Business leaders, insurance players set for virtual Dive In Festival this week

Business leaders, insurance players set for virtual Dive In Festival this week

The Dive In Festival, a global movement in the insurance sector initiated to engender inclusive workplace cultures, is back for the third time in Nigeria – joining over 30 countries taking part across the world. The organisers of the diversity and inclusion virtual event have unveilled its line-up of speakers who will discuss this year’s theme, ‘Mind the Generational Gap’.

The event will take place on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 on a virtual platform and look at awakening the consciousness of the Nigerian insurance industry – re-directing the focus of key decision-makers and employees generally to the realities of generational gaps in the industry and what that means for business and workplace relationships.

Designed to tackle existing generational bias, traditional organisational hierarchies and limitations to inclusion arising from a lack of active allyship, industry leaders will discuss the strategies which need to be adopted to drive active allyship within the Nigerian insurance sector.

Facilitating the 2021 Dive In virtual event in Nigeria is financial broadcast journalist and business anchor at CNBC Africa, Esther Awoniyi. Also billed to speak on the panel is Omokunbi Adeoti, Divisional Director-Human Resources at Leadway Assurance with responsibility for Leadway Health, Leadway Hotels, Leadway Capital and Trusts, Leadway Asset Management, Leadway Properties and Leadway Vie in Cote d’Ivoire.

The strategic HR leader will bring her 20+ years of experience in transforming resource functions for various organisations to the conversation, while also sharing how she has helped organisations build positive work cultures that promote inclusion.

Nike Anani, Co-founder of African Family Firms who’s active allyship campaign pledge has stirred a positive movement across the media landscape, will also be joining the panel as a returning speaker; following her participation and representation in promoting diversity and inclusion in the Nigerian insurance industry during the 2020 Dive In Festival.

The leading figure in generational transitions of family businesses in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, is gearing up to speak about the impact that hierarchy in legacy businesses has on employee’s confidence and their contribution across varying generations (Gen X, Baby Boomers and Millennials).

The other notable speakers include Abimbola Shobanjo, who heads the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability unit at AIICO Insurance Plc. Speaking about the event theme Shobanjo said: “Allyship requires being intentional about using one’s influence to advocate the underrepresented by taking positive actions to support them”.

Event registration for the global Dive In festival opened on August 5 and will remain open until September 20 via Dive In is a global movement that 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.  More information about this global festival is available on the website.

The festival continues to count on the support of its Global Festival Partners, which include AIG, Aon, Arch, Aviva, AXA, AXIS, Chubb, CNA, DLA Piper, Dual, Gallagher, Howden, Kennedys, Liberty Mutual, Lloyd’s, Markel, Marsh & Guy Carpenter, MS Amlin, RenaissanceRe, RMS, Tokio Marine Kiln, Travelers and Willis Towers Watson.

Dive In has become a well-established global festival since its inception, and represents a global movement in the insurance sector to support the development of inclusive workplace cultures. Its mission is to encourage those across the global insurance industry to take decisive actions which improve diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

2020’s Dive In Festival saw its highest turnout with over 30,000 attendees from 35 countries taking part in 144 online events on a broad range of subjects aimed at driving action to promote diversity and inclusion. In Nigeria, speakers discussed support systems and succession planning to increase gender diversity within the sector.

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