Paradigm Talent Agency has tapped former WarnerMedia executive Shakira Gagnier for the position of vice president of diversity and inclusion.
In her new role, Gagnier (pictured) will be responsible for developing and executing diversity and inclusion strategies at the agency.
She will work with senior leadership, HR and administration to integrate those strategies, along with new practices, programs and processes, company-wide.
Gagnier will help guide employee engagement, defining a pathway to promotion for existing staff and instituting enhanced recruiting, training, mentorship and development opportunities.
With the agency’s management, she will evaluate key metrics to assess, measure, and track results of diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Paradigm Talent Agency represents several producers across the unscripted world, including Smart Dog Media president Craig Plestis (executive producer of The Masked Singer franchise), Stick Figure Productions CEO Steven Cantor, Strike Anywhere Productions’ Michael Jacobs and Ryan Simon, and director Stephen Kijak, among others.
Most recently Gagnier held the post of director of learning and development at WarnerMedia.
In that position, she helped to produce a virtual global enterprise inclusion race equity intensive for HR professionals across eight countries.
At Warner’s Otter Media, Gagnier co-led We Gather, a conference created to connect and empower the female workforce.
Prior to WarnerMedia, Gagnier served as VP of people, diversity and inclusion and engagement at Fullscreen Media, where she produced the company’s first people development department and created Ignite, a people leader program with 50% parity between male and female emerging leaders.
Her first leadership role in entertainment came at Universal Music Group, where she held the title of senior manager, learning and organizational development.
There, she also served on the board of Universal Music’s Women’s Network, a collaborative community of over 500 women across UMG.
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