Capitalizing on Inclusion – Our Religious Diversity Symposium with Ted Childs

Tanenbaum and Ted Childs LLC hosted our fourth annual Religious Diversity Symposium on September 19th – 20th, 2019. This fall conference, designed for high-level diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders, focused on the theme of “capitalizing on inclusion.”

We brought together representatives from 30 different organizations and corporations for two days of robust learning and discussion. Programming included a presentation from Robby Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, a panel of Chief Diversity Officers from two multi-national companies, and a session lead by Sumreen Ahmad, Global Change Management Lead at Accenture, focused on moving through your organization’s religious diversity journey.

Attendees called the sessions “raw and eye-opening,” and filled with “invaluable insights.” Tanenbaum and Ted Childs are proud to partner on a conference that builds the knowledge, skills, and competencies of DEI leadership on religious diversity in the workplace.

 

Laughter, drinks & hitchhiking clowns: We took a night off!

On October 3, 2019, Tanenbaum friends (new and old) came together to take a night off. We had a wonderful time together in laughter and community.

We were thrilled to welcome back some familiar faces, and this year, our comedians brought the funny, along with newcomer Greg Radin, who was an excellent host. Amid raucous bouts of laughter, we all shared in the importance of taking the time to understand one another and the follies of miscommunication in everyday life – in funny (and unfunny) ways.

Thanks to Mike Rakosi, the comedic line-up and the Comic Strip Live crew, our sponsors and attendees, and our host committee for helping to make it a successful night in support of our work.

Have a look at our gallery to get a glimpse of all the fun, and if you missed it this year, hope you don’t miss out in 2020!

Tanenbaum’s 2019 Religious Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Tanenbaum held its fourth annual Religious Diversity Leadership Summit (the Summit) on June 19, 2019, tackling the theme of “innovating religious diversity in the workplace.” Programming included dynamic speakers and engaging panel discussions that highlighted the work of leaders in the religious diversity and inclusion space.

Missed this year’s Summit? Keep an eye out for additional content and details about next year’s event!

Thanks for Helping Make Peace Possible

Last week, Tanenbaum’s Peace Made Possible Gala celebrated the people and places that are making inclusion of our religiously diverse country a reality.

Hosted by Sandra Bookman and brought to life by Chuck Nice, this year’s gala honored champions of human rights through inclusivity, respect and education.

  • Target received our CORPORATE BRIDGE BUILDER AWARD for its work in creating faith inclusive environments among its team members and guests.
  • The Henry Luce Foundation received Tanenbaum’s PHILANTHROPIC BRIDGE BUILDER AWARD for its investment in creating a more nuanced, contextualized and dynamic understanding of the power of religion in the international sphere.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals received the ADAM SOLOMON AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE as innovative leaders who are educating health care providers to further enhance their care of the religiously diverse patients they serve across NYC.

And Tanenbaum’s Peacemaker in Action, Rev. Bill Lowery spoke about his work fighting for peace and reconciliation in Sudan and South Sudan for over 25 years. His words helped us understand the horrors of the conflict there, and how local leadership and interfaith coalitions were working every day in that fraught region.

Tanenbaum is grateful for the gracious support of many our Corporate Members and long-time and newer friends including Dr. Georgette Bennett & Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE, Target, DTCC, FJC, Howard P. Milstein and The Russell Berrie Foundation. The evening was made possible because because of our Honoree Committee members Carla Harris, Brian Lehrer, Soledad O’Brien, Fareed Zakaria, Maz Zouhairi and Libra Group, the Co-Chairs Georgette Bennett, DTCC, Justin Foa and Holly H. Weiss, and the Gala Committee Mary Jane Brock, Reverend Gregory Johnson, Sara Pandolfi, Marni Selman and EmblemHealth for their work.

In a world marked by growing bigotry, the evening’s theme was timely — because peace is not only a far off dream. There is much we can do now. And we must.

If there was ever a time to support Tanenbaum’s work combating religious bigotry, that time is now. We must not wait until it is too late to conquer this hate!

Controversial Conversations

Friends-

Yesterday was #GivingTuesday and we’re thankful—for all of you who made donations. So, to show our appreciation, we’re making today Tanenbaum #GratitudeWednesday. Because, notwithstanding all that plague us, including religious bigotry and hate, there’s much to be grateful for, including a pair of Tanenbaum friends who exemplify how to move beyond hatred to love.

