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Though the open outcry system of order execution has been relegated to the history books, the trading floor mentality lives on in the hearts and minds of the thousands of former floor participants. And any one of them would say that the things that defined a floor trader – passion, a strong voice and even a confident swagger – can prepare anyone for a successful career. Katie Burgoon, who spent many years on the Chicago Board of Trade floor, now sits on the other side of the hiring line in her role as VP of global human resources at Trading Technologies. She says that, regardless of gender, years of service or role within a company, one should aim to channel the inner floor trader to find success.