Diversity in the Workplace: Parallels and Distinctions

Zahra Jamal.

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Education Division will host Diversity in the Workplace on Tuesday, February 6th from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce sponsored by HR in Alignment.

Dr. Zahra Jamal will be speaking on the parallels and distinctions of religious, racial and cultural diversity as it specifically applies to businesses in Fort Bend County.  Specifically, beliefs, practices and common cultural behaviors that require religious accommodation in the workplace will be highlighted. Attendees will leave better equipped and knowledgeable about the dynamic differences and similarities individuals share with their colleagues and employees.

Jamal has taught at Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, Michigan State University (MSU) and Palmer Trinity, a college preparatory school. She founded and directed the Civil Islam Initiative at University of Chicago and the Central Asia and International Development Initiative at MSU. She has consulted for the United Nations, State Department, Aga Khan Development Network, Swiss Development Cooperation and Aspen Institute. Jamal received a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard and double B.A. in Slavic Studies and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from Rice. She joined the Institute in July 2015.  Through this event, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will educate, lead, and influence businesses on creating diverse and inclusive workforce cultures to enhance their competitive advantage.

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce respects the evolving diversity of our county and embraces this strength, understanding that diversity fosters innovation and creativity in our businesses thereby increasing performance. Only by learning and engaging with people and organizations that support this spectrum of diversity can we together make the Chamber, its members, and community stronger.

Member reservations are $25, and prospective members are $35. Details can be found at www.FortBendChamber.com or by contacting Sheridan Labbe at Sheridan@fortbendcc.org or 281-566-2152.