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How I Discovered My WILD Side – Leslie Sutphen Standard

“I didn’t like the floor very much… It was the [CBOE], which wasn’t quite as rough and tumble as the futures floor, but I still felt kind of like this isn’t really a place for a nice girl like me.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Leslie Sutphen, co-founder of Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD), talks about starting her career when there were very few women working in the futures and options industry. After looking around room after room during her career with the same gender disparity, Sutphen decided to create WILD. WILD’s mission…

Quant Trading and Superpowers – Morgan Slade Standard

“You have a chance, single-handedly, without anyone looking at your resume, to try and change an industry.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Morgan Slade, CEO of CloudQuant, discusses the difficulties most people face when trying to enter high finance. Getting your foot in the door at a large hedge fund is tough these days unless you went to an Ivy League school and graduated summa cum laude. CloudQuant is changing the game by offering institutional quality research with high frequency data for anyone, regardless of background, to apply to algorithmic trading. CloudQuant…

Global Trading Markets, Disruptive Tech and Entrepreneurship – Julie Lerner Standard

“You can’t be an entrepreneur until you get that big idea. And that idea needs to be so big it feels like a curse as much as a blessing in the sense that you know you have to go do it.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Julie Lerner, CEO of PanXchange, discusses the convergence of global markets and being a successful entrepreneur. Lerner maintains that not only do you need passion, you need a specific niche. She realized she found hers when she learned how to embed options into cash contracts while working…

Trust and Transitions – Pat Kenny Standard

“You never know who you might be sitting next to right now. It might be someone you run into 20 or 35 years from now and that might be the person that gives you the break you need.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Pat Kenny, senior vice president with CQG, talks about a number of key traits needed to succeed in any workforce. As a trader in the pits of the Chicago Board of Trade in the early ’80s when word was the only bond, Kenny learned about the importance of honesty and…

Building a Foundation – JB Mackenzie Standard

“Ask yourself if you’d be interested in an operations or compliance job. Because that gives you a foundation to help you excel.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, JB Mackenzie, director of futures and forex at TD Ameritrade, talks about the importance of understanding every detail about the technology influencing your industry of choice and how it can be a useful springboard for a successful career.   Mackenzie went to college in hopes of becoming a doctor, but after taking organic chemistry, he realized it wasn’t for him. He went into consulting in New…

From Golfing to Trading: Decision-Making is Key – Rich Mackey Standard

“When you treat everyone fairly, you inspire loyalty.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Rich Mackey, executive vice president, strategic initiatives for Rosenthal Collins Group, reminisces about his time as a caddie and how it prepared him for a career in finance.  Mackey caddied in the Western Open as a high schooler for Jim Colbert, a PGA legend, which helped him realize the difference between being good and great is the amount of hustle you put in everyday. Mackey stresses the importance of a great reputation because early in his career it served as the…

Five Steps to Creating Wealth – Terry Savage Standard

“Don’t bet against America.  America will survive and prosper and so will you if you plan, save and invest.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, personal finance expert Terry Savage spoke about wealth creation. Savage said everyone has a money personality, but whether you’re a saver or a spender you can set up systems to negate the angst your money can cause. To Savage, the keys to successful wealth creation are self-discipline and self-awareness.  

The Impact of Global Finance – Bryan Durkin Standard

“As you journey onward, it’s not always about the next promotion . When your colleagues or boss suggest that you make a lateral move, take it. Don’t just sit there and ask what’s in it for me.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Bryan Durkin, president of CME Group, discusses the impact of global finance and how everyone from farmers to asset managers flocks to the CME because it represents the broadest array of asset classes in virtually every aspect of commodities. Durkin preaches the importance of networking and perseverance and reminds everyone not…

Why You Should Bet Your Career on Chicago FinTech – Michael Kraines Standard

“Twenty years ago it was about consolidation. It was about exchanges being smashed together and brokerages being smashed together. Now it’s going to be about technology being added to these traditional old school businesses.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Michael Kraines, chief financial officer and chief commercial officer of Trading Technologies, discusses the growing Chicago fintech landscape and why the field can be a solid career choice. Kraines points out investment in Chicago fintech in the first half of 2017 has nearly matched the total from all of 2016. In 2016, venture capitalists…