As part of #GratitudeWednesday, we’re sharing some clips and photos of Arno Michaelis, a former White Supremacist, and his Sikh partner for peace, Pardeep Singh Kaleka, taken during one of our recent events, Controversial Conversations. And we thank you, because we can only hold these learning conversations with your support.

For the first time ever, we live-streamed the discussion on Facebook and Instagram! And we learned a lot about white supremacy, Sikh beliefs in our humanity, and how Pardeep began healing after his father was killed (by another white supremacist).

And again, my thanks,

Joyce S. Dubensky
Tanenbaum CEO

LALIQUE offers Tanenbaum supporters a chance to frost themselves

The walls of the LALIQUE boutique were lined with crystal buddhas, bowls and butterflies during last week’s event, in which Tanenbaum partnered with LALIQUE to host an exclusive night for Tanenbaum supporters—a mix of history, museum, art and fabulous shopping!

Joined by Justin Foa, Amine Hachem and Holly Weiss – to name a few in attendance, the beautiful boutique was full of cheerful faces, all in a shopping mood. LALIQUE’s North American President & CEO, James Mun also joined the event, along with the leading Rene Lalique historian, Nick Dawes, who gave an informed talk about Rene Lalique’s life, work and art—how it still influences all current LALIQUE pieces.

Not only were a portion of the proceeds from the evening donated to support Tanenbaum’s work to systematically dismantle religious prejudice, hatred and violence and promote justice and respect for people of all religious beliefs…but everyone got a 10% discount too! And LALIQUE is extending that offer through October.                                                            

So for those who realize the December holidays will be here soon…take a look at LALIQUE’s unique treasures and think of your loved ones. If something catches your eye, give Folashade Kornegay a call at 212.967.7707 x129 and she’ll connect you to our friends at LALIQUE.

And while you’re at it, take a look at the photo gallery from the frosted crystal night.

Thank you for a hilarious night off!

Friends,

In a night full of laughs, Tanenbaum’s annual comedy show supports a cause that is deadly serious. Together, we had a great night as everyone from lawyers to race car drivers laughed together, at what is happening in the world, at ourselves, and with each other! Have a look at our photo gallery to glimpse the fun!

With jokes on every aspect of society including the perils of growing older and white privilege, Eric Neumann, Akash Bhasin, Sasha Srbulj, DF Sweedler and our very own Holly H. Weiss, put on a fantastic show! Tanenbaum thanks each and every one of them for keeping us in stitches the whole night!  

Once again, Tanenbaum Takes a Night Off proved that laughter is food for the soul!

Joyce S. Dubensky
CEO, Tanenbaum

P.S.: Special thanks to Mike Rakosi, who again partnered with us to bring this show to you and who helps it grow year after year. Huge thanks to our partners, Whole Foods Market for the fabulous food and Comic Strip Live.

Thanks again and always to our generous sponsors, Dr. Georgette F. Bennett & Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE, Foa & Son Corp., Karlinsky LLC, John Miller, Sara Pandolfi & Co., Marni & Jeremy Selman, Ari Storch, Holly H. Weiss and Mary Jane Brock. And a huge Thank You to our fantastic inaugural Comedy Show Host Committee!

Fostering Religio-Cultural Competence in Nursing

Dear Friends,

On July 19-20, 2018, Tanenbaum convened a number of nursing educators from across the United States, to discuss our new nursing curriculum, Fostering Religio-Cultural Competence in Nursing. This curriculum was created and piloted in partnership with Columbia University School of Nursing’s Masters Direct Entry (MDE) Program to address a gap in nursing education in relation to religious and cultural competence. The event was well attended, with representatives from 16 nursing schools, and 34 attendees overall, including nursing educators, practicing nurses, and people generally involved in health care and health education.

Our speakers at the event, Dr. Vivian Taylor, Associate Dean of Diversity and Cultural Affairs at Columbia University School of Nursing, Dr. Karen Desjardins, Associate Professor and Director of the MDE Program at Columbia University School of Nursing, and our Deputy CEO, Mark Fowler discussed the challenges and opportunities encountered when creating and implementing the curriculum. They further discussed the opportunities for new nurses to have this training in advance of seeing patients. We fulfilled one goal of the Symposium through conversations, garnering feedback on the curriculum content and gaining advice on how to organize the material to attract interest from, and better serve, nursing education programs when the curriculum is made available to the public.

