The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), a unique nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities and enriching lives, on Friday hosted Dialogue for Diversity Live!, its first virtual leadership program, made possible by presenting sponsors AmWINS and EY and all 2020 IICF Women in Insurance Conference Series sponsors. This one-hour, virtual event featured four insurance industry leaders focusing on leveraging opportunities and working and leading through crises and times of change. Nearly 1,000 insurance professionals logged on to gain actionable insight and to engage on the future of leadership in the industry.
In the wake of COVID-19 event cancellations and delays, IICF offered Dialogue for Diversity Live! as a way for the insurance community to continue the conversation on diversity and inclusion virtually. IICF International Board of Governors Chair Barbara Bufkin keynoted the event with an inspiring address. She encouraged attendees to step up and make a difference, saying, “As champions of inclusion, we feel the call to work more and harder for immediate and sustainable change… Let us find the courage to promote the intentional and purposeful change we need.”
Dialogue for Diversity Live! featured four respected speakers addressing topics important to the industry:
- Mia Lorick, Attorney at RMWBH Law, on “Change Starts in the Mirror.”
- Pascal Finette, Co-founder at be radical, on “Navigating an Uncertain Present & Building for a Better Future.”
- Jen Tadin, President of Small Business at U.S., Gallagher, on “Vulnerability in Crisis Leadership.”
- Linde Hotchkiss, EVP & Southwest Market Leader at ABD Insurance and Financial Services, on “Pivoting to Positivity.”
IICF will make this program content available for viewing on its Dialogue for Diversity webpage this week.
“With our Regional Forums postponed to the Fall, our goal was to provide our industry with an interactive virtual event that would build on the current momentum to reshape the future of our workplaces,” said Betsy Myatt, Vice President and Chief Program Officer of IICF. “Dialogue for Diversity Live! was our solution, helping our community stay connected and engaged during this difficult time. We were thrilled at the turn-out for this event and continue to be inspired by our speakers, sponsors and our attendees, who are always searching for new ways to improve their work environments, drive greater diversity in leadership and help others as they navigate our industry.”
In this era of remote work, IICF will continue to provide its virtual community with thought leadership resources through the Dialogue for Diversity video series. Click here to view the previous installments in the series and upcoming content. For updated information regarding the IICF Women in Insurance Regional Forums, now taking place in Fall 2020, please visit http://womensconference.iicf.org/.
About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) is a unique nonprofit that unites the collective strengths of the insurance industry to help communities and enrich lives through grants, volunteer service and leadership. Established in 1994, IICF has served as the philanthropic foundation of the insurance industry for more than twenty-five years, contributing nearly $39 million in community grants along with 300,000 volunteer hours by more than 110,000 industry professionals. IICF reinvests locally where funds are raised, serving hundreds of charities and nonprofit organizations, for maximum community impact. IICF is a registered nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Learn more at www.iicf.org or follow us on Twitter@doubleicf.