Insurance Industry CEOs Announce Commitment Statement at Business Insurance's First Annual Diversity & Inclusion Institute Conference
The world and our industry have never faced more change and opportunity than we do today. Diverse and inclusive teams have been proven to be more effective, and able to create better economic and social outcomes. We are committed to driving diversity at all levels of our organizations by creating inclusive and engaging cultures that effectively serve our customers, shareholders, communities and people. By making meaningful progress on diversity in insurance, we can win the critical war for talent, which will allow our companies and our industry to succeed.
These eight insurance industry CEOs developed the above commitment statement and released it at the conference this morning:
Mike Foley, CEO, Zurich North America
Lori Goltermann, CEO, U.S. Retail, Aon Risk Solutions
Russell Johnston, CEO, QBE North America
Todd Jones, Co-Head, North America, Willis Towers Watson P.L.C.
John Lumelleau, President & CEO, Lockton Cos. L.L.C.
Martin South, President, U.S. and Canada Division, March L.L.C.
Christopher Swift, Chairman & CEO, Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.
Mark Wilhelm, CEO, Safety National Casualty Corp.
The Diversity & Inclusion Institute Conference was held on Sept. 28-29 in Chicago.
The founding partners and supporting members of the Institute will continue to produce this important event for the commercial insurance industry. Information can still be found on the Institute’s website: www.diversityinclusioninstitute.com.
Second City Works, the B2B side of The Second City, the world’s leading comedy theater and school of improvisation, will showcase its groundbreaking Diversity & Inclusion programming at an interactive workshop featuring comedic scenes to educate and inform about diversity, and bring to life the practice of improv to build skills for more inclusive teams.
The Second City Works performance on Wednesday, Sept. 28, was held in conjunction with Lloyd’s of London’s Dive In--the Festival for Diversity and Inclusion in Insurance, and will be free and open to commercial insurance industry employees throughout the Chicago area.
The paid portion of the two-day conference, which continues on Thursday, Sept. 29, will feature Howard Ross, founder and chief learning officer of Cook Ross Inc., on “Managing in a Time of Fear.” Mr. Ross, an internationally known diversity training expert and author, will help insurance industry executives develop a clear sense of how events of the past few years---including the recent police shootings, homophobia and concerns about immigration--are influencing their employees. They also will learn about the science behind fear so that they can adopt effective intervention strategies.
Eric Alva, the first American soldier wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom, will address his battle to overcome his injuries and the difficulties he encountered after leaving the military and coming out as gay. From learning to walk with a prosthetic, to his desire to continue his education and obtain his degree, Mr. Alva inspires audiences to persevere by demonstrating how he conquered such obstacles.
The conference, being held at the Westin Michigan Avenue, also will use gamification to connect the concept of diversity with inclusion. Conference attendees will play Contineo, an interactive game that uses conversations, challenges and other engaging activities, to teach the fundamentals of D&I and link them to improved individual, team and organizational performance. Contineo was developed by inQUEST, a collective of D&I thought leaders, in partnership with Celemi, a global leader in business simulations and customized learning solutions.
Also during the conference, a panel of insurance industry CEOs will discuss the business case for greater diversity and inclusion, publicly pledging to support efforts to foster greater diversity both within their organizations and throughout the industry.
Other sessions will include:
- D+I considerations in client engagement
- Insurance regulator focus on driving diversity in the industry
- Demonstrations of technology designed to facilitate diversity and inclusion.
- The impact of “covering” at work on employee productivity
- The latest D&I research conducted by the Institute and in conjunction with the Families & Work Institute
- Executive Insights – short, inspirational speeches by industry leaders from Ryan Specialty Group, The Hartford, Willis Towers Watson and Zurich.
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