2nd National Faith@Work ERG Conference

Join us Feb. 9-11, 2021, as we bring together representatives of Fortune 500 companies who are members of faith-and-belief employees resource groups (ERGs). The conference supports the growing movement of top companies that are making their workplaces religiously inclusive.

It also is a national convening point for WORKPLACE CHAPLAINS and those interested in ethics and technology/AI.


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The conference is hosted by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. This year, the conference will be live, but held virtually.

The PROGRAM below is not final and will be updated up until the start of the conference.

Sessions


All times are Eastern Time Printable Schedule || Times, presenters and sessions are subject to change.

2/9/2021

2:54 PM
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2:58 PM


   
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Pre-event: Dare to Overcome Anthem


Brian  Grim

 

Tune in early for the conference anthem, Dare to Overcome. The anthem was written by Kyoji Ohno, and he collaborated on the lyrics with Brian Grim. Dare to Overcome is our Global Business & Peace Festival in support of the Paralympic Movement and people with disabilities, held at the start of the Parpalmpic Games in Tokyo, August 22-24, 2021. The official airline of Dare to Overcome is the world's largest - American Airlines.

American Airlines, one of Faith@Work’s Gold sponsors, is also collaborating with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation to connect the world during the Paralympics. And in line with American Airlines’ purpose of caring for people on life’s journey, American will offer two roundtrip business class tickets to Dare to Overcome in Tokyo for an employee with disabilities from a company participating in this conference. Visit American's booth during the conference an tell us why you're nominating your teammate. The nominee with the most compelling reason will be chosen.

 
 


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2/9/2021

2:58 PM
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3:00 PM


   
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Interfaith invocation


Ambassador Suzan Johnson  Cook

 

Ambassador 'Sujay' Suzan Johnson Cook opens our conference with an interfaith invocation for the people who will gather virtually in these days as well as for our loved ones, our companies and our country.

We realize that not everyone prays. For those who don't, we invite you to dedicate your hearts and minds to our mission of building a more inclusive society where people of all faiths and beliefs are free to be their authentic selves in their workplaces.


2/9/2021

3:00 PM
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3:10 PM


   
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Welcome, Roadmap and a Smile


John  Garvey

 

The 2021 Faith@Work conference opens virtually from Washington DC, with greetings from John Garvey. Brian Grim provides a roadmap for the three days, including revealing a Paralympic opportunity with American Airlines and an invitation to take part in a diversity survey in the exhibition hall. Grim also shares a bit of his personal background with a bit of lyrical humor as he reveals a free gift that all attending the conference will recieve.



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2/9/2021

3:10 PM
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3:35 PM


   
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REDI Awards and Reactions from Fortune 500 Companies


Sandra  Rivera

 

Corporate leaders from Intel, Texas Instruments, American Express, American Airlines, SAP and Google share about the importance of religious inclusion in their workplaces. The results of the 2021 Corporate Religious Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Index will be unveiled during this session. 


2/9/2021

3:35 PM
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4:20 PM


   
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Religious inclusivity at Google: Building a culture of belonging for all


Tomas  Flier

 

Mr. Flier will share how religious inclusion benefits not only Google’s global workforce but also all of us who rely on the many innovative products and services provided by Google every day.

Following Mr. Flier's presentation, join us for a Zoom webinar with live reactions from people in companies across the world incliding Intel, Texas Instruments, American Airlines, and others!


2/9/2021

4:20 PM
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4:22 PM


   
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Greetings from Gold Sponsor, Global Leadership Network


Tom  De Vries

 

Tom De Vries will share a brief introduction of tomorrow's keynote speaker, Juliet Funt!



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2/9/2021

5:56 PM
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6:00 PM


   
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World Premier of the Short Film "IBN at Google"


Naomi  Kraus

 

Join us for the world premier of the short documentary on Google's Inter Belief Network (IBN) introduced during Tomas Flier's opening Faith@Work keynote. The short film features IBN Googlers, including Naomi Kraus and Barbara Phillips who speak at the first panel of Faith@Work Day 2.


