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"iberia bank doc" Discussed on Discover Lafayette

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"iberia bank doc" Discussed on Discover Lafayette

"With habitat for humanity and that's a great example of where you can leverage your community resources the banks thanks volunteers and get deserving people in homes that would never have had a chance without those partnerships being played and we're partnered with probably twelve to fifteen habitat affiliates. It's across our nine state footprint. I of course I'm very partial to our Lafayette Habitat for five years and they do amazing work and tend to twelve houses per year earm- really excited to be on the board. I've been with Bill Chair as you indicated fast two years what's Nice about that relationship and we have many such relationships with our nonprofit partners throughout the footprint is we call it the sort of CRA truck factor so we have a line of credit to them. So we have a loan habitat. I sit on the board and we have numerous other volunteers. We have that service service hours hours aspect and then we also donate money to them every year and we buy from them on the back end as I mentioned most smaller banks will sell loans. LAFAYETTE HABITAT HABITAT is a lender mortgage lender so they originate loans and we buy them that I see what's more capital back into the organization to do more lending so we're pretty proud of that relationship and as as I mentioned we have several of strong affiliate partnerships throughout the footprint that resemble that setup what I've always been impressed with too not just habitat but in particular the habitat that there's such a low default rate pl are excited to give their homes a they make their obligations single digits false. It's very impressive and that goes to the speaks to the amount of time spent with each of those individuals so they each one hundred hours of work on their homes as well as other folks homes in this case usually the mccomb visa neighborhood which is where we're focused. Lafayette right now but also they have a lot of financial literacy literacy. Excuse me classes. They also have home maintenance glasses of courses they. I fully understand the financial burden. They're accepting their challenge. They're taking and they understand what they need to do to keep that I know amenable to their total title financial package in their picture and they're all working at least one job many of them to jobs and and they as you indicate they want their home. They're taught how to manage money a little oh better maybe than they were before and they're also taught how to maintain their homes. I think we could all use those classes though no matter what income rambler background so Beth aardwolf and you've been sitting there nodding is about it's been talking about this. You have to keep up not only with what Beth is doing with. Cra But your job encompasses everything the thing that Iberia Bank is doing. Are there some initiatives no one. I had Jerry Vasca cute here earlier in the year. We talked about the opportunity zone. There's so many things going going on in banking. I mean you've got to keep your finger. If you've got to stay current on everything well the you know the great thing is I work with people like this who become experts in in their area and Beth has become a true expert that people across the country turn to about. Cra says he really has done a fantastic job bribery bank but also for the industry she really has become a sought after an expert so fortunate to work with her and many other leaders like her in the bank. you know we're we're in a privileged position. We recognize that where we get a chance to focus on equality for people within the company and outside the company Iberia Bank has such a community minded spirit about about it that we take very seriously so in through bathroom. Cra more through other charitable partnerships or through other learning learning opportunities were really focused on again our internal clients and our external clients and making sure that their lives are enriched through their experiences with us right before we started the podcast has to we were speaking about women in leadership and I think it's just industry-wide in banking in insurance rents other financial sectors probably about one in five of the top leaders or leadership team or women and I'm sitting here with two with Iberia Bank but which touch on that some Beth are on about what you've seen because I know you're getting like a national view from your position with preparing for the podcast. I was trying to think about you know the last twenty years or so and I think the conversation early on was really about either stayed home and you were stay at home mom or you're a working king. Mom and I think the conversation today is completely different right where women fifty percent of the workforce is women now in so I think the conversation is really there for women too. It's not about whether or not you're GONNA work. It's it's how you're going to be successful at working and making sure you're providing a great life of your family and so I think it's a great time for women in the workplace. Certainly the financial industry has lagged a little bit when you look at the top of the House and how many female leaders are sitting in that the the top C. Suite but the industry certainly has changed in there lots of opportunities. I mean we look at our company lots of women in leadership positions Brian. I think it's just a little bit of a hangover from the past but there's no better time than now I think for women to really find their spot and take take