Rising to the Occasion

Tanenbaum 2021 Peacemakers in Action Yeny Nolasco (El Salvador) and Fatima al-Bahadly (Iraq)

Dear Friends,

Tanenbaum is proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 Peacemakers in Action Award – Yeny Nolasco Quijada and Fatima al-Bahadly. These courageous individuals exemplify fortitude by risking their lives to build peace in tenuous parts of the world where many are too scared to take action.

Yeny spends her days providing alternative activities to youth and at-risk adults in El Salvador, while Fatima advocates for increased civil rights for women and against the radicalization of young men into organizations like ISIL in Iraq. People like Fatima and Yeny are the cornerstone to creating a better world and they need to be supported!

Join us in welcoming and supporting Fatima and Yeny into the Tanenbaum community on Thursday, June 3 at our 2021 Peace Made Possible Gala. Click here for our Gala webpage with ticket and sponsorship info. I look forward to seeing you there!

With my warmest regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum


Join us at the Summit

Dear Friends,

I’m delighted to share the exciting news that registration for Tanenbaum’s 5th annual Religious Diversity Leadership Summit is now live!

Click here to register and for more details.

This year’s theme is Do the Work: Build a Bigger Table.
We know many of you are working remotely and screen time is draining. For this reason, we’re spreading programming across multiple days. We also hope this means more of you can join us.

Sessions will be live at 12PM EST and last for one hour. Recordings will be made available afterward along with relevant resources and more.

  • Tuesday, May 4: Opening keynote by Sarah Eagle Heart (Oglala Lakota), award-winning advocate, storyteller and executive.
  • Tuesday, May 11: Lessons from Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers for engaging in authentic, difficult discussions in the Workplace.
    • Thursday, May 13: Continue the conversation in a deep dive discussion: how does this apply in the workplace?
  • Tuesday, May 18: A panel of four women from diverse industries and backgrounds share insights for all how experiences and traditions inform their professions.
  • Tuesday, May 25: Pew Research Center shares the latest demographic data and trends concerning religious diversity.
    • Thursday, May 27: Continue the conversation in a deep dive discussion: how does this data inform the workplace?
  • Thursday, June 3: Closing keynote and Learning Lab with Tanenbaum CEO, Mark Fowler.

We also hope you can join us on the evening of June 3rd for our Peace Made Possible Gala!

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum



Reaching the Summit

Dear Friends, 

Our Workplace program is improving the global workforce’s ability to create religiously inclusive workspaces.

Recently, I was honored to be included as a speaker at Microsoft’s Include 2021 conference. I was joined by Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, as we discussed the undeniable value of addressing religion and belief as a facet of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

And, we are hard at work preparing for our 5th Religious Diversity Leadership Summit, to be held virtually in sequential sessions during the month of May. At the Summit, themed “Do the Work: Build A Bigger Table”, speakers and panelists will authentically explore the critical difference addressing religious diversity will make for the global workforce. Registration is expected to go live April 5th!

Your support of the 2021 Tanenbaum Gala on Thursday, June 3 helps us provide these kinds of trainings and resources so employees of all faiths and none are respected. Click here for our Gala webpage with ticket and sponsorship info. I look forward to seeing you there!

With my warmest regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum



Sponsor the Gala!

Looking for a meaningful way to support Tanenbaum’s work? Become a Peace Made Possible Gala Sponsor today!

There is a full range of Gala sponsorship opportunities available, each with benefits that can expand and lift up your connection to Tanenbaum’s powerful work of promoting justice and building respect for religious difference.

This year’s Gala is sure to inspire. Among our honorees are Marriott International, The Nissan Foundation, Dr. Robert Like, and our two most recently named Peacemakers in Action, Yeny Nolasco Ramirez and Fatima Al-Bahadly. Grammy winner Patti Austin will perform for us, and comedian Regina DeCicco will round out the bill with her own brand of humor. Sponsors and their guests will be invited to a Pre-Gala Reception to meet Ms. Austin.

Plan to join our community of like-minded philanthropists and supporters and commit to building a world where respect for religious difference is the norm. Click here for our Gala webpage with ticket and sponsorship info. I look forward to seeing you there!

With my warmest regards,

Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

As a virtual event, the majority of our sponsorship levels are fully tax-deductible.



Watch Rev. Mark Fowler Speak in Support of Resolution 1257

Join Rev. Mark Fowler, CEO Tanenbaum at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 4th, as he speaks in support of Resolution 1257!