This symposium is the culmination of a 4-year effort spearheaded by Tanenbaum and CUSON staff to create and organize a nursing curriculum on religio-cultural competence that is accessible and easily incorporated into existing nursing programs and class syllabi. The symposium guests responded well to the curriculum, many underlining the necessity of better education and training when it comes to interacting with and treating patients of unfamiliar religious and cultural backgrounds.

Other insights included:

“Great people, awesome organization, and insightful lecturers”

“This conference far exceeded my expectations. I am excited and motivated to begin a new academic year with a new skill set (although I still have much to learn)”

“[The curriculum] seems very thorough”

“It seems very accurate and comprehensive, it’s good to have lots of case studies”

“[I am] really pleased with the material”

We also received some guidance on how to expand the curriculum’s impact by perhaps, making it more concise, breaking up the curriculum thematically rather than by specialty, making the questions more open-ended, both for students and patients, and for certain case studies, including more background information and context.

Overall the Nursing Symposium was a success! The feedback we received was much appreciated and will help guide our next steps as we move this curriculum forward so we can soon make it available to all nursing schools and nursing education programs. We are very excited to continue this project and our effort to ensure that patients of all religious and cultural backgrounds are treated equally and with respect.

Warm regards,

The Tanenbaum Health Care Team

Thank You to Our 2018 Gala Sponsors

Every year, Tanenbaum hosts an annual Gala in New York City to recognize leaders who stand for justice and are combating religious prejudice. We thank all of our generous sponsors for Tanenbaum’s 2018 Gala. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Folashade Kornegay at FKornegay@tanenbaum.org or call 212.967.7707 x129.

Religious Diversity Leadership Summit: Raising the Bar

This year’s third annual Religious Diversity Leadership Summit was the largest one yet, with attendance near capacity and a waitlist in hand. Tanenbaum’s first full day Summit boasts 155 attendees and 23 speakers plus moderators from 64 companies, spanning 18 industries. The day included four concurrent breakout sessions addressing focused topics, another first for the Summit. Hosted by Bloomberg, the Summit was sponsored by Bloomberg, DTCC, and the Walt Disney Company.

Speakers shared personal stories to highlight pragmatic approaches to handling religious diversity in the workplace, showing attendees that this topic is not just about professional policies, it’s also about the people. Amin Kassam, keynote speaker and Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel at Bloomberg, eloquently spoke of his trepidation of coming out of two closets, as gay and as Muslim, during his professional life and highlighted some of his challenges. He courageously discussed the intersectionality of his religious and sexual identities in a way that was moving and inspiring.

Panelists and moderators in the programs that followed repeatedly came back to the importance of “bringing ones’ whole self to work” and the positive impact, as well as sometimes challenges, this can have for everyone. This was addressed in the context of varying positions of power in a company, the impact of generational norms, and the influence of different company cultures (corporate, non-profit, government, etc.).

In response to the Summit, attendees shared the following reactions and takeaways from the day:

  • “I have attended the previous conference[s]. They just keep getting better.”
  • “I appreciated ‘respectful curiosity. As a baby boomer, I was taught never to ask questions about why people are different. However, I always found [that] by asking respectful questions, you get to learn the culture and practices of others.”
  • As organizations, we celebrate what we value. [Also,] don’t be paralyzed by potential backlash. Instead, be prepared to ask people what they want/need when they raise concerns and say ‘What about me?’
  • “The Senior Leadership Panel described strong actions implemented at their company that describes the financial [return on investment] from diversity and inclusion. Using the Learning Lab assignment with Senior Management will generate dialogue and ultimately result in exercise to implement with staff.”

Pragmatic approaches were presented together with presenters’ stories, which provided an element of transparency that many attendees were pleasantly surprised to experience. From Mr. Kassam’s speech to the six different panels to Deputy CEO Mark Fowler’s Learning Lab, the Summit provided attendees with personal insight and practical knowledge of how to handle religion in the workplace. The overarching message of the day as one attendee so powerfully articulated was that diversity of religion is a fact, but inclusion of religion is a choice.”