Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Hosts Women's Leadership Receptions in Chicago and New York

New York —

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today it will be hosting Women's Leadership receptions in Chicago and New York, focused on women, business and philanthropy.

The event, which is open to the public with advance registration, will feature Barbara Corcoran, Real Estate Mogul, Business Expert and Real Estate contributor for NBC's TODAY Show and will be moderated by Caroline Gundeck, Executive Director, Chair, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Women's Employee Networking Group.  

Barbara Corcoran became of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1,000 loan to start The Corcoran Group.  She parlayed the loan into a five-billion-dollar real estate business and sold it in 2001 for $70 million.  She has also invested in income-producing property in the New York City area.  Barbara is the real estate contributor for NBC's TODAY Show where she comments weekly on trends in the real estate market.  She is also an investor/shark on ABC's reality hit Shark Tank.  In the first season, she bought eight young businesses which she's shepherding to success.  Barbara is the author of Use What You've Got, an entertaining business book that has become a national best-seller, as well as Nextville, Amazing Places to Live Your Life.

"These events are part of our focus on creating opportunities for women investors to network with each other and meet other successful women," said Sandra Richards, Business Development Officer, who leads the business development initiative focused on the diverse and multicultural markets for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.  "We will continue to host these types of events with organizations that focus on the professional and personal development of women and girls in the community like the Women's Business Development Center in Chicago and Girls, Inc. of Westchester County."

The Chicago reception will take place on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 5:30 p.m., The Palmer House Hilton: 17 East Monroe Street Chicago IL 60603.  RSVP by September 13 to Liz.Navarro@mssb.com or by phone to (312) 648-3063.

The New York event will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 6:00 p.m., Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Headquarters: 2000 Westchester Ave. Terrace Level Auditorium, Purchase, NY 10577.  Reservations are required for security access, and limited seating is available. Please R.S.V.P. by September 17 to MSSB.NBD.Events@morganstanley.com or (914) 225-8305.

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