2/9/2021

6:00 PM
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6:45 PM


   
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Empower Women Short Film Festival


Shirin  Taber

 

We pleased to present the Empower Women Short Film Festival. Join us to see the award-winnning short films by women from around the world celebrating Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”


2/10/2021

10:00 AM
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Googles' Inter Belief Network (IBN) with follow-up discussion by American Express ERG leaders


Barbara  Phillips

 

Learn the backstory of Google's Inter Belief Network (IBN), which aims to create a culture of inclusion, tolerance, and mutual understanding at Google for a diversity of beliefs, where Googlers of all beliefs feel welcome, included, and supported. IBN also aims to ensure that the voices of belief-based communities are represented in Google’s products. IBN consists of multiple member chapters representing specific communities of interest, including but not limited to: Buddhists, Christians, Jewglers, Muslims.

Leaders of ERGs from American Express with respond and discuss similarities and differences with their ERG work.


2/10/2021

11:00 AM
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ERGs help enact corporate social responsibility (Dell Technologies)


Asha  George

 

Executives from Dell Technologies describe how their interfaith employee resource group (ERG) furthers the business objectives of the company, including corporate social responsibility (CSR).



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2/10/2021

11:45 AM
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12:24 PM


   
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How our interfaith ERG deepens communication and trust (Equinix)


Marsie  Sweetland

 

Members of Equinix's new interfaith ERG will share how the process of forming their group not only deepened communication and trust but also is increasing energy and engagement.


2/10/2021

12:24 PM
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12:31 PM


   
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The value of recognizing Faith@Work (Texas Instruments)


Siraj  Akhtar

 

Representatives of the three faith-based employee resource groups at Texas Instruments discuss the value of recognizing faith@work. 



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2/10/2021

12:31 PM
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1:15 PM


   
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Religious Inclusion: It's more than just ERGs (Accenture)


Sumreen  Ahmad

 

Religious inclusion is not something you can just tick the box to accomplish by having faith and/or interfaith employee resource groups. This panel from Accenture, with testimonials from rank and file as well as HR, shows that it takes an accommodation approach that works across all departments, from recruiting to onboarding to employee engagement.


2/10/2021

1:15 PM
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Religious nondiscrimination is good for business (EEOC GC)


Sharon  Fast Gustafson

 

This is a unique and important opportunity for companies to hear directly from Sharon Fast Gustafson, General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), on how religious nondiscrimination and accommodation is integral to the success of American workplaces.


2/10/2021

1:45 PM
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Corporate lawyers respond to EEOC General Counsel


Julia  Oltmanns, J.D.

 

Corporate lawyers react to and discuss the keynote by Sharon Fast Gustafson, General Counsel of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC).

After Kent Jounson and Julia Oltmanns react, others, including Richard Foltin will weigh in.


2/10/2021

2:15 PM
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2:30 PM


   
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Tools and resources for advancing workplace religious inclusion


Paul  Lambert

 

Paul Lambert is the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation's director of corporate training. Together with RFBF's senior corporate advisor Kent Johnson, Paul provides examples the demonstrating the various tools and strategies companies benefit from in successfully creating a religiously inclusive environment. He also discusses both companies with long experience can benefit from new resources as well as tools for companies just beginning their religious inclusion efforts. 


2/10/2021

2:30 PM
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Today’s need for greater empathy and “thicker skin” (Intel)


Hadi  Sharifi

 

We’re increasingly bombarded from all sides with shouts of alarm. Urgent calls to action rally people who agree, and ascribe evil intent to those who don’t. If we’re not offended at the evil intent driving the “other side,” then – it’s presumed – we must be ignorant or stupid … or, worse, we don’t really care. If we talk about a need for “thicker skin,” are we promoting an insult culture and giving a “pass” to those who say hateful, inaccurate things about us? If we talk about a need for “greater sensitivity,” are we agreeing with others who’ve labelled us mean-spirited bigots? The loudest voices shout that, if we talk about “greater sensitivity and thicker skin,” we’re naively playing into the hands of the evil conspirators; that we’re adding credence to their groundless cause. Are they right? The answer is no. Join us to hear why!


2/10/2021

3:15 PM
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Maximizing harmony without compromising individuals' core beliefs (PayPal)


Patricia  Papadopoulos

 

Members of PayPal's interfaith employee group, Believe, share how it is possible to find unity in diversity. They share lessons learned in the process of setting up and getting Believe off the ground.



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2/10/2021

4:00 PM
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Diversity, authenticity, connection: A faith & values business approach


Ambassador Suzan Johnson  Cook

 

A dynamic panel of business owners from and friends of the Global Black Women’s Chamber of Commerce address how faith and business go together.


