23-Year Old Lauren Simmons is the First Full-Time Woman Trader at the NYSE

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Stock trader Lauren Simmons

At just 23, Kennesaw State University graduate Lauren Simmons is the first full-time woman trader on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) trading floor. She joined Rosenblatt Securities as an equity trader in March 2017, after having graduated one year prior. She majored in genetics and minored in statistics.

“The one thing that I love about numbers and statistics, and kind of one of the reasons I came to the New York Stock Exchange, is because numbers are a universal language,” she explained in an interview with CNBC. “When you put them on a board it connects everyone, which is probably one of the reasons why the New York Stock Exchange is so iconic.”

A Georgia native, Simmons joined the mostly-male dominated financial services industry at a time where things are looking up for women. In May, banker Stacey Cunningham became president of the NYSE. She is the first woman to hold that title.

In the same interview with CNBC, Simmons told reporter Courtney Connley that she advises other women who are contemplating a Wall Street career to “Be uncomfortable and go after what you want,” she says. “Apply for the job — you have no idea what lies behind the door. And if you don’t get the job, it’s OK. Apply for the next job and move forward. Don’t let that be a stop in your career, your life or whatever you want to do. I think it’s important to just keep going.”