Getting it Right: Understanding Current Dynamics of Religious Diversity in the Workplace

Getting it Right: Understanding Current Dynamics of Religious Diversity in the Workplace

SHRM 2011 Annual Conference
The session will review issues of policy and accommodation as they pertain to Muslim employees, as well as practical practices and ways to promote inclusive behaviors throughout a company.
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Track: Talent Management

Given reactions to the Park51 Cultural Center in New York City and an unprecedented rise in anti-Muslim discrimination complaints to the EEOC, promoting religious inclusivity in the workplace is more relevant than ever. Panelists will explore Islamophobia in the workplace, and discuss how they have successfully addressed religious diversity in the workplace from the perspective of policy and accommodation. The panelists will conclude by offering better practices and communication tips for addressing religious diversity in the workplace.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 7:00am to 8:15am

I. Mark E. Fowler

I. Mark E.

Joyce S. Dubensky, Esq.

Joyce S.
Dubensky, Esq.
As Tanenbaum’s CEO, Joyce Dubensky is leading the organization’s dramatic expansion by adding innovative initiatives to each of Tanenbaum’s four core programs. Ms. Dubensky is known for thought leadership in the field of religion in the global workplace. Internationally in demand as a speaker and trainer, Ms. Dubensky speaks, trains, and conducts workshops on all Tanenbaum programs including at the Alliance of Civilizations, Merck, the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, International Academy of Practical Theology, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and the Sixth National Conference on Quality Care for Diverse Populations. Editor and co-author of numerous Tanenbaum publications, Ms. Dubensky is known for co-authoring the first toolkit on religious diversity for workplace managers and its enhanced online version, (Religion at Work). Ms. Dubensky holds her J.D. with honors from New York University School of Law and a Master’s degree in American History from Adelphi University.

Lobna “Luby” Ismail

Lobna “Luby”
Lobna “Luby” Ismail, founder and president of Connecting Cultures, LLC, is a training specialist with over twenty years of experience in the areas of cross-cultural communication, cultural competence, Arab and American cultures, Islamic awareness and religious diversity in the workplace.

Luby helped develop two initiatives to breakdown barriers across cultures and faiths. www.20, and, a nationwide campaign to stimulate discussion between people of different faiths through films. She also assisted in that offers an interactive experience can learn about Islam and Muslims.
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HR Credit