Dive In Festival returns to promote diversity and inclusion

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Dive In Festival returns for another year, following its highly successful campaign in 2015.

The festival celebrates diversity and inclusion across the insurance sector. Taking place over three days from September 27 to 29, this year’s event is expanding across the UK and internationally.

Events will be taking place across Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

This year there will be more events, more capacity and additional themes including multi- generational workplaces and families and carers. Volunteers are encouraged to come forward if they have experience of working in any relevant network groups to help programme the content and organise events. Groups already formed but looking to refresh membership include Women in Insurance, LGBT, Multi-cultural diversity and Workability, which covers both physical and mental health.

Speakers at this year’s event include sports presenter, Claire Balding; Gok Wan, TV presenter; Charlotte Sweeney, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant; Inga Beale, CEO, Lloyd’s; Tamara Box, Global Chair, Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith; and Tim Hollingsworth, CEO British Paralympics Association, amongst many mo

Dive In festival was a concept created by [email protected]’s, the group that governs diversity and inclusion strategy and promotes best practice for the Lloyd’s market. In 2015, the festival made it’s highly successful debut, attracting more than 2,000 people to the event.

Dive In aims to help the insurance sector create a diverse and inclusive workplace and provide practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change.

Dominic Christian, Chair of [email protected]’s, CEO of Aon UK and President of the Insurance Institute of London said, “The first Dive In festival demonstrated that there was huge appetite in the wider insurance sector to collaborate around an event to deliver broader reach and greater impact.”

“Last year the focus was on raising awareness of the fact that diversity and inclusion are good for business. The message for 2016 hasn’t changed, but will also include changing behaviour, not just attitudes, in order to advance positive commercial outcomes, realise productivity gains and enhance innovation in the industry.”

Pauline Miller, Lloyd’s Head of D&I said, “The festival creates a useful focus for D&I, but we need to educate, engage and embed D&I principles into our everyday business. These videos are bite-size, free, quick to view but still pack a punch in terms of impact and I would encourage people to watch them to create an inspirational bridge from Dive In 2015 to the next event in September 2016.”

Find out more about Dive In here.

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