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Meet Jackson Family Wines’ Julia Jackson

Julia Jackson, middle child and youngest daughter of Barbara Banke and Kendall-Jackson founder Jess Jackson, is quite accomplished for being such a young woman. Not yet 30 years old, she is already an integral part of her family’s wine business. Her business acumen, her commitment to creating a quality product and her dedication to her charitable foundation make her a force to be reckoned with.

Born in San Francisco in 1988, she received her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College before pursuing graduate studies at Stanford School of Business.

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As spokesperson for her family’s wines, which include not just Kendall-Jackson but Arcanum and Verite among others, Ms. Jackson believes that Sonoma is the best place to go for Cabernet despite the fact that Napa has long been known for Cabernet. She likes to point out, as proof, that her family’s Verite has won perfect scores of 100 points from wine critic, Robert Parker, on nine different occasions.

Not content to simply enjoy her family’s success, however, Julia founded Cambria Seeds of Empowerment to give back. Seeds of Empowerment celebrates women who have overcome hardship and are empowering others to do the same. They offer grants to non-profits that embrace equality, community and spirit. Honorees for this grant include Dr. Victoria Kisyombe who has been working to redesign traditional Tanzanian economic models to allow women to participate, and Yin Myo Su who has been putting her efforts into establishing a socially and environmentally responsible model of business in her native Myanmar.

With so many accomplishments under her belt at such a young age, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Julia Jackson.

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Helane Morrison: Antagonist to Corruption

Helane Morrison started her amazing career after graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago with her B. S. in journalism. From there she would go onto achieve her J.D. degree from the University of California Berkley School of Law. With this she could finally begin to pursue her dreams of crushing social injustices. Inspired by Harry A. Blackmun, she moved on from working with the Supreme Court Justice in 1985 and operated her own private practice for the next ten years.

Morrison quickly realized where her passions in her practice truly lied; exposing and fighting against corruption. She began working for the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin, where she would spend another ten years (1986-1996), five of which she worked to expose illegal trading rings. Because of her enduring dedication to this line of work, she was offered a position with the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) San Francisco office. This would elevate Morrison into an even better position to serve her clients to better protect them from fraudulence. She was able to uncover illicit sales of fraudulent securities to military personnel, the illegal destruction of audit papers, assisted in the effort to end insider trading, among many other things.

It was during her time with SEC (1996-2007) that Morrison became aware of the disproportionate ratio of men to women in the financial sector leadership positions. This motivated her to shift her focus towards financial sector equality. In 2007 she went on to join the Hall Capital Partners LLC, a law firm entirely run by women. She is now working to secure more gender equal opportunities in financial sectors across the globe. At Hall Capital she is Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Helane Morrison’s unwavering pursuit of justice has created a rewarding career and has allowed her to reach out and help numerous people regain confidence with financial companies and the pursuit of gender equality in the workplace.