In the 226 years that the New York Stock Exchange has existed, there has never been a female NYSE president. That was until May of 2018, when Stacey Cunningham took over former president Thomas Farley’s role, making her the first female president of the New York Stock Exchange.
She first began her journey at the NYSE as an intern in 1994. When she started at the stock exchange as an intern, she was still in college at Lehigh University studying industrial engineering, and the exchange was struggling to adjust to having women around. Cunningham fell in love with the atmosphere. Two years later, she became a trading floor clerk.
Cunningham worked for the NYSE for a while until 2005, when she began to feel bored with her job. During her time off she briefly worked as a chef and then went to work at Nasdaq from 2007 to 2012 before rejoining the NYSE. Before she knew it, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. After facing gender issues in the workplace for years, Stacey can now proudly say that in a male dominated environment, she is top dog! Cunningham hopes that more diversity is coming — and she thinks it starts with telling young girls positive messages about their careers.
3 Things We Love About Stacey:
- In the time she took off from the NYSE, Stacey enrolled in a 9-month cooking program because the stock exchange was not high paced enough for her
- One year after rejoining the NYSE, Cunningham was promoted to head of sales and relationship management
- She faced adversity for years, and stood up in face of that, and she knows exactly where she should be and where she belongs!