Dive In Festival set to reach 50 cities across the globe

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Jordan and Japan to host their first Dive In events

More Gold sponsors than ever come on board

Campaign seeks to turn awareness into action

The fourth Dive In Festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance will reach more cities than ever in 2018, marking outstanding growth since its inception in 2015. Events this year will be spread across three days from 25th – 27th September in 26 countries, returning to locations such as London, Perth, Zurich, and Bermuda, as well as new cities including Amman, Tokyo, San Antonio, and Wellington.

Attendees will have the chance to browse and book events after 12th July, when registration is set to go live in London and select international locations.

The festival has continued to garner support with the highest number of gold sponsors from the insurance industry. Gold sponsors this year include: AIG, Aon, Chubb, CNA Hardy, Guy Carpenter, Lloyd’s, Marsh, Miller, Prudential, Willis Towers Watson, XL Catlin, and Zurich, alongside gold festival partner Kennedys.

Silver sponsors have also been confirmed as: Allianz, Beazley, Ed, Direct Line Group, Gallagher, JLT, Markel, MS Amlin, Renaissance Re, Travelers and THB, with festival partners Oliver James Associates and Resource Solutions.

This year marks the start of a two-year campaign, Awareness into Action. After three years of raising awareness of the business case for diversity and inclusion, the global movement now looks to harness the energy of previous years to encourage action across the sector.

In support of this, the annual theme is #time4inclusion. Last year, CEOs from across the industry singled out time as the biggest barrier to achieving inclusive cultures in their organisations. Dive In is helping insurance get fit for the future, highlighting the business case for diverse and inclusive workplaces and providing practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change. Its unprecedented growth bolsters its strength as the first unique collaboration of sector organisations for D&I in the world.

Commenting on the announcement, Dominic Christian, Chair of Inclusion@Lloyd’s and Global Chairman of Aon Benfield International, said: “The Dive In Festival is a catalyst for the global insurance industry that inspires collaboration around the key issues of talent and innovation. Our fourth year is a good time to focus our combined efforts on translating the growing awareness into action – supporting our industry’s ability to thrive and stay globally competitive and relevant.”

Pauline Miller, Head of Talent Development and Inclusion at Lloyd’s, added: “This year’s festival builds on the accelerated progress on diversity and inclusion across the sector in the last three years. We’ve reported on a higher number of companies taking action in our annual research Holding up the Mirror, at the senior exec level, throughout organisations, and through cross-industry collaboration. To grow this momentum, Dive In 2018 will see more subject matter experts leading valuable and engaging discussions, equipping professionals across the sector with the tools to take action both individually and within their organisations.”