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www.intelligentinsurer.com Diversity and Inclusion Report 2019
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“It is about adding
value and in doing
so busting myths
caused by years of
unconscious bias and
Women’s Futures (IWF) programme.
I lead Careers In Risk, one of the three pillars of the
programme for IWF. I’m a board member of Insurance United
Against Dementia as part of the Alzheimer’s Society, and an
advisor to the founding team of ArcQ, a not-for-profit focusing
on workplace inclusion of young adults on the autism spectrum
and those with learning differences.
When it comes to industry diversity overall there is still a long
way to go. Business leaders are having to make significant decisions
without clarity. This is stressful and unsustainable and leads us on
to the ‘who’ issue of better gender balance and diverse thinking. As
artificial intelligence and technological advancement become the
norm, visionary business leaders will be the ones who do things
differently and work smartly.
These leaders will also be the ones introducing flexibility,
encouraging creativity and working in collaboration with peers and
other non-industry competition to enhance service provision and
protections that suit a more fluid economy. ■
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assessing risk differently, we must adopt a collaborative approach to
business and welcome more diversity.
Women have honed their thought processes and ways of operating
that enhance business thinking in a gig economy. We need more of
this approach and to collaborate with our male peers.
Our different styles and approaches together will bring new
thinking at the critical time.
Today I’m focusing on growing the Insurance Supper Club
as a platform for all women in insurance globally. It encourages
peer-to-peer networking by city, country and internationally while
bringing these different peer groups together to help close the
As women we need to form a community to give ourselves
the courage to seize opportunities as they are presented rather
than waiting to be invited. It is about adding value and in doing
so busting myths caused by years of unconscious bias and
As a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the
Worshipful Company of Insurers, I sit on the main and steering
committees of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Insuring