Americans encounter more religious diversity at work than in any other sphere of life, yet religion is too often left out of the diversity conversation. We also know that engaging religious diversity can lead to stronger team culture and better relationships with clients and consumers. IFYC equips corporate leaders with the skills they need to effectively work with religiously diverse teams serving a religiously diverse world.

IFYC’s approach to engaging religious diversity at work involves three areas of practice:

  • Supporting employees’ diverse religious observance allows team members to feel respected as individuals and increases their sense of belonging and commitment to the company.
  • Creating spaces that intentionally engage religious diversity among team members strengthens team cohesion and effectiveness. Studies show that  diverse teams perform better, particularly when team members have the chance to intentionally learn about one another’s distinct identities, including religious identities.
  • Developing a radar screen for religious diversity ensures the needs and interests of religiously diverse clients are met, and can lead to the development of new business partnerships and products.

What we Offer

IFYC offers speaking and consulting services to companies:

Inspiration & Awareness:

IFYC sets the stage for engaging religious diversity in your workplace by exploring real world examples of ways companies have addressed religion in the workplace--both pitfalls and successes--and casting a vision for how to constructively engage religious diversity at work and in the marketplace.

  • Keynote/Public Speaking: Eboo Patel is available for corporate keynotes and speaking engagements.
Assessment:

IFYC facilitates discovery processes with companies to surface how religious identity and diversity operate in company culture and offers tailored recommendations rooted in promising practices from the corporate sector.

  • Religion in the Workplace Discovery Process: IFYC will administer a brief survey and conduct individual interviews and/or focus groups to identify how religious identity and diversity operate in company culture. At the conclusion of the consultation, IFYC will present key findings from the discovery process along with a set of recommendations for how to strengthen the company’s approach to religious identity and diversity in the workplace and with clients.
Strategy & Training:

IFYC develops customized education and training modules to help companies achieve their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.

  • Professional Development Workshops: IFYC leads professional development sessions for corporate audiences designed to increase employee understanding of why engaging religion matters in the workplace, introduce employees to a framework and best practices for engaging religion at work, and build employees’ skillset for addressing common tensions and identifying new opportunities related to religion in the workplace.
  • Training Development and Delivery: IFYC builds comprehensive training curricula tailored to fit a company’s existing DEI goals and structures.
  • Strategic Planning and Consulting: IFYC customizes strategic planning processes to help companies identify strengths and address gaps in their approach to engaging religious diversity.

"Walmart is on a journey to build an even more equitable and inclusive workplace, and that includes creating safe spaces for appropriate and relevant conversations about interfaith issues. The thought leadership of Eboo Patel and the resources of the Interfaith Youth Core have been extremely useful to us as we seek to engage our associates in meaningful dialogue around matters of faith at work and upskill our leaders on strategies for fostering inclusion. Our collaboration with the IFYC in 2020 was especially impactful as they helped contextualize and frame a necessary and timely conversation that explored the intersection of faith, racial equity and social justice movements."

 

Ben Hasan, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Walmart Inc


 

"Many organizations are building their capacity to address religious identity as a part of their conversations about diversity. IFYC is a strategic partner for helping employees talk about religious diversity in their workplaces and the opportunities they have to use those skills to serve religiously diverse customers."

 

Czarina Ramsay, Sr. Manager, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility, Starbucks


 

"Religion is very powerful. It can be a great force for good or a very destructive force, depending on how it is used. I love IFYC’s focus on promoting religious harmony and interfaith understanding. IFYC offered space for my team to reflect on how religion surfaces in our internal culture and how we think about religion in the context of our global client base. The result was to highlight the role of religion in people’s lives and the importance of religious literacy for successfully meeting our business outcomes in the diverse countries we work in."

 

Steve Sarowitz, Founder and CEO, Blue Marble Payroll


Endorsements

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Walmart is on a journey to build an even more equitable and inclusive workplace, and that includes creating safe spaces for appropriate and relevant conversations about interfaith issues. The thought leadership of Eboo Patel and the resources of the Interfaith Youth Core have been extremely useful to us as we seek to engage our associates in meaningful dialogue around matters of faith at work and upskill our leaders on strategies for fostering inclusion. Our collaboration with the IFYC in 2020 was especially impactful as they helped contextualize and frame a necessary and timely conversation that explored the intersection of faith, racial equity and social justice movements.

Ben Hasan
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Culture, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Walmart Inc

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Many organizations are building their capacity to address religious identity as a part of their conversations about diversity. IFYC is a strategic partner for helping employees talk about religious diversity in their workplaces and the opportunities they have to use those skills to serve religiously diverse customers.

Czarina Ramsay
Sr. Manager, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility, Starbucks

"

Religion is very powerful. It can be a great force for good or a very destructive force, depending on how it is used. I love IFYC’s focus on promoting religious harmony and interfaith understanding. IFYC offered space for my team to reflect on how religion surfaces in our internal culture and how we think about religion in the context of our global client base. The result was to highlight the role of religion in people’s lives and the importance of religious literacy for successfully meeting our business outcomes in the diverse countries we work in.

Steve Sarowitz
Founder and CEO, Blue Marble Payroll

Learn More

To learn more, contact Megan Johnson at megan@ifyc.org.