Julia Jackson is the daughter of Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke. Jess founded Kendall-Jackson Winery and is best known for becoming one of the most successful independent wine ever. Experts give Jackson credit for popularizing Chardonnay because his Vintners Reserve was the most popular in America for over twenty years.
After Jess passed away in 2011, Barbara took over the reins and managed to achieve even bigger successes. Barbara’s accomplishments showed Julia that women could lead with vision and purpose just like the men.
The Jackson Family business is now the largest seller of premium wines in the country. When Barbara took over, she began buying vineyards and land in California, Oregon, and Australia. The Kendall-Jackson family of wines now includes other brands like La Crema and Cambria.
Julia started college at Scripps College in 2006 where she earned a BA. Next was the Stanford Summer Institute of General Management. Here she received a Summer Certificate from Stanford Business School. Miss Jackson was prepared to join the family team at Kendall-Jackson Winery.
Before college Julia spent many hours working a variety of positions in the company under her father’s leadership. She worked and learned about wines and the wine business. Julia is especially well spoken on the subject and often argues that although Sonoma is famous for quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, she believes Sonoma’s Cabernet is among the best in the world.
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Miss Jackson also spread her wings beyond the world of wine when in 2014 she founded Cambria Seeds of Empowerment. The organization honors the warrior spirit of women, like her mother, that have overcome significant obstacles to achieve success. They award $100,000 cash grants to nonprofits that exemplify that fighting spirit.
Helane Morrison works for Hall Capital Partners where she fills the roles of Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, and General Counsel. Hall Capital Partners, based in San Francisco, is an investment company that is entirely headed by women. Before Morrison joined the company in 2010 she had headed the Securities and Exchange Commission’s San Francisco office for 14 years.
Morrison started at the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1996 and headed the agency’s securities law enforcement efforts. The San Francisco office is responsible for enforcement in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Northern California. During her career with the SEC she exposed many criminals who took advantage of consumers and investors. She took actions especially during the financial crisis of 2007-2008 when the global economy imploded due to corruption in the banking and financial industries. Among her many accomplishments was bringing to light the illegal destruction of audit papers at Ernst & Young and other large financial firms. She also defended many senior citizens who were defrauded by financial advisors, as well as working for military personnel who were sold fraudulent securities.
Morrison earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. She went on to obtain her J.D. from The School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She started her professional legal career as a law clerk for Hon. Richard Posen of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th District. She was also a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. After garnering these experience she entered the private sector when she joined law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Robbin. It was after a successful 10 years at this law firm, during which time she became a Partner, that she joined the Securities and Trade Commission.
One of Helane Morrison’s main goals at Hall Capital Partners is to do her part in helping the public restore their confidence in the financial markets. She has been very successful at the company and in August 2016 was named as one of the Women on the Move by the San Francisco Business Times. Hall Capital Partners has over $24 billion in assets under management which Morrison makes sure is handled in an ethical and responsible manner on behalf of their clients.