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

 


 

New Year, New Colors, Remembrance

Holidays arise throughout the year and spring is filled with them! Countless people around the world this year will be observing these upcoming holidays, which you may know by different names.

In late March, we see the beginning of the week-long Jewish celebration of Passover, also called Pesach in Hebrew. The end of March also brings the Hindu holiday Holi, often called the festival of colors, as well as the Sikh holiday Holla Mohalla which follows it. You can learn and share about these holidays with our fact sheets for Passover, and Holi.

With many holidays in such a short time, there’s a lot to learn. Schools and workplaces explore respectful ways to observe and accommodate, and hospitals and care facilities may need to be aware of patients or staff who may be fasting or have dietary restrictions. In addition to our fact sheets, the Tanenbaum staff is here to help. You can learn about each of these holidays, their impact on the workplace, and more by visiting Tanenbaum’s Workplace Resources page for fact sheets and additional resources.

With my warmest regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

Spring Celebrations and Commemorations

Friends –

As the seasons begin to change, we’ve already seen the Lunar New Year come and go. Did you know that some faiths follow a solar calendar?

Sikhism is one of them – on April 14th, millions of Sikhs will celebrate Vaisakhi, an important religious holiday as well as a cultural festival in northern India. Read our Vaisakhi fact sheet to learn more!

Amongst other upcoming holidays is Easter. Did you know that there are different dates for Easter (and Christmas) for some Christian denominations? Many Christians will observe Easter this year on April 4th, but Orthodox Christians will celebrate on May 2nd. You can learn about that and more with our Easter fact sheet.

Also, the holy month of Ramadan will begin soon on the evening of April 12th and end on May 11th, with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr following it. To learn more about the meaning and traditions behind this month and how your Muslim colleagues may be observing it, take a look at our Ramadan fact sheet.

You can learn about each of these holidays, their impact on the workplace, and more by visiting Tanenbaum’s Workplace Resources page for fact sheets and additional resources.

With my warmest regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

Lunar New Year is Near, Happy Spring Festival

Dear Friends,

Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is coming up on February 12th! The holiday is celebrated by many across Asia and around the world.

Observances of Lunar New Year can vary by region or country, with a common theme being the celebration of time together and gathering with family. Employees may request time off and organizations may want to be aware of the holiday’s business implications. Schools may close or hold celebrations for observances, and many may decorate to commemorate the new year.

Learn more from our Lunar New Year Fact Sheet!

Warm regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

Our Inclusion Journey Continues

Friends,

Defining “workplace” in 2020 has been challenging and ever-evolving, to say the least. Dining rooms, cars, city parks are our new offices. Zoom and other platforms are the world’s conference rooms.

Throughout this difficult year Tanenbaum found the demand for our workplace programs greater than ever. So we developed innovative ways to offer training and resources, keeping our offerings relevant and accessible. The need to understand and include people of all faiths and none is as important as it ever was.

This year, we’ve seen our Corporate Membership program grow with additions from global leaders Sanofi, Mitre, Amazon, Eli Lilly, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Edward Jones Investments.

And our trainings and presentations took a virtual turn, allowing us to reach further and greater audiences with topics like Best Practices in Religious Diversity During a Pandemic, Allyship and Responding to Xenophobia and Bias, Intersectionality of LGBTQA+ Identity and Privilege, Race, and Religion in the U.S.

Learn more about the importance of our workplace efforts from our friend Celeste Warren, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Center of Excellence, Merck, and give today to help continue this important work.

Double your gift! Does your employer participate in a corporate matching program? Please contact Nancy Wolfe at nwolfe@tanenbaum.org if you need our help with this.

Thank you for supporting Tanenbaum!

Warm regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

Updated Hanukkah fact sheet – and a song!

Dear Friends,

It was brought to our attention there was an error on our fact sheet about Hanukkah, which is right around the corner.  While we try to avoid such mistakes, we also wanted to respond to it quickly. I’m happy to share our updated Hanukkah fact sheet with the corrected start date of the evening of December 10th. You can also find other holiday-specific resources for upcoming days including ChristmasKwanzaaand more.

However, I must say that the timing is wonderful, because I’m thrilled to share something else pertaining to Hanukkah. I’m delighted to celebrate our long time Corporate Leader Disney with their recent holiday bop “Puppy for Hannukah” by well-loved Hamilton star Daveed Diggs.

As you can imagine, the Internet is already buzzing about this song — both for its content as well as what it means to them. There are many pressures that would tell us to check our religious identity at the workplace door. There are voices that say we have to choose between different sides of ourselves. Like all of you, we at Tanenbaum know that simply is not the truth — that there are ways to fully incorporate our diverse identities, religious and otherwise.

In addition to passing on our updated resources, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to hopefully add some brightness to your days as we wind down 2020 and draw closer to the Festival of Lights.

Warm regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

Scheduling, decorations, and inclusivity: The December Dilemma

Dear Friends,

The winter holiday season often raises questions about how best to address inclusivity and accommodation in your organization. Whether your organization is considering which holidays to acknowledge and how, what holiday decorations are appropriate to put up, or how to host a celebration that’s inclusive for all, you’re likely to encounter the December Dilemma this season! Here at Tanenbaum, we believe this time is an opportunity to learn about and embrace our diversity.

Our December Dilemma Fact Sheet will address questions about time off and scheduling, decorations, and holiday greetings.

There are plenty of opportunities for education and celebration, beginning with Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and even Lunar New Year in early 2021.

In peace,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum


 

An Upcoming Festival of Lights

Dear Friends,

Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is fast approaching! This year, Diwali will take place on November 14th. Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists around the world celebrate this New Year festival. Diwali is also an official holiday in a number of countries in South Asia and around the world.

To learn more about Diwali and its potential workforce implications, please consult our Diwali Fact Sheet.

Warm regards,

In Friendship,

Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

More than just a day for trick-or-treating

Friends –

More than just a day for trick-or-treating and parades, Halloween may have origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It’s also far from the only important holiday that occurs during this time of year. Holidays such as Day of the Dead, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day also have a great deal of meaning for those who celebrate.

Learn more about the importance of these upcoming holidays in Tanenbaum’s new Halloween Fact Sheet.

In Friendship,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum