Kennedys to celebrate diversity as global partner of Dive In Festival 2018

We are excited to confirm that we are the official gold level global partner for this year’s Inclusion@Lloyd’s Dive In Festival.

The festival, now in its fourth year, aims to engage and educate people within the Lloyd’s market on the importance of diversity and inclusion in insurance by providing people with understanding, knowledge and the tools to implement positive change. Kennedys is the only legal services provider, globally, involved in sponsoring the festival.

Dive In is an initiative of Inclusion@Lloyd’s -  a collaboration between the Corporation of Lloyd’s, International Underwriting Association, London & International Insurance Brokers’ Association and the Lloyd’s Market Association - and will take place between 25-27 September in 27 countries and reaching more than 50 cities around the world, many in which we have a presence.

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

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 throughout 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.

Pauline Miller, Head of Talent Development and Inclusion at Lloyd’s, says: “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.”

We are very conscious that as a diverse and global firm we need to ensure that everyone, whoever or wherever they are in the firm, shares and embraces our values. At Kennedys we have a distinctive culture that makes us a successful firm where people enjoy coming to work and underpinning our values is our involvement in events that celebrate diversity and inclusion within the sectors in which we operate.

Nick Thomas, Senior Partner

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Last year’s festival attracted more than 7,000 people in 17 countries and 32 cities. A video learning library of D&I content from the last two Dive In festivals is available on the website and on the Dive In app, on both Apple and Android.