Leeds First Thursday
Jul
5
5:30 PM17:30

Leeds First Thursday

Link Up North's monthly networking drinks are on the first Thursday of every month.  Join us at Fibre in Leeds for drinks, networking and a good catch-up from 17:30 onwards.

We can usually be found upstairs, if you’ve not been before but would like to join us, do come and say hello and find out about our plans for Leeds Pride and the rest of the year.  Feel free to get in touch in advance at upnorth@lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk.

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Pride in London
Jul
7
11:30 AM11:30

Pride in London

Join Link's walking group in the 2018 Pride Parade  

Join Link and other insurance groups at Pride in London, a great day of celebration for the LGBT+ community.  This year he theme is "A matter of Pride" - encouraging each group to explore why Pride matters to them.  In their own research words such as "Freedom", "Individuality", "Pride", "Protest" and "Celebration" were most frequently associated. What are yours?

In response to the demand to allow more community groups to attend the Parade, the wristbands being made available to companies has been limited.  Link therefore only as 45 wristbands to distribute. If you are unable to secure a ticket please put your name on the waiting list - we will notify you if any of the other insurance groups are able to release wristbands to Link.

We have decided to charge a fee of £15 per wristband, this is in response to a high number of last minute drop-outs and no-shows.  The funds collected will be used towards refreshments and parade goodies.

Ticketing opens: 07:00 Thursday 1st June.


Schedule

11:30   Meetup Paddington Street Gardens South (W1U 5QY)
12:30   Arrive at Parade Form-Up Entry Point  (Portland Place x Park Crescent)
14:00   (approx) Parade starts
16:30   Parade finishes

See custom Google map showing key locations.


In more fantastic news: In 2018 there are more insurance firms than ever before with their own entry:

  • Allianz
  • Aon
  • Aviva
  • AXA
  • Direct Line Group
  • Legal & General
  • Marsh
  • RPC Law
  • Willis Towers Watson
  • Zurich

It's great to see so many firms taking part.

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UK Black Pride
Jul
8
12:00 PM12:00

UK Black Pride

Europe’s largest not-for-profit event for African, Asian, Arab, and Caribbean-heritage lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – has announced its thirteenth annual music festival will take place on Sunday 8 July 2018 in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. The event is an integral part of the Pride in London week of celebrations.

This is a free music festival, and an excellent way to chill after the rigours of the Pride parade the previous day as well as supporting the community.

For more info check out the website: http://ukblackpride.org.uk

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Manchester Pride 2018
Aug
24
to Aug 27

Manchester Pride 2018

Fancy a fantastic weekend in Manchester?  Get your Manchester Pride Festival tickets here:

 

Ticket prices:
Full weekend access = £28 + fees
Friday = £18.50 + fees
Saturday or Sunday = £20 + fees
Monday = £12.50 + fees

Note: Watching the Pride Parade on Saturday is free, but you will need a ticket to access the areas around Canal Street where the stages are.

More details of Link's involvement be posted closer to the event.

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Link Charity Quiz
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Link Charity Quiz

We are excited to be hosting our fifth quiz, which will take place on Thursday, 7 June 2018. Once again, we are very pleased to announce that XL Catlin will host the event at their offices on Gracechurch Street and that we will be raising money in aid of LGBT+ Health and Wellbeing charity, London Friend.

Tickets

Tickets are priced at just £15 per person with all proceeds going to London Friend. You also have the opportunity to make an additional donation during the booking process should you so wish.

What's Included

XL Catlin will very kindly be providing complimentary food and drink for the evening. There will also be prizes for the winning team and the team with the best name.

Raffle

We will be selling raffle tickets at the door and during the evening with all money raised going to London Friend. Winning tickets will be drawn at the end of the evening.

Teams

Maximum of six people per team.

Solo? or just want to network on with new people? No problem! There will be Link tables for anyone who wants to join us individually or in smaller groups.

If you already know the name of your team or team captain, please use the field on the order form. Else please send an email to admin@lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk when you have your team sorted and we will reserve a table for you. [Note this is for admin purposes only and need not be the team name you compete with.]

