In the run up to the festival, Dive In is urging the insurance industry to take part in its #SharetoGrow social media campaign 

Dive In, a diversity, equality and inclusion focused festival, has today (9 August 2022) opened for registration - it is calling on the insurance industry to “build braver cultures”, which is its new event theme for 2022.

This year’s festival - Dive In’s eighth consecutive annual event - is pipped to be the biggest so far, with more than 150 in-person, hybrid and virtual events scheduled to be held across 40 countries between 27 and 29 September 2022.

In the run up to the event, which Insurance Times is a media partner of, Dive In is urging the insurance industry to take part in its #SharetoGrow social media campaign.

This aims to encourage firms to have open conversations around changing workplace cultures through sharing personal experiences and advice directed at professionals’ younger selves.

For example, in the UK, one particular session will be on Perimenopause and beyond: Can we create a sustainable, thriving workforce? This session will examine how workplaces can support those going through perimenopause.

Jason Groves, chair of the Dive In steering committee and Marsh’s global director of media relations, said: “Dive In continues to break new ground and in 2022, will have a broader range of events than ever before.

“This year, we will be focusing on building braver cultures so that we can all express ourselves authentically in a welcoming workspace created by both colleagues and leadership. We are proud to confront the issues that have held back the industry, and wider society, for too long.

“To enable us to respond effectively to the complex issues facing our clients around the world, we need the fresh and creative perspectives a more diverse talent pool can provide.”

Building braver cultures

Dawn Miller, Lloyd’s of London’s commercial director, said: “This year’s theme opens up a new conversation about building braver cultures that is fundamental to our future and I encourage everyone to engage in the festival and challenge themselves to do better.”

The 2022 festival has so far garnered support from AIG, Allied World, Aon, Arch Capital Group, Aviva, Axa XL, Axis, BMS, Chubb, CNA, DLA Piper, Everest Re, Gallagher, Howden and Dual Group, Kennedys, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lloyd’s, Markel, Marsh McLennan, MS Amlin, Munich Re Group, Renaissance Re, Tokio Marine Kiln, Travelers and Willis Towers Watson.

Miller added: “Dive In is one of the most important dates in the global insurance industry’s calendar. The festival has made great strides in progressing diversity, equity and inclusion within the industry, but the job is not over.”