After a 226 year dry spell (!), a woman will finally serve as the president of the NYSE (article). Stacey Cunningham, the new NYSE president, is an inspirational figure and her presence in a top Wall Street position will certainly signal to talented women that working on Wall Street is not a “men-only” club. One example of this powerful signal helps tell the story of our interviewee: Lauren Simmons, a 23-year-old equity trader at the NYSE. Lauren is the youngest and the only full-time female trader on the floor. She also joins a short list of women who have signed their names on the NYSE constitution book, next to John D. Rockefeller ! With Lauren, I share the fact that I too started my career on a trading floor, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange! While I discovered trading was not my cup of tea, it was an incredible experience, which taught me from the very beginning I had to toughen up in order to survive in the finance sector.
What Contributed to Lauren’s Success?We asked Lauren to tell us the things that contributed most to her success. She expressed three basic themes that characterize her professional career:
- Theme #1: COURAGE
- Theme #2: A LOVE FOR NUMBERS
- Theme #3: CONFIDENCE