Registration is now open for Dive In, the insurance industry’s leading festival for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). Now in its eighth year, the Dive In festival has more than 150 scheduled events taking place, being held in 40 countries. The festival will run from Sept. 27-29.
The Dive In festival had more than 31,000 attendees from 103 countries last year. The festival continues to expand, with events held in 40 countries this year, up from 35 in 2021.
This year’s festival will focus on building braver, psychologically safe workplaces – both on and offline – that allow people to feel safe, valued, respected and free to express themselves.
Events all over the world will tackle topics including religion, neurodiversity, sexuality and mental health. In the US, “Religious Equality 101: What to Know and Why it Matters” will explore religious differences and discuss better practices for respectful communication and fostering an inclusive environment for employees of all faiths and none. In Italy, “Two legs, three wheels, four paws – Stories of bravery, growth and success” will address turning disability into a starting point for building success. In the UK, “(peri)Menopause and beyond: can we create a sustainable, thriving workforce?” will examine how workplaces can support those going through menopause or perimenopause.
Speakers confirmed for the festival so far include Olympic legends, DE&I experts, and industry CEOs. Full details about speakers and events are available on the festival’s website.
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“Dive In continues to break new ground, and in 2022 will have a broader range of events than ever before,” said Jason Groves, global director of media relations at Marsh and chair of the Dive In steering committee. “This year we will be focusing on building braver cultures so that we can all express ourselves authentically in a welcoming workplace created by both colleagues and leadership.
“We are proud to confront the issues that have held back the industry, and wider society, for too long. To enable us to respond effectively to the complex issues facing our clients around the world, we need the fresh and creative perspectives a more diverse talent pool can provide.”
“Dive In is one of the most important dates in the global insurance industry’s calendar,” said Dawn Miller, commercial director at Lloyd’s. “The festival has made great strides in progressing diversity, equity and inclusion within the industry, but the job is not over. This year’s theme opens up a new conversation about building braver cultures that is fundamental to our future, and I encourage everyone to engage in the festival and challenge themselves to do better.”
In the run-up to this year’s festival, those in the industry are being invited to participate in Dive In’s #SharetoGrow social media campaign, which encourages people to share advice they would give to their younger selves.
The festival is supported by partners including AIG, Allied World, Aon, Arch Capital Group, Aviva, AXA XL, AXIS, BMS, Chubb, CNA, DLA Piper, Everest Re, Gallagher, Howden and DUAL Group, Kennedys, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lloyd’s, Markel, Marsh McLennan, MS Amlin, Munich Re, RenaissanceRe, Tokio Marine Kiln, Travelers, and WTW.