opportunities that there for them right you know and I think back about it. Many of the the mail bankers said I know that our top feels they've been in banking their whole life and so they've they've just like YouTube. They've worked their way up. earning you know promotions and leadership roles but they tend to stay in banking and so oh you have to have positions open right fill them with younger men women people of all backgrounds and so that's probably part of it and in other fields you might see people hopping around more from company to company but in banking they might move from bank to bank but they stay in that industry and so. I I guess that's what you're saying. Though yeah I think having a great retention rate for our company but like you said for the industry bankers like to bankers and so I think that provides potentially a few opportunities to advance at a faster rate but I definitely see the industry changing and improving and and and Beth out on the in the speaker circuit as well and she sees I'm sure are the same a lot of women who are in great leadership positions making a difference right so you serve on the Federal Reserve Board and when I when I learned that I guess you know a few years back I was so impressed I mean they. They set policy right you. You provide data on the industry is well yes so now retired but as of a served until last December and it was a it's a big honor so the way that the the advisory boards work is that each district has advisory boards in its main cities so I served on the Sixth District New Orleans Advisory Board which is basically cly seven people by law only two can be bankers so of the seven people the the commitment is to bring on the ground information anti-dole information about what's really happening in our local economies back to the district back to the economists who are thin advising the policy makers so it's it's a great sort of grass level route in a grassroots effort to bring real information to those that are making decisions so if I if I may ask even though you're not serving anymore and publicized for not having that correct on my show notes where is Louisiana compared to the rest of the South East. I mean I read the paper and hear about our jobs. You're lagging. That's those kind of things your reporting but little yes those are the things that are being reported as as well as you know all the different the sixth district is reports up to Atlanta so it's a it's a big district including Florida and parts of Alabama Mississippi so oh they're different economic cycles happening even within that one district so those of us though representing certain geographic areas do report on that and and also talk about what creative solutions may be on the horizon to try to help with job with jobs in your market so that'll affect at some point interest rates or yes how how does it alter out like us up basically the information bubbles up and then the obviously the policy makers news or using that information to decide on how they're. GonNa vote on interest rates there's so many things that go into our economic conditions and I think about just even when the president tweets something about tariffs. I'm sure that sins markets it's fascinating. It's fascinating process and then yeah the tide stern so it's about our way on we've talked about you have proximity thirty six hundred employees throughout Iberia Bank Doc. I understand there's some mentorship programs. There are some programs in place that can help people. You know find out more about the business how they can grow and Can you talk about that. Some absolutely we're really proud of the progress we're making banks industry to happens to be heavily female even though not at the top of the top of the company our companies about sixty percent female but we want to put programs in place to for for males and females emails but some that are specifically designed for females to make sure that we are advancing people throughout the company so just over the last couple of years. We've made tremendous strides writes in that area we have hired a diversity and inclusion officer. Monica Sylvain who's really fabulous she resides New Orleans but she's responsible for DNA across the company and with her addition we started diversity and Inclusion Council which encompasses people from across the company all different different layers in the company and it's been a really interesting group of people we think we know so much until you actually bring people to to the table and hear about their daily lives their perspectives what they think we can do better so that that council I think has done and will continue to to really help us. push people through the company in a much faster pace we also started mentorship program about two years ago and everyone throughout the company is eligible to participate in it really has opened up the dialogue between people with people across the company so so as I mentioned we have a wide footprint and so there are many many associates who will never actually meet in person this gives people a chance to you know build relationships. CBS across geographic lines across areas of responsibility and and help support ask questions that they need answer to help them advance in their careers yeah yeah and one more thing we did start women unlimited it's a national program but we selected about twenty one females female leaders jers who already leaders in budding leaders and our company to participate and Beth actually is one of the participants and the bax four has been fantastic. It's a it's a really life changing experience for them so we're really proud.

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