Paradigm Taps Shakira Gagnier to Head Diversity and Inclusion

Shakira Gagnier
Joshua Monesson

Gagnier joins the agency from WarnerMedia.

Paradigm has tapped Shakira Gagnier to head the agency's diversity and inclusion efforts, in an announcement made by chairman and CEO Sam Gores.

In her new role as the vp of diversity and inclusion – the first such position in the company's history — Gagnier will work with senior leadership, HR and the agency's administration to integrate enhanced strategies and new practices and programs, including employee engagement, defining a clear pathway to promotion for existing staff and instituting enhanced recruiting, training, mentorship and development opportunities.

Gagnier joins Paradigm from WarnerMedia, where she was director of learning and development. Prior to this, at Warner's Otter Media, Gagnier co-led We Gather, a conference created to connect and empower the female workforce. She has served in leadership roles across diversity and inclusion groups at Fullscreen Media and Universal Music Group, where she served on the board of Universal Music's Women's Network, a collaborative community of over 500 women across UMG.

"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," said Gores. "Shakira brings an extraordinary range of experience working at some of the industry's most prominent media companies. Everyone at Paradigm shares a renewed commitment to ensuring our company better reflects the artists we represent, the audiences they entertain and the wider world. We welcome Shakira and look forward to working with her on this important journey."

Said Gagnier, "Guiding conversations and change about workplace diversity is something every company needs to do, and Sam impressed me with the earnest and urgent way he spoke about this evolution being essential. 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."

Gagnier's appointment comes at a time when Hollywood talent agencies are looking to revise practices in the wake of the industry-wide reckoning with systemic racism. Last month, Endeavor announced plans that include committing $5 million over the next three years toward community programs and inclusion initiatives and update hiring policies. CAA Foundation Community Fund, the agency's employee giving program, announced this month that it will offer multi-year scholarships, fellowships, year-round programming and mentorship.