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Brian Grim to Address 17,000 Participants at the 7th World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy

3 Oct, 2021


Dr. Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, will address 17,000 participants at the 7th World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy on the connection of these three realms in some for the world’s biggest and best technology companies.

For example, the beautiful synergy between science, religion and philosophy is seen at the Intel Corporation, whose CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sandra Rivera received the 2021 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Award Gold Medal in Core Business for the work Intel does in allowing employees to bring their whole “souls” to work, as was said by Hadi Sharifi, head of Intel’s Muslim Employee Resource Group.

Other speakers include Dr Elizabeth Denley (Heartfulness Institute), Dr. Vistasp Karbhari (Former President of the University of Texas at Arlington), Dr Kannan Rangaramanujam (Johns Hopkins Hospital), Dr Ashok Joshi (Microlin LLC), and Dr Konden Smith Hansen (Univ. of Arizona). The Parliament is hosted by the MIT World Peace University in Pune, India.

The video above is the award presentation and acceptance speeches by Gelsinger and Rivera.

The Intel Corporation is the most religiously inclusive Fortune 100 company in America, according to the REDI Index. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and executive vice president Sandra Rivera have helped create a culture where people can bring their whole selves to work — faith and all — thanks to solidly incorporating religious diversity into their overall diversity and inclusion commitments. Intel’s embrace of religious inclusivity is seen in their willingness to officially sponsor a wide range of faith-based employee resource groups. These groups not only support members of their particular faiths, but also work together in an interfaith association to support all employees at Intel to succeed in work and life, indeed, a positive model for society at large.

Intel’s Gelsinger and Rivera received their award at Dare to Overcome 2021 (Tokyo and virtual), our global conference for Fortune 500 faith-and-belief employee resource groups (ERGs) to come together as allies of others, including those with disabilities.

Dare to Overcome

Dare to Overcome is an annual global conference, with the next to occur in Washington DC on May 23-25, 2022, and then onwards to India in 2023! The official airline and corporate partner for Dare to Overcome is American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier.

Covenantal Pluralism

And the philosophy at work can be referred to as Covenantal Pluralism, where people agree to protect each other’s right to have and act according to their beliefs and conscience, without necessarily lending moral equivalence to the other beliefs and actions. This panel from Dare to Overcome 2021 discusses Covenantal Pluralism, its origins as a concept, and its relationship to business. It features Chris Seiple, Jim Wellman and Kent Johnson.

For more information, visit Dare to Overcome!