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Dive In global participation set to rocket with help from UK’s first female astronaut

Registration for over 90 diversity and inclusion events in 30+ countries is now open

  • New virtual format makes festival most accessible in the world with up to 600 attendees per event
  • For the first time, attendees will be able to partake in events across the globe, regardless of geography
  • UK Education Secretary, Justine Greening; first British Astronaut, Helen Sharman; TV presenters Naga Munchetty and June Sarpong; Dutch comedian Jörgen Raymann, and Grammy award winning and Oscar nominated songwriter Siedah Garrett are confirmed for this year’s global festival

30 July 2020, London: Registration for the insurance industry’s well-established festival for Diversity and Inclusion, Dive In, opens today at midday via diveinfestival.com. Thanks to its new virtual format, participants globally will now be able to attend any one of over 90 virtual events taking place in over 30 countries from the 22-24 September. Each event in the three-day virtual festival have a capacity of up to 600, making it the most accessible festival for diversity and inclusion in the world.

Against a backdrop of a global pandemic and mounting pressure to achieve racial equality from the Black Lives Matter movement, the festival will tackle some of the most pressing topics in diversity and inclusion. Events will cover subjects such as flexible working allyship, gender identity, white privilege, social mobility, as well as mental and physical health. Speakers and facilitators include former UK Education Secretary, Justine Greening; first British Astronaut, Helen Sharman; TV presenters Naga Munchetty and June Sarpong; Dutch comedian Jörgen Raymann; and Grammy award-winning and Oscar-nominated songwriter Siedah Garrett.

This year’s theme of Local Voice, Global Impact highlights the pivotal role local voices play in global change. Festival go-ers were invited to take part in Dive In’s video campaign discussing the impact the pandemic has had on diversity and inclusion around the world. The videos aired on Dive In social media channels throughout July.

2020 marks a milestone for nine countries including Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland, and USA, which each celebrate their fifth year of hosting a Dive In Festival. Supporting this year’s festival are a host of Global Festival Partners, including: AIG, Aon, Aviva, AXA,

Chubb, CNA, DLA Piper, Kennedys, Lloyd’s, Markel, Marsh & Guy Carpenter, MS Amlin, RenaissanceRe, RMS, Travelers, Tokio Marine Kiln and Willis Towers Watson.

Reflecting on this year’s festival Dominic Christian, Chair of Inclusion@Lloyd’s (and Global Chairman of Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions), said: “In light of recent events, the Dive In Festival’s mission to advance the development of inclusive cultures that are vital for business and great for people is more important than ever. Once again we will be active in over 30 countries this year and our 500+ speakers and volunteers look forward to once again welcoming many thousands of participants all over the world for a packed schedule of inspirational and educational events.”

Chief Executive of the Lloyd’s Market Association and member of Inclusion@Lloyd’s, Sheila Cameron adds “This year’s Dive In Festival is shaping up to have the biggest global impact to date. For the first time, festival go-ers can attend events in countries all around the world, regardless of their own geography – that is pretty exciting. To be able to listen to the experience and impact of different D&I topics all around the world is a truly unique experience and something the insurance industry should be very proud of.”

To register for Dive In 2020 events, and for more information on previous festivals, visit the Dive In Festival website.

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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.

2019’s Dive In Festival included a broad range of events hosted around the world aimed at driving action and change across the industry. Inaugural events in countries such as Nigeria discussed the importance of empowering women by listening to the journeys of female manging directors. Attendees in Bahrain heard from prominent leaders in the industry on building a more inclusive mindset.

In London, notable guest speakers discussed their own diversity and inclusivity experiences, including former professional boxer, Frank Bruno MBE, who reflected on his own mental health journey. Reggie Yates and Dame Esther Rantzen DBE also joined a panel to discuss how stories of courage can make impact.

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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