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Panelist Bio


Dave Norris
Executive Director, Louisiana Tech Enterprise Center

Dr. Norris is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Tech Enterprise Center. He manages the Center's two technology business incubators and coordinates the Enterprise Center's network of support services, business partners, investors, and mentors. He works in all aspects of the University's technology commercialization and business development activities. Through the Enterprise Center he also supports the development of the arts economy with the Enterprise Center Art Gallery and numerous other programs.

Dr. Norris was previously on the Economics faculty at Northeastern University in Boston (2000-2002) and served in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1998-2000). He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University and his master's and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Before moving to Washington, D.C. he was a research associate at the Ray Marshall Center for Public Policy in Austin (1996-1998).

He serves on several statewide boards including the Louisiana Business Incubator Association and the Louisiana Workforce Occupational Forecasting Conference.

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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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