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Invitation: Ford Interfaith Network National Day Of Prayer 2023

25 Apr, 2023

The Ford Interfaith Network extends a warm invitation to their flagship event:

National Day Of Prayer 2023

Praying Fervently in Faith Has Great Impact

  • – Thursday, May 4, 2023
  • – 11:30am-12:30pm (EST)
  • Virtual Webcast
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* Open to the Public *

The Ford Interfaith Network (FIN) aims to assist the Ford Motor Company in becoming a worldwide corporate leader in promoting religious inclusion and understanding, corporate integrity, and human dignity.

For the last 22 years, FIN has hosted the National Day of Prayer as a lunchtime event commemorating the 1952 proclamation signed into law by President Truman.

Ford Motor Company respects the role faith plays in the lives of employees and the FIN board hopes you will join us for a time of reflection, reverence and learning. We look forward to celebrating each faith that comprises FIN and the collective strength, belonging, and peace this time fosters for us.

Ford is a also sponsor of the 4th National Faith@Work ERG conference Dare to Overcome. Come and meet their team in person in Washington DC, May 22-24, 2023.

Building Religious Freedom for All

21 Apr, 2023

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Google’s Naomi Kraus will keynote Dare to Overcome, May 22-24, in Washington DC. Naomi will speak on how employee resource groups (ERGs) build religious freedom for all by combatting antisemitism and all forms of religious bias and discrimination.

Naomi is Global Chair of Google’s Inter Belief Network (IBN). She is also author of What businesses can do to help end antisemitism and support their Jewish colleagues.

Google’s IBN is one of 16+ ERGs at Google, which together have more than 250 chapters globally.

Google’s IBN 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, Hindus, Jewglers, and Muslims. IBN also has an interfaith chapter.

Also see Google blog, How your faith community can come together online, by Kirk Perry President, Global Client and Agency Solutions, and Executive Sponsor of Google Inter Belief Network.

The video below gives you an inside look at IBN. Since the release of the video, IBN has also added other chapters. including a Hindu chapter.

Drink from the well you dig

17 Apr, 2023

Sustaining enthusiasm and passion in faith-oriented ERGs

DELL Technologies Interfaith plenary at Dare to Overcome (May 22-24, Washington DC) looks at a key area of sustainability for faith-based employee resource groups (ERGs): Sustaining enthusiasm and passion.

Regardless of position or role, feelings of overwhelm and exhaustion can be universal. Even though our company values religious diversity, bringing our authentic selves to work can lead to added responsibilities on top of our day-to-day tasks. This can result in burnout and a loss of perspective.

To sustain enthusiasm and passion, we suggest practicing drinking from the well you dig. As volunteers, we have built a metaphorical well for our members to enjoy through various activities such as faith connections, bible studies, prayer calls, book studies, and holiday celebrations. Engaging in these activities ourselves can prevent burnout and help us grow in our faith and the education of other faiths. By participating in a prayer call, joining a study group, or celebrating a holiday different than our own, we can find renewed energy and avoid becoming disinterested in the important activities of our ERG.

Where are you in your prayer life?

12 Apr, 2023

According to the Pew Research Center, 55% of U.S. adults pray daily while 23% seldom or never pray.

As we become leaders within our workplace and wider community, we must ask ourselves how important prayer is to each and every one of us. How do we envision our own prayer life?

Come join other conference attendees of all faiths and worldviews for the Interfaith Morning Prayer Service to learn more about yourself and each other on the importance of prayer and how prayer in community can be so powerful and contribute to healing love.

Whether you seldom pray or pray daily, you are invited to the Interfaith Morning Prayer Service on May 23 and May 24 starting promptly at 8AM at the “Dare to Overcome” National Faith@Work ERG Conference. What a better way to come out refreshed and renewed to start each day of the conference!

For more questions, please reach out to John Huan Vu at

What businesses can do to help end antisemitism

4 Apr, 2023

Naomi Kraus, Google’s Inter Belief Network Global Chair

The Anti Defamation League estimates that 1.09 billion people hold antisemitic attitudes. In the United States alone, antisemitic incidents hit a record high in 2021. Jewish employees worldwide increasingly face this scourge of hatred, and often feel stressed, wary of revealing their faith, and attacked for merely being who they are. The Global Chair of Google’s Inter Belief Network employee resource group offers suggestions and recommendations that businesses and corporate leaders can adopt to help their Jewish employees feel supported both in and outside of the workplace.

A few weeks ago, Jews all over the world celebrated the holiday of Purim. It is considered the most joyous day on the Jewish calendar and celebrates a momentous victory over antisemitism thousands of years ago. On Purim night in my neighborhood in New Jersey, some community members went to synagogue to hear a reading of the book Esther that commemorates this holiday. They returned home to discover they had been the target of antisemitic vandalism: the Mezuzot (small prayer parchments contained in cases you see on the doors of many Jewish homes) had been ripped from their door frames. It was an act of desecration that was heartbreaking and vile, and is becoming all too familiar for many of us.

