Dive In, the insurance industry's longstanding festival promoting diversity and inclusion, has opened registrations for its 2021 festival featuring a hybrid format comprising virtual and physical events in more than 30 countries.
Building upon the success of last year's virtual festival, which attracted a record-breaking 30,000 participants despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the hybrid format allows attendees to join from anywhere in the world and facilitates conversations about diversity and inclusion on a global scale.
The theme of this year's Dive In Festival is Active Allyship to educate people in positions of privilege on how to be active allies and champions for all.
The festival will cover various topics in different countries. For instance, in Italy, the hosts will cover work-life balance and parenting support. Meanwhile, in Singapore, they will focus on workplace responses to domestic violence. Other topics include:
- generation gap in Nigeria;
- empowerment through inclusive communication in Hong Kong; and
- embracing the power of neurodiversity in the UK.
Speakers and facilitators confirmed so far include UK Member of Parliament Jess Phillips and TV Presenter Anita Kapoor. Attendees will be urged to turn their commitments into actions when supporting underrepresented groups and take responsibility for creating an inclusive workplace.
A host of global festival partners are once again supporting this year's festival, including AIG, Aon, Arch, Aviva, AXA, AXIS, Chubb, CNA, DLA Piper, Dual, Gallagher, Howden, Kennedys, Liberty Mutual, Lloyd’s, Markel, Marsh & Guy Carpenter, MS Amlin, RenaissanceRe, RMS, Tokio Marine Kiln, Travelers, and Willis Towers Watson.
Commenting on this year's festival, Jonny Briggs, the group head for talent acquisition & diversity & inclusion at Aviva, said: “The theme of active allyship is more important than ever. The past few years have seen major breakthroughs in diversity and inclusion and have spurred many important conversations.
“But this year's festival will focus on acting on these conversations and standing up for what is right, allowing us to accelerate the pace of change. After the ground-breaking global success of last year's virtual Dive In, we look forward to embracing this year's hybrid format and welcoming attendees from all around the world for a programme of insightful and interesting events.”
This year's Dive In festival will be held from September 21 to 23. Attendees are urged to participate in the festival's Active Allyship video and social media campaign, sharing how they show active allyship and what active allyship means to them. The videos will be aired on Dive In social media channels in August.
You can register for Dive In 2021 on the Dive In Festival website. Full details about events and speakers will be available on the website and later to rewatch on the Videoflex platform.