Segregation is a word everyone learns early in life. Humans like to segregate themselves from other races, businesses, schools and just about all other social activities. Racial segregation has been the main topic for the last fifty years. Blacks want to be included as equals, and they should be. But the fact that women have been victims of segregation in the workplace for the last sixty years hasn’t got the attention that the racial issue has gotten. But Helane Morrison is on a mission to change that. Morrison, the Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, and General Counsel for Hall Capital Partners in San Francisco believes it’s time put women in executive roles in Corporate America. Morrison thinks there are not enough women CEOs, COOs, CFOs and CCOs in business. Morrison thinks the days of segregating women in the workplace are over.
Morrison is well-equipped to fight this battle with Corporate America. Her reputation and credentials speak for themselves. Morrison has a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She has worked in the judicial system as a law clerk and as an assistant to Supreme Court Justice, Harry A. Blackmun. She learned about equal rights while working for the liberal judge, and she applied what she learned when the Securities and Exchange Commission offer her a job. Morrison worked for the SEC for 11 years. She became the first women Regional Director in that agency’s history.
When Sarah Stein and Kathryn Hall offer her the Managing Director’s job at Hall Capital Partners, she jumped at the chance to work for an all-women investment firm. Stein is the president, and Kathryn is the co-COO of Hall Capital. Morrison is currently the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer as well as the Managing Director of Hall Capital, but she still maintains her partnership in the San Francisco law firm, Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin.
Helane talks about the equal ratio of men to women interested in business. But when it comes to entering financial services after graduating there is a lack of female leadership. That lack is not because women don’t want to get involved in the financial sector of businesses. Morrison thinks men in upper management positions keep women segregated intentionally. The segregation is so extreme in some companies that men hold separate meetings for women. Helane Morrison intends to eliminate segregation from the corporate world, and she has a lot of support for that mission.