Working for workplace religious diversity, equity & inclusion


Advancing Religious Freedom through Faith-Friendly Workplaces

25 Apr, 2019

May 23, 2019, Thursday, 11:30am-1:00pm
Yeshiva University, Yeshiva University Museum
15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
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Conference: The Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought of Yeshiva University, the International Center for Law and Religion Studies of BYU, and the J. Reuben Law Society co-present: What’s Next for Religious Freedom May 22—May 23, 2019.

Luncheon Session: Research shows that it is in the self-interest of business to protect freedom of religion and belief, which is an essential ingredient in sustainable development. Indeed, protecting religious freedom also protects the very environment that business itself needs to flourish. Moreover, research also demonstrates that employees who can bring their “whole selves” to the workplace perform better in many bottom line key indicator areas. Bringing one’s whole self includes religious identity.

Many companies, however, are struggling to navigate religion and beliefs at work. In fact, 36 percent of American workers — approximately 50 million people — have experienced or witnessed religious discrimination in the workplace, with religious majorities, minorities and non-religious employees all reporting this experience. This has direct impact on employee and company performance. Additionally, while companies have rightly paid significant attention to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, workplace religious discrimination complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) outnumber sexual orientation complaints two-to-one. Addressing religion and belief in the workplace is the next big focus. Join us over lunch on Thursday, May 24, for an in-depth discussion of how to positively navigate religion and beliefs in the marketplace and in the workplace.

The session also will introduce resources to help organizations large and small design successful policies and procedures for honoring religion in the workplace.

Invitation: Join us for an in-depth discussion of religious diversity and an introduction to resources to help companies design successful policies and practices to maximize the benefits of religious diversity & inclusion in the workplace.


  • – Brian Grim, President, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (session chair)
  • – David L. Buckner, President and CEO, Bottom Line Training and Consulting, Inc. and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
  • – Dan Eckstein, Accenture, Director Media and Technology practice, Global Lead of the Jewish Employee Resource group and the NY Metro Interfaith Employee
  • – Andrew Lauer, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Secretary and General Counsel, Yeshiva University

Workplace Perspectives:

  • – Zabih Mamun, Manager, Accenture
  • – Naomi Kraus, Editorial Manager/Senior Content Strategist, Google
  • – Julie Schwartz, Marketing Operations, American Express

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