Everywoman in insurance forum 2019
Photograph (left to right): Emily Dawkins, Selina Mi and Becky Young
Write up from committee member Emily Dawkins:
The everywoman in Insurance Forum was absolutely fantastic. I really had such a good day. The topics/agenda varied from a fireside chat between CEOs, to panels on diversity, data and leadership skills in the 21st century and speakers talking about their careers, defying stereotypes and preconceptions, unconscious bias, owning the room and introverts/extroverts (being your authentic self). As you would hope, every speaker was knowledgeable, passionate, interesting and engaging. It was good to see so many men in the room too and the day felt like it had a really positive vibe throughout.
There were several questions and discussions on how to engage the unengaged which no-one really has the answer to, although as one bold person put it “they can quit” J - which actually, I have heard from Allianz too so there is waning tolerance in some areas. However really we just need to keep talking about it and engaging as many men and women as possible.
Please visit the everywoman website to find out more: https://www.everywoman.com/
Winning: a conversation with Rebecca Rowe
GIN and Travelers were extremely excited to be able to host their latest event, 'Winning, a conversation with Rebecca Rowe'.
Rebecca is a very successful multi sports international athlete participating in swimming, rowing, rugby and surf lifesaving. She has competed at four world championships in three different sports. Rebecca is double world champion and world record holder in surf lifesaving, 4th at the 2007 World Rowing championships, bronze at the 2007 European Rowing championships and 7th at the 2017 Rugby World Cup. She also held the British record for a channel relay swim in 2001.
Rebecca grew up in Wales and is a Loughborough University Graduate, qualified teacher and currently a firefighter in the London Fire brigade.
Rebecca took time out of her busy schedule to be interviewed by our GIN’s co-chair Sabrina. She spoke on issues such as mental resilience, being the only woman in the room, the importance of a good mentor, how to overcome imposter syndrome and how to view failure as a positive.
Gard kindly hosted this morning’s event, which began with an opportunity for GIN members to network with pastries and juices supplied by Vivid.
Some of the key pieces of advice shared by Rebecca included:
The importance of being supportive and using encouraging language around younger members of our families and groups so that no one feels limited by their gender
Surround yourself with supportive people who will help you achieve your goals and provide valuable feedback when things don’t go as expected
Allow yourself time to wallow if something hasn’t gone well but know when to pick yourself back up and start again
Set yourself small goals and always celebrate your victories, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem
If you can, find a good mentor or sponsor who will champion for you and help you see strengths that you might not recognise in yourself
Take risks; if it only by moving out of your comfort zone that you truly challenge yourself and through that you can achieve your goals.
The event was well received with a lively question and answer session at the end where audience members probed Rebecca on what she would do to improve the perception of women’s sport; our audience members didn’t ask easy questions!
GIN and Travelers would like to thank Rebecca again for her time and we wish her well with her career as a firefighter, not to mention the small matter of the Thames Marathon Swim she is taking part in this August!
Mindfulness: mental health week
On 15 May we held our first mindfulness event to celebrate Mental Health Week.
In any given year, mental health problems will affect one in four people in the UK, responsible for the largest burden of disease in the country – affecting 28% of the population. As we ALL have our own mental health to look after, we decided to partner with our local Mind charity in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest (Mind CHWF) and spend some time talking about the importance of being KIND TO YOUR MIND and looking after our own well being. Everyone should prioritise their mental health as much as physical health and we need to support each other when a mental health problem arises, whether at home or in the workplace.
Anne and Miia, our experts, gave us a practical introduction to mindfulness and also taught us about five ways to look after our well being. Check out the list below - how many of these do you do on a monthly basis? Take some time to think about what actions you can take to look after your well being.
Make a connection (trusted friends/colleagues are important)
Learn or experience something new
Take time to stop and notice things are you, be present
Give something whether your time, a gift, a coffee - enjoy the appreciation you get in return
After the extremely relaxing mindfulness session, Miia mentioned some sites to explore in order to learn more about the practice and how you can incorporate it in your day to day life – check out the sites below.
Finding Peace in a Frantic World http://franticworld.com
Oxford University Mindfulness centre http://oxfordmindfulness.org
Mindful Self-compassion / self-care https://self-compassion.org
Headspace – an App, free intro sessions, then subscription https://www.headspace.com
Thank you Anne & Miia for spending some time with us – here is some more information about Mind CHWF and if you’re interested in supporting the amazing work they do, please don’t hesitate to donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/mindchwf
About Mind CHWF
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest (Mind CHWF) is driven by the needs of people experiencing mental distress and we won’t give up until everyone gets both support and respect.
Part of the community since 1981, it aims to empower people with experience of mental ill health, through the delivery of innovative, collaborative services to support peoples mental and physical wellbeing, resilience and recovery in the boroughs we serve. While affiliated with National Mind, it is an independent charity responsible for raising its own funds to support vulnerable people in its local areas.
They deliver a range of expert services to those at risk of or experiencing mental ill health, including:
Well being & Early Intervention Activities: for those with mild to moderate mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and low mood, e.g. mindfulness, resilience training, and yoga
Recovery & Social Inclusion Activities: for those with experience of severe and enduring mental ill-health including creative arts, healthy eating, Time to Talk events, psycho educational groups
Psychological Therapies: providing one-to-one and group therapies with a focus on humanistic counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based interventions and compassion-focused therapy
Welfare Rights: to ensure that people can access their appropriate entitlement to state welfare benefits, and support to address and reduce debt
Education & Employability Support: delivering training and accredited courses to empower people to develop the skills and confidence to enter education, employment or training
Peer Support: a recovery-based peer leadership programme
In conversation with Pamela Hutchinson
On Thursday 21 February, GIN welcomed Pamela Hutchinson, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Bloomberg for a informal ‘in conversation with’ chat at RSA. The session was a combination of inspiration and practical tips for how women can reach their full potential; both for individuals and for organisations.
Her story starts back in the 1960s when she was born; being ‘the only black family on the street’, surrounded by people that had very low expectations of her potential purely based on her “otherness”, she chose not to let this dampen her ambition and instead use it as spur her on prove people wrong. She is now a global senior executive, a mother, a black woman who has not let anything hold her back.
Her top tips included:
To surround yourself with people who truly support you.
Be bold with what you ask for, but know you have to deliver first.
Bring your whole self to work, but be skillful with how you come across.
Organisations should focus on Inclusion; bringing everyone, including men, into the conversation to create the solution.
And women remember, we need to pull other women up; through supporting them and mentoring.