Diversity and Inclusion Manager , Havas

Bukola started her career as a Media Planner at ZenithOptimedia for Procter and Gamble. However, after 4 years experiencing the consequences of underrepresentation within the industry, Bukola changed career paths and moved into the social sector. She led the development of programmes, initiatives and training in partnership with Local Authorities, Trusts and Funds to create employability pathways for underrepresented talent.

It was through these two routes that Bukola came to join Havas in October 2018 as the Diversity and Inclusion Manager. Recently featured in Campaign’s Adland Has BAME Talent in 2020, highlighting those who are changing the game as Black and Asian creators, leaders and influencers, and shortlisted as part of the IPA’s iList, celebrating and showcasing role models promoting and championing inclusivity within the advertising industry, Bukola works with agencies and leadership to embed diversity and inclusion into their values, culture and processes.

Bukola would say, working as Diversity & Inclusion Manager means having the opportunity to learn, inform and encourage dialogue around bias, identity and representation. It is about being able to learn from people and their different experiences and use this to influence better and more inclusive business culture. Diversity and inclusion is not something to do but something to be. It is about making conscious decisions every day that consider and celebrate all types of people. As humans we are built for connection and we are only made richer by being open to exploring the different ways we contribute to society - THERE IS ROOM FOR US ALL!