Monica B. Robinson, MA

Based on early career experience in Human Resources with Colgate Palmolive in New York City, Monica felt compelled to improving hiring opportunities for diversity candidates. She applied what she had learned there in an expanded HR role with Edward Jones, where she grew the diversity applicant pool and offered networking and leadership opportunities for minority and female employees. She also began to pursue an avid personal interest in etiquette and secured outside speaking engagements to broaden understanding of cultural differences and promote the benefits of inclusion through the Anti-Defamation League. Notably, her audiences included youngsters and adolescents as well as adults.

Monica’s first tenure with Washington University began in 2005 in an Employer Relations role with the Olin Business School’s Career Center where she revived an initiative to connect with major employers willing to provide internships and employment opportunities for the school’s BSBA and MBA graduates. Because her work involved sharing resources with participating academic institutions nationwide, she achieved prominence in the academic community and came to the attention of The Consortium, a national organization dedicated to maximizing job opportunities for diversity candidates through Fortune 500 and larger corporate partners.

Monica returned to Washington University in 2016 where she now serves as Diversity and Inclusion Leader, a role that she has already made her own. Her work focuses on Unconscious Bias, Emotional and Cultural Intelligence and is essential in positioning Washington University as an employer of choice, attracting an engaged, diverse workforce and embedding diversity and inclusion into the organizational culture. Monica’s professional credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Nyack University and a Master of Arts degree in Non-Profit Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Washington University.