Helane Morrison Takes the Legal World by Storm

There aren’t many business-focused professionals that we, the public, feel we can trust. While everyone hopes that they can better the world, there are a few that wish to better only themselves. It seems like the only people good at influencing the economy are those who want to control the economy. In recent decades, there has been one businesswoman who exemplifies what we want in a business leader. Helane Morrison is quickly becoming one of the most renowned business experts the world has ever known.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Helane Morrison had an average childhood. She didn’t know what her future held for her, but she did know that she was intrigued by the world of business. After high school, she attended Northwestern University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Unsatisfied with her status, she attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. There, she was able to use her journalism degree as she was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. She also earned a Juris Doctor from the University. In 1987, she passed the State Bar of California.

Even though she was not accepted to the California Bar until 1987, she began her career in law in 1984. She started out like many other lawyers do, as a law clerk. She worked for Richard A. Posner, who worked for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. A year later, Helane started working for Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court. The next year, she got a job working for a private law firm, Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk, & Rabkin. By 1991, Morrison was a partner, which she remained as for five more years.

Helane was such a force in the legal world that she began to get noticed by those higher up in the system. In 1996, Morrison was asked to join the SEC. Her first responsibility was as Head of Regional Enforcement Activities. Eventually, she was promoted to running the entire San Francisco office. Even though she only worked in California, she oversaw the enforcement and examinations of many other states. Morrison led the SEC to take on some of the biggest names in the industry. She earned herself a reputation for tackling several high-profile cases. She is a powerful woman who shows no fear when it comes to challenging the big boys.

 

The Career of Malini Saba

Malini Saba is known as one of the top philanthropists for the South Asian origin, and top investors in the world. She is also the Chairman of the company Saban, who has had or has retained a variety of investment interest throughout the world, these include oil and gas in China, technology companies throughout the US, and real estate in India and Australia. In 2001, Malini started a non-profit organization known as Stree: Global Investments in Women, the organization aims to change the way that at-risk and low income women and children all over the world see themselves, and also their roles within society. Stree, after being inaugurated by the former U.S. President Clinton, and Jordan’s Queen Noor. The organization has provided the means for women to access healthcare and legal empowerment, and has provided a forum in the grassroots movements in connecting with public policy in Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa and India. In 2005, Malini donated one million dollars in a kick start for the world’s first Heart Research Center catering to South Asians, located at the El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. And then in 2004, she toured the Tsunami ravaged areas of Sri Lanka and India and during this she pledged ten million dollars towards the victims of the tragedy for the island nation.

In Malini’s early days, she began her investment career in a Silicon Valley venture capitalist in the 1990s, where she gained extensive experience in investing with more than 20 technology companies. Some of these companies included Netscreen Technologies, Sycamore Networks, Inc., and PayPal Inc.. Malini Saba said when asked where the idea for her first company had come from, she had wanted to invest in companies but was not able to get in with a VC group. Following this she founded Saban. A typical day for Malini includes juggling her work, while also being a mom to her daughter, she does not believe in having a nanny, and also that a meeting should never be longer than 45 minutes. It was also asked how she brings her ideas to life, and she revealed that she has always looked at what the market trends are, and then done the exact opposite, and she also focuses on what the world is going to be in 3 to 5 years, based on what they are doing at the current time. Malini believes that it is important to take the Bull by the Horns, and she is not afraid of taking risk. She has always gone into countries where normally people would not tread. And Malini has said one trend that really excites her is the commodity market, while it is volatile, it also brings great returns.