Panel Discussion: A Matter of Faith

June 20, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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Armstrong Teasdale, Suite 1800
7700 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

This 60-minute program is designed to help organizations build capacity to increase awareness about, and develop strategies for, a more diverse and inclusive environment. Diversity and inclusion are no longer optional aspects of an organizational strategic plan. Inclusion is now an integral function of any organization, and needs to be given appropriate time and resources. This short, informal workshop is designed to identify important considerations for employers in terms of religious diversity within the workplace, and to examine and implement best practices for creating an inclusive workplace for faith-based or non-faith-based practices.

Complimentary private parking is available off of Forsyth Blvd. (7720 Forsyth Blvd.). The entrance to the parking garage is on Forsyth directly across from the Clayton firehouse. It is set back from the street and next to Lola and Penelope's Pet Boutique. Please park on one of the first three levels in the designated visitor parking area. Be sure to carry your parking pass with you for validation by the firm's receptionist. Take the garage elevators to the Lobby level, proceed across the courtyard and enter the lobby of Centene Plaza. Upon entering you will be required to check in at the ALA registration table on your left. You will be given a name tag (must be worn and visible at all times) before proceeding to our reception area on the 18th Floor. Please allow a few extra minutes for this process. When you leave, make sure to have your validated parking ticket with you. As you are leaving the garage, place the validated ticket into the ticket machine. Once it reads the ticket, the arm will lift up and then you can proceed to exit the garage. Click here for additional parking and security information and a printable map of the area.

Complimentary for ALA Members, SLIP Students and Business Partners, and $25 for other Law Firm Guests.

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CLM® Application Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Communications & Organizational (CM).
CLM® Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Communications & Organizational (CM).


Jittaun A. Dill joined Polsinelli in 2017 to fill the newly created role of Firm-wide Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. In this role she supports, implements, and assists with diversity and inclusion initiatives, events and sponsorships.  Working with the firm’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Jittaun researches and reports on diversity metrics and statistical data. She also assists with the development of diversity and inclusion initiatives designed to drive change.

She is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law where she earned a Certificate in Employment Law.  Her legal background helps shape her perspective of and advocacy for the importance of diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.

While a law student she competed in the Midwest Regional Black Law Student Association’s Fredrick Douglass Moot Court competition placing third and advancing to the national competition where she earned a quarter-finalist award.  She is also a recipient of the Saint Louis University School of Law Everett Hullverson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.

Her legal career began at the mid-sized St. Louis based law firm where she spent two summers as a law clerk. Working as an associate there provided her with the springboard she would later use to hang her own shingle.

Jittaun is a proud graduate of Tennessee State University.  She holds a B.S. in Sociology and a Master of Public Administration from the institution.

Faizan Syed is the Executive Director of the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

Faizan was born in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1992. He attended Kirkwood High School and was the Vice-President of his senior class. He then studied at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he earned his degree in Political Science. During his sophomore year, he witnessed the Iowa Caucus which helped him decide to pursue political science. Upon graduation, he returned back to St. Louis and was offered the position of Executive Director for CAIR-Missouri, becoming one of the youngest Executive Directors of CAIR.

Faizan is also a co-founder of A Continuous Charity Foundation, the first Muslim charity empowering American Muslims to pursue higher education through College preparatory courses and providing interest-free student loans.

Faizan is passionate not only about defending civil rights, combating bigotry, and building a world in which all people are treated with compassion and respect, but also about empowering the American Muslim community. He currently serves on the Al-Salam Day School board of directors and has helped launch and support various Muslim charities and causes.

Faizan is a professional and inspiring public speaker who routinely gives informative and engaging presentations at Universities, Schools, religious institutions, youth programs and much more. He regularly speaks on T.V. and radio to clear misconceptions about Islam and American Muslims.

Faizan is not afraid of engaging with all people regardless of political belief and potential hostility. He was thrust into the media spotlight in 2016 when he passed out doughnuts at a Trump rally in St. Louis in order to engage in conversations and build bridges with Trump supporters. He is more than happy to dialogue with people who have different opinions because he fundamentally believes that the best way to build bridges is by actually building bridges with those who think differently than you.

Faizan is happily married to his Jordanian wife and has two beautiful children. He enjoys spending time with his extended family and keeping the bonds of kinship. He speaks English and Urdu fluently.

Faizan firmly believes that history doesn't repeat itself, but in reality, human nature never changes. That every nation and time will have their own struggles and injustices and he is truly blessed to be in a position where he can stand for justice.

Maleeha Ahmad is a fine art photographer and a public health professional. She is a Pakistani American Muslim and is a daughter of immigrant parents who emphasized religion, education, and humanitarian work. Over the past decade, Ms. Ahmad has worked with and advocated for diverse populations with a focus on empowering communities and individuals.




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