Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Hosts Women's Leadership Breakfast

New York —

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that in partnership with the Women's Executive Circle of New York, it will be hosting a Women's Leadership Breakfast at the Firm's world headquarters on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

The event, which is open to the public with advance registration, will feature keynote speaker Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, and will focus on the topic of women and leadership, her strategies on work/life balance, financial health and overcoming personal challenges.

Ms. Hobson is a regular financial contributor on ABC's Good Morning America, a featured columnist in Black Enterprise magazine as well as a spokesperson for both the annual Ariel/Schwab Black Investor Survey and the 2009 Ariel/Hewitt study, "401(k) Plans in Living Color."  Beyond her work at Ariel, Mellody is a director of three public companies: DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.; The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation.  She also serves on the Investment Company Institute's board of governors and the SEC Investor Advisory Committee, and is a director of various professional and civic organizations.

"We're honored and excited to be hosting this event in partnership with the Women's Executive Circle of New York," said Ralph Balzano, Managing Director, New York City Region, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.  "Inclusion and diversity are fundamental to our role as a global leader, and we are pleased to create a forum in which women can share ideas and experiences as well as to identify ways to take their businesses to the next level." 

The Women's Executive Circle of New York (WECNY) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of accelerating the advancement of women from diverse backgrounds to executive positions of leadership.  WECNY creates a platform that brings together corporate executives in an environment that fosters career development and encourages gender equality.

"We are thrilled to participate with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney to further advance WECNY's mission of helping develop women leaders in finance, accounting and law," said Candace Quinn, co-founder and president of WECNY and a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP in New York. "We are excited to be able to bring increased networking opportunities to executive women throughout New York."

The event will take place on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. EDT at Morgan Stanley's world headquarters: 1585 Broadway Westside Auditorium, 41st Fl New York, NY, 10036.  Reservations are required for security access, and limited seating is available.  Please R.S.V.P. by May 11 to MSSB.NBD.Events@morganstanley.com or (914) 225-8305.

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