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The international diversity and inclusion (D&I) festival for the insurance industry, Dive In, has confirmed that their sponsors from among the global underwriting and broker communities - Willis Towers Watson, Marsh, Aon and XL Catlin - are all going to be continuing their year-on-year support of the festival. They also confirmed that Chubb and Miller will be joining them this year for the first time.
Dive In is now in its third year, after launching in 2015. The dates have been announced for 2017 and the festival will take place from the 26th to the 28th September. The events will be returning to global locations including New York City, London, Bermuda and Zurich, along with new cities, such as Leeds, Perth, Beijing, Melbourne and Mumbai. The other locations will be revealed soon.
Diversity Dividend is the theme for this year and it will link the content of the festival to the business case for D&I best practice. The event is an initiative of [email protected]’s, which is a group providing governance, strategy and practical support across the Lloyd’s market. The theme of the award-winning festival is going to make sure that the emphasis stays on the bottom line business benefits to an enterprise of a heterogeneous workforce and an inclusive culture, driving innovation and productivity throughout the market.
This year, the [email protected]’s committee has established a brand-new Dive In Steering Committee that has a definite remit of shaping, as well as, delivering the Dive In festival. The new committee comprises of representatives from underwriters, brokers and professional bodies, such as BIBA, ABI and CII.
CEO of AON UK and Chair of [email protected]’s, Dominic Christian, commented on the announcement by saying that the Dive In festival is a catalyst for the global insurance industry that encourages collaboration around the important issues of innovation and talent. He further said that such brave and bold initiatives are required for driving the agenda for an inclusive working culture and customer centricity in order to keep the focus of the insurance sector on staying globally relevant and competitive.
Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Lloyd’s, Pauline Miller, said that they are grateful for receiving continued support from across the insurance sector including sponsors for their festival, which is more than just sponsorship.
She further adds that the massive support from the industry highlights the willingness to work together to transform the perception of insurance to one that attracts people who are agile and innovative. It also enables them to meet the rapidly changing requirements of a global clientele. She says that they draw on the enthusiasm and expertise at all levels to bring about reform and offer role models - from CEOs who develop agenda to communications and also employee resource group volunteers whose insight and experience is critical in carrying out events that not only engage, but inspire their audience.
Last year’s event attracted over five thousand attendees. A survey conducted on this massive turnout revealed that 74% felt that the event has provided them with brand new ideas for practical engagement and 98% were of the opinion that diversity and inclusion is good for the growth of business.
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