As part of the Dive In Festival in October, the CII hosted two major diversity events in India and Hong Kong.
In association with Insurance Supper Club, the event theme was 'Why bother with Diversity?', which included a whole host of speakers, debate and networking, all aimed at providing practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change across the profession.
The Mumbai event, in partnership with GIC Re, Raheja QBE and Lloyd's India, was attended by more than 110 people, with 55 HeForShe commitments to equality registered. Speakers and panellists included Usha Ramaswamy, of GIC Re, Sheetal Mehta of the Mahindra Foundation, Praveen Gupta, CEO of Raheja QBE, Farzana Chowdhury, CEO of Green Delta Insurance and celebrity guest speaker, film actress, director and activist, Nandita Das. Discussions covered how to attract more diverse talent and develop a culture that is inclusive and underpinned by conduct. Ms Ramaswamy, said: "India has advanced a long way since the past decades, from tackling issues of gender bias and discrimination to actively taking measures to ensure gender inclusion and diversity at the workplace. Choice and self-reliance are two pillars on which women workers will thrive in our society in the future, and so will the nation."
The Hong Kong event included keynote speaker, Dr Christy Zhou Koval, assistant professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, who gave a talk on promoting gender equality in the workplace. Dr Koval cited research that examines how to effectively manage and lead a diverse workforce and the barriers that hinder women's professional advancement. This was followed by a lively debate from a distinguished panel, which included Agnes Koon, CEO at KSY Speciality, and Winnie Wong, CEO of Asia Insurance. Key areas for debate were the challenges facing the women in the Hong Kong insurance sector and what companies can do to support women in the profession. Both events were a huge success, making up part of the international festival which reached 1.8 million insurance workers, with 7,000 attendees at more than 90 events across the world. The CII is looking forward to supporting Dive In again in 2018. For more information, visit: diveinfestival.com