The Sydney insurance community came together for the Dive In Festival for Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance.
The festival ran across ten locations in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, from 27th to 29th September 2016, and featured over 45 events which will took place in 16 cities across Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland, as well as multiple cities in the UK and the US.
Kelly Lyles, Chief Regional Officer, Insurance at XL Catlin said: “As an industry, although we are quite diverse with regards to acquired diversity (gained through experience) when it comes to inherent diversity, including gender, we can still do more to promote diversity and by doing so, foster innovation. Innovation is how the insurance industry will stay relevant into the future. Not only must our industry champion diversity to attract and retain the best and brightest minds; we must each look for, seize and create opportunities to strengthen diversity and lead the change we want to see in our industry.”
This year the themes covered at Sydney Dive In Festival included multicultural diversity, gender diversity, LGBTQI+ and workability, which covered both physical and mental health.
Willis Towers Watson hosted the event focusing on people who are LGBTQI+ in the workplace, our industry and our community, and, GSA Insurance Brokers and JLT hosted an event celebrating Multiculturalism in Australia accompanied by an exclusive viewing of an incredible collection of Martin Sharp’s Artwork.
On Day three, DUAL Australia and co-sponsor Marsh hosted a cooking demonstration at QBE Australia’s head office, incorporating discussion about the importance of mental health awareness, and, to close the festival, Lloyd’s Australia hosted an ‘expo’ style networking function focusing on physical disabilities. “It is important to have our abilities shine” said Australia’s most Louise Sauvage OAM the most renowned disabled sportswoman in Australia.
Duncan Wallace, CEO of Spinal Cure Australia said “The Dive-In Festival is important in raising awareness of the issues and highlighting the importance of inclusivity within the insurance industry and beyond. An holistic approach is required that tackles negative perceptions of people with a disability; provides direct employment in a supported environment; and facilitates recruitment opportunities into mainstream employment.”
A video learning library of diversity and inclusion content from the first Dive In festival is available on the web site at www.diveinfestival.com. Pauline Miller, Lloyd’s Head of D&I said, “The festival creates a useful focus for D&I, but we need to educate, engage and embed D&I principles into our everyday business. These videos are bite-size, free, quick to view but still pack a punch in terms of impact and I would encourage people to watch them to create an inspirational bridge from Dive In 2015 to the next event in September 2016.’