Helane Morrison, a distinguished San Fransisco lawyer, has been instrumental in helping to pave the way to make the workplace better for women. She is one of the women at the top executives of Hall Capital Partners, LLC., a very successful investment firm in San Fransisco.
The firm’s CEO, Kathryn Hall believes in everyone coming into the office because collaboration is important in the finance industry. The firm offers maternity and paternity leave and encourages employees to be active and engaged in their communities, church and family lives. A balanced work and personal life does makes better employees. To read the article detailing Hall Capital’s changes for a better work environment, click here.
Female leadership is rare for women as far as financial services go. However Hall Capital is one of the largest and most successful money managers in the Bay Area, with $24 billion in assets under management with three women at the top of the company. They are managing the wealth of some of the Bay Area’s wealthiest families. The 3 women at the top are CEO Kathryn Hall, who also serves as co-chief investment officer, President Sarah Stein and Helane Morrison, a managing director and the firm’s general counsel and chief compliance officer.
Morrison’s strong position and work experience paves the way for other women to see their goals and reach them. As you can see from her LinkedIn, her resume includes being the first woman to serve as the San Fransisco Securities and Exchange Commissions district’s chief. Among other things, she also graduated with a journalism B.S. from Northwestern University and received her J.D. in 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she was Editor-In-Chief of the California Law Review. She was a panel member of a Private Fund Compliance forum in 2012. One of only 4 members, she is obviously well respected in her field. More information on her can be found at http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=38982933&privcapId=1746886&previousCapId=1746886&previousTitle=Hall%20Capital%20Partners%20LLC
I am sure it is an easy decision for a career woman to join the Hall Capital firm seeing that she won’t be held back at this firm just because of gender.
“The world is 50-50, men and women. My business school class was 50-50, and yet you see so many firms dominated by men,” President Sarah Stein said.
It is tremendous that Morrison has worked so hard to achieve all that she has and still make it a priority to help diversify the workplace and foster integrity in the financial services business. Hall Capital offers accountability, integrity and regulatory compliance for its clients, elements that have become more vital following the historic financial crisis.
“The industry as a whole squandered the trust of clients in an epic way,” Hall said.
With these impressive women at the top I am sure that we will be seeing more growth from Hall Capital and that there is room for more hard working smart women to succeed in a man dominated business.