What Helane Morrison is Doing to Brighten the Future of the Financial Industry

These days you cannot trust very many people to maintain an upright character at all times no matter what. Sadly, this is particularly the case in the financial business industry. That is why Helane Morrison is such a breath of fresh air. She is the immensely rare leader in the financial business arena who can be absolutely trusted to maintain her character. In fact, she is fighting to strengthen that throughout the industry. This strengthening of character and trust in the marketplace has been her passion since her early years. She was born and raised in Brooklyn. 

She attended Northwestern College in Illinois, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism. She then studied for a doctorate degree in law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. While in the process of earning this degree, she worked as Editor in Chief of the school’s law review. After graduation and after passing the bar exam, Morrison immediately went into law work (see her Bloomberg profile here). In the thirty years ever since, Morrison has been fighting corruption in the marketplace wherever it could be found. Her biggest assistance in this area may have been in the global economic crisis of 2007 and 2008. 

This crisis helped expose widespread corrupt business practices that had helped hasten the crisis. Ever since that day, Morrison has helmed the charge to clean up that industry. She learned a passion for opposition of all things involving discrimination and corruption during her work for Harry A. Blackmun, a supreme court judge. After a few years with him in the early 80’s, Morrison opened up her own private practice. She also worked for other law practices throughout the next 30 years. During these years she also did highly respected and prestigious work for the government.

In 2007, Morrison joined the San Francisco-based financial giant, Hall Capital. Having a lifelong passion for discriminatory issues, she was drawn to the entirely female-led Hall Capital. In today’s finance industry this is an extreme rarity. There are very few finance business with any women in leadership roles. Morrison wants to help change this. The business is doing amazingly well with more than 24 billion dollars in managed assets. Her two other company leaders are President Sarah Stein and Co-chief Investment officer, Kathryn Hall. Together, the women are fully committed to making a difference in the American business community.

Check out Helane’s LinkedIn profile or view her page on Crunchbase to learn more about her >> https://www.crunchbase.com/person/helane-morrison#/entity


DeVos backing Rubio 2016

In recent weeks the DeVos family is backing Marco Rubio in upcoming presidential primaries. This is much needed help financially for Marco Rubio. In a recent interview with The Detroit News, Dick DeVos said that they shifted from supporting Jeb Bush to supporting Marco Rubio due to the fact that Jeb dropped out. His finish in the South Carolina Primary left him at fourth place. The DeVos family will publicly endorse Marco Rubio in order for him to gain momentum. The DeVos family is originally from Michigan and is one of the wealthiest families in America. They have been big financial supporters of the Republican party politics which will provide Marco Rubio with contributions he will require. Both campaign contributions and the political action committee who are supporting him. The DeVos family said in the interview that they will be supporting individually first and then encouraging others to follow suit. The DeVos family, Dick and his wife Betsy, and Marco Rubio know each other well. The DeVos family was busy promoting the extension of school choice laws during an event where Marco Rubio was a speaker at the Florida House of Representatives in August 2006. The education improvement in the state of florida is all thanks to Marco Rubio and Gov. Bush according to Dick DeVos who credited both of them for it. Dick DeVos believes that Marco Rubio is a leader with perspective, experience and capability. He is not a stranger to political donations as he comments on in this Mlive exclusive interview.

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos who was the cofounder of a consumer goods distribution company known as Amway. Dick DeVos has been part of the family business since a young age and later went onto working for the company in various capacities (learn more about his role at the company here: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html). Dick attended the Northwood University and received a bachelors degree in business administration. Dick DeVos also attended the Wharton School’s Executive Study Programs as well as Harvard Business School however he did not graduate, according to Dick’s New Netherland Institute profile page. 

Dick and Betsy DeVos started the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation in 1990 which is a foundation that makes donations to several community, educational, religious, artistic and civic organizations. Some of the recipients of these donations include Kids Hope USA, the West Michigan Aviation Acadamy, the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, Mars Hill Bible Church, Potters House, Grand Rapids Christian School and Thunderbird School of Global Management. They have done a lot for the community at large.

Betsy shares her approach for creating more quality educational opportunities for children in Detroit.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, February 23, 2016