2017 Festival in review

The third festival in 2017 comprised 95 events with 7,895 attendees in 32 cities across 17 countries, including Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, and Mumbai for the first time.

The theme of the 2017 festival was the Diversity Dividend, driving the business case for D&I. UK speakers included Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn who tackled mental health in the workplace, Dr.Michael Kimmel on why gender equality is good for men too, and a series of CEOs from within insurance who shared strategies to achieve their D&I targets. International cities hosted equally impressive speakers from the likes of international actress Nandita Das in Mumbai alongside the General Insurance Corporation of India and the CII, to former professional basketball player Emmeline Ndongue-Jouanin in Paris sharing her personal vision of diversity and why it’s crucial for teamwork.

A quarter of the festival’s 7,000+ attendees participated in research revealing that 96% agreed diversity and inclusion was good for business. Sixty-eight per cent of first-time festival goers said their understanding of the issues had changed as a result.