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Panelists for WLOS Town Hall "Crossing the Line: Workplace Sexual Harassment"

Panelists for WLOS Your Voice, Your Future Town Hall "Crossing the Line: Workplace Sexual Harassment." (Photos provided by panelists)

News 13 is holding a Your Voice, Your Future Town Hall "Crossing the Line: Workplace Sexual Harassment" on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Doors open at the Virginia Boone Building at the WNC Ag Center at 7:00 p.m. The event is from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and will be streamed live on www.wlos.com and Channel 13.3. The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, email kelsayhart@sbgtv.com . Viewers can also participate on social media using #YourVoiceYourFuture.

We asked the panelists to submit short biographies so those interested in the Town Hall discussion could learn more about them.

Angélica R. Wind - Executive Director, Our VOICE, Inc.

Angélica was born to migrant farm workers who eventually settled in NC. From a young age, she witnessed injustices in the farm worker community that instilled in her a high sense of commitment to the struggle for social justice. She has been involved in several social justice movements that include immigrant rights, women’s reproductive rights, and gender equality.

Prior to joining, Our VOICE, Angélica worked at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence as their Immigrant Outreach Specialist and Pisgah Legal Services as their Bilingual Court Advocate.

She was the recipient of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Visionary Voice Award for the State of North Carolina. She was also a 2014-2016 William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations and the Asheville City Schools Foundation’s 2017 Parent Champion of the Year for Hall Fletcher Elementary.

Angélica has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She currently lives in Asheville with her wonderful husband, their beautiful daughter and sweet dog.

Robert C. “Bo” Carpenter - Attorney, Dungan Law Firm

Bo is an attorney for the law firm of Dungan, Kilbourne & Stahl, P.A. where he practices employment law and general civil litigation. He has represented and advised numerous victims of sexual harassment and routinely advises and conducts trainings for businesses on ways to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. He is currently working with several local restaurants on developing policies and trainings aimed at preventing sexual harassment in the service industry.

He has multiple times been recognized as a “Legal Elite” in employment law by Business North Carolina magazine and named a “Rising Star” attorney by Super Lawyers magazine for six straight years. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2001 and Campbell Law School in 2007.

Bo and his family are from Western North Carolina; he traces his roots back in the region to the 1700s. His grandfather was also an eight term State Senator for Western North Carolina. Like his grandfather, Bo believes strongly in community service. He has been on the Board of Directors of Our Voice since 2015 and is currently serving as President of the Board.

Marie-Line Germain, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Human Resources and Leadership, Western Carolina University

Dr. Marie-Line Germain is a research, teaching, and service award-winning Associate Professor of Human Resources and Leadership at Western Carolina University, a campus of the University of North Carolina System. She has published over three dozen peer-reviewed research articles and presented over 40 research papers nationally and internationally (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Peru, The Netherlands, Scotland, and Spain). She is the author of the book "Narcissism at Work: Personality Disorders of Corporate Leaders." She is the recipient of several national awards and competitive grants. She holds several leadership roles at research and professional associations nationally and internationally.

She founded The HR Consulting Initiative, which provides pro bono HR consulting nationwide. Under her guidance, over 554 of her graduate students - HR experts have helped 93 nonprofits, small businesses, and local government agencies in 14 states.

Germain has been a visiting researcher in Ghana, Japan and South Korea, and a visiting professor in Helsinki, Finland. She has lived, studied, and worked in France, England, and Scotland. She is a recent Fulbright Specialist recipient from the U.S. Department of State.

Patricia Fuller - Director, EEOC Greenville Office

Patricia Bynum-Fuller is currently employed by the EEOC as Director of the Greenville South Carolina Office. As Director, she is responsible for supervising enforcement activity and providing guidance in support of the EEOC mission inclusive of its strategic enforcement plan.

Ms. Bynum- Fuller has 35 years of federal government human resources and EEO experience. Her EEOC experience includes assignment as Director of the Greensboro North Carolina Office, Senior Investigator and Intake Officer in Greenville, SC and Norfolk, VA. She is a member of the Charlotte District Top Management Team and has represented the agency in the role of national trainer and various other outreach and educational events. She also serves as the small business liaison for business located in the agency’s South Carolina geographical jurisdiction.


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