The fourth Dive In Festival for diversity and inclusion (D&I) in insurance will reach more cities than ever in 2018, marking outstanding growth since its inception in 2015. Events this year will be spread across three days from Sept. 25-27 in 26 countries, returning to locations such as London, Perth, Zurich, and Bermuda, as well as new cities including Amman, Tokyo, San Antonio, and Wellington.
Attendees will have the chance to browse and book events after July 12, when registration is set to go live in London and select international locations.
The festival has continued to garner support with the highest number of gold sponsors from the insurance industry. Gold sponsors this year include: AIG, Aon, Chubb, CNA Hardy, Guy Carpenter, Lloyd’s, Marsh, Miller, Prudential, Willis Towers Watson, XL Catlin, and Zurich, alongside gold festival partner Kennedys.
Silver sponsors also have been confirmed as: Allianz, Beazley, Ed, Direct Line Group, Gallagher, JLT, Markel, MS Amlin, Renaissance Re, Travelers and THB, with festival partners Oliver James Associates and Resource Solutions.
This year marks the start of a two-year campaign, called “Awareness into Action.”After three years of raising awareness of the business case for diversity and inclusion, the global movement now looks to turn awareness into action across the sector.
In support of this, the annual theme is #time4inclusion. Last year, CEOs from across the industry singled out time as the biggest barrier to achieving inclusive cultures in their organizations. Dive In is helping insurance get fit for the future, highlighting the business case for diverse and inclusive workplaces and providing practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change. Its unprecedented growth bolsters its strength as the first unique collaboration of sector organizations for D&I in the world.
“The Dive In Festival is a catalyst for the global insurance industry that inspires collaboration around the key issues of talent and innovation,” said Dominic Christian, chair of Inclusion@Lloyd’s and global chairman of Aon Benfield International.
“Our fourth year is a good time to focus our combined efforts on translating the growing awareness into action – supporting our industry’s ability to thrive and stay globally competitive and relevant,” he added.
“This year’s festival builds on the accelerated progress on diversity and inclusion across the sector in the last three years,” commented Pauline Miller, head of Talent Development and Inclusion at Lloyd’s.
“We’ve reported on a higher number of companies taking action in our annual research ‘Holding up the Mirror,’ at the senior exec level, throughout organizations, and through cross-industry collaboration,” she added. “To grow this momentum, Dive In 2018 will see more subject matter experts leading valuable and engaging discussions, equipping professionals across the sector with the tools to take action both individually and within their organizations.”
Dive In is an initiative of Inclusion@Lloyd’s, a collaboration between the Corporation of Lloyd’s, the International Underwriting Association (IUA), London & International Insurance Brokers’ Association (LIIBA), and the Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA), whose aim is to pool resources, widen perspectives and share best practice in diversity and inclusion to effect change faster.
In 2017, the Inclusion@Lloyd’s committee established a new Dive In Steering Committee with the specific remit of shaping and delivering the Dive In Festival, comprising representatives from brokers, underwriters and professional bodies including the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA), and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
In 2017, the festival attracted more than 7,000 people in 17 countries and 32 cities. A video learning library of D&I content from the last two Dive In festivals is available on the website at www.diveinfestival.com and on the Dive In app, on both Apple and Android.
Source: Dive In
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