Panel discussion: Race, progress, and lasting change at work

We're bringing together some of the most innovative diversity and inclusion leaders in business to share fresh perspectives and action-orientated advice on how leaders can keep the momentum going and embed lasting change at work

Lukeisha Paul, Head of DEI, GroupM

10:00 EDT / 15:00 BST, 20 August 2020 | From your home offices, dining tables and across borders.

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When the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery hit the headlines in the US just a few short months ago, the Black Lives Matter movement was flooded with unprecedented levels of support

The need to become an anti-racist company was catapulted onto the C-suite agenda, and we saw public outpourings of support from all kinds of businesses, alongside personal commitments from CEOs to play their part.

But as DEI leaders have long known, it takes more than messages of support to create long-lasting change and dismantle systemic inequalities.

So what can organizations do to embed lasting change and create more equitable workplaces after the media buzz has died down?

Join Siemens’ Nichelle Grant, Group M’s Lukeisha Paul, and HBR author Karen Brown, as they share fresh perspectives and action-orientated advice on how leaders can keep the momentum going and embed lasting change at work.


Join Nichelle, Lukeisha and Karen as they discuss what anti-racism at work actually looks like and share perspectives on:

  • Why culture change is the key to creating lasting change at work and how to kickstart it
  • How to keep education going but turn critical awareness into action
  • Maintaining momentum and keeping conversations about race going long after the media buzz has died down
  • Practical tips on how to diversify your talent pipeline, even when your budgets get cut
  • How to shift mindsets in even the hardest-to-reach leaders by meeting them where they are
  • Why progress on increasing racial diversity work has been slow to date and what to do about it
  • Which approaches to DEI are antiquated and which pragmatic actions you can take to  drive immediate action

There will also be an open Q&A for all attendees.

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Nichelle Grant is Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Siemens USA, where she guides the company’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

Grant’s 19 years within the Siemens business includes developing go-to-market strategies, focusing on the customer experience, and driving operational excellence combined with her passion and commitment to the cause will position the company exceptionally well with stakeholders across the country.

Grant has been involved with Diversity & Inclusion at Siemens for over 10 years, which included voluntarily leading the company’s employee resource groups and diversity councils for Siemens USA. Most recently, she has played an integral role working with our supply chain and procurement teams to increase our supplier diversity efforts and represent us before many customers for whom this is core to doing business with Siemens.

Grant’s leadership of Diversity & Inclusion extends far beyond Human Resources and has a much broader reach into topics that drive change and make impact to our workforce, our workplace and the marketplace. Grant will drive a more holistic approach to building and leveraging a workforce that mirrors the diversity of our customer base, suppliers, partners and society. She strives to help Siemens continue to drive an inclusive work environment to actively involve every employee’s ideas, knowledge, perspectives, approaches, and styles to maximize business success. And, she will systemically address through data and analytics customer diversity requirements that are now prerequisites and conditions for both routine and complex contracts.

Grant is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and a Master’s degree from Roosevelt University. Nichelle is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE). She resides in the Northern suburbs of Chicago, with her husband Ulyses.


Lukeisha Paul is the Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for GroupM US. She leads the company in creating a work environment that welcomes diversity, promotes inclusivity and is purposeful in providing equitable opportunities to all employees. She serves as GroupM’s representative on WPP’s Collective – Inclusion & Diversity leads across their network and the Advertising Club of New York’s steering committee for diversity and inclusion. Lukeisha also supports the industry as a board member of the 4A’s.

Lukeisha has been with Mindshare, MAXUS and GroupM for 15 years overseeing print media for a vast array of accounts in pharma, retail, CPG, QSR, and finance. She started her career at Saatchi & Saatchi.

Lukeisha’s passion for her work has garnered her industry recognition: Adweek Executive Mentor – 2020, Advertising Week of NY Presenter “Bringing Equity to Light” – 2019, 4As Decisions 20/20 Panelist on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – 2019, Ad Club of NY President’s Award - 2018, Advertising Working Mother of the Year Award - 2012, Mediaweek Media Plan of the Year, Best Use of Magazines Award - 2008


Karen Brown founded Bridge Arrow, a Chicago-based management consultancy, to make businesses more profitable by focusing on return on equity for investors, shareholders and employees. Karen was a senior executive at Sodexo, Baxter, Monsanto and Rockwell Collins, and recently served as Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer at Baker McKenzie, the second-largest law firm in the world.

With an understanding born of 28+ years in the corporate world, Karen advises global companies on how to drive growth and profitability by promoting diversity and inclusion in their organizations. She has served as a global keynote speaker and panel moderator at conferences on 6 continents.

A compelling storyteller whose presentations spark conversation and spur action, Karen’s Harvard Business Review article on how to use data and focus groups to create more inclusive work environments has become required reading for a business class at Columbia University.

Her forthcoming book, Gender Equity: How Women Leaders Make Companies Stronger, Smarter and More Profitable, based on in-depth interviews with both female and male executives, explores the business advantages of gender equity.


Join founder of the Black Leaders Network Fiona Daniel, M&C Saatchi’s Sereena Abaassi, and author of ‘Inclusive Growth’ Toby Mildon on 19 August 2020 as they share fresh perspectives and action-orientated advice on how leaders can keep the momentum going and embed lasting change at work.

The three will discuss and share their perspectives on:

  • Why culture change is the key to creating lasting change at work and how to kickstart it
  • The role for white people in dismantling systemic racism at work, how to check in with your privilege if you are a white people leader, and how to mobilise your non-Black workforce 
  • How to move the needle on the day-to-day experience of Black people in your organisation (and why having conversations about race aren’t enough) 
  • Practical ways to turn awareness into action
  • How to create an Allied organisation when your budgets are cut and you have low existing Black representation
  • How to use your data to create sustainable change in a performative way

There will also be an open Q&A for all attendees.


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