Kennedys CMK to celebrate diversity in the United States as local sponsors of Dive In Festival 2018

We are very pleased to confirm that, in addition to the firm’s gold level global partnership, we are a local sponsor of this year’s Inclusion@Lloyd’s Dive In Festival in four US cities – Chicago, Miami, New York and Philadelphia.

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

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 from September 25-27 in 27 countries and reach more than 50 cities around the world, many in which we have a presence. The full program of events in the US can be viewed here.

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.

As part of this campaign Joanna Young, a partner in our New York office, will be speaking at the ‘Awareness into Action: Courageous Conversations and Allyship’ event, which will be taking place at 4 pm EST on September 25 2018.

During this session, Joanna and her fellow panel speakers will discuss how to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable, so that we can start learning how to confidently bring complex messages forward, considering multiple points of view and building trust to foster organizations that thrive.

The annual theme of this year’s Dive In Festival is #time4inclusion. Last year, CEOs from across the industry singled out time as the biggest barrier to achieving inclusive cultures in their organizations. 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.

At Kennedys CMK we have a distinctive culture that makes us a successful firm where people enjoy coming to work. We mirror Kennedys offices around the globe in our support for and involvement in events that celebrate diversity and inclusion within all sectors in which we operate. 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 these values.

Meg Catalano, Partner

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.

Find out more about Dive In festival 2018