There are many women in Corporate America that have beat the odds and have senior positions with large corporations. But many of them say there are road blocks that won’t allow them to move up the corporate ladder. Those roadblocks are the managers that work with them and the managers that are above them. Even though recent surveys say women are caught in a trap, 87 percent of the men that are senior managers say women have as many opportunities as they have. Only 57 percent of women in the workplace agree with that assessment.
Senior managers don’t intentionally create roadblocks for women, according to Helane Morrison. Morrison is the dynamic leader of the San Francisco Hall Capital Partners LLC. Morrison is for gender equality, and Hall Capital Partners is a good example of how effective gender equality can be. Morrison likes to say that diversity is one of the prime ingredients in a successful company, and Morrison says her company is successful because it is so diversified. But diversity is still a talked about non-entity in many of the large corporations across America, according to Morrison.
Helane Morrison knows what she is talking about, as evidenced by her prolific LinkedIn resume. She is an attorney and investment manager as well as a top-notch negotiator and speaker. She is also a former regional director for the Security and Exchange Commission. Before she accepted the job at Hall Capital Partners, she was a working partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, the San Francisco law firm. Morrison is a major proponent of a women’s surge to the top of Corporate America. Follow the latest news about Helane on her Crunchbase and to see her work in detail, check out the Google Book below of a closed case she litigated.
The women’s surge means women must be considered by male managers when position are open at the vice-president level. The surge also means women must be paid the same as men, and at least 30 percent of the attendees at management meetings must be women, and 30 percent of the onstage speakers at those meetings should be women.
According to a recent BizJournals.com article, Morrison said that male managers are in unexplored territory when it comes to recognizing women for their abilities rather than their looks. There are no classes in women’s leadership in business schools, so most managers have no idea how to deal with talented women like Morrison.
There is still too much lip service and not enough action in corporations, but Morrison wants to turn that lip service into positive action for women across the country.