Insurance industry charitable foundation promotes diverse talent and leadership across generations

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£58,000 in IICF grants awarded to six UK charities at post-conference reception

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) UK held its inaugural conference on ‘Leading Across Generations’ at the City Grange Hotel in London on 26th January, raising an estimated £20,000 for local charities that support education and social mobility. 

Approximately 100 representatives across the insurance industry attended the conference, which offered a platform for delegates to share their experiences and ideas for embracing diverse talent and being effective leaders in today’s changing workplace.

"Companies that successfully unlock the potential of all generations within their business will not only attract and retain future talent, but will also create unique opportunities for innovation, performance and competitive advantage,” observed Wendy Wilder, Executive Director IICF UK.

Industry speakers who shared their insights included Lynsey Cross, COO of AmTrust, Huw Evans, Director General of the ABI and Ape Founder Mark Shayler, who encouraged delegates to disrupt the status quo with purpose.

Other influential speakers included Suki Sandhu, CEO of Audeliss, who challenged delegates to consider diversity across race, age, gender and sexuality, and for companies to create an inclusive culture with role models for aspiring leaders. 

Following the conference, a reception was held to award nearly £58,000 in grants to six charities across the UK that the IICF selected in 2016: Advance, Amaze, Beanstalk, The Brokerage City Link, Key4Life and Spartans Community Football Academy.

“The conference provided the opportunity to share insights and perspectives with key industry executives on leadership now and in the future; helping to answer the questions of how companies can unlock the talent of a multi-generational workforce and why diversity of talent matters in a business. It was also inspiring to meet grant recipients and hear first-hand the impact IICF can have on the community”, commented Katherine Bryant, Executive Coach, The Progress Partnership Ltd. 

Proceeds from the conference will go toward future IICF grants, thereby allowing sponsors XL Catlin, CNA Hardy, KPMG, Applied Systems, the CII and Crescent Global as well as delegates to play a valuable role in advocating future talent within the local community as well as within their industry.

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)

The IICF is a unique non-profit that helps communities and enriches lives by uniting the collective strengths of the insurance industry through grants, volunteering and leadership. Since its inception in 1994, IICF has contributed £20 million in grants and more than 240,500 volunteer hours to US and UK non-profit organisations. IICF UK is a registered charity in England and Wales