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Panelist Bio


Brenda Birkett
President, Baton Rouge Chapter, The Links

Brenda S. Birkett is president of the Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Inc. The Links, Inc. is a national women's service organization with over 12,000 members.

She is the retired Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Accounting at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Previously, she held academic and administrative positions at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. Birkett holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University, the Master of Business Administration degree from Atlanta University and the bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Southern University and A&M College. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Dr. Birkett has received several awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Accounting Education from the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Achievement Award in Accounting Education from the National Association of Black Accountants. In 1998, the Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants established the Brenda S. Birkett Endowed Scholarship Fund at Southern University.

Dr. Birkett has served on the boards of numerous civic organizations including the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Volunteer Baton Rouge, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Baton Rouge Marine Institute (renamed AMIkids-Baton Rouge), Mary Bird Perkins, Credit Counseling of Louisiana and Rotary Club of Baton Rouge Foundation.

Dr. Birkett is married and has two sons.

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

How widespread is the problem in our state? Take the survey!
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

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Southern University Vice President for External Affairs, Robyn Merrick, host the discussion.


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