Sherrese A. Clarke-Soares
Managing Director, Head of North America Relationship Lending
New York, NY
Sherrese Clarke-Soares sees her professional life in two stages. She explains: The first leg is what I refer to as B.C., before children. During that time, I was very driven to monetize and actualize my parents investment in me. Their message of pride and self-worth were ingrained in my subconscious and as a result I was very focused on ensuring they saw a great return on their sacrifice. Today, I stand at an inflection point as a mother, which drives me very differently, making me more committed and passionate professionally to be an example to my children.
Clarke-Soares is a managing director at Morgan Stanley, heading North America Relationship Lending, and a member of the firms Capital Commitment Committee. She originates and executes loans for investment- and non-investment-grade issuers. She previously was a senior vice president in the Entertainment Advisory & Finance Group, a business she helped to launch, at CIT Group, a financial holding company. My success is a work in progress, she says, adding, I am proud of my parents for providing the platform for me from which I can soar. Because of their sacrifice, I have attended the best schools and gone on to have a career I am proud of.
Born to Jamaican parents, Clarke-Soares has a bachelors degree in finance from Georgetown University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a board member of the Council of Urban Professionals; FreeFrom, an organization to promote economic justice and opportunity for domestic abuse survivors; and Urbanworld, producer of the annual international Urbanworld Film Festival, but her commitment to her husband and two children is unparalleled. Of her two children she says, I am committed every day to being my best self to ensure that they have a life that is rich with opportunities to pursue their biggest dreams without hesitation.