Dr. Georgette Bennett

Dr. Georgette Bennett, President of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, is a sociologist by training who has spent the past 22 years advancing interreligious relations. She founded Tanenbaum in 1992 and under her leadership it has become the go-to organization for practical, cutting-edge programs that combat religion-based hatred and misunderstanding in schools, workplaces, areas of armed conflict and healthcare settings. She has given numerous briefings to Fortune 500 companies worldwide, as well as to organizations like the Conference Board and the Society for Human Resource Management. In addition, Dr. Bennett has conducted trainings on religious diversity for the New York City Police Department (NYPD). She also initiated Tanenbaum’s other signature programs. Its education programs were designated an International Best Practice and the Peacemakers in Action program has advanced the field of religion and conflict resolution. Its healthcare programs have pioneered the religious dimension of patient-centered care. The Tanenbaum Center literally wrote the medical manual on religio-cultural competency, which has been distributed to more than 100,000 healthcare providers in the U.S. and is also available electronically. In 2013, Dr. Bennett founded the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, utilizing the moral authority of religious leaders to mobilize support for alleviating the suffering of Syria's war victims. Today, there are forty-two organizations in the Alliance. Dr. Bennett is also a founding Board member of the Global Covenant on Religion, where she serves as Treasurer. This GCR is made up of an international group of top interfaith leaders, under the patronage of HM King Abdullah II of Jordan and HRH Prince Ghazi, who are working to delegitimize the use of religion as a justification for violent extremism. In addition, Dr. Bennett serves in the U.S. State Department Religion and Foreign Policy initiative’s working group on conflict mitigation, which is tasked with developing recommendations for the U.S. Secretary of State on countering religion-based violence. Most recently, Dr. Bennett spearheaded a Christian/Jewish initiative that opposes the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa and anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere.Earlier in her career, Dr. Bennett was a network correspondent for NBC News and host of Walter Cronkite’s PBS series, “Why in the World?” She created three nationally-syndicated radio programs and was a regular commentator for New York City’s Fox TV affiliate. She also developed stories for The NewsHour, 20/20, and 60 Minutes.

Dr. Bennett has a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University, a B.A. from Vassar College, and an advanced degree in Banking, with highest honors, from the American Bankers Association/University of Delaware. She has authored four books and over 50 articles.