Blue Flower

As James Brown soulfully said, “It’s a man’s world.” That was the 20th-century belief that kept women in low-level corporate positions for years. Corporate men were the breadwinners and women were designed to stay at home or work for peanuts even though many women have better educational backgrounds and much sharper minds when it comes to making money the right way. Men in Corporate America play dirty and stretch the rules in order to climb the corporate ladder, but San Francisco-based Helane Morrison is out to show the world what women in business can really do.

Helane started her business career as a journalist after graduating from Northwestern. Morrison liked reporting, but she found some unethical behavior that had to stop. Helane decided to get a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Morrison managed to land a job as the regional director of the San Francisco branch of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Morrison managed five states for the SEC, and she learned a great deal about the underhanded practices that corporations use to enhance their bottom lines.

When Morrison became a partner with the San Francisco law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, she worked on cases that involved compliance violations and white collar crimes. Helane decided that she wanted to use her education. When she was offered the job of Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the California investment firm Hall Capital Partners LLC she jumped at the chance. Morrison reached a level in the financial world that few women ever reach. Morrison is doing everything in her power to break the glass ceiling constructed by the corporate men’s club.

Helane Morrison is a motivation speaker as well. She travels around the country talking about executive positions for women. The truth is finally out. Women make dynamic corporate leaders that play by the rules. In her speeches, Morrison talks about government regulations and the loopholes that need closing, but she also mentions the women that have endured the prejudice and pain in Corporate America and risen to the top.

The Corporate boys club is still operating across America. Women are being denied executive positions out of fear and complacency, according to Morrison. Helane is changing the image of corporate women, and it’s working. Even though only 14.2 percent of corporate CEOs are women, Morrison believes the tide is turning toward women.