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Leeds First Thursday
Jun
7
5:30 PM17:30

Leeds First Thursday

Link Up North's monthly networking drinks are on the first Thursday of every month.  Join us at Fibre in Leeds for drinks, networking and a good catch-up from 17:30 onwards.

We can usually be found upstairs, if you’ve not been before but would like to join us, do come and say hello and find out about our plans for Leeds Pride and the rest of the year.  Feel free to get in touch in advance at upnorth@lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk.

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London First Tuesday
Jun
5
5:30 PM17:30

London First Tuesday

The first Tuesday of every month is a permanent fixture on the Link networking event calendar and is a great opportunity to interact with other LGBT members of the Insurance Industry.

Come along to catch up with colleagues and meet new friends at our regular monthly networking event.  It's always great to hear your views on recent events and discuss possible topics for future presentations.
 
If it’s your first time to one of our events please approach one of our committee members, who will be more than happy to introduce you to a few other people (they will be wearing badges so you can recognise them).  Of course this is not strictly an LGBT event and we welcome anyone within the insurance industry who is interested in coming along so please do feel free to bring along your straight colleagues!

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Link Up North 3rd Birthday
May
10
5:30 PM17:30

Link Up North 3rd Birthday

Come and join us for fizz and cake because Link Up North turns three next month! Our first Thursday drinks will be replaced by a celebration of Link, our members and the progress that's been made in the LGBT+ space over the past few years.

We'll hear from Pinsent Masons as one of our key Up North supporters (and a Stonewall top 5 company to boot!), as well as one of our Co-Chairs, as we look at how things have changed, what's still to change and most of all have a good old catch up with everyone!

See you there.

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London First Tuesday with XL Catlin's Plus Network
May
1
5:30 PM17:30

London First Tuesday with XL Catlin's Plus Network

The first Tuesday of every month is a permanent fixture on the Link networking event calendar and is a great opportunity to interact with other LGBT members of the Insurance Industry.

This month XL Catlin's Plus network have invited us to join them after their network meeting at their favourite chill-out spot - Note the change of venue.

Come along to catch up with colleagues and meet new friends at our regular monthly networking event.  It's always great to hear your views on recent events and discuss possible topics for future presentations.
 
If it’s your first time to one of our events please approach one of our committee members, who will be more than happy to introduce you to a few other people (they will be wearing badges so you can recognise them).  Of course this is not strictly an LGBT event and we welcome anyone within the insurance industry who is interested in coming along so please do feel free to bring along your straight colleagues!

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An Introduction to Mental Health Awareness
Apr
26
12:00 PM12:00

An Introduction to Mental Health Awareness

Emma Freeman, the leader of Swiss Re mental health group, Pathways, has kindly offered to run an introductory mental health awareness session for members of Link.

We will cover:

  • How to spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident in helping someone experiencing a problem
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop mental ill health from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

Schedule

12:00 Arrival
12:30 Session Starts
14:00 Session Ends

Bring your own lunch. Tea, Coffee and water will be provided.

Note: There are only 15 spaces: first come, first served. If it's successful and there is enough demand, we will try and run another later in the year - so don't hold back from adding your name to the waitlist if you don't get in this session.

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Inclusive workplaces: How far has the Insurance Industry come? What's next?
Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

Inclusive workplaces: How far has the Insurance Industry come? What's next?

Link celebrated its official launch on 26th March 2013. We had a fantastic panel focusing on the business case for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). On 12th April 2018, to celebrate our 5th birthday we return to the Great Hall at Aldermanbury, once again guests of Insurance Institute of London.

Read the event brochure.

The Link committee and our excellent volunteer team are excited to invite you to join us as we reflect on the last five years and look at current trends and how they may impact our industry.

First we will get a retrospective of the progress made in our industry over the last 5 years, exploring the impact from an LGBT+ perspective and hearing from people at different stages of their career.

We then welcome one of our keynote speakers, Mx Pips Bunce, who will introduce the topic of Gender Identity and Expression.

We shall then look to the near horizon and speculate on how current trends in the LGBT+ community may impact our industry and future workplaces.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Paul Jardine, XL Catlin
  • Karen Graves, SCOR
  • Pips Bunce, Credit Suisse

More to be announced soon.

