By Adedamola Agboola, blackenterprise.com
Lauren Simmons is the only full-time female employee currently working as a stockbroker on the floor of the New York Exchange. She is also one of a few women in history to occupy a trading role, and according to the BBC, she joins a short list of women who have signed their names in the book containing the constitution of the New York Stock Exchange alongside the likes of John D. Rockefeller.
Simmons, 23, graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in genetics. According to her LinkedIn, she worked as a supervisor at Six Flags in Georgia while in college and interned at Woodstock Clinical Treatment Center where she “created an innovative version of the center’s resource manual” and a budget sheet of $300,000 after analyzing past expenses. She also interned at Nordstrom before joining Saks Inc., where she worked for six months before joining Rosenblatt Securities last year.
“I fell in love with the numbers and the fast movement, and the men in the trading jackets and everything was moving so fast and I’m loving it,” she told BBC’s Joe Miller.
Richard Rosenblatt, founder and CEO of the boutique securities firm who hired Simmons last year said he’s confident “she won’t be the last.” Although artificial intelligence is fast replacing humans on how stock portfolios are managed nowadays, the floors of the New York Exchange is still overwhelmingly dominated by men.