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At age 22, Lauren Simmons made history in 2017 as the youngest person and just the second Black woman to work as trader in the 228-year history of the New York Stock Exchange.
Last month, she launched her podcast Mind Body Wealth with Lauren Simmons, which curates conversations about a holistic approach to wealth building.
I caught up with Lauren and wespoke about her time as a trader, misconceptions about money, and her new podcast.
Grove: Growing up, were you always interested in finances and investing?
Simmons: I have always been into personal finances. My family always taught us early on about building up credit and having a checking and savings account. I was put on my mom’s and grandparent’s credit card to build my credit before the age of 18. My mom opened up a teen checking account with Wells Fargo when I was 13 for any allowance that I got. Then,when I was 16 and had my first job. I learned early on to budget and to put a majority of my check into my savings account. It really grew from there. My firsthand experience of investing, obviously wasn’t until I came to the trading floor.
Grove: How did you transition from studying engineering to genetics and then finance?
Simmons: When I was in high school, we had to pick a curriculum that would take us through all four years. I mistakenly got into architectural engineering. At a minimum, I thought I was going to do one semester but I fell in love with it. I love being in spaces where it doesn’t make sense. This has happened to me throughout my entire career. I was the only girl in that class for all four years and one of very few African Americans that were in that class. I thought I would end up going to Georgia Tech or some architectural engineering program. When I didn’t get into an engineering program, I had to pivot once I got to college. For me, it was easy to make that change from engineering to genetics because I have a brother with cerebral palsy. I really wanted to impact families the way that doctors impacted mine growing up. There are so many things on a personal level and on a professional level of how they correlate I mean. I was still heavily involved in statistics, math, and algorithms. So it made sense to make that pivot …….