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Panelist Bio


Janet Pace
Executive Director, Volunteer Louisiana, Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Janet Pace is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Serve Commission, responsible for oversight of the various programs of the commission, including AmeriCorps*State, Learn and Serve America and Volunteer Louisiana.

Prior to this, Janet served as Director of Volunteer Outreach for the Louisiana Serve Commission, responsible for promoting an ethic of service throughout the state by creating and implementing strategic volunteer initiatives and supporting collaborative efforts among nonprofits, faith-based organizations and state agencies.

She has also served as President & CEO of Volunteer! Baton Rouge. During her tenure at VBR!, the agency was named the 2005 National Volunteer Center of the Year by the Points of Light Foundation and also received the National VOAD Long-Term Recovery Partnership Award for their work during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Janet has been an active volunteer in her community, serving on the boards of several nonprofits addressing public education and children’s issues. She has also served as an East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member. Janet received bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She worked in Corporate Communications for Pennzoil, Hydril and Texas Instruments. She has served on the boards of Academic Distinction Fund, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Childrens Coalition, Volunteers in Public Schools, Playmakers and Young Leaders Academy. She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership/Greater Baton Rouge and is a sustainer in the Junior League of Baton Rouge. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration at LSU.

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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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