The financial sector is one of the many industries still dominated by males the world over. Most women work in low ranks, taking orders and instructions from senior male colleagues. It is never an easy task for the few who climb to the top, finally making their voices heard when and where it matters most.
When Helane Morrison realized how wide the gap between male and female leadership in the financial sector was, she immediately decided to do something about it. She cut short a promising career at the top of the Securities and Exchange Commission in San Francisco where she had worked for years enforcing securities law, litigating fraud and ensuring regulations were followed in North California and some five other Northwestern states, among other high level responsibilities. Instead Helane joined Hall Capital, assuming the positions of the Managing Director and the Chief Compliance Officer as well as a number of other responsibilities.
A giant company responsible for managing assets worth more than $24 billion, HallCapital oversees smooth running of financial matters for many affluent families. However, what inspired Morrison to settle for the company is the all-women leadership. Helane Morrison joined CEO Kathryn Hall and Sarah Stein, the President to make a powerful and successful team of the top three.
Fair Business Environment
Armed with a J. D from University of California School of Law and B.S Degree in journalism from Northwestern University, Morrison has been involved in many tough fights in her quest to ensure fair business practices globally. Her work has included defending people who have found themselves at difficult financial positions against predation by others who see it as an opportunity to make money unfairly. She participated in the 2012 Private Fund Compliance Forum panel as well as other platforms of that ilk. Her strong passion for a fair environment for conducting business for all people has earned her a reputation as one of the most indispensable combatants for industrial justice.
Inspiration for Young Women Leaders
While many women with leadership qualities are discouraged from pursuing their career goals, Hall Capital and its leadership offers a rare inspiration. Although the company cannot accommodate every woman who wants to be a leader, it has made a strong point in the necessity of enhancing diversity in the top ranks of not only the financial sector but also in the many other male-dominated industries. Making as much profit as possible and satisfaction of clients is one of the most important goals for any company. Nevertheless, Capital Hall’s insistence on gender diversity as well as educational and background qualities is certainly one of the pillars of their success.