Malini Saba: A Merger of Business and Charity

When we think of humanitarian efforts, we often think of them as being completely separate from business. Business people are only interested in profits and furthering their own cause, right? They cannot possibly have the sensibility to work for other people. Well, when it comes to Malini Saba, this notion gets turned on its head.

Malini was born and raised in Sri Lanka, in Southern Asia. When she was 19 years old, she moved to the United States with her husband to pursue an education. She only had $200 to her name when she first arrived, so getting this education was extremely difficult. Luckily, she was able to sit in on some business courses that her husband was attending, and this was the first time that she fell in love with the world of investment. She wanted to join the venture capital movement that was sweeping the globe at the time, so she applied at several firms, only to be turned down every time. She eventually decided to just start her own company.

 

Malini Saba is now the Chairwoman of Saban, a global investment firm that has several investments in oil and gas, technology, real estate, and a plethora of commodities. Saban breaks the normal notions of what it means to be an investment firm. Malini likes to take risks, and she is not afraid to invest in places that other investors are too scared to go. Malini looks five years down the road and wants to know what the trends and investment opportunities will be then, rather than looking at the current state of things. This helps her get in before everyone else, and pull more profits out than any other investor is able to. This helped to make Saban a multi million dollar company. However, Malini does not just sit on stacks of cash like another investor might. She is actively giving back and improving the world one dollar at a time.

 

In 2001, Malini started Stree, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the rights of women and challenging how their roles in society are seen. This organization provides women empowerment and the means to create their own movements. Malini also gives millions each year to charities and causes, such as the $10 million that she gave for tsunami relief in 2004 to her home country of Sri Lanka.

 

Malini Saba is the epitome of the merger of business and philanthropy, and through her love of investments, her background of poverty, and her need to give back, she has created an empire that will help the world for generations to come.

 

 

Life of Helane Morrison

With the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, 2008 left many Americans shuddering at the near mention of any financial term. Words like hedge fund, investment and banking perhaps now should only be said in a low whisper. However, there is a new sheriff in town and she’s lassoing confidence back into the hearts of Americans.

Helane Morrison is her name. Like many, I found her story inspiring. She was a girl from Brooklyn who set out on a journey that would lead her across the country. Morrison’s education began by putting a BS Journalism from Northwestern under her belt. She continued to add to her arsenal by studying at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. It was at Berkeley that Morrison became the Editor-in-Chief of the university’s law review. 

Passing the bar and becoming a law clerk for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was perhaps where this glass-ceiling breaking spirit began. At the 7th Circuit, Morrison worked with the esteemed Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Blackmun was no stranger for holding his ground even amid death threats and this perseverance and tenacity undoubtedly fed her fierce female fire.

Working at a law firm, Morrison defended private securities and worked with business litigation. After achieving full partner status, she supervised cases to include some of the most corrupt dealers and published a book format version of 3 cases where enforcement was necessary. These formatted books were available on Google as Morrison wanted the public to be aware. 

The next stop for Morrison was San Francisco where she worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and examined the world of financial fraud. Such cases included big names like Google, Nextcard Inc., Hewllet Packard, and HBO and Co. Helane Morriosn became the first woman to be named Head of Commission and Region Director. This was a detour and her path led on to Hall Capital.

As Chief Compliance Officer, Morrison worked her magic at Hall Capital by facilitating workplace success for women in the world of business. As part of a company who strives to build an environment suited for women to work, Hall Capital operates with an open concept office design. Communication and collaboration is highly encouraged with all employees and clients as to produce pure honesty. Flexible schedules are the norm as family time and community involvement is important. 

Helane Morrison has also been a member on numerous boards to include the Bar Association, Regional Parks Foundation and others. Said to be the “voice of change,” Morrison strives to live the life her strong convictions and high ethics demand in the most passionate manner she knows. Through her work, she has created a business world where women are now included in former men-only meetings and is a four time award-winner of the “Most Influential Woman in the Bay Area Business and Public Sector.”