Like many of my first experiences, my first role in insurance I found myself as one of very few Black people in the office. I felt like I had taken up this unofficial role to ‘represent’ Black and felt an overwhelming responsibility to present Black people in contrast to what they may have seen on the television, news or social media. I did not want them to pre-judge me simply by the colour of my skin.
During my time working in insurance, I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside some brilliant colleagues from different backgrounds and walks of life, who have never made me feel out of place and taken the time and interest to learn and ask about my background and how to pronounce my name properly. Little things like this can make the biggest difference in creating a truly inclusive workforce.
Brit is also doing a huge amount, such as our Employee Resource Groups, Black History Month events, reverse mentoring scheme and our guest speakers. The partnership with ACIN is also important in helping to push diversity within recruitment in the insurance industry.