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Dive In 2019 to take place in 33 countries worldwide

Nigeria, Bahrain, Turkey, Oman and Indonesia host events for first time

  • Dive In breaks records for its fifth year with events in 60+ cities
  • Frank Bruno confirmed to speak in London event in a candid discussion about his mental health journey
  • Festival gathers the support of 20 gold sponsors
  • Campaign urges the global insurance industry to create #inclusionimpact

 9th July 2019, London: The Dive In Festival, which promotes diversity and inclusion in the global insurance sector, marks a milestone as it reaches its fifth year, with a record number of countries expected to host events. Events will be spread across three days from 24th – 26th September in 33 countries, with events hosted in Nigeria, Bahrain, Turkey, Oman and Indonesia for the first time.

Event registration will go live from 11th July when insurance professionals will be able to browse and sign up for events in their nearest city via the website [www.diveinfestival.com]. Headline speakers this year include Frank Bruno, Esther Rantzen, Mary Portas and Reggie Yates covering topics from mental health to stamping out bullying and harassment. For the third year in a row, Gallagher will be promoting inclusion through the collaborative values of sport by hosting the 5-a-side Community Cup football tournament. This year’s event will kick off the festival, taking place on 20th September.

The festival has garnered global support from no fewer than 20 gold sponsors from across the industry. The festival sponsors this year are confirmed as: Aon, AIG, Aviva, AXA XL, Chubb, CNA Hardy, DLA Piper, Gallagher, Kennedys, Lloyd’s, Markel, Marsh & Guy Carpenter, Miller, MS Amlin, Oliver James, PwC, RSA, RMS, Willis Towers Watson, and Zurich.

The 2019 festival builds on last year’s campaign of developing ‘awareness into action’ inviting festival-goers to consider ways to make an impact, under this year’s theme of #inclusionimpact. Since its inception in 2015, the Dive In Festival has sought to accelerate the progress of D&I within the global insurance industry, highlighting the business case for diverse and inclusive workplaces, providing practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change.

Commenting on the announcement, Jason Groves, Chair of the Dive In Committee (and Global Director of Media Relations at Marsh) said: “The Dive In Festival is unique in its ability to foster collaboration across the insurance sector around the world. The record number of cities and countries taking part this year show that more and more people are committed to making their workplaces more welcoming and inclusive. By enabling everyone to use the breadth of their backgrounds and life experiences, not only will we become more innovative as an industry but also become the employers of choice for top talent. It’s so inspiring to see the passion for positive change extend over six continents and to know that our message will have more impact than ever.”

Dominic Christian, Chair of Inclusion@Lloyd’s, representing D&I across the Lloyds’ Market and increasingly the wider insurance sector (and Global Chairman of Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions business) added, “What started in London five years ago travels further every year with exciting new additions like Nigeria and Indonesia this year. Every bit as exciting as the geographic spread is the fact that Dive In has grown beyond the companies who work in the Lloyd’s Market to attract some of the biggest names in general insurance like Aviva and Zurich as well as professional services firms specialising in the sector. The inclusive spirit of the festival is reflected in its community.”

The Dive In festival also launches its new website this year: www.diveinfestival.com which includes a curated video learning library of D&I content from the last four Dive In festivals, a history of the festival, and learning resources from previous years.


About Dive In

Dive In is a global movement in the insurance sector to support the development of inclusive workplace cultures.

Its mission is to enable people to achieve their potential by raising awareness of the business case and promoting positive action for diversity in all its forms.

A video learning library of D&I content from previous Dive In festivals is available on the website at www.diveinfestival.com.

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