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Ann Guissinger
Strategic Advisor Louisiana Recovery Authority's Economic & Workforce Development Task Force

Ann S. Guissinger is currently serving as the Strategic Advisor to the Louisiana Recovery Authority's Economic & Workforce Development Task Force. The work involves coordinating the work of the task force, coordinating the development of programs for the $350 million in Community Development Block Grant funds allocated for economic & workforce recovery, and working with the LRA-hired planners on economic development aspects of the long term regional plans. She is also is assisting in the development of the LRA's strategic plan for the state's recovery and rebuilding.

For the past seven years, she has provided assistance to the Louisiana Economic Development Council. She assisted in writing the original Louisiana: Vision 2020, the state's strategic plan for economic development plan, as well as Louisiana: Vision 2020, 2003 Update. She worked with the Council to plan and facilitate Council meetings, meetings of the Council and the Governor's Cabinet Advisory Group, and public meetings to gather input on economic issues affecting citizens of the state. She also spearheaded the preparation of the six annual action plans that have been prepared by the Council, including annual updates of the more than 100 benchmarks in the Vision 2020 plan.

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     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state?
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

Panelists:
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

Robyn Merrick will host.
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