Dive In Sploosh

Dive In Festival 2020

22-24 September 2020 An initiative of Inclusion@Lloyd’s, Dive In is the multi-award winning festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance.

Although the festival is over for another year, the promotion of diversity and inclusion in the insurance sector remains front and centre. Dive In has again continued to help 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. With 21,000 people registering to 'attend' 144 virtual events (with 60,000+ 'seats filled') run out of 60+ cities across 35 countries around the world, this year's festival - despite the particular challenges 2020 has posed - has once again been an emphatic success, and the energy of the festival will be harnessed to encourage action across the sector.

Kennedys is very proud to have once again been able to support and participate in such an important, and successful, initiative. See you at Dive In 2021!


In its sixth year, the Dive In Festival celebrated diversity and inclusion in insurance, across the globe, by providing people with understanding, knowledge and the tools to implement positive change. Its mission is simply to advance diversity and inclusion across the insurance sector.

The festival ran 22-24 September 2020 with events taking place in more than 60 locations around the world, many in which Kennedys has a presence.  In recognition of new ways of working, the festival took on a largely virtual format this year, with many events around the world being held online.

Kennedys was very proud to be a global partner of this year’s festival - find out about the events we were involved in below:

22 September

  • Indigenous Inclusion: with Adam Goodes – Sydney, Australia
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace – Hong Kong
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Leadership - A Reality Check – Singapore
  • The future of the insurance industry - is age just a number? – Dubai, UAE
  • LGBT+ diversity: D&I in times of uncertainty – Madrid, Spain
  • Authenticity and perspective – Lisbon, Portugal
  • Creating the New Normal – London, UK
  • Insurance to Serve Every Generation – what does it mean for you? – London, UK
  • Television Morning Show: Wake Up! With Dive In Philly! Privilege/Allyship – Philadelphia, USA

23 September

  • Dive Into Disrupting Racism in the Insurance Industry – New York, USA

24 September

  • Achieving your Potential: Women in Business – Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Break on Through to the Other Side: Overcoming glass ceilings and other obstacles to progression in the workplace – Bermuda
  • Same Storm / Different Boat – Miami, USA
  • Systemic segregation and violence – Chicago, USA
  • Diversity & Inclusion Fair SF 2020 - Authenticity and Ownership in Diversity and Inclusion – San Francisco, USA

An initiative of Inclusion@Lloyd’s, a cross market collaboration of C-suite executives and industry associations driving the strategic push for greater diversity in the Lloyd’s market, Dive In is the sector’s only international D&I festival that runs concurrently in multiple organisations across all continents, representing every corner of the industry, from the smallest brokers to the largest multi-national companies. The festival raises awareness and builds momentum, and 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. It helps promote a different view of insurance to a variety of stakeholders and to prospective employees both within and outside the industry.

The Dive In festival has grown from a Lloyd’s market event in London at launch in 2015 to become an award winning global movement that is embraced by the wider insurance industry. If Dive In has a vision, it is that insurance is recognised as a progressive industry where workplace cultures create a level playing field for talent, attracting the very best people regardless of age, gender, class, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, care responsibility or disability. Its mission is to create engaging moments of shared insight and experience that inspire behaviour change at the individual and institutional level to support the creation of inclusive cultures that are good for business and best for people.

We have a distinctive culture at Kennedys that makes us a successful firm where people enjoy coming to work. Our culture is a source of strength and differentiates us from our competitors. 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. Underpinning our values is our involvement in events that celebrate diversity and inclusion within the sectors in which we operate.

Find out more

The 2018 festival introduced the theme of Awareness into Action, and in its milestone 5th year, in 2019, Dive In focused on translating action into measurable impact.

Local Voice, Global Impact

After five successful years of raising awareness of the business case for diversity and inclusion, and moving from action into measuring and reporting impact, this year the festival will focus on a theme of ‘Local Voice, Global Impact’, aiming to engage local voices around the world to create a global impact on inclusion. Particular focus will be given this year to the shared experience of a global lockdown and its impact on diversity and inclusion. The festival will concentrate on the importance of the collaborative action on 'local voices' to create a 'global impact' on inclusion.

Dive In videos

As part of the 'global inclusion' theme for Dive In Festival 2020, those within the industry were invited to take part in Dive In’s video campaign discussing the impact the pandemic has had on diversity and inclusion around the world. To accompany this, we asked our people from offices around the world to speak about what diversity and inclusion means to them, and their thoughts on the festival.