The sad thing about women and power is the fact that they are still greatly sidelined when it comes to the creation and availability of opportunities where they can showcase their ability to lead. This is perhaps the reason behind the fact that only a handful has ever held office in the SEC. One of the few who managed to break the glass ceiling, and leave a legacy in their trail is Helane Morrison. Working in a financial industry that has done nothing other than soil their name steadily since the early 200’s hasn’t been easy for Helane, but she has made it happen and the legacy that she will leave behind will not be matched by many.
Helane has not only thrived in the industry, which calls for an extreme level of self-discipline and dedication to make it, but has also policed it. There was a time when she was a fire breathing journalist, which was followed by a career in the government service. All this time, the one thing that has been constant about her is the manner in which she has worked for the prevention of corruption. She is reliable, determined and extremely influential in the business. For the past thirty years, she has been working hard to make her mark in the business and she is still trying her best to make a mark.
One of the things that she has never shied away from was exposing people that were involved in corrupt dealings. In 2007, there are many people in the country that were left in a state of complete shock when the institutions around them, came tumbling down. Banks were looking up to the government to get the much needed bailouts and unemployment was at an all time high. The one thing that people realized during the time was the completely unethical nature in which the entire financial sector was conducting itself. The issues ran from shallow to deep, what had seemed like a little tweaking of the figures here and there turned into a racket with destroyed documents and false claims in the market.
Nine years after the crumble, not many Americans trust the systems. Only about 28 percent of the population of the country actually believes that the country is on the right track economically. It is people like Helane Morrison that gives a little glimmer of hope that things might get better with time.