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Panelist Bio


Adam Knapp
Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Restore Louisiana Task Force

Adam Knapp is the President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, which he joined in 2008. BRAC is responsible for leading economic development in the nine-parish Capital Area of Louisiana, and is ranked by Site Selection as one of the top 10 regional economic development organizations in the US. BRAC’s talented team leads business development efforts for the region in collaboration with a network of strategic partners, while at the same time leading efforts to enhance the region’s competitiveness and improve the conditions for additional business investment.

In September, Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Mr. Knapp to the Restore Louisiana Task Force, which is charged with overseeing the state’s recovery efforts from the recent historic flooding across South Louisiana.

A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, he attended Davidson College near Charlotte, North Carolina, and also studied at Julius-Maximillian University in Germany and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Adam started his career in the private sector, where he worked in in Chicago and Silicon Valley as a consultant for Accenture, a global management consulting firm. After Accenture, Adam returned to Louisiana to serve Governors Mike Foster and Kathleen Blanco as Economic Development Advisor. He worked at Louisiana Economic Development, and, after the 2005 hurricanes, as Deputy Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Adam serves on the Boards of Directors for Teach for America, the Center for Planning Excellence, New Schools Baton Rouge, the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative, and attends University Presbyterian Church. He is married to Megan Johnson Knapp, and they have three young children, Sadie, Hattie, and Nicholas.

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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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