The impact that one person can make on a company, a nation, and the world can’t be underestimated. There are stories about great men and women that have pioneered change in all segments of life. Stories of heroism, fortitude, and pure determination have filled history books for years. The truth is, one person can change the course of life and there’s no better example of such a person than San Francisco attorney, Helane Morrison.
Helane Morrison wasn’t always an attorney. She started her working career as a journalist after graduating from Northwestern University’s School of Journalism. Morrison cut her business teeth reporting news stories and the experience she acquired during those years prompted her to attend the University of California’s School of Law. She got her law degree, but she was always drawn to the financial world. Her fascination with finance was not just about making money; her interest went deeper than that. Morrison wanted to know the intricate details of the financial world and when she was offered the job of regional director of the Securities and Exchange Commission she immediately accepted the position.
During her years at the SEC, Helane learned the ins and outs of government regulations, and she learned that many corporations had no clue about compliance regulations and other government requirements. The five state region that Morrison policed for the Securities and Exchange Commission kept her busy. She learned how to handle delicate corporate situations. Helane eventually became a partner in the San Francisco law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, and she continued her work in finance by defending clients that needed legal counsel for compliance violations and other matters.
Morrison is currently the Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Office for Hall Capital Investments, a California investment firm. That is unacceptable, according to Morrison. The old days of promoting men over women just because they are men are over. The old corporate look of all men and a token woman in one executive role is changing, and Morrison is one of the people leading the charge to change. There’s a lot of work to be done, but Morrison isn’t afraid of work. She thrives on it.