Mainstage Keynote

Trailblazing the Path to Financial Wellness

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, in which she 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. From there, she will share ways for women, minorities, gen zer’s, and millennials to reach financial wellness by not only investing in the stock market but finding other avenues to save.


Affectionately known as the "Wolfette Of Wall Street," at 22, Lauren Simmons made history becoming the youngest trader on the NYSE floor, and second African-American female trader to work on the exchange in over 228 years. After earning her badge on the trading floor, Lauren has successfully grown her brand and is a global motivational speaker, author, producer and host. Lauren’s perspective is one of a kind. And because of her insights she has inspired and empowered countless women, minorities, millennials and gen Zers regarding the world of finance and financial wellness. Living a financially wealthy life isn’t just about making the money but it’s the holistic lifestyle that goes with it. Get your mind right, your body right, and making your money move. She is a credible expert beyond social media. Lauren has no interest in just being viral on social media and it shows because she transcends all media platforms. She is at the intersection of finance and entertainment, and does so effortlessly.

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, recognized as a ‘Woman of Impact’ by Politico, named Women in Power by Black Enterprise in 2023 – despite now only 28 years old. Kevin O’Leary, Michael Strahan, Gabrielle Union, and Drew Barrymore sing Lauren praises of her financial guidance being accurate, young, and fresh. And certainly holds her own alongside incredible business women such as Barbara Corcoran.

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 USA and Money Moves. Lauren is also partnered with Blackrock/ NBA in a digital series helping young rookies as their financial coach. She empowers young investors to understand the importance of investing through one of her digital streaming series Invested with Robinhood and Refinery29. She graces the TV screen of GMA, CNBC, and Business Insider and so many more being a subject matter expert in finance especially during this economic downturn. Furthermore sits on the board of various publicly traded companies. She has a biopic Midas Touch coming out with AGC studios starring Chloe Bailey directed by Numa Perrier where Lauren is an executive producer. And if that isn’t enough you will be able to pick up her book Make Money Move published by HarperCollins Sept 12th 2023 that is also confirmed to be distributed nationwide in all Target stores coming this fall.

Lauren is not just strictly finance as she has been the face for global campaigns with Express Clothes, Linkedin, Ford, McDonalds, PureLeaf and Lady Champs. Through her various partnerships and her own personal social media in the last year has had well over 50 million impressions.