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AYC Member Debbie Huntsman Selected as Panelist

This is US Sailing’s 3rd in a series of online forums addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This month’s panel will be focusing on Women in Sailing and AYC member Debbie Huntsman is invited to participate. She will sit on the panel with Charlotte Kaufman, Marie Rogers, Jeanne Goussev, Sally Barkow, and moderator Jenn Harkness.

The October Starboard Portal panelists will share their personal and professional perspectives on the barriers women face, the opportunities to support growth, and practical recommendations for sailing organizations looking to expand their programming. The Starboard Portal panelists will share their personal and professional perspectives on the barriers women face, the opportunities to support growth, and practical recommendations for sailing organizations looking to expand their programming.

Photo left: Debbie Huntsman trimming sails.
Debbie is also the president of the National Women’s Sailing Association.

Why diversity?
The following definition was included in the first forum discussion. “Diversity is embracing any collective mixture of differences and similarities as we strive to develop more inclusion and high performing environments. Diversity is invaluable because it generates differing points of view, leads to innovation, fosters an understanding and acceptance of individuals from different backgrounds and recognizes the contributions that a variety of individuals and groups can make…”

Previously held forums were recorded for viewing at your leisure:

  1. August Forum:
    Increasing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Sport of Sailing (focusing on race, color, and ethnicity in sailing)
  2. September Forum:
     LGBTQ+ Community in Sailing
    This series provides an excellent informational and educational opportunity from which anyone can benefit.

Here’s to Diversity in Sailing!