Dive In Festival: how going virtual in 2020 helped D&I


Dive In Festival: how going virtual in 2020 helped D&I

The popular Dive In Festival took the decision to go virtual in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisers found the move enabled them to attract an entirely new audience and boost overall attendance, says Marc McKenna-Coles, 2020 Dive In Festival lead, in his foreword to Intelligent Insurer's Diversity and Inclusion Report 2021.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to diversity and inclusion (D&I). Every country, every business, and every community has its own D&I challenges. While there have been many points in history where society reflects on these challenges, 2020 presented a real opportunity for change as organisations across the globe began to engage in discussions of racial justice and employee wellbeing.

Leaders have also seized the moment to consider their roles and opportunities to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within their organisations.

Driving these conversations forward is the Dive In Festival, a major insurance industry D&I event. Like most things in 2020, plans for the festival took a different direction as a result of the pandemic and in March the entire 144–event festival went online. As it turned out, a virtual festival came with surprising merits.

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