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Dive In Festival to make the business case for diversity

Dive In Festival to make the business case for diversity

Dive In Festival to make the business case for diversity We’ve all heard the talk about the need for people with different backgrounds in the insurance industry. Whether it’s a push for more women, more people from ethnic minorities or with different sexual orientations, the insurance industry often seems to “talk the talk” without necessarily “walking the walk”.

Now, one significant event is hoping to change that by hitting home with perhaps the key message for diversity in the insurance industry: namely the business case for being diverse.

The Dive In Festival, for which Insurance Business is an official media partner, will bring together the global insurance community in 16 cities across Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland, as well as multiple cities in the UK and the US from September 27-29, 2016. The festival’s core message is that diversity and inclusion are good for business with the title Risk & Opportunity: Don’t get left behind stressing the fact that global competitiveness is at stake as insurance sets out its stall to attract and retain top talent. 

Over 20 events will take place in London with more across the UK in Bristol, Chatham, Manchester and York. An expert line-up of speakers, among them broadcasters Clare Balding and Gok Wan, CEO of Lloyd’s Inga Beale, rugby player Ben Cohen, consultant and author Alistair Campbell and Brian Dupperault, CEO and President of Hamilton Insurance Group, will explore why diversity and inclusion are vital for business success and how to change attitudes to ensure insurance is fit for the future.

All events are open to everyone who works in the insurance industry to attend free of charge with prior registration via the website or app for iPhone and Android. From navigating today’s global, multi-generational workplace to making the most of time with the family, the importance of inclusive leadership and a Dive In comedy fringe to inspire and entertain, the Dive In UK programme has something for everyone.

Its new global presence makes Dive In the only international, sector-wide, concurrent diversity and inclusion event of its kind anywhere in the world, with a potential audience of over one million insurance sector leaders and employees. Indeed it has received an outpouring of support from industry leaders from the Lloyd’s and Companies markets including XL Catlin, Aon, Aspen, Marsh, MS Amlin, Willis Towers Watson, Beazley, Direct Line Group, JLT, Liberty, Markel, Novae, Travelers, as well as festival partners KPMG and Gong Communications.

Dominic Christian, Chair of Inclusion at Lloyd’s, CEO of Aon UK, and President of the Insurance Institute of London, commented: “The first Dive In festival demonstrated there was huge appetite in the wider insurance sector to collaborate around an event to deliver broader reach and greater impact, raising the fact that diversity and inclusion are good for business. The message is that we must change behaviour, not just attitudes, in order to advance positive commercial outcomes, realise productivity gains and enhance innovation in the industry.”

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