Meet Lauren Simmons – she is the only woman that is a full-time employee at the New York Stock Exchange.
And guess what? She’s African American!
Simmons signs her name in a book that contains the constitution of the New York Stock Exchange – alongside the likes of John D. Rockefeller.
She Fell In Love With Numbers
The 23-year-old woman, got her bachelor’s degree in genetics at Kennesaw State University.
At college she interned at Woodstock Clinical Treatment Center. It was here she created an innovative version of the center’s resource manual.
She was given a budget sheet of $300,000 and was given the task of analyzing the company’s past expenses.
Her work portfolio includes an internship at Nordstrom and working at Saks Inc. 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.
She Is The Sole Female Broker
Simmons admits she still sometimes gets the side eye at work, as the New York Stock Exchange is still ultimately dominated by men.
“They are like you’re a woman, and you are 23, and you are a minority,” Simmons said. “What are you doing, how did you get this job?”
For now, she remains to be the sole female broker on the floor even though Rosenblatt has been trying to recruit other women.
“We just hired a new person not too long ago and in the interview process, there weren’t that many female applicants, because they weren’t applying,” Simmons said.