By the end of this event you will:

  • Understand the progress in D&I made by the insurance industry over the last 5 years.
  • Hear personal accounts of how this progress has impacted insurance professionals in various stages of their careers.
  • Understand the concepts of Gender Identity and Expression and how to support friends and colleagues.
  • Discuss the next steps for the LGBT community and any challenges for the insurance industry.
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Leeds First Thursday
Apr
5
5:30 PM17:30

Leeds First Thursday

Link Up North's monthly networking drinks are on the first Thursday of every month.  Join us at Fibre in Leeds for drinks, networking and a good catch-up from 17:30 onwards.

We can usually be found upstairs, if you’ve not been before but would like to join us, do come and say hello and find out about our plans for Leeds Pride and the rest of the year.  Feel free to get in touch in advance at upnorth@lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk.

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London First Tuesday
Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

London First Tuesday

The first Tuesday of every month is a permanent fixture on the Link networking event calendar and is a great opportunity to interact with other LGBT members of the Insurance Industry.

Come along to catch up with colleagues and meet new friends at our regular monthly networking event.  It's always great to hear your views on recent events and discuss possible topics for future presentations.
 
If it’s your first time to one of our events please approach one of our committee members, who will be more than happy to introduce you to a few other people (they will be wearing badges so you can recognise them).  Of course this is not strictly an LGBT event and we welcome anyone within the insurance industry who is interested in coming along so please do feel free to bring along your straight colleagues!

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London First Tuesday with London Bisexual Network
Mar
6
5:30 PM17:30

London First Tuesday with London Bisexual Network

The first Tuesday of every month is a permanent fixture on the Link networking event calendar and is a great opportunity to interact with other LGBT members of the Insurance Industry.  This month we welcome members from the London Bisexual Network (LBN).

Come along to catch up with colleagues and meet new friends at our regular monthly networking event.  It's always great to hear your views on recent events and discuss possible topics for future presentations.
 
If it’s your first time to one of our events please approach one of our committee members, who will be more than happy to introduce you to a few other people (they will be wearing badges so you can recognise them).  Of course this is not strictly an LGBT event and we welcome anyone within the insurance industry who is interested in coming along so please do feel free to bring along your straight colleagues!

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Leeds First Thursday
Mar
1
5:30 PM17:30

Leeds First Thursday

Link Up North's monthly networking drinks are on the first Thursday of every month.  Join us at Fibre in Leeds for drinks, networking and a good catch-up from 17:30 onwards.

We can usually be found upstairs, if you’ve not been before but would like to join us, do come and say hello and find out about our plans for Leeds Pride and the rest of the year.  Feel free to get in touch in advance at upnorth@lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk.

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London First Tuesday
Feb
6
5:30 PM17:30

London First Tuesday

The first Tuesday of every month is a permanent fixture on the Link networking event calendar and is a great opportunity to interact with other LGBT members of the Insurance Industry.

Come along to catch up with colleagues and meet new friends at our regular monthly networking event.  It's always great to hear your views on recent events and discuss possible topics for future presentations.
 
If it’s your first time to one of our events please approach one of our committee members, who will be more than happy to introduce you to a few other people (they will be wearing badges so you can recognise them).  Of course this is not strictly an LGBT event and we welcome anyone within the insurance industry who is interested in coming along so please do feel free to bring along your straight colleagues!

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Leeds First Thursday
Feb
1
5:30 PM17:30

Leeds First Thursday

Link Up North's monthly networking drinks are on the first Thursday of every month.  Join us at Fibre in Leeds for drinks, networking and a good catch-up from 17:30 onwards.

We can usually be found upstairs, if you’ve not been before but would like to join us, do come and say hello and find out about our plans for Leeds Pride and the rest of the year.  Feel free to get in touch in advance at upnorth@lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk.

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London January Networking
Jan
4
5:30 PM17:30

London January Networking

Something a little different for our January networking.

Recognising that many use January as month to rest their liver from the abuses of Christmas, we have chosen this bar specifically because it has a good range of non-alcoholic offerings from Softails to juices and smoothies.  

