Go Beyond Policy: Addressing Harassment in the Tall Ships Workforce
Deborah Love, Esq., Robert Jenkins & Associates Law Firm
Margaret Huebner, Human Resource Management consultant
Kris Von Wald, Tall Ships America
Following on from the discussion of the survey results, this session will offer an opportunity for further discussion and exploring answers to additional questions. As organizations dealing with sexual harassment and discrimination, what are we working toward? How do we start? What are our action items? In this panel session we will have an open conversation about facing sexual harassment in our organizations. Capt. Sarah Hirsch will facilitate a discussion between D. Love, M. Huebner, and Kris Von Wald discussing the path to maintain a safe workplace environment that promotes respect among colleagues. This session will provide ample time for questions and discussion from those attending the session.
Deborah Love, Esq. – Ms. Love is an associate at Robert Jenkins and Associates, Law Firm, where she is practicing criminal law and handling Title IX cases. She is also an adjunct instructor at Tulane’s Freeman School of Business and is pursuing her Master’s degree. For almost 14 years, Ms. Love served as Tulane University’s Vice President for Institutional Equity. Before her appointment at Tulane, she served as the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
Ms. Love has provided advice and consultation to numerous educational institutions, businesses, and organizations. She has presented on a wide range of human relations and organizational behavior subjects such as, understanding and mitigating the effects of unconscious biases, preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace and academic environment, identifying and preventing sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, reducing workplace conflict, developing leadership and management skills that support inclusive and equitable environments, conducting Title IX investigations and reporting requirements, improving gender equity and race relations, designing and implementing best recruitment and hiring practices, building cross-cultural competencies, and many others.
Ms. Love is an alumna of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Love earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi’s School of Law. She completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Development Program and is a graduate of the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Leadership Institute.
Career executive in Human Resources Management, Ms. Huebner had an extensive career in maritime and supply logistics industries for nearly 20 years and another 20 years in defense/aerospace manufacturing. She spent nearly a decade in the Middle East, working in Oman and Kuwait. Now retired, she is actively involved in philanthropic work through Hope In Life Foundation. She is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University with an M.S. in Human Resources Design. She currently resides in Las Vegas.
Kris Von Wald joined Tall Ships America as Executive Director in January 2019. She offers a wealth of experience in organizational development, with a focus on strategic and business planning and leadership development. Kris has worked across the commercial, nonprofit, and public sectors in the United States and the United Kingdom, with specialist expertise in leading transformational change and experience in youth development and educations. Growing up along the front range in Colorado fostered her keen interest in outdoor pursuits. She has first-hand experience of the value of learning through outdoor and adventurous activity including a sailing adventure through Hurricane Island Outward Bound, as a leader on a Greenland expedition, and by sailing aboard Christian Radich. Kris’s goal is to build a business model for Tall Ships America that creates a sustainable future built on a solid past, resulting in more resources and opportunities for the entire tall ships community.