominated in the categories of education, volunteer service and employment.

Mary Kelli Palka, Times-Union editor, introduced the Jacksonville-area women who rose to the top of the 12 finalists at the 48th ceremony.

The golden apples went to:

- Shari Duval, who founded K9s for Warriors as an innovative way to treat the epidemic of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury or military sexual trauma related to military service after 9/11.

- Mai Dinh Keisling, an art teacher at Paxon School for Advanced Studies who escaped from Vietnam in 1981 and is devoted to working with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and helping refugees and immigrants.

- Shirley Webb, who helped found and was the first executive director of Hubbard House, the University of North Florida Women's Center and the Women's Center of Jacksonville.

The dynamic Harris, who drew a standing ovation, said her pearls spelled out the letters in the word "leader":

L is for leaders. Leadership is not about what you know but what your team knows, she said. Create an environment in which they feel comfortable offering their ideas.

E is for efficiency. Even if you're operating in an obscure environment, you must define what success looks like for the day, for the week, for the month, for the year.

A is for authenticity. People will gravitate to you if you show your authentic self to others. …

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