Resolution 1257 calls on the NYC Department of Education to offer age-appropriate religious literacy and diversity curricula to all K-12 students and to provide professional development for teachers in this area.

Rev. Mark Fowler be a guest speaker on behalf of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding at a press conference to announce Res. 1257 and to call on the City Council to support religious diversity education. He will be joined by faith leaders, community organizations, City Council Members, and K-12 educators.

We invite you to attend this press conference on Zoom this Thursday, March 4th, at 10:00 A.M. You may register for the event at https://tinyurl.com/Reso1257 to receive the Zoom link and passcode you will need to join.

Join us to fight hate crimes and bias incidents with religious diversity education!



The Doctor is in

Tanenbaum is elated to share our Adam Solomon Award honoree for this year’s Gala, Dr. Robert Like. Dr. Like is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His expertise and knowledge of medicine, population health, community health, and working to alleviate health disparities has had an unparalleled impact on Tanenbaum’s Health Care programming. Dr. Like has been a contributing member of Tanenbaum’s Health Care Program Advisory Council for many years. He is a man of many talents and recently, Dr. Like developed innovative medical education programs relating to the delivery of culturally responsive care for diverse populations.

Looking for a way to get involved like Dr. Like? Join us June 3rd for a memorable night!

Click here for our Gala webpage with ticket and sponsorship info. I look forward to seeing you there!

With my warmest regards.

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

P.S. Joining the Peace Made Possible Gala Committee is another way to contribute. Click here for more information!


Patti Austin Is In, Are You? Gala 2021

Dear Friends,

Another exciting announcement for everyone as our Gala preparations are underway!

For those of you who don’t know, our 2021 Gala will feature Grammy award-winning singer Patti Austin! Over the course of her illustrious career, Patti produced 17 solo albums and has performed at high-profile events like the Grammys and Oscars. Ms. Austin will entertain us and will brighten up the night and warm our hearts during this unprecedented time.

Please plan now to join me, Patti Austin, and a host of others committed to promoting justice by building respect for religious difference. With your help, we can make this year’s Peace Made Possible Gala a great success and a night to be remembered in the years to come!

Click here for our Gala page with ticket and sponsorship info. I look forward to seeing you there!

With my warmest regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler,
CEO, Tanenbaum



A night to look forward to!

There’s a bright spot to add to your calendar… something fun and meaningful for the Tanenbaum community!

Please take time now to be one of the first to reserve your sponsorship or tickets for Tanenbaum’s Gala 2021: Peace Made Possible. An exciting lineup of honorees and entertainers will be coming to you on Thursday, June 3, 2021. Best of all, you’ll join with like-minded supporters to hear first-hand about Tanenbaum’s recent work and creative vision for the upcoming months and years.

Sponsors will enjoy a Pre-Gala Reception featuring our special musical guest, Grammy winner Patti Austin.  Patti will also perform for us during the Gala broadcast. And we are especially excited to introduce you to the two newest Peacemakers in Action, and honor Marriott International, Nissan Foundation and Dr. Bob Like for their significant contributions to promoting justice and building respect for religious difference.

So plan now to join me, Regina DiCicco, and special guest Patti Austin for a night you’ll both look forward to and back upon.

Click here for our Gala webpage with ticket and sponsorship info. I look forward to seeing you there!

With my warmest regards,

Mark Fowler
Rev. Mark Fowler


Join us at PeaceCon 2020!

Join Tanenbaum CEO, Mark Fowler, alongside Jean-Marie Navetta of PFLAG, and Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins of WCAPS as they explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Peacebuilding workplace!

Tune in on Monday, Dec. 7 at 12:30 PM EST for this collaboration between two of Tanenbaum’s Programs, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding and Workplace by registering for PeaceCon here.

PeaceCon 2020 will be the most global, virtual peacebuilding event of the year and will feature diverse voices from around the world.

Workshop – Building an Inclusive Peace: In the Field and in the Office

We’ve seen many companies answer the call for change. We’ve seen many U.S.-based nonprofits pledge to “do better” as organizations who work in non-U.S. contexts. As some of the U.S. wakes up to decades of systemic oppression, this session will help U.S.-based non-profits use intersectional approaches to honoring all identities. Rev. Mark Fowler of Tanenbaum, Amb. Bonnie Jenkins of WCAPS, and Jean-Marie Navetta of PFLAG will share practical frameworks for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) conversations and actions in your workplace. This workshop will equip attendees with practical and applicable Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) knowledge.