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Back to school, we’re learning about: ‘Building your profile and keeping it there’

7 Sept 2017


The Gender Inclusion Network for Insurance (GIN) invited us to think about how we can position our brands in the best possible way to get noticed and develop your profile at work. Sponsored by XL Catlin, the event was held at their offices and attended by men and women from across the insurance industry.


The evening was opened up by Maren Burrowes from RSA, co-chair for GIN and the welcome given by Kelly Lyles, Chief Executive, Client and Country Management at XL Catlin. There was an engaging and interactive session from Vanessa Vallely as the keynote speaker on ‘Building your Profile’. Louisa Lombardo from Chubb, also co-chair for GIN closed proceedings for the formal part of the evening.


Attendees then had the opportunity to meet and network with a host of exhibitors with advice and tips on boosting and maintaining your professional brand, including LinkedIn, House of Colour, Hays, Smart Works, Jennifer Corcoran and Julie Courtney.


The evening has been hailed a success, with some clear takeaways for participants and most excitingly, a total £162.50 raised for the charity Smart Works with a raffle held during the evening. Prizes were kindly provided by exhibitors as well as Beazley, Chubb, Hiscox, RSA, XL Catlin and Zurich.



Lucy Wren, from LinkedIn said:


I really enjoyed having the opportunity to speak to so many inspiring and ambitious women at the GIN event. There is clearly a desire amongst the group to improve their profiles. The evening was a great success, Vanessa was a really interesting speaker and the room full of high flying talent… I can’t wait to see what they put on next!


Jennifer Corcoran, CEO My Super Connector told us:


I feel privileged to have been asked to exhibit at the latest GIN event at XL Catlin on the topic of building your brand. My Super Connector is all about helping people to be seen, heard and get their voice in the room and it was an honour to help GIN in any way I could. Thanks for having me and I would like to give a special shoutout to Kim Ford – congrats for organising a top night. I hope to connect with you all online!

Festive Networking 2017


GIN and iCAN joined forces and held their first collaborative event on the 30th November, with the aim of encouraging stronger collaboration and increased networking opportunities between the two networks.


Nearly 100 members came together from across the industry for some festive networking.

Some great conversations took place across a broad spectrum and diverse range of people.

Lynn O’Connor, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at RSA was there on the night and said ‘It was an excellent event and wonderful to meet new industry colleagues’


We concluded, whether it’s Multicultural or Gender inclusion, we all want to make a difference.

We look forward to bringing you more collaborative events together in 2018!


External press coverage

Blog: Women in Finance


Insurance Age, 1 December 2017

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