2022 Religious Diversity Leadership Summit

Tues. May 17, 12-3pm EST

Wed. May 18, 12-3pm EST

12pm: Keynote address

12pm: Data Session

1pm: Fireside Chat: Tanenbaum CEO Mark Fowler & Jörg Schmitz

1pm: ERG Panel Discussion

2pm: Global Senior Leadership Panel

2pm: Disney Presents, Media as Cross-Cultural Communication: A Conversation between Ramy Youseff & Mark Fowler

Keynote Address
Sponsored by: Merck


Tanenbaum is delighted to welcome Celeste Warren, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Merck & Co., Inc. As the leader for Merck’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Center of Excellence, she is responsible for working with Merck’s global leaders to advance and embed diversity and inclusion as a strategic approach to maximize business performance and create a competitive advantage.


Fireside Chat with Mark Fowler & Jörg Schmitz


Join Tanenbaum CEO Rev. Mark Fowler and cultural anthropologist Jörg Schmitz (Managing Partner, Thomas Leland LLC) for an in-depth conversation about the connections between religion, work, and purpose. Jörg helps leaders and organizations navigate the challenges and opportunities of globalization, applying principles of cultural anthropology to break new ground and advance thought leadership in cultural competence and inclusive leadership.


Senior Leadership Panel
Sponsored by: Target 


Join an exciting panel of senior leaders from multiple sectors as they reflect on the importance of championing religious diversity, equity and inclusion around the world.


  • What have they learned about building the business case for addressing religious DEI?
  • What have been some of the biggest challenges and opportunities along the way?
  • How might these challenges and opportunities look different across geographies.
  • How can we best engage employees to advance fuller inclusion in our increasingly global and interconnected workplaces?


Moderated by Alexis Kantor, VP of Owned Brand Technical Development & Quality



  • Christine Cadena: Vice President, Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion - Walt Disney Company
  • Eloiza Domingo: Chief Inclusive Diversity & Equity Officer, Allstate Corporation
  • Wendy John: Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Fidelity Investments
  • Federico Vescovi: President - Region Asia, Africa, Australia - Barilla Group


Data for Religious Diversity
Sponsored by: Microsoft


Tanenbaum is delighted to welcome Jonathan Evans, Research Associate, from Pew Research Center to the Religious Diversity Leadership Summit. He will share data overviews and insightful interpretation from the 2021 report entitled "Religion in India: Tolerance and Segregation."


Tanenbaum is also excited to feature analyses of U.S.-based datasets on religion and public opinion shared by Daniel A. Cox, Senior Fellow in Polling and Public Opinion at the American Enterprise Institute and Director of the Survey Center on American Life.


Employee Resource Group Panel
Sponsored by: Alliance Bernstein


Whether your organization is just beginning to consider a faith-based Employee Resource Group (ERG) or looking to dive deeper, the Tanenbaum community is here to provide support. Join us for an insightful panel comprised of Tanenbaum members from across different industries as they share better practices for driving their ERGs’ impact. From creating a strong charter and mission statement, to exploring how a faith-based ERG aligns with a broader DEI strategy, join the discussion to explore and learn how we can #IncludeReligion and #InspireCreateBuild.


Moderated by Nancy di Dia, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Americas, Boehringer-Ingelheim



  • Timothy Caeser, Senior Immunization Specialist, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Wael Abu El Magd Metwally, Global Co-Lead of Interfaith EBRG, Merck & Co.
  • Russell Shaffer, Senior Director Global Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Walmart


Disney Presents, Media as Cross-Cultural Communication: A Conversation between Ramy Youssef & Tanenbaum CEO, Rev. Mark Fowler


Tanenbaum’s CEO Rev. Mark Fowler will interview Ramy Youssef – comedian, actor, writer, and director – on his journey in the entertainment industry, the importance of self-representation in the media, and the intersectional identities we hold and need to honor. The goal of this panel is to emphasize media representations as forms of cross-cultural communication that influence our understanding of—and interactions with—religious differences. This conversation will also illustrate the importance of self-representation and collaboration in inclusive and ethical storytelling.


Sponsor Acknowledgements:


We would like to thank our generous sponsors: 

  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Merck
  • Microsoft
  • Target
  • Alliance Bernstein