Series 2: Episode 1 – Beyond labels: What does LGBTQIA+ mean to you?

In this episode, Sarah catches up with Jason Groves from Marsh McLennan to shed light on how the insurance industry has become more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. He touches on his early experiences at work and shares how his passion for DE&I has led to him becoming the chair of the Dive In Festival.
Sarah Myerscough & Jason Groves
Key Takeaways
  • Jason’s experience being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community in the insurance industry.
  • How the Dive In Festival has had an impact in the UK and beyond.
  • Organisations across the industry and beyond who can support members of LGBTQIA+.
  • The importance of allies for all minority groups.
Quotes of the Episode

“I’ve now been working in the insurance industry for 25 years and it’s really interesting to see how it’s grown and evolved over that time. One of the things that I’m very passionate about diversity and inclusion and I’m involved in the Dive In Festival, which hopefully, most of the people watching this podcast, have heard of, participated in, or are looking forward to participating in at the end of September, this year. That kicked off for something for the London market, and has really caught the imagination of the whole global insurance sector. So last year, we had events in 40 countries 150 events, in those three days, and around 35,000 people attended them. So this is something that people I think are increasingly realised is important for success.” Jason Groves, Marsh McLennan

“There are organisations that are across the entire sector that focus on different elements of diversity and inclusion. Actually, the first one formed was Link, I was at their 10th anniversary dinner held in London this week and it’s gone through huge change. It used to be a, essentially a bunch of most of the gay men getting together for drinks in a bar in the city once a month to network and gossip. But what it’s become is a professional network that is truly inclusive with all elements of the LGBT spectrum. And something which is really highly recognised, helping to helping a lot of firms across the industry, to tackle some of the important issues of LGBT inclusivity. It’s still a place to network, not just for people within the LGBT community, but for allies as well. ” Jason Groves, Marsh McLennan

About the guests

Jason Groves is Managing Director and Global Director of External Affairs & Media Relations for Marsh and Chair of Dive In – the Festival for promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the global insurance sector. Prior to joining Marsh in 2006, Jason was Editor at The Review, one of the world’s oldest financial magazines and a leading commentator on the insurance sector. He is the founder and executive sponsor for Marsh’s UK Pride Network and acts as a mentor to many LGBT business executives in the insurance and charity sector. Jason is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Freeman of the City of London.

About the Host

Sarah Myerscough is the Sales and Marketing Director of Boston Tullis Group. The founder of The Insurance Brokers Podcast, she brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective on communication in the insurance sector. Boston Tullis works with insurance professionals to build effective communication both internally and externally through podcasting, event reporting, videography, and internal communications facilitation.


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