Dive In festival kicked off [yesterday] to an inspiring start focusing on the issue of gender diversity. BBC News’ Jane Hill began proceedings, chairing a session with XL Group’s CEO Mike McGavick, Lloyd’s CEO Inga Beale and Karren Brady, Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge, encouraging gender equality in the workplace to a packed Willis Auditorium.
When Alvin Hall was hired on 7 December 1982, he was the first black person on Wall Street in a training capacity. “I was walking on eggshells all the time,” he said. “I remember one very bigoted man who told me I wouldn’t be around in two years. He said ‘we’re going to eat you up and spit you out’. My Grandmother was my best mentor. She told me to ignore those people and their comments and let them go.”
The phenomenal Clare Balding, UK sports and TV presenter, children’s book author and campaigner for women in sport, joined Dive In in London on Tuesday night and asked the audience to take two messages away from the evening.
Unconscious bias is a challenging issue for the insurance industry to tackle in 2017. However on 27 September over 200 insurance professionals in Melbourne helped to raise awareness of unconscious bias and the practical solutions available both now, and into the future.
In order for a company to be successful in today’s environment it must reflect society. But generally large corporations don’t move at the same pace as society. Progress has been made but it is slow. And there is a difference between progress and change, progress is a slow and steady incline, change is a platform you can stand on.
During the panel on the skills gap in 21st century insurance Dr Tim Willis (DWP), Mike Thompson (Barclays), Andrew Grill (Practical Futurist), Justin Emrich (London LMG), and Sebastian du Zulueta (LM TOM Innovation Exchange), provided engaging commentary on the inevitability of an ageing workforce; the ways employer practices must adapt to accommodate both the young and old, and how technology is disrupting insurance.
There is something really special about a double act. The two handed story telling of Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE is a clever but simple device for conveying different perspectives on the same story. It certainly delivered in Willis Towers Watsons’ packed auditorium this morning in London, when they shared the incredible story of how Neil talked Jonny down from jumping off a bridge. That experience led to their campaign to de-stigmatise mental health issues, raising awareness so that other sufferers can be helped, particularly young people.
27 September, 08:30 - 10:00, Marsh, 1 Tower Place, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 5BU, London, United Kingdom
Day three of Dive In in London saw Marsh play host to BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire as panel moderator for an event called ‘Mind the Diversity Gap’. Jason Groves, Dive In Committee Chair welcomed everyone to Marsh reflecting on the festival’s positive growth and reach into markets including Saudi Arabia new for this year, before introducing keynote speaker, Lloyd’s Chair, Bruce Carnegie-Brown.
26 September, 11:30 - 12:30, Aon, The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 4AN, London, United Kingdom
Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Aon, Katherine Conway played host to a best practice sharing event in London that posed the questions: Is there a class ceiling? and Does institutional classism exist? In her introduction she made the point that social mobility is not one of the protected characteristics that guards against discrimination at work, making it doubly important to approach it pro-actively.
26 September, 08:30 - 10:00, Lloyd's, One Lime Street, London, EC3M 7HA, London, United Kingdom
Day 2 of Dive In in London got off to a powerful start with a Lloyd’s hosted event featuring two extraordinary change agents, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates and former international rugby player, Gareth Thomas.
25 September, 13:00 - 14:30, QBE, Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch St, London, United Kingdom
Brian Kirwan, CEO of Allianz chaired this debate hosted by QBE, stressing for the audience that the teams weren’t necessarily representing their own views in arguing for and against inclusion.
25 September, 08:30 - 10:00, Willis Towers Watson, 51 Lime Street, London, United Kingdom
The 4th Dive in Festival’s first event in London ‘Awareness into Action: The Ripple Effect’ was moderated by the BBC’s security correspondent, Frank Gardner and featured Paddington rail crash survivor, Pam Warren alongside Gian Power, the founder of a purposeful speaker organisation, The Lions Club (TLC). Nicolas Aubert, CEO of WTW opened the event calling for action on inclusion in a nod to the festival’s theme this year, #time4inclusion.