Paradigm has named Shakira Gagnier VP, Diversity & Inclusion. In her new role, Gagnier will oversee the development and execution of enhanced D&I strategies that drive the agency's commitment to improve the diversity and development of its employees worldwide. The announcement arrived via Chairman/CEO Sam Gores.

Working with senior leadership, HR and the agency's administration, Gagnier will integrate enhanced D&I strategies along with new practices, programs and processes company-wide.

Additionally, she’ll help guide employee engagement by defining a clear pathway to promotion for existing staff and instituting enhanced recruiting, training, mentorship and development opportunities.

"Today is only the first of many steps that the leadership at Paradigm will take to stress diversity and inclusion as a core value of our agency. We welcome Shakira and look forward to working with her on this important journey,” shared Gores.

"It's exciting to be creating this role at Paradigm and helping the entire Paradigm team shape the future of the company," added Gagnier. "I look forward to investing all levels of the company in that foundational journey -- together, we will create a culture and workplace that reflects the inclusive ambitions of the company's leadership and mirrors the diverse roster of artists the agency represents."

Having held a wide range of leadership positions across the entertainment industry, Gagnier joins Paradigm from Warner Media, where she served as Director of Learning & Development. The USC alum also co-led We Gather at Warner's Otter Media and previously served as VP of People, D&I & Engagement at Fullscreen Media. Her first leadership role in entertainment arrived as Senior Manager Learning & Organizational Development at UMG, where she served on the board of Universal Music's Women's Network.