2019 marked a milestone year for the Dive In festival, which celebrated its fifth anniversary. It celebrated with a record number of events taking place around the world: 133 events in 65 cities across 32 countries, welcoming events in Bahrain, Turkey, Indonesia and Nigeria for the very first time.
The 2019 festival invited attendees to consider ways to make an impact, under the theme of #inclusionimpact. Since its inception in 2015, the Dive In Festival has sought to accelerate the progress of D&I within the global insurance industry, highlighting the business case for diverse and inclusive workplaces, providing practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change.
Headline speakers included Frank Bruno, Esther Rantzen, Mary Portas and Reggie Yates in the UK covering topics from mental health to stamping out bullying and harassment. Events also covered previously unchartered topics by the festival including fertility, neurodiversity, and domestic abuse. Events in Tokyo discussed paternity leave in Japan for the first time and events in Cologne reviewed the language of gender. Mental health was an emerging theme all over the world with events held on the topic in Taipei, Manchester, Birmingham, and Bratislava.