Catch up with old friends and meet new ones whilst feeling virtuous!

Alternatively ... the standard array of alcoholic beverages are available (of course)

Note: This replaces the normal "First Tuesday" in London

 

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Leeds First Thursday
Jan
4
5:30 PM17:30

Leeds First Thursday

Link Up North's monthly networking drinks are on the first Thursday of every month.  Join us at Fibre in Leeds for drinks, networking and a good catch-up from 17:30 onwards.

We can usually be found upstairs, if you’ve not been before but would like to join us, do come and say hello and find out about our plans for Leeds Pride and the rest of the year.  Feel free to get in touch in advance at upnorth@lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk.

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London: Link Christmas Party
Dec
5
5:30 PM17:30

London: Link Christmas Party

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As we approach December, it's time to celebrate another successful year for Link as an LGBT professional network and we'd love you to celebrate with us! 

We are excited that Aviva and the fantastic Aviva Pride will be hosting our 2017 Christmas Party and fundraising event, which will take place on Tuesday 5th December 2017. Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be provided.

1st December is World Aids Day so we will be raising funds for the sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) as well as raising some funds for Link.

Tickets

Tickets are priced at £15 each, with 50% of the proceeds going to THT and 50% going to Link.

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LinkUpNorth: Christmas Networking
Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

LinkUpNorth: Christmas Networking

Due to the busy Xmas period, our first Thursday drinks will be pushed forward a week so that you can all still enjoy your festivities throughout December.

Come and join us on Thursday 30th November. See you there!  
Join us at Fibre in Leeds for drinks, networking and a good catch-up from 17:30 onwards.

Note: This replaces the normal first Thursday in December.  

We can usually be found upstairs, if you’ve not been before but would like to join us, do come and say hello and find out about our plans for Leeds Pride and the rest of the year.  Feel free to get in touch in advance at upnorth@lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk.

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London First Tuesday:  Meet the Leaders
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

London First Tuesday: Meet the Leaders

Link is delighted to share that we have senior LGBT executives joining us at our November First Tuesday Networking.  Don't miss your opportunity to network with senior leaders and speak to them about their roles and career and extract their top tips for career success.

If it’s your first time to one of our events please approach one of our committee members, who will be more than happy to introduce you to a few other people (they will be wearing badges so you can recognise them).

Please also remember Link events are aimed at LGBT insurance professionals and their allies, so please feel free to bring a colleague or two with you.

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iCAN: Speed Mentoring for Members
Nov
7
4:45 PM16:45

iCAN: Speed Mentoring for Members

Note: This event clashes with Link Meet the Leaders Networking

iCAN are holding thier very first speed-mentoring event for multicultural colleagues in the insurance market. Speed mentoring is an effective way to get quality time with senior leaders in the sector and from the wider business community to help address a question or resolve a challenge.

They will also be joined by younger colleagues acting as mentors for the evening, presenting the opportunity for peer-to-peer and reverse mentoring.

iCAN are delighted to have mentors from a diverse range of backgrounds and roles who have volunteered their time for this event, including C-Suite Executives, underwriters, brokers, consultants, lawyers, entrepreneurs and academics.

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Leeds First Thursday
Nov
2
5:30 PM17:30

Leeds First Thursday

Link Up North's monthly networking drinks are on the first Thursday of every month.  Join us at Fibre in Leeds for drinks, networking and a good catch-up from 17:30 onwards.

We can usually be found upstairs, if you’ve not been before but would like to join us, do come and say hello and find out about our plans for Leeds Pride and the rest of the year.  Feel free to get in touch in advance at upnorth@lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk.

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LinkUpNorth Quiz for #StonewallSeason
Oct
5
5:30 PM17:30

LinkUpNorth Quiz for #StonewallSeason

Our First Thursday networking at Fibre is taking a month off in October. We are however working with our good friends at KPMG to bring you our second annual quiz for Stonewall Season 2017.

It promises to be a night full of laughs, confusion and of course a little education.

Tickets can be bought both individually or on a team basis.

Individual tickets £5

Team Tickets (Table of 6) £25

All proceeds will go to Stonewall.


