Women Executives Forum: Women Leaders in Unusual Spaces

Women Executives Forum: Women Leaders in Unusual Spaces

Event Information


Jun 16, 2021 - Jun 16, 2021


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM



United States

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The Women Executives Forum explores the challenges and opportunities facing women executives in the C-suite. As one of the 41 Drivers of Change in ForesightWorks, “Empowered Women” is a significant area of development and programmatic priority for ASAE. Through the Women Executives Forum, ASAE explores and acts on our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion in general, and the achievement of gender parity in association leadership specifically.

Women Executives Forum workshops throughout 2021 will feature notable speakers from the association, nonprofit, and public sectors. Following each thought-provoking presentation, participants will join facilitated small group discussions to explore topics in depth with their peers.

Supporting other women in their leadership journeys has been identified as a top priority by C-Suite leaders. To that end, the 2021 Women Executives Forum has been designed to facilitate this important process. C-Suite participants are encouraged to invite one “mentee” to join the program. Upon registration, they will be provided with a discounted registration code for their “plus one”. Mentees will participate in parallel cohort discussions following each session, providing for unique perspectives to bring back and explore with their mentor.

Please join us for session five, A Seat at the Table: Women Leaders in Unusual Spaces.

It’s 2021 – we have a woman vice-president, female NFL coaches and referees, broken gender barriers in STEM, and a lot to celebrate. To quote the ‘60’s slogan, “We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby”, yet we are still not entirely comfortable. It’s not about competence, or accomplishment, it’s about who is there with us and a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

Join this lively conversation to hear from a women trailblazers in traditionally male fields. Learn about and from their stories of breaking into these industries, the career paths they’ve travelled to get there and how they continue to navigate unchartered territory.

Registration for this workshop will close Wednesday, June 9th at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Participants will have access to recorded sessions, reference materials, and more for up to 30 days following the program.

Accessibility Features:

This program will be hosted via Zoom and will have captioning provided by Otter.ai.

During the program, the content leader will be utilizing breakout rooms for group work. Otter.ai captioning is not available in the breakout rooms. If you would like to request a live captioner to be available in the breakout room, please reach out to Courtney Peck

  • Speakers

    • Lauren Simmons

      At 22 years old, Lauren Simmons shattered the glass ceiling and made history by being the youngest and only full-time female equity trader on Wall Street for Rosenblatt Securities. Affectionately called the “Wolfette of Wall Street,” Simmons was also the second African American woman in history to hold the prestigious title. Graduating from Kennesaw State University with a degree in genetics and a minor in statistics, Simmons initially aspired for a career in genetic counseling. While she made the decision to not pursue that journey, what had not changed was her passion to move to New York City – where networking led her to meet Richard Rosenblatt, the CEO of Rosenblatt Securities. Beyond her many qualifications, it was ultimately Simmons’ confidence that led Rosenblatt to take her under his wing and offer her a position as an Equity Trader in his company. “Being a trader, you make decisions within microseconds,” Simmons said on meeting Rosenblatt, “So I think for him, even for me, the choice of coming onto the trading floor made sense immediately.” But the job wasn’t completely hers; she still had to pass the Series 19 exam, a test required for all floor brokers to earn their badge that has a pass rate of just 20%. After studying the book cover-to-cover for a month straight, Simmons successfully passed on her first try. By passing that exam, Simmons made history at 22 years old – becoming the youngest trader on the floor and became the second-ever African American woman working as an equity trader at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 225 years. Since her story broke, Simmons has been featured in ABC, CNBC, CNN, and Fox to name a few. She has also been a financial contributor to CNBC, Yahoo Finance, and Bloomberg. Since her departure from the trading floor, Simmons is now a multifaceted entrepreneur, an author, personal finance expert, global motivational speaker, producer, and director. She was also named to Harper’s Bazaar ’s “Woman Who Dare” 2019 list. Currently, Simmons is executive producing a film based on her life story with AGC studio – starring Kiersey Clemons and scheduled to release in summer 2021. Additionally, she is the host of Going Public – a new financial TV series on Entrepreneur.com coming out spring 2021.

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