89% of Jews feel antisemitism is a problem in the United States today, and this intrusion was certainly familiar to me. I am the granddaughter of four Holocaust Survivors. My grandparents welcomed the freedom and protection they thought America offered after they got out of the camps. However, my grandmother would wake at 3am with nightmares of Auschwitz as it was, so I am actually relieved that they are no longer here to see what is happening now. 

As the volunteer head of the Inter Belief Network Employee Resource Group and co-head of the global “Jewglers” community at Google, I get to advocate on behalf of our internal Jewish community. In my day job, I work on projects that also help our billions of users. Both are privileges that I cherish. 

In my 10-plus years at Google, I’ve watched this tech company move from a smaller up-and-comer to one of the biggest companies in the world. I’ve seen how we’ve evolved and embraced the inclusion movement, encouraging Googlers to “bring their whole selves to work.” One’s faith and ethnic identity is very much a part of that process, but as of late, many have become more wary of expressing it due to the hate they fear they may experience. Some Jewish employees have likely changed their behavior in the last few years because of this fear.

There are many steps businesses can take to help end the scourge of antisemitism and to support their Jewish employees.

(1) Adopt and/or use the principles of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism. It may not be perfect, but it’s the baseline standard that has been adopted by countless cities, 39 countries along with a number of corporations, including Deutsche Bank and Volkswagen. It shouldn’t be hard to stand up and say “no” to antisemitism – though I will be the first to recognize that this can be easier said than done – this has been a north star for my work with Jewglers for 2+ years to date.

(2) Acknowledge that Jewish people live with tremendous fear and vulnerability, as a minority that is disproportionately targeted by hate violence and threats, like other targeted communities. Those of us who have to worry about displaying visible signs of our faith and walk past armed security guards simply to pray in a house of worship each week in “The Land of the Free” need to feel the same support just like other marginalized groups. Make sure to take this into consideration in all spheres, be it communications, hiring or marketing.

(3) Be cautious about how you ask people to self identify in corporate surveys and workshops, etc. Too often, assumptions are made about Jews that are not rooted in reality. In the allyship course we teach at Google, we make the point that though Jews are often portrayed as White, Jews come in all races and all ethnicities. For example, many Jews of Ashkenazic descent (those whose families migrated through Eastern Europe after exile from Ancient Israel) may have white skin, but forcing them to classify themselves as Caucasian can be incorrect.

(4) Add education about antisemitism into DEI programs. As a result of acknowledging that Jews are a minority and targeted group, companies have an obligation to create spaces for deeper, more intentional discussions via their DEI educational programs. Many employers do not understand the stress and fears their Jewish employees face outside the office. Antisemitism is often a precursor to other forms of hatred – don’t just give it an offhand cursory mention, give the time and space you similarly dedicate to other societal forms of hatred, such as anti-black racism and homophobia.

(5) Holocaust denial and minimization should be uniformly and immediately condemned, wherever and whenever it occurs. No one is entitled to falsify the truth. And there is no other truth than that Jews were targeted for annihilation and six million of them were murdered. Period. This fact is being disputed or goes unrecognized more and more each year.

(6) Don’t allow antisemitism to masquerade as political activism by employees or anyone else. Antisemitism is about hate. There is nothing complex, nuanced or political about it. It is not limited to a specific political viewpoint. It comes from both the right and left. In the workplace, employee debates and discussions should always steer clear of invoking stereotypes or bigotry against any group and it’s important to have policies and guidelines in place that clearly articulate these guideposts for your employees. When criticism of Israel draws on classical antisemitic tropes, or when crimes are committed against Jews to protest Israeli policies, that’s antisemitism, and it’s unacceptable. This conflation of policy criticism of a government with anti-Jewish hatred is harmful and counterproductive.

(7) Make it easy for your Jewish employees to form an Employee Resource Group. Google’s willingness to fund and support a space in which Jewish employees can seek support and resources in times like this has been very helpful to those in our community. It has enabled volunteer leaders like me to provide programming and educational resources on antisemitism at a scale that would be unthinkable without its help. When the hostage situation in Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Austin happened in 2022, our local representatives organized support sessions for Jewglers. After recent threats from extremist groups threatened an antisemitic Day of Hate targeting the Jewish community in the U.S., we arranged for personal safety training for our employees with a Jewgler who works in our security department. We’ve also staged talks with Holocaust Survivors and run internal allyship courses to familiarize employees with the antisemitism that their Jewish colleagues encounter.

IF YOU AS AN ORGANIZATION OR LEADER WANT HELP – Be humble, be honest & ASK! Jewish employee leaders like me and the many others who serve would be grateful for your interest, your offers of support, and your willingness to invest the time to get it right in what you say and do. It’s good for your business, your customers, and the world.

