Virginia McGathey

· Chicago Board of Trade Member    ·CME Commentator
· Commodities Broker & Trader        · Public Speaker

Virginia McGathey is the founder and president of McGathey Commodities Corp.,   a global brokerage execution company at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), trading Futures and Options on all grain products. She has been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) since 1983 and a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) since 1979 all the while battling it out in the trading pits in order to overcome the challenges of working in a male-dominated industry. Virginia first stepped onto the CBOE trading floor as a runner in 1975 then quickly moved up the ranks and migrated to the CBOT where in 1987 she founded McGathey Commodities Corp. She has served as Chairwoman to the Commodity Options Members (COM) from 1996 through the merger with the CME Group in 2007.


Virginia is currently the only Latina member at the CBOT/CME exchange and was recognized in 2018 by Hispanic Executive magazine as a Leading Latina. She has been a keynote speaker for Color Us Women, a group focused on the power of collaboration and partnerships that move Chicago forward civically, economically and politically. She has also been featured on the CNBC “I AM American Business” image campaign, Crain’s Chicago Business and named Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives, Windy City Times and TD Ameritrade. She has been a contributor to Bloomberg, Fox Business, Sky News, First Business, CNBC, BNN, BBC and CCTV of China among other prominent financial media organizations. Currently Virginia is a Daily Market Commentator for the CME Group in Chicago and RFD TV in Nashville.


Living in Chicago, Virginia has a particular opportunity to enjoy her two favorite passions, Golf and Sailing. As a certified Sail Captain, she loves to get out on Lake Michigan whenever possible. She also learned to play Golf at age 38 and today stands as the 14-time Ladies golf champion at Ridgemoor Country Club.


Market Commentator

Public Speaker

  •  Trading Options & Futures

  • Commodities:  Grains & Livestock

  • Equities:  Stocks & Indices

  • Teaching the history of the Open-Outcry markets

  • Market Commentary

  • Personal:   Golf & Sailing - as it relates to male dominated sports 

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