Suzanne Shank is the first African-American to man a publicly traded financial institution on Wall street. Wall Street is synonymous to talking and walking figures. As long as money matters is involved in America, Wall Street is where to get your answers.
Shank, the amazon who hails from Georgia, graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and later obtained her master of Business Administration in Finance from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Suzanne is an all-time achiever whose striking success rings a bell because first she is a woman, and a black one at that. The fierce risk taker is known for saying that “out of every crisis can come opportunity.” What else proves that if not her daunting accomplishments in a sector that is replete with mainstream masculine gender.
Currently, Suzanne manages 2 prestigious finance firms in the United States – Siebert Financial Corporation & Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., L.L.C., where she is occupying the offices of Chairwoman, Chief Executive Officer, President and Founding Partner. In the past, she has also been at very high positions in prominent companies in the United States.
Patronizing her engineering skills, she had worked as an engineer of General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, where she designed series of projects. She had hoped to do more in the engineering sector but ended up in the finance. However she was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Alumni in Georgia.
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Wealth of experience is an understatement for a woman who has successfully controlled billions of dollars. She was recognized for her prowess at the 2013 GRIO Awards among others. She is one of Black Enterprise Magazines’ 50 Most Influential Black Women in Business; 75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street and one of Metropolitan Detroit’s Most Influential Black Women.
She attributes her success to her late colleague and partner – Muriel “Mickie” Siebert- the first woman to feature as member of the New York Stock Exchange; and of course to hard work. At the death of Muriel, National Association of Securities Professionals’ Entrepreneur of the Year, Suzanne, succeeded her as acting CEO.
She is one of America’s go to person for financial matters, lover of the arts and a model for the growing African-American generation, especially with the recent growth in the number of educated black Americans.
“While education and talent are extremely important to attaining success, nothing can replace persistence and determination,”- Suzanne