Corporate America is struggling at the moment. Corporate profits are dropping at an alarming rate, and the threat of another economic disaster is looming over the heads of CEOs across the nation. There are a lot of good things to say about America’s corporate community. Words like effective, strong, creative, determined and committed have all been used to describe the atmosphere in most American Corporations. But there is an important ingredient missing in corporations around the country and Helane Morrison, the San Francisco attorney and financial expert calls that missing ingredient “woman’s leadership.”
Helane Morrison is a born leader. She has made it her mission to thrive in a male-dominated business environment. Morrison has more than thrived, however. She has made a mark on every organizations she has been associated with, and she is now pushing the corporate envelope and telling corporations to promote more women. Corporations like to release numbers and facts that support their commitment to giving women equal rights as executives, but Morrison believes that rhetoric has run its course. There are women executives, but most of them never reach the ranks of the truly powerful in corporate America.
Morrison has a reputation for being a financial and compliance expert that gets to the point. She talks about her days as a law clerk and her assistant role under Supreme Court Justice, Harry A. Blackmun. Morrison spent 11 years working with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and during those years, she rose to the top of SEC ladder. Before she left the SEC, she was named the Regional Director of the five-state SEC region based in Northern California. Helane is a partner in the law firm, Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, and she is currently the Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel for Hall Capital Partners an all-women investment firm in San Francisco. Hall Capital is one of largest investment firms in the country.
Talking about Morrison and her accomplishments wouldn’t be complete unless her fundraising efforts and other business commitments are mentioned. She sits on the board of the hedge fund committee of the American Bar Association, and she is a former director of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Helane is also an environmentalist and an animal rights activist. Morrison sits on the board of the Regional Parks Foundation in Northern California. But Morrison has also taken on the role of women’s advocate in business. She believes the corporate structure is going to change, and women in top executive roles will be part of that change.