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London First Tuesday
Oct
3
5:30 PM17:30

London First Tuesday

The first Tuesday of every month is a permanent fixture on the Link networking event calendar and is a great opportunity to interact with other LGBT members of the Insurance Industry.

Come along to catch up with colleagues and meet new friends at our regular monthly networking event.  It's always great to hear your views on recent events and discuss possible topics for future presentations.
 
If it’s your first time to one of our events please approach one of our committee members, who will be more than happy to introduce you to a few other people (they will be wearing badges so you can recognise them).  Of course this is not strictly an LGBT event and we welcome anyone within the insurance industry who is interested in coming along so please do feel free to bring along your straight colleagues!

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Trans*formation 3rd Birthday
Oct
2
6:45 PM18:45

Trans*formation 3rd Birthday

Our friends at Trans*formation are pleased to invite you to thier third birthday celebrations, kindly hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright!

They celebrate the intersections and diversity of trans* peoples experiences in different ways every year. Their year our themes are; Trans* customers and Coming out of families of trans* people.
In addition to their themes you'll hear what they’ve achieved over the last year to support trans* individuals in the workplace, and all about thier plans for the next year. It's been a busy year and they are so excited to share all the highlights with you!

This will be followed by a drinks reception with canapes! 

Join us in helping them celebrate!

Please RSVP by Friday, September 22.

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Dive In Festival 2017
Sep
26
to Sep 28

Dive In Festival 2017

Do you have your tickets reserved at #DiveInFest 2017?

Dive In is the festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance, helping insurance get fit for the future, highlighting the business case for diverse and inclusive workplaces and providing practical ideas and inspiration for how to bring about positive change.

Following the success of the Dive In festival in London, 2015 and 10 countries in 2016, this year will see events returning to global locations such as London, New York City, Zurich, and Bermuda, as well as new cities including Beijing, Perth, Melbourne, Leeds, and Mumbai, between 26-28 September 2017.

Link is proud to be delivering the LGBT+ content for London and Leeds.

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Late Summer Networking
Sep
21
5:30 PM17:30

Late Summer Networking

Link are delighted to announce the date of the late-summer networking event.  

In an exciting evolution of the collaboration theme, Zurich and Enterprise Holdings, both clients of one another, are co-hosting this networking event. The event will be hosted on Zurich's lovely terrace. 

We continue to support London Friend, who are this year celebrating 45 years of providing services to the LGBT+ community.  Tickets are only £10.

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Leeds First Thursday
Sep
7
5:30 PM17:30

Leeds First Thursday

Link Up North's monthly networking drinks are on the first Thursday of every month.  Join us at Fibre in Leeds for drinks, networking and a good catch-up from 17:30 onwards.

We can usually be found upstairs, if you’ve not been before but would like to join us, do come and say hello and find out about our plans for Leeds Pride and the rest of the year.  Feel free to get in touch in advance at upnorth@lgbtinsurancenetwork.co.uk.

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Gender Inclusion Network: How to build your profile and keep it there
Sep
7
4:30 PM16:30

Gender Inclusion Network: How to build your profile and keep it there

Our friends at the Gender Inclusion Network have organised networking drinks and the chance to speak to reputation and image experts including representatives from LinkedIn, House of Colour, Hays, SmartWorks, Jennifer Corcoran and Julie Courtney.

Throughout the evening, there will also be the opportunity to have a professional head-shot taken.

 

 

 

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MMC Pride: In This Together - Day Conference
Sep
1
8:30 AM08:30

MMC Pride: In This Together - Day Conference

Marsh & McLennan Companies will be hosting a full day conference at the Tower of London titled ‘#InThisTogether – Intersectional Diversity’. The day will be split into topics which will look to unbundle diversity, race, disability, and mental health through discussion and understanding why these topics are still relevant today.

  • Let's Talk About Race 
  • Engaging Customers & Clients 
  • Unbundling LGBT + Disability 
  • Keynote Address: Claire Harvey 
  • HR As Inclusion Driver 
  • Unbundling LGBT + Mental Health 
  • Engaged Allies

Register to attend for one or more of the sessions of your choice, or to attend for the entire day. 

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