Mirror, Mirror: Solutions for Challenges Around Religious and LGBT Identities

Inclusion 2019: Shifting Workplace Culture

Conflicts between religious and LGBTQ communities continue to make headlines, from the debates around marriage equality to the fight for basic civil rights. When we bring our whole selves to work, outside tensions influence workplace interactions. In the workplace, these conflicts manifest in many ways, from uncomfortable conversations to overt discrimination. The resulting assumption is that these conflicts are inevitable and unavoidable. This session will unpack this assumption by identifying the misconceptions and oversimplifications that too often derail constructive conversations about this topic. The session will provide you with parameters and possibilities for mitigating conflicts and creating cultures of inclusion for everyone at work, regardless of how employees identify.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 2:10pm to 2:28pm

Leslie Funk


Leslie Funk is a Workplace Program Associate at the New York City based Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. In this role she supports clients in the Corporate Membership Program and provides trainings on addressing religious diversity in the workplace. Leslie comes to this work with a background in alternative dispute resolution- she is currently a volunteer mediator at the New York Peace Institute and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Association for Conflict Resolution, Greater New York Chapter (ACR GNY). Leslie earned a JD from Hamline University School of Law as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communications from the University of Connecticut. Throughout it all, Leslie has remained an avid traveler and portraiture artist.

Connection Zone/Acadia (Third Floor)
Session Type: 
Smart Stage
Intended Audience: 
Intermediate (Fostering DEI)
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