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Lauren Simmons

Youngest Trader, Only Female and Second-Ever African American Woman at the New York Stock Exchange
  • Shares her story of becoming the youngest and second-ever African American woman equity trader at the NYSE at just 22 years old
  • Named to Harper’s Bazaar’s “Woman Who Dare” 2019 list
  • Executive producing her biopic, starring Kiersey Clemons
  • Host of “Going Public” – a new financial TV series on

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Affectionately known as the “Wolfette of Wallstreet,” Lauren Simmons made history becoming the youngest trader on the New York Stock Exchange floor, and second African American female trader to work on the exchange in more than 228 years. After earning her badge on the trading floor, Lauren has taken on new challenges including keynote speaking, television and podcast production and hosting, and becoming an author.

Her talks meet the perfect balance of education and entertainment as she explores the hottest topics in finance, while sharing lessons from her powerful story of overcoming the odds to make her mark on Wall Street. She has inspired and empowered countless women, minorities, Millennials, and Gen Zers and presents finance and financial wellness principles ranging from simple to complex in a way that resonates with any audience.

An advocate for the financial sector to take steps to increase diversity and inclusion, Lauren has countless accolades to her bow, including being named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Harper’s Bazaar and recognized as a ‘Woman of Impact’ by Politico

As a broadcaster, Lauren inked two podcast deals with Spotify: Mind Body Wealth, which debuted at no. 2 on the top Business podcasts in the U.S., and Money Moves. In partnership with BlackRock and the NBA, Lauren acts as a coach to the league’s first-year players. She empowers young investors to understand the importance of investing through her digital streaming series with Robinhood and Refinery29, and has shared her sought-after financial and economic insights on “Good Morning America,” CNBC, and Business Insider.

Furthermore, Lauren sits on the board of various companies and a movie about her life story is in the works with AGC Studios. And if that isn’t enough, you will be able to pick up her book, Mind, Body, Money, which will be published by HarperCollins fall 2023.

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Trailblazer. Lauren shares her story from zero to one where she incorporates having all odds against her. Through perseverance, the power of the mind, and being open to opportunities, she landed a role at the NYSE and made history. She shares her personal journey growing up in Georgia, having a disabled twin brother, and what her brother and mother instilled in her to get her to achieve her biggest dreams.

The Power of Being the OTHER in the Room: Diversity & Inclusion. Lauren shares her experience being on the trading floor, as well as other work environments, and strategies for using what makes you different as power to be great in your role. She discusses breaking the mindset of others, how all corporations should be open to diversity and inclusion, and the changes that were made after Lauren came to the trading floor.

Financial Wellness. Lauren wants to empower women, minorities, gen zer’s, and millennials surrounding the conversation of financial wellness. This is not limited to investing in the stock market, but other avenues to save, as well as how financial wellness relies heavily on the power of the mind.

The Power of Networking. Lauren offers audiences tools to network as well as how to be okay with being told “no.” She also gives tips on having your first job and furthering your career through the power of networking.

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