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Industry is ready to Dive In again

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The annual Lloyd’s global Dive In Festival is set to mark its fifth year next week with events in Australia and around the world to promote greater inclusion and diversity in the industry.

More than a dozen events will take place in the major Australian capitals and Auckland from Tuesday to Thursday.

Lloyd’s says #inclusionimpact, the theme of the upcoming festival, aims to build on the progress achieved in last year’s Awareness into Action campaign.

A record number of companies have pledged their support and more industry professionals are taking part, according to General Representative in Australia Chris Mackinnon.

Ten insurance companies in Australia have signed the Inclusive Behaviours in Insurance Pledge, an industry initiative from a Dive In event last year.

“Dive In has helped highlight the business case for diverse and inclusive workplaces and provided practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change,” Mr Mackinnon said.

“It has grown far beyond its roots to include some of the world’s largest insurance companies, brokers, underwriters and associated service providers.”

Dive In started in 2015 in London and has since enjoyed rapid growth with an ever-expanding list of cities embracing the cause. This year is set to be the biggest yet with 67 cities in 34 countries taking part.

The festival in Australia will kick off in Sydney and Melbourne.

Here are the events for Australia:


Sydney: Belonging for Impact by Steadfast; Impact for Life by Axa XL and co-sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright and Gallagher with support from the NSW Young Insurance Professionals

Melbourne: Embedding Diversity and Measuring Impact by AIG Australia, Marsh and DXC Technology


Perth: Unconscious Bias, Challenge Your Beliefs, hosted by National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA)

Sydney: Impact through Reconciliation, by Aon and Swiss Re; The art of inclusion – it’s no joke, sponsored by Sparke Helmore and hosted at Zurich’s office

Melbourne: Women In Insurance (invitation only); #Inclusion Impact - It’s Time for Action sponsored by Sura, Wotton + Kearney and Liberty Specialty Markets


Adelaide: You Can’t Be What You Can’t See, seminar hosted by AILA

Brisbane: The art of yarn: weaving connections with Aboriginal Australia hosted by Gallagher, NIBA and Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Sydney: Why sharing the care is key to gender balance, a discussion with panellists including QBE CEO Vivek Bhatia, QBE National Manager Intermediated Property Sam Morgan and Sparke Helmore Lawyers Partner Felicity Edwards; Harnessing the value of an inclusive workplace culture by DXC and Marsh

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