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Ukonwa has advocated for, and built her COVERGIRL team, to be as diverse as the communities they serve. In doing so, she has also built a strong bench and pipeline of future leaders. She has supported the Odyssey Network of Multicultural women’s network through active participation, and encouraging her direct reports to take part too. She has also served as a formal and informal mentor to many ethnic minority employees, sharing insights to help them navigate the corporate environment. Ukonwa was named one of 25 women changing the world by Black Enterprise magazine and the COVERGIRL “I am what I make up” campaign was named “Campaign of Year” by Refinery 29 for getting inclusivity right. She has served as a visible ethnic minority leader in the marketing, advertising, and business community, aiming to inspire future ethnic minority leaders on what is possible and what they can achieve. Among a whole host of accolades, Ukonwa was placed on the Brand Marketer of the Year list by Ad Age, named as one of 11 Inspiring Women Changing the Beauty Game, and won a Gold Award at the Festival of Media North America.

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