Religious Diversity in the Workplace in India Research - Advisory Group

Focus Area | Tackling Workplace Inequality
Advisory Group
We have convened an Advisory Group of experts to help guide the research process

Advisory Group

Francis Anthony
MBA Candidate
The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School
Vice President of Communications
Johns Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club (JHGCC)

Francis Anthony comes with nearly 2 decades of work experience with global technology giants, where he was responsible for people & project management as well as strategy development & execution. His corpus of work is at the intersection of strategy & marketing, change enablement, queer advocacy, and social impact.

He's currently an MBA candidate at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (class of '22), where he's majoring in corporate strategy & planning, marketing, and the economics of healthcare. He's also Vice President of Communications at the Johns Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club. In his last day job at a CRM giant, Francis led their customer-facing technical enablement team in India. In his gay job there, he was President of their LGBTQ ERG: responsible for philanthropy, strategy, and new programming for all regional Outforce initiatives.

Francis is passionate about leaving behind a tangible legacy through the work that he does. He cares about engaging with the communities he inhabits. Therefore, he enjoys problem solving and working through big ideas that result in lasting social impact.

Francis has a master’s degree in Linguistics and English Literatures. He’s also a Fujitsu Fellow: in this capacity, he attended the coveted 4-country Global Leaders for Innovation Knowledge (GLIK) program in Japan, USA, Singapore, and Thailand. 



Freeda Fernandes
Director, APAC Sales
Aperian Global

Freeda Fernandes is responsible for Aperian Global’s client relationships across the Asia-Pacific region and has been with the firm for over 8 years. She manages Sales in the South East Asia market, consulting with large corporations in the areas of Culture, Global Leadership, Inclusion and Diversity, Global Mobility and Global Teamwork. Freeda strongly believes in the foundation of getting to know oneself, understanding diverse perspectives and maintaining an open mind to learn new ways.
Aperian Global is an international consultancy that provides organizations with scalable learning solutions, enabling employees to work across borders and boundaries. We help our clients foster inclusive work environments, accelerate the development of future global leaders, facilitate virtual collaboration, and grow in new international markets. We partner with clients in over 60 countries and provide solutions for 40% of the Fortune Global 100. The company has offices in the United States, France, Denmark, China, Singapore, and India.


Mark Fowler
Chief Executive Officer

Raised in Harlem and the Bronx, Rev. Mark Fowler oversees all of Tanenbaum’s programme areas and works with operations, fund development and communications. As CEO, Mark is responsible for programme development, project management, design and implementation of all Tanenbaum training, and the expansion of Tanenbaum programs nationally and internationally. Mark has been involved in New York City’s education community for over 20 years and is a skilled facilitator/trainer who has worked with teachers, counselors, administrators and students. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator in all of Tanenbaum’s core areas and has addressed organisations globally on issues of equality in race, gender, sexual orientation and religion. Mark has presented at the National Council on the Social Studies, National Association of Multicultural Education, Teaching Tolerance, the YMCA of Greater New York, Partnership for Afterschool Education, Asia Society, National School Board Association, the United Nations, the Newseum, the Power of Women Institute, the Return on Inclusion Summit, the OutNEXT Summit, and the Forum on Workplace Inclusion regarding prejudice reduction, conflict resolution, bias and bullying. As the architect of Tanenbaum’s Corporate Membership Program, Mark has conducted training at GSK, Merck, Turner Broadcasting, PwC, The Walt Disney Company, CVS Health, Aetna, Bloomberg, Sodexo, Google, Moody’s, Bank of America, Walmart, and Target, among others. Mark earned a B.A. in English and Education at Duke University and was trained as a Mediation and Conflict Resolution Specialist with the NYC Department of Education. Mark also is a graduate of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and is an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister.


Mary-Frances Winters
President & CEO
The Winters Group 

Mary-Frances Winters founder and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc., - a 36-year-old global organisation development and diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm - truly believes that diversity and inclusion work is her "passion and calling." Dubbed a thought-leader in the field, for the past three decades she has impacted hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals with her thought-provoking message and her approach to diversity and inclusion. Ms. Winters is a master strategist with experience in strategic planning, change management, diversity, organisation development, training and facilitation, systems thinking and qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has extensive experience in working with senior leadership teams to drive organisational change. Among her many awards and distinctions, she was named a diversity pioneer by Profiles in Diversity Journal in August 2007 and most recently received the Winds of Change award from the Forum on Workplace Inclusion in 2016. Ms. Winters was also featured in Forbes’ June 2016 publication, which honoured some of the DC Metro area’s most powerful women. In November 2019, she was named by Forbes as one of 10 trailblazers in diversity and inclusion. She has served as a torchbearer for the Olympics and has previously been recognised as an Athena Award winner from the Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to women and the community. Ms. Winters is the author of six books: Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit (September 2020), Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging Across Differences (August 2020), We Can’t Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics (2017), Only Wet Babies Like Change: Workplace Wisdom for Baby Boomers, Inclusion Starts With “I” and CEO’s Who Get It: Diversity Leadership from the Heart and Soul. Ms. Winters also authored a chapter in the book Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (2013) and numerous articles. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester with undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology, and a master’s degree in business administration from the William E. Simon Executive Development Program. She received an honorary doctorate from Roberts Wesleyan College.


Tracy Ann Curtis
TAC Global LLC

A recognized global leader and well respected organisational and talent development executive with over 25 years of multinational experience. Tracy Ann brings a sophisticated, creative and pragmatic approach to all of her work. She attributes this to working globally throughout her career as well as having positions within Human Resources, IT Operations and Asia Pacific Sales. Tracy Ann’s most exciting role was relocating to Bangalore, India to lead the change management work associated with Cisco’s expanding IT Development Center. A six-month assignment in India turned into seven years of Tracy Ann leading Cisco transformation work across the Asia Pacific region. After which, Tracy Ann remained in Bangalore to set up her consulting practice. A core focus of Tracy Ann’s global work is across fast-changing emerging business regions. Tracy Ann is a lifelong learner with an education and understanding of behaviour change, adult learning, psychology, emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry, fitness, emotional wellbeing, mindfulness, yoga and philosophy – all of which contribute to her unique consulting approach, perceptiveness and sensitivity. She holds an American passport yet grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada where her family owns and operated a remote hunting and fishing camp for four decades. At a very young age, Tracy Ann was interacting within a diverse community and her experiences in Canada have shaped her resourcefulness, creativity, curiosity, love and connection to the outdoors and animals. At University, she spent “a year abroad” and this began her formal inquiry into reconciling and working with different worldviews. After obtaining Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Philosophy, Tracy Ann went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Organizational Development. She is qualified in the MBTI, a certified coach by TMC/Berlitz, Intrabond Capital and The Booth Company, and holds a number of certifications for programs related to talent assessment and leadership development. Her work is anchored by the experience and insight of working and living around the globe and her commitment to purpose and meaning. She believes encouraging talent development, building inclusive environments, advancing women and diversity builds healthy cultures, delivers business results and makes the world a more peaceful place. When Tracy Ann is not travelling on business she can be found on the yoga mat, swimming in the sea, walking her dog or spending time with family and friends around the world.

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