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Beyond Gender: How to increase cognitive diversity in insurance

On 7th October, Sheffield Haworth sponsored and hosted a global executive roundtable with ISC Group – a global business community […]

On 7th October, Sheffield Haworth sponsored and hosted a global executive roundtable with ISC Group – a global business community that provides personal, professional, and business development for women in insurance.

The topic was how to increase cognitive diversity in insurance, with a focus on:

  • Why cognitive diversity is so important
  • How the industry can attract talent from other sectors and/or more diverse backgrounds
  • The major obstacles to achieving cognitive diversity, and how to overcome them
  • What has worked in the past to increase cognitive diversity, and what the industry should be doing more of now

The event was moderated by Ben Johnson, Managing Director & Global Head of Insurance and InsurTech, Sheffield Haworth. Also on the panel were three women in senior insurance roles, two of whom had joined insurance from the banking sector. Two of the women were based in London, while one was based in Toronto.


The panellists discussed the main topics in detail. After that, attendees were given the chance to ask their questions of the panel at the end of the roundtable.


The session took place under Chatham House rules, so this report summarises the main points of the discussion while remaining anonymous in terms of who said what.