TIME with ... Stacey Cunningham

Stacey Cunningham, head of the New York Stock Exchange, talks history as she changes it

GROWING UP, STACEY CUNNINGHAM THOUGHT her father was a sock trader. He was in fact a stock trader and hung a LeRoy Neiman painting of the New York Stock Exchange floor in his den. Now Cunningham is president of the exchange—the first woman to run the organization since its founding in 1792.

Eight weeks into the top job, Cunningham works the iconic floor of the exchange—which, even today, has only one full-time female trader—as the showcase for American capitalism it has remained, even in the digital age. It’s the day of an initial public offering, and the boss plants herself at the front of a sea of traders watching screens. Men in blue jackets pace well-worn floorboards, frowning and calling out bids as the designated market maker zeroes in

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from TIME

TIME5 min read
Children Of The Revolution
AT 15 YEARS OLD, YANNUS IS TOO YOUNG TO DRIVE a car, buy a beer or donate blood. But he says he is willing to give his life in the “final battle” for Hong Kong. “Maybe I will die for this movement,” he says, at the edge of one of the pitched battles
TIME3 min read
Future Facts
A growing wardrobe of wearable health sensors—from pulse-monitoring earrings to skin-sensing tattoos—will monitor our vital functions around the clock. In the future, they could work with communicating apps that store our genetic profiles, helping do
TIME4 min read
Chasing Cool In Pop’s New Era
WHILE 2019 MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AN EXPLOSIVE year in pop music, it teed up the personalities and story lines that could define the next decade in listening. A new generational gap opened up, one separating the veteran stars of the ’10s—think Beyoncé, Dr