Diversity and inclusion in focus as third edition of Dive In holds in September
Dive In, the insurance industry’s festival in commemoration of diversity and inclusion (D&I) has announced it will be hosting its event for the third consecutive year in Nigeria on 22 September 2021.
This year, the event which pays special attention to the socio-cultural issues in the workplace in Nigeria, will focus on the theme, ‘Mind the Generation Gap’ in order to task the industry to turn intention into action.
The organisers disclosed that registration for the event, and for other global events, opens on 5th of August, 2021 via diveinfestival.com
Speaking on the impact of the Dive In Festival in Nigeria so far, Mary Alade, Chief Strategy Officer at Aon – lead sponsor of Dive In Nigeria said: “The research results from the Dive-In Festival in Nigeria 2020 was quite an eye-opener and the letters to younger-self by senior female executives in the sector served as a wakeup call to many in understanding the lived experiences of women in the insurance market in Nigeria.
“This year we want to take a further look at the generational and cultural challenges faced in the workplace and how to overcome them. In line with the global festival theme of ‘Active Allyship’, we will also be looking at how individuals can support each other to ensure everyone has a fair and equal experience in the workplace.”
Since its launch in 2015, Dive In has continued to grow in both numbers and geography.
Last year the festival saw its highest turnout with over 30,000 attendees, from 35 countries taking part in 144 online events. This year attendees will once again be able to participate in virtual events all around the world, breaking down geographical barriers and creating a stronger global dialogue on diversity and inclusion.
Dive In provides the insurance industry with the opportunity to take decisive actions to improve diversity and inclusion within the workplace and covers topics including mental health, social mobility, neurodiversity, privilege, and cultural diversity within the workplace. This year’s festival event will concentrate on the need to mind the generation gap in the workplace, addressing generational and cultural challenges faced in the workplace with tools and examples for how to overcome them. The theme will call on attendees to turn intention into action and take responsibility for making changes that will help others be successful.
Attendees of the Dive In 2020 festival heard from over 500 speakers on a range of topics from mental wellbeing to disability. In Nigeria, the speakers examined diversity and inclusion holistically, considering bias that may arise from gender, disability, culture and age. At the event, one of the panellists, Adetola Adegbayi, executive director, General Insurance Business Division, Leadway Assurance Company Limited said consideration needs to be given to not just women but also men who are disadvantaged, physically challenged people when addressing diversity and inclusion. The event also emphasized the need to celebrate the difference in togetherness and balancing equality with equity.