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Naomi’s Keynote from Dare to Overcome 2023:

Passing the torch to the next generation – American Airlines

3 Apr, 2023

How will your ERG and company involve the next generation in faith@work?

This multi-company panel will share their experiences at a recent nation-wide Case Competition held at BYU for MBA students from across the country competing to provide the best solution for making interfaith initiatives at work sustainable. See their PPT presentations here.

This American Airlines organized panel will describe their roles and responsibilities as ERG leaders to help equip, encourage, and empower the next generation. There will also be a student representative from the BYU case completion on the panel to reflect on its impact from an MBA student’s perspective.

  • Fr. Greg McBrayer
    Chief Flight Controller, Chaplain
  • American Airlines
  • Millicent Rone
  • Senior Diversity Specialist
  • American Airlines
  • Becky Pomerleau
  • Senior Director, SOX Program
  • Global Co-lead Believe, Interfaith@PayPal
  • Ismael Rivera
    Legal Global Operations Senior Analyst
  • Equinix
  • Sumreen Ahmad
  • Principle Director, Accenture Talent and Organization
  • Interfaith Executive Sponsor
  • Accenture
  • Matt Young
    MBA Candidate ’23
  • BYU Marriott School of Business

See more about the pan-ERG initiative spearheaded by DELL’s interfaith ERG here.

Luke McCollum, Walmart exec and retired Navy Vice Admiral, to keynote Dare to Overcome

3 Apr, 2023

Why workplaces and organizations need chaplains

Luke McCollum will keynote the final session of Dare to Overcome on the morning of Wednesday, May 24, in Washington DC. His talk comes immediately as the two final tracks of the conference conclude: (a) Workplace Chaplains and (b) Global Dimensions of Faith and Work.

As a leader who has served at both the highest level of the U.S. Navy and corporate America, Luke will speak on his personal experiences with the chaplaincy and it’s role in helping teams become more resilient and high performing.

About Luke McCollum

Luke is a seasoned senior Executive Leader with 30+ years leading large organizations in both public and private sectors. He has lived and worked internationally leading milestone events including building coalitions with allies and partners. He has launched new formats and platforms, enabled international expansion, including product and engineering transformation of omni-channel supply chain operations.

U.S. Senate confirmed to serve four years as leader of America’s Navy Reserve Force (Chief of Navy Reserve) as a 3-star Admiral, Luke led operational readiness, training, and sustainment of over sixty thousand personnel across the globe in support of national security objectives. He was accountable for strategy development, operational planning, and resourcing which included regular Congressional testimony.

Luke recently completed a 25 year corporate career with the retailer Walmart, where he served as a Corporate Vice President in multiple capacities including technology, international, and supply chain.

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Taking ERG impact to the next level – Equinix

3 Apr, 2023


What will your ERG Dare to Overcome as a result of this year’s conference?!

At Dare to Overcome 2022, Equinix’s Marsie Sweetland heard the story of how Dell Technologies was able to work with A21 to make significant strides in combatting human trafficking. She was immediately inspired and decided to work to unite all of Equinix’s employee resource groups (ERGs) and executive sponsors in a similar campaign.

Equinix’s FaithConnect hosted three global calls with over 600 individuals and raised more than $30,000 to assist A21 in continuing their work. “Equinix’s FaithConnect ERG allowed me to have the kind of social impact I thought I wouldn’t be able to have until I retired,” said Marsie (see her reflections on this at a recent Women’s CEO Roundtable).

At Dare to Overcome 2023, Marsie moderated a discussion by Equinix panelists on Impact/Service Work and how to take your faith-based ERG to the next level (recording above).


    • Sujata Narayan
      Director, Community Impact and The Equinix Foundation
    • Community & Belonging
    • Dale Konrad
    • Vice President, Global Technical Sales Team
    • Co-Founder, FaithConnect
    • Ismael Rivera
    • Legal Global Operations Senior Analyst
    • FaithConnect Ambassador Americas
    • Marsie Sweetland
      Sr. Client Executive, Global Accounts
    • Founder, FaithConnect

Hear Marsie tell Equinix’s story:

The “Superhabits” of a virtuous “Human Operating System”

3 Apr, 2023


In our previous conferences, participants have heard Dr. Andrew Abela speak about the role of virtue in business. In this year’s talk, he showed how virtue can be considered as the ‘human operating system’.

Dr. Abela discussed how extensive empirical research points to a set of “superhabits” that make up this operating system, how they underlie all human achievement, and how identify your highest priority habit and acquire it.

He introduced the “Anatomy of Greatness,” the 50 habits underlying all human achievement, based on his analysis of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Treaties on the Virtues.

See more at Dare to Overcome.