According to a recent McKinsey survey, women are 15 percent less likely to be promoted to a senior level position in Corporate America than men. Corporations are not meritocracies. They are skewed toward men especially when it comes to leadership positions. The survey said that attrition wasn’t an issue. In fact, women are less likely than men to leave a senior or executive position. At the current rate, it will take more than 100 years to get gender equality in place.
There’s a lot of work to do, and it starts at the top. But the top tier in Corporate America still has a boy’s club mentality, and many of them would rather die than relinquish that thinking process. Men are the strong ones, according to the old school leaders, even though study after study has determined that women, in most cases, are as qualified or more qualified than the men that are currently running large corporations.
Even though corporations say gender diversity is a priority, more than half of their employees say it is not a priority on their CEO’s list of things to do. But there is one company in San Francisco that is changing the old way of thinking. Hall Capital Partners LLC has a diverse mixture of talent. The leader of that organization is CEO Kathryn Hall. Hall decided to recruit the well-known gender equality advocate Helane Morrison to manage the company. Morrison is a dynamic businesswoman, attorney, and former regional SEC managing director. Her list of accomplishments rival any corporate executive’s list.
Morrison graduated from UC-Berkley law school, and she also earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She has been a law clerk and was named a partner in the San Francisco law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. Helane was also the regional director of the Security and Exchange Commission San Fransisco Division for seven years before she was recruited by Hall to manage Hall Capital Partners LLC. Her duties at the SEC were as diverse as her duties are now. She is a brilliant litigator, negotiator, and speaker.
To see Helane’s full resume, visit her LinkedIn profile and connect with her there. If you’re looking for relevant news and her bio, visit her Crunchbase profile. To see some of her work in detail, peek through the Google Book below to view one of her casees in full.
An article published by BizJournals.com describes Morrison as an effective leader and a knowledgeable investment manager. The figures don’t lie. The latest figures show that Hall Capital Partners has more than $24 billion in assets under management, and Morrison has a working knowledge of all of those assets.
It may still be a man’s world in some corporations, but if Morrison has anything to do with it that scenario will change faster than experts say it will.