Heavy Lifting

In the first 30 days of this new decade we’ve been doing some heavy lifting!  We’ve conducted trainings for 30 after school educators and over 100 employees of a major pharmaceuticals company.  We’ve shared with them why addressing religious diversity is a critical issue for the global community in education and in workplaces.  We’ve studied cases and curricula to teach new skills of respectful interaction and curiosity of differences.  We’ve given our better practices on addressing the complex issues of making learning environments and workplaces hospitable to people of all faiths, and no faith.  And for all the work we’ve done I want to acknowledge the people that we’ve worked with.

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It was a very good year!

It’s been quite a busy year here at Tanenbaum and as Manger of Programs I have had the pleasure of working on much of what we accomplished during 2009. Religious Diversity in the Workplace gives me very real reasons to be proud – we worked with corporations and conferences across the country and the world and expanded into new training modalities, all to further our mission of helping organizations effectively deal with the religious diversity in their work environments.

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Merry Happy Everything!

It’s that time of year – when multiple joyous religious holidays collide, and when people with good intentions can find themselves in the middle of potentially toxic misunderstandings and intolerance. This phenomenon, known as the “December Dilemma”, occurs across the United States gaining all kinds of media attention as December wears on. Last week, Chicago Sun-Times Religion columnist Cathleen Falsani commented on Gap’s new Holiday ads, the Washington Post reported on the American Humanist Association marketing strategy for the 2009 holiday season and The Detroit News covered electronics giant Best Buy’s acknowledgment of a Muslim holiday.

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Competing Interests – Religion and LBGT Issues in the Workplace?

Earlier this month, I attended the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Orlando, Florida where I conducted a 150 minute intensive workshop entitled “HR Innovations: A Practicum in Managing Religious Diversity and LGBT Issues”. Our presentation was designed to explore the tensions and misunderstandings that commonly emerge between religious and LBGT employees in the workplace and to introduce participants to some of the ways to recognize and resolve these conflicts.

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Cultivating Global Citizenship: An Honorable Profession

California. Missouri. Pennsylvania. Illinois. New York. All great states and represented in our most recent intensive educator training. For five days during their summer vacation, 10 educators came to challenge themselves on how to incorporate values of respect for all diversity, including religious diversity, in the academic lessons they use with their students. I was struck by several things in working with these dedicated professionals.

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Things that make you go Hmmmmm.

I taught high school English, leadership, and conflict resolution for 11 years in the New York City public school system. One of the things I remember from teaching other than going to work on the first day of school, was meeting one week before classes officially started and waiting to hear what the “We’ve figured out how to save education” plan was for the year.

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7 Women, 7 Principles, 1 Rule

Dear President Obama,

As you look to address the pressing issues in our nation’s educational system like No Child Left Behind, dropout rates, the effectiveness of charter schools, and graduation rates, I wanted to introduce you to some of the educators Tanenbaum has the great opportunity to work with.

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