Cunningham will present a lecture titled “Engineering the 21st Century Stock Exchange”

Stacey Cunningham ’96, the 67th President of the New York Stock Exchange, will present the Spencer C. Schantz Public Lecture, taking place in Neville Auditorium on May 2, 2019. Cunningham’s lecture is titled “Engineering the 21st Century Stock Exchange” and will explore the development and engineering of the 21st Century Exchange, from recovery after 9/11 to the reforms put in place before and after the global financial crisis, to today, where exchanges, trading firms, and regulators must work together, despite competitive pressures and differing philosophies, to strengthen and streamline the modem marketplace for the decades to come.

Stacey Cunningham is the first woman to lead the NYSE Group in its 226 year history. She is a respected equities industry veteran having held senior positions in global exchanges throughout her career. Most recently, she was the NYSE Chief Operating Officer where she was responsible for NYSE’s three equity markets and two options markets. In this capacity she led the company’s strategy for its equities, equity derivatives and exchange-traded funds businesses. She also spearheaded the roll-out of NYSE’s state-of-the-art trading platform NYSE Pillar, one of the most ambitious technology programs ever completed by a global exchange. Prior to serving as COO, Cunningham was President of NYSE Governance Services, a provider of governance, compliance, and education solutions for companies and their boards. Cunningham also served as Head of Sales & Relationship Management at NYSE, where she managed the sales team for U.S. cash equities and options markets. Before joining NYSE, Cunningham held several senior positions at Nasdaq.

The lecture series is endowed in the name of the late Spencer C. Schantz, who graduated from Lehigh in 1955 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Following progressive responsibilities with several electrical manufacturing companies, in 1969 he founded U.S. Controls Corporation and became its first CEO and President. The Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series was established by his wife Jerelyn as a valuable educational experience for faculty, students and friends of Lehigh’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department.

Time & Location:

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Neville Auditorium

The lecture is open to the public.


Cunningham graduated from Lehigh with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1996.