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.

Earn up to 10 SHRM PDCs.


Welcome to the second national Faith@Work ERG Conference 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 2021 Faith@Work program is being continually updated and builds on the 2020 Faith@Work conference at Catholic University’s Busch School of Business in Washington, DC, cosponsored by American Airlines and Tyson Foods, and the 2019 Faith@Work conference at the corporate HQ of Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX, all cosponsored with the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation.


Interfaith invocation

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook

Ambassador 'Sujay' Suzan Johnson Cook opens our conference with an interfaith invocation for our companies and our country.

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.

Greetings from Sponsors

Tom De Vries

How Equinix's interfaith ERG deepens communication and trust

Marsie Sweetland
D.R. Carlson
Yasmin Khaliq
David Rosenberg
Radhika Narayanan

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.

Religious discrimination is bad for business

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.

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.

Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists - An important focus for diversity & inclusion

Debbie Allen
Kent Johnson, J.D.

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.

AI Ethics: What's faith got to do with it?

Thomas Arnold

Introducing Faith-Oriented Professionals to the Landscape of AI-Powered Technology, Business Ethics and Faith Values The rapid development of technologies powered by artificial intelligence software is inspiring a flourishing discussion of ethical considerations across American businesses using such software. Many of these ethical issues grow out of questions with which the world’s major faiths have grappled for millennia.

Better Together? Connecting Faith-Oriented Tech Professionals and Corporate Ethics Leaders

Frank Torres
Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben

The Rome Call for AI Ethics in February 2020 brought together IBM, Microsoft and the Vatican to jointly consider whether “the ethical development of algorithms – algor-ethics – can be a bridge enabling those principles [of the Church’s social teaching] to enter concretely into digital technologies through an effective cross-disciplinary dialogue.” Might this be a model for faith-friendly engagement between Big Tech’s emerging ethics offices and managers and faith-oriented tech workers, including the widely diverse faith ERGs many Big Tech companies are embracing? What does each side need to understand about the motivations and realities that would influence such engagement?

Working for human flourishing across faiths, cultures & ERGs

David Brenner

This panel explores how we can work collaboratively toward the ethical deployment of a company's technology products and broader benefits to society.

Diversity, authenticity, connection: A faith & values business approach

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook

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

Faith and productivity

Mohammed Farris
Jason Brown
Kwabea Francis
Hector Perez
Kent Johnson, J.D.

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?

Freedom of expression, faith and belief in universities

Sue Warnke
Kent Johnson, J.D.

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!

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.

Foxhole relationships

Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben
Fr. Greg McBrayer
Karen Diefendorf

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?


Marketplace Chaplains is the largest and longest continuing provider of workplace chaplains to corporate America today. Founded in Dallas, Texas, on January 1, 1984, it has expanded every year for the past 35 years and today serves every state in the country as well as many companies in Canada and Mexico.


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