2/10/2021

4:45 PM
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Moving beyond low-value busywork to unleash full potential


Juliet  Funt

 

Juliet Funt, daughter of Candid Camera’s Allen Funt, is just what the doctor ordered for a time like this. She was born with fun in her blood. She’s a high-energy, hilarious motivational keynote speaker who helps audiences crack the code of the Culture of Insatiability—where nothing we do is ever enough.



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2/10/2021

6:00 PM
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Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists - An important focus for diversity & inclusion


Debbie  Allen

 

This session will illustrate that fundamental disagreements about the merits of traditional faiths need not result in fear or distrust. To the contrary: When we connect authentically and respectfully with people whose worldviews conflict diametrically with our own can enable deeper collegiality and more effective collaboration.


2/10/2021

6:45 PM
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Why set up an ERG? Because my colleagues' beliefs matter to me (SAP, PayPal, Dell)


Markee  Johnson

 

Members of PayPal's and Dell's ESTABLISHED interfaith ERGs discuss with the leaders of the NEWLY FORMED interfaith ERG at SAP the whys and hows of setting up faith-oriented employee resource groups (ERGs). This panel is a wonderful peek into how this movement spreads not only within a company but also from one company to another as well as spreading the spirit of authenticity into the communities they serve.


2/11/2021

10:30 AM
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Faith, Ethics and Technology for ERGs


Frank  Torres

 

With artificial intelligence software everywhere in American corporations and raising important ethics questions central to the world’s major faiths, constructively engaging corporations in the debate on how to use AI well can be a win-win for ERGS and their employers.  In three panels and a live Q&A session, three panels of faith leaders and corporate insiders discuss why and how achieving AI for good is a great place for faith ERGs to practice their faith values.” 

Discussion - Moderated by David Brenner



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2/11/2021

12:30 PM
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Workshop: Faith and Ethics in Practice


Michael  Quinn

 

Faith-oriented workers not only seek to “bring their best self to work” but to “bring their best work to their job” and marketplace in ways that integrate their personal faith and values and work life. This workshop explores in the context of several real-life work situations what resources are needed and helpful in translating faith values into ethical propositions, which then can be brought into conversation with an employer’s ethical policies or value statements.

Discussion follows. led by Michael Quinn.



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2/11/2021

1:30 PM
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What faith-based business schools can do to support religious inclusion in the workplace


Brigitte  Madrian

 

Dean Brigette Madrian of the BYU Marriott School of Business begins with a short presentation, and then is joined by Dean Andrew Abela of the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America to discuss how faith-based business schools can support the growing movement in Fortune 500 companies toward encouraging employees to "bring their whole selves to work" - faith and all.



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2/11/2021

2:00 PM
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Freedom of expression, faith and belief in universities


Sue  Warnke

 

Sue Warnke (Salesforce) shows how the next generation of employees are looking for workplaces that allow them to bring their "full selves" to work -- including their diverse faiths and beliefs. Companies that don't "get it" are at risk of missing or losing some of the best up-and-coming talent!


2/11/2021

3:00 PM
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Faith and productivity


Mohammed  Farris

 

What mindsets, values and/or rituals does your faith tradition bring that can enhance productivity in the workplace? And should workplace chaplaincy only be viewed as a vehicle for greater productivity and profits for a company?


2/11/2021

3:45 PM
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Building employee resilience: Mental health and workplace chaplaincy


Jeanette  Robért

 

Learn how workplace chaplains are helping to address the epidemic of mental health issues exacerbated by the covid-19 pandemic.



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2/11/2021

4:15 PM
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4:55 PM


   
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Foxhole relationships


Rear Adm. Margaret  Grun Kibben

 

As the US continues to recover from a pandemic and violence in the Capitol itself, there are thousands of workplace chaplains ministering to people amidst the troubles. Join us to hear from three frontline chaplaincy leaders on how workplaces are strategic launchpads for civility?



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2/11/2021

5:00 PM
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5:07 PM


   
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Wrap up and tribute to those who have suffered or experienced loss during the pandemic


Brian  Grim

 

Following a word from PayPal executives, Brian Grim summarizes the main arguments for workplace religious inclusion and ends with a moving tribute to all who have suffered or experienced loss during the pandemic.



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