Sharon Bowen Becomes First Black Woman To Be Appointed To Chair The New York Stock Exchange Board

Sharon Bowen Breaks Barriers By Becoming The First Black Woman To Chair The NYSE Board

Sharon Bowen, a Black woman, has been appointed as the next chair of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), according to MarketWatch.

Bowen’s promotion marks the first Black woman positioned to the role and comes on the heels of leadership changes as the NYSE faces growing competition from other stock exchange companies.

In 2021, one of the NYSE’s competitors, Nasdaq, raised $191 billion through IPOs as opposed to NYSE which accumulated $109 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports

While Nasdaq used their IPOS to prioritize environmental, social and governance as their forward movement agenda, the NYSE stumbled due to the impact of COVID-19.

Bowen was also the first Black person appointed to the Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Her three-year servitude began in 2014 under the Obama Administration, V103 reports.

She has since helped cultivate new conversations in the finance industry including diverse representation and quality civic engagement.

Bowen was named one of America’s top Black lawyers in the U.S. and earned recognition in 2006 as Lawyer of the Year at the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. In 2007, she was named the Diversity Champion for the New York City Bar Association and in 2011, she received the Diversity Trailblazer Award for the NYC BAR.

Born in Chesapeake, Virginia, Bowen received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Virginia. She would go on to obtain an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

According to NewsOne, Black women only make up for a little over 10% of people working in the finance industry. Lauren Simmons became the second Black female to become a trader at the NYSE in 2017; she was 22 at the time.

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