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In My Words: What Owning a Business As a Woman Means To Me

My name is Amal Helal. I am the proud mother of three adult children, and a doting grandmother to three young grandchildren and the devoted wife of 51 years to Saber Helal. I also am the President and CEO of Gray Graphics Corporation, its majority shareholder and the principal manager of the corporation’s day-to-day operations.

In the 1970s my husband, Saber, and I came to this country with the same dreams and hopes carried by all immigrants who aspire to be productive American citizens and to provide for their children the opportunity of a better life. We brought with us a strong family bond and a work ethic grounded in the belief that through honest hard work anything is possible. Saber secured employment with a small local printer and I raised our children and kept our home. In 1975, Saber bought Gray Printing from his employer, Clarence Gray. It was from this small first location on Georgia Avenue in Washington, DC that our company began.

While the beginnings of this journey were filled with sacrifice and hardship, I would have to say that my biggest accomplishment as a business owner was creating an environment in which I was able to watch my kids grow into the hardworking and intelligent individuals they have become today. During this process, we as a family, were able to foster and help grow this environment into one that has created a strong and cohesive corporate culture that is constantly striving to achieve the next level of success.


Amal Helal

What it means to be a woman and a leader
The Atlantic
Introducing a project about women's leadership around the world — including people who aren't typically thought of as leaders.

How to get more women into the director's chair
The New York Times
In an ideal world, awareness would lead to change. But in the real world, awareness leads to excuses and sometimes even stalling tactics. This is true of every social movement.

Site helps women business owners land federal contracts
The News Journal
The U.S. Small Business Administration launched a new website where women-owned small businesses can apply for certification in a trio of programs aimed at helping them land a piece of the $400 billion federal contracting pie.
How Amal Helal Was Named a Future 50 Recipient
In its 40 years of business Gray Graphics has evolved from a single=person operation to a full-service communications provider ranked fifth in the U.S. by the Government Publishing Office. The company is also one of only a few communication providers approved to process and protect sensitive printed material for the U.S. government.

The company excels in innovation, introducing new finishing methods at a fraction of the time and cost. Its ability to remain on the cutting edge has a lot to do with its team. The diverse group is made up of people with backgrounds in engineering, biology, fine art, web design and others, allowing the team to form a wide scope of solutions to every problem.
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