San Francisco’s Top Female Executives Lead by Example with Workplace Equality

The Bay Area based money manager; Hall Capital now manages an asset portfolio of $24 billion. The stellar growth the company has witnessed is attributed to a number of factors, including strong returns and staff diversity. According Mark Calvey of the San Francisco Business Times, the company CEO Kathryn Hall attributes the good run to the presence of people with diverse gender, education and backgrounds. Hall Capital was established in 1994 to manage money on behalf of distinguished entrepreneurial families residing in San Francisco’s Bay Area. One noticeable thing about the management hierarchy of Hall Capital is the presence of three high achieving women in leadership positions. The three women are Kathryn Hall, the Chief Investment Officer; Sarah Stein, the President and Helane Morrison, the company MD, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. 

Helane joined Hall Capital in 2009 from the Securities and Exchange Commission, where she served in a legal capacity. Before joining the SEC, Morrison worked as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Florida. Regarding her leadership philosophy, Hall Capital President, Sarah Stein is particularly enthralled by the idea of having women in the leadership of financial institutions. She qualifies this assumption by reinstating the fact that 50% of the world population is made up of women, the report by the San Francisco Business Times adds. Hall Capital is also reaping the benefits of having a diverse team of staff, thanks to its highly accommodative benefits package that includes maternity and paternity leaves and workplace flexibility. The workplace flexibility is designed to encourage staff members to have close communication and outside engagement with their families and acquaintances. 

Helane Morrison’s Background:

Prior to joining Hall Capital and Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Morrison practiced law at the reputable Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin law practice in San Francisco between 1986 and 1996. She became a partner in 1991. According to, Ms. Morrison’s areas of specialty included business litigation, SEC matters and defense of private securities. Take a deeper look into her work by browsing one of her former cases in the document below.

Ms Morrison also practiced law in two private practices for Hon. Richard A. Posner of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun between 1984 and 1986. Ms Morrison is a board member of narious professional organizations, including the Hedge Fund Subcommittee of the American Bar Association and Regional Parks Foundation. She holds a BSc in Journalism and a Juris Doctor. 

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