10 October 2019

Pauline Miller, Head of Diversity and Talent at Lloyd’s and Advisory Board Member of Girl Up opened the event by reflecting on her experience with Girl Up. She pointed out that although the insurance industry has made great strides in improving gender equality, the sector must continue to move the dial.

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26 September 2019

CEO of Guy Carpenter’s International Division, James Nash welcomed the audience and contextualised the conversation of courage in the insurance industry, pointing out that the insurance industry needs to have the courage to take action and embrace a broader culture that reflects society.

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26 September 2019

The event was opened by Amanda Lucas, L&D, Talent and Dnl Manager at Allianz Global Corporate and Speciality, who bravely shared her story about her own experience of domestic abuse. She spent years trapped in a relationship where she constantly felt unsafe, uncomfortable and vulnerable in her own home.

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25 September 2019

Bruce Carnegie-Brown opened the event at Markel, paying tribute to the Dive In festival for its extraordinary impact in bringing together the insurance industry on the subject of Diversity and Inclusion. With Lloyd’s soon to announce the Future of Lloyd’s, its blueprint for the future of the market, Bruce reminded the audience it has never been more relevant to be having these conversations about the future of the working world.

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24 September 2019

Who better to invite back to speak at the Dive In Festival about bullying than former England international rugby player and ally Ben Cohen? Hugh Brennan, CEO at festival sponsors, Renaissance Re opened the event with fond reminiscences of Ireland/England rugby world cup matches as he welcomed Ben back to Lloyd’s in his capacity as founder of the Stand-Up Foundation against bullying and harrassment.

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24 September 2019

The Great Gender Debate was hosted by Aviva and Partner Network Group GIN (Gender Inclusion Network), on 24 September in London, featuring Marshall Bailey OBE in conversation with broadcaster, author, Government advisor and retail expert, Mary Portas.

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24 September 2019

Alistair Swift opened the event for hosts and Gold Sponsor Willis Towers Watson, welcoming a packed auditorium, in defiance of the rain’s attempts to put a dampener on the start of the 5th year of the festival.

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23 September 2019

PwC kicked off 2019’s Dive In Festival by asking how technology in insurance can be used to create attractive, culturally inclusive and purposeful working environment that represents women and men playing an equal part in creating and developing the new tech products and services that are shaping our world.

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20 September 2019

CEO of Guy Carpenter’s International Division, James Nash welcomed the audience and contextualised the conversation of courage in the insurance industry, pointing out that the insurance industry needs to have the courage to take action and embrace a broader culture that reflects society.

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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. 

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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.”

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Appearing at the Dive In festival only a week after returning from Rio, Ellie Simmonds OBE and Libby Clegg spoke about their success at the Paralympics and their take on disabilities.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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