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Panelist Bio


Wayne Rickard
FEMA, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator

Wayne Rickard has been with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for 26 years, serving variously as emergency analyst, hazard mitigation officer, field office director, regional operations center director and communications chief.

As the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator in Louisiana, Rickard promotes federal, state, tribal and private sector collaboration in long-term recovery.

In 2002, Rickard was named a Truman Scholar. He was an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy in 2003 and has served as the Department of Homeland Security’s liaison in London.

Rickard holds a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurial and strategic management from the University of North Texas. He has a master’s degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in conflict resolution from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

In 2013, he completed the Master’s Program in Homeland Security Studies at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Born in Ohio and raised in Alabama, Rickard lives in North Texas.

Current Topic


     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:
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell
- Allison A. Jones; Jones & Wilhite
- Janice Lansing, Governor Edwards’ Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy

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


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