Icons, Rock Stars, & Innovators: Lukeisha Paul

What makes a Rockstar?

They are gaining momentum in their field and their on fire! Their hard work stands above the crowd and shines bright. By being engaged and curious, they are a producer of excellence.

Lukeisha Paul is the Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for GroupM US. She leads the company in creating and executing initiatives that champion diversity, promote inclusivity, and are purposeful in providing equitable opportunities to all employees. She serves as GroupM’s representative on WPP’s DEI Advisory Group – DEI practitioners across the network, Board member of the 4A’s Foundation, Voices of Inclusion steering committee member for BRIDGE, and on the Advertising Club of New York’s steering committee for diversity and inclusion.

Lukeisha has a passion for people – namely their growth, development, and mentorship. At GroupM US, she led the launch of the GroupM Media Externship Program, a 9-week program providing media career training to diverse communities, which has led to job placement across the GroupM network. She actively mentors professionals across backgrounds and is committed to being an ally to others, including gaining certification as a #IamRemarkable facilitator, an initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond. She has also gained certification as a WPP Mental Health at Work Ally who supports colleagues by giving them a confidential space to be heard and directing them to professional help and support. 

Lukeisha began her career in media at Saatchi & Saatchi, and in previous roles has worked with Mindshare, MAXUS, and GroupM overseeing print media for a vast array of accounts in luxury, pharma, retail, CPG, QSR, and finance.

Lukeisha’s passion for her work in media and DEI has made her a sought-after speaker and garnered her industry recognition:

2022- Ad Club of NY Rockstar Award

2021 – ANA Multicultural Excellence Awards Juror, LCW Culture Moment Podcast: Global Lessons in DEI Guest Speaker, The Inclusion Works Podcast Guest Speaker

2020 – Hive Learning’s Most Influential D&I NA Leaders, AEF Talent Champion, Adweek Executive Mentor, Hive Learning Panelist on Race, Diversity & Fueling Lasting Change at Work, Advertising & Society Quarterly Journal Roundtable: Equity & Inclusion Matters 

2019 – Advertising Week of NY Presenter “Bringing Equity to Light”, 4As Decisions 20/20 Panelist on DEI

2018 – Ad Club of NY President’s Award

2012 – Advertising Working Mother of the Year Award

2008 – Mediaweek Media Plan of the Year, Best Use of Magazines Award

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