The importance of bringing your whole self to work

Dive In 2018 - The festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance

I seek to use my experience to inspire others to have confidence in themselves. One way I do this is by promoting and encouraging greater senior-level female representation in the industry through the firm’s Women in Insurance Network.

As one of the world’s most important economic sectors, the insurance industry can play a leading role in influencing change when it comes to diversity and inclusion, and networks with a common goal, such as our Women in Insurance Network, can be hugely impactful.

While both the insurance industry and legal profession have made great strides in improving D&I since I began my career, I feel that the provision of a welcoming work environment will encourage further progression. I’m lucky to be in such a great position now, in a firm that openly embraces diversity. When I started out in the mid-1990s, that just wasn’t the case. I learned the hard way, and only by forcing myself to be myself have I achieved my true potential. The more people are given the space and an inclusive environment to just be themselves, the more successful they will be.

However, in order to ensure that the industry remains a centre of excellence, it needs to attract the best, diverse talent. A more diverse workforce brings with it better perspectives and ideas, which is crucial as we create new products and look to transform legal services for our clients. Organisations that are not representative will be less equipped to relate to clients and their needs and to attract the best talent.

Organisations that are not representative will be less equipped to relate to clients and their needs and to attract the best talent.

Suzanne Liversidge, Partner

A success for Kennedys has been our UK apprenticeship programme, launched in 2012, which sees the firm actively recruit from schools and colleges, welcoming people in from the age of 18. This allows us to reach people from a much wider range of backgrounds who more accurately represent the diversity of those we serve. Our apprentices are in high demand internally, as our team recognise the huge benefits they bring with them.

This article was written for, and first published in, the 2018 Dive In festival brochure (PDF).

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