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Promoting Diversity & Inclusion in the Nigerian Insurance Industry

CNBC Africa anchor Esther Awoniyi opened the event by thanking sponsors Aon for facilitating the second ever Dive In Nigeria. She then put the issue of gender diversity in Nigeria into context: a recent survey by International Monetary Fund ranked Nigeria in the bottom 50% in the world for countries that support gender equality in the workplace, something that be seen clearly in the Nigerian insurance industry.

Social Mobility Pledge

Before introducing the panel, event chair Director at Vercida Consulting, Dan Robertson, shared some eye-opening statistics on social mobility in the UK. Most notably he revealed that individuals from working class backgrounds are 80% less likely to make it into professional jobs.

‘Reach for the stars’ Inspirational Speaker – Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman: “I realised that we were basically the same people, we just wanted to be needed, be useful and wanted the best for our families.” In this inspiring event, Anna McNamara, Group Chief Operation Officer at Tokio Marine Kiln spoke to first British Astronaut, Helen Sharman about her extraordinary journey to space. Helen discussed the importance of finding common ground and building life-long relationships with a large international team as well as battling loneliness and isolation.

Attracting and Retaining Diverse Talent

At this year’s Dive In Festival, Brenda Trenowden CBE, Partner in Diversity & Inclusion consulting at PwC, chaired a discussion on how the insurance industry can attract and retain diverse talent.

Using White Privilege for Positive Change

The Black Lives Matter movement provided the necessary backdrop to frame this conversation. George Floyd’s death brought all the difficult topics to the forefront, while the Amy Cooper incident captured the essence of white privilege. Delving into issues around racial imbalances can take many forms and come from a range of perspectives. It was in that diversity that this discussion laid plain the depth of problems surrounding it. At the same time, it became clear that there is no single

A discussion on racism & xenophobia in Switzerland

In an emotive event, chaired by Felipe Stevenson, Communications Lead at Roche Services and Solutions, speakers from across the industry highlighted their experiences of racism and xenophobia in Switzerland.

Shining a light on the invisible – Not all disabilities are visible

This eye-opening event was chaired by Heather Connery, CRB Chief of Staff at Willis Towers Watson. In tune with the festival’s theme, the event was focused on the importance of being your authenticself and how other people’s perspectiveis often the biggest barrier to those with 'visible and ‘invisible’ disabilities.

Allyship is a Verb that Crosses Boundaries

This is not the first time allyship has been covered at Dive In, but unlike previous years, this event recognised that the concept of allyship can be applied more broadly. Previously the term ally was used by the LGBT+ community for those who but stood beside them and defended them. This year we have seen the term applied to different areas of diversity, most notably the concept of white allies standing beside their black peers to confront injustices. This was the context given by the LMA’s

Prioritising Mental Health: before, during and after COVID-19

The event opened with a moving video from RSA in which individuals shared their experience of mental wellbeing during the global pandemic. The message was clear: mental health has affected all of us in one way or another over the past few months.

Creating the New Normal; UK Opening Event

The first virtual event of Dive In 2020 UK opened with a ‘bing’ on the morning of 22nd Tuesday. It was opened by CEO of Lloyd’s, John Neal, who reminded us of the opportunity we have been given to “build back better” and create diverse and inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive.

A Candid Conversation with Young Leaders from Girl Up

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.

Stories of Courage That Make an Impact

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.

Workplace Support for Abuse at Home

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.

Future of Work with Peter Cheese and Sir Cary Cooper

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.

Stand Up to Bullying and Harassment

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.

The Great Gender Debate

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.

Festival Opening Event 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.

Dive In Community Cup

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.

Day one: Women in insurance

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. 

Paths to Success

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.”

Paralympics GB: Inspiring Elite Success

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.

Dive In Melbourne 2017: Outcomes

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.

Influencing Change from the Senior Level Dr. John Amaechi OBE

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.

Mind the Gap: Skills for 21st Century Insurance – Do yours fit?

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.

Dive In and Speak Up for Mental Health Event Report

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

Mind the Diversity Gap – Victoria Derbyshire hosted a panel at Marsh to discuss the gender pay gap

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.

Social Mobility at Aon

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.

Tales of Extraordinary Resilience – The London kick off of the Dive In Festival

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.