IBERIABANK, the 131-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, announced Monica R. Sylvain, PhD, has joined the Company as its first Chief Diversity Officer. As Executive Vice President, she will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Daryl G. Byrd and serve as an Executive Officer on the leadership team.
“We know that a diverse workforce allows us to provide superior service to our clients and deliver results for our shareholders,” said Daryl G. Byrd, President and CEO. “We are pleased to have Monica lead our diversity and inclusion efforts. She has a wealth of experience in creating, organizing and leading development initiatives, and will be critical to formalizing and scaling our programs as our organization continues to grow.”
At IBERIABANK, Sylvain is responsible for the Company’s diversity and inclusion strategy. She will create, implement and manage programs and initiatives designed to attract and promote a diverse workforce and foster an open and inclusive work environment, as well as develop a supplier diversity policy.
“IBERIABANK has long strived to employ a workforce that reflects the markets it serves. I am excited to build upon this mission and put development programs in place to ensure we are both attracting and cultivating top, diverse talent,” said Dr. Monica Sylvain, Chief Diversity Officer.
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 premier college success, leadership cultivation and workforce diversification program founded in 1989.
Sylvain has her 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 D&I and development, she taught science at several universities and high schools, most recently teaching Chemistry at Xavier University in New Orleans.