Where Do We Go From Here?

  • 09 Jul 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Event


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The killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, by a Minnesota police officer has catalyzed global outrage leading to protests in the US and other cities worldwide where they are demanding an end to racial inequality and injustice. The business community, often wary of controversy, has responded in many ways from vocal outrage to internal and external statements to letters from CEOs. While actions speak louder than words, could the show of empathy and solidarity be a precursor to the business community taking the lead for real change in diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Join us for “Where do we go from here?” as we engage in an honest, reflective, and spirited discussion about how institutionalized racism has been brought to the top of the agenda and what talent development professionals can do to increase your organization’s capacity to move forward with empathetic intention toward more equity.

Your facilitator

Monica Sylvain

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer - Iberia Bank

Monica Sylvain is a current C-Suite executive and Chief Diversity Officer at IBERIABANK. She has nearly 30 years of proven experience leading in financial services, commodity chemicals, higher education, and the not-for-profit sector. In her current role as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer, Monica is the strategic thought leader for the enterprise-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion vision. Over the course of her career, she has honed expertise in corporate social responsibility, ESG, board diversification, inclusive culture transformation and identification & retention of top diverse talent. Coming in late July 2020, Sylvain will be transitioning from her corporate position to Founder & CEO of Monica Sylvain Consulting LLC, a management consulting firm and trusted advisor of diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and execution.

Prior to joining IBERIABANK, Dr. Sylvain was the founding Director of Posse New Orleans, a regional site of The Posse Foundation, a premier college success, leadership cultivation and workforce diversification nonprofit. During her tenure at Posse, Sylvain built a reputation for growing a successful start-up, championing equity & diversity in corporations and higher education, building a strong advisory board, and stewarding broad-base stakeholder relationships to ensure long-term sustainability.

Sylvain has won numerous awards and is a highly sought-after consultant, speaker, and mentor. Most recently, she has been a featured speaker at the Consumer Bankers Association, American Bankers Association, and the Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Diversity and Inclusion Summit. In 2019, she was honored by Savoy magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America.

Monica believes in lifting as she climbs and is humbled to serve the community where she lives and works. As such, she currently serves on the board of trustees at LCMC Health, the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives and the Foundation for Mathematics and Science Education.

Dr. Sylvain earned her Analytical Chemistry Ph.D. with honors from Louisiana State University, where she wrote a two-part dissertation on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and mentoring in the STEM disciplines, the first in the history of the Chemistry department. While pursuing her Ph.D. at LSU, she was the founding Director of the LA-STEM Research Scholars Program, which has been recognized as a national model for diversifying and transforming STEM undergraduate education. Sylvain graduated at the top of her class receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering magna cum laude from Howard University.


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ATD Capability Model

This event will impact the following capability domains:

  • Building Personal Capability
  • Impacting Organizational Capability
  • Developing Professional Capability

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