- Feb 9, 2001
Career ladder: For nearly 20 years, Detroit-based Shank, 54, has been CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., which underwrites municipal bonds and other financial instruments. She helped launch a firm with famed Wall Street pioneer Muriel Siebert and took over its leadership after Siebert's death in 2013. Shank worked on Wall Street for eight years before that. Her first job after graduating from Georgia Tech was as an engineer with General Dynamics' electric boat division. Shank has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Power metrics: Shank has participated in more than $1.2 trillion in principal amount of municipal bond transactions and $800 billion in corporate bond and equity transactions since her company's inception.