On March 19, Lafayette-based IberiaBank announced that Monica R. Sylvain, Ph.D., has joined the company as its first chief diversity officer. As executive vice president, she will report directly to Daryl G. Byrd, the bank’s president and CEO, and serve as an executive officer on the leadership team. She will create, implement and manage programs and initiatives to attract and promote a diverse workforce and foster an open and inclusive work environment, as well as develop a supplier-diversity policy.
Prior to joining IberiaBank, Sylvain founded and led Posse New Orleans, a comprehensive college access and youth leadership development initiative that is part of The Posse Foundation, a college success, leadership-cultivation and workforce-diversification program founded in 1989.
Sylvain has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Louisiana State University and her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Howard University. Before pursuing her career in diversity and inclusiveness, she taught science at several universities and high schools, most recently teaching chemistry at Xavier University in New Orleans.
IberiaBank Corp. is a financial holding company with 335 combined offices, including 228 bank branch offices and one loan production office in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Published in Bankers Digest March 26, 2018