Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. Founder and President, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

President of Tanenbaum since its founding in 1992, Dr. Bennett has been the driving force behind all of Tanenbaum’s programs. A widely published author, organizational development consultant, popular lecturer, broadcast journalist, and public affairs/marketing specialist, she is an innovative and entrepreneurial leader. Always at the cutting edge, the hallmark of her vision is an institutionally-based approach to creating change. As such, she has guided Tanenbaum in creating usable knowledge that moves beyond dialogue to action.

Under her leadership Tanenbaum became the leading resource for religious diversity in the workplace, and has given numerous briefings to leadership Fortune 500 companies worldwide, as well as at professional meetings such as The Conference Board and the Society for Human Resource Management. In the course of that work she realized the need for sector-specific initiatives, giving rise to Tanenbaum’s health care programming – today the organization’s fastest-growing area.

She spearheaded Tanenbaum’s education program, creating academic curricula embedded with lessons of inclusivity and respect, which has reached thousands of students. Dr. Bennett also created the Peacemakers in Action program to analyze approaches to religious peacemaking and their applicability to other conflicts, earning the recognition of the United Nations, United States Institute of Peace and a host of other international peacebuilding and diplomatic organizations.

Dr. Bennett holds her doctorate in sociology and is a former faculty member of the City University of New York and NYU’s School of Education. She has authored four books and over 50 articles in scholarly, professional and popular publications. Her last book, Crimewarps: The Future of Crime in America, was proposed for a Pulitzer Prize.

Dr. Bennett received the 1997 Interfaith Gold Medallion from the International Council of Christians and Jews, the title of distinguished Advisor from the Search Institute, the Nostra Aetate award from the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, the Distinguished Service Award from the New York City Comptroller’s office and two national awards from the American Society for Public Administration. She has also been nominated for the Templeton Prize, and was selected as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management’s Workplace Diversity Special Expertise Panel. In 2011, she was named one of Women of Wealth magazine’s top 80 mentoring leaders.

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