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On Tuesday January 21st, we're hosting our 2nd Annual Grammy Week Networking Event: WOMEN OF COLOR WHO LIVE THE BIZ: HOLLYWOOD. Last year we were listed in The Hollywood Reporter as one of the hottest events in Los Angeles during Grammy week!
This event is designed to highlight the incredible contributions of women of color in the entertainment industry while serving as a platform to connect creatives & executives of all races, genders & backgrounds.
In addition to amazing networking, you'll hear the incredible career journeys of 7 game changing Black women leaders in music & TV including:
Sierra Lever (Associate Director Of Marketing, Columbia Records),
Nicole Plantin (SVP of A&R, Rostrum Records),
Dominique Fermin (Brand Partnership Manager, Complex Networks)
Brittney King Brock (President of Operations & General Manager, 10K Projects),
Sandra Joseph (Programing Standards and Practice Manager, OWNTV),
Kristen Fraser (Founder and CEO, PVTL) &
Kelsey Reddick (A&R / Executive Assistant, Sony/ATV).
Each of their bios are below!
If you're looking to build your network, get insider tips on how to start a career into their industries & celebrate during Grammy Season, RSVP on our form below to pull up to our event.
*RSVPing early is highly suggested as there is limited space at this event & passes will likely run out shortly.*
Since November 2017, we've produced 22 sold out music education & networking events throughout the country including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville & Philadelphia & have featured over 80 speakers in music, TV, film & marketing, PR & music publishing.
As an Associate Marketing Director, Sierra Lever develops and executes marketing plans for an urban roster signed to Columbia Records. Her role is to build the most comprehensive strategic plans for single, album, EP and video launches and overall artist branding. A few acts she currently leads include, 24kGoldn, Chloe x Halle, Fivio Foreign, Lecrae, Polo G, SimXSantana, Tyga and more. In her career, she has also worked at Capitol Records and Motown Records, marketing artists in both urban and pop genres. Prior to working at a label, she worked at the LA Philharmonic in marketing where the focus was on developing strategy that enticed patrons to attend concerts at two of the nation’s most iconic performance venues, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Hollywood Bowl.
Originally from Portland, OR, she got her first start in music through an internship with The Recording Academy, and worked in multiple departments within the company. After graduating from Syracuse University with a master's degree in Sport Venue & Event Management, she moved straight to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams and wants to inspire others to do the same in fulfilling their purpose! Lever currently sits on The Recording Academy Membership Committee, as a second year in a row.
In the world of Entertainment, passion is the motivator but ambition is the catalyst. For Nicole Plantin, her love of music fueled her desire to not only enter the game, but also change it.
As a child, Nicole always had a knack for creativity, writing lengthy stories and sketching and designing outfits. San Francisco born and Queens New York raised, she grew up in a Haitian-American household with a mom who was a clothing designer and a musically inclined father. “I grew up in the presence of fashion and music.” Nicole recalls.
Acknowledging her past as a direct reflection of her present, a young Plantin often found herself reading liner notes from albums and perfecting her own mixtapes. When her family moved to Queens, New York, her love affair with Hip-Hop really began. “I was surrounded by the culture of Hip-Hop,” she explains. A natural transition into creating music happened, and even when Nicole attended NYU she was considering artistry as her trajectory. “I was fresh out of the water, though, and didn’t know the business,” she admits.
While attending NYU, Plantin began working for Elektra Records, beginning the creative portion of her career. Around that time, the production duo, The Neptunes, were just starting to buzz. Her mentor/boss introduced her to their management which lead to her landing a position at Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo’s Star Trak label. As the hub of Star Trak, Nicole managed the everyday movement of the label from recording budgets to artist relations. She was the A&R Coordinator for all of the label’s releases including notable projects - Clipse “Hell Hath No Fury”, Kelis “Tasty”, N*E*R*D “Fly or Die” and more. Plantin was drawn to the creative aspect of A&R and sought to move deeper into that role.
In pursuit of growth, she ultimately left Star Trak to work with another super producer Rich Harrison (producer of “Crazy in Love” Beyonce, “One Thing” Amerie, “Soldier” Destiny’s Child) as a Product Manager at his newly formed joint venture Richcraft Records/Atlantic. There she helped assemble the girl group Richgirl who later went on to tour with Beyonce and release a few charting records, before deciding to part ways. The label then folded, and shortly after Nicole was presented with the opportunity to work for BMI as the Director of Writer/Publisher Relations- Los Angeles, discovering new talent and signing them to their roster. “Being able to identify talent and have the ability to sign them is one of the most important parts of my career,” she explains. Plantin “connects the dots” between the artists’ creative elements of their careers and business aspects. In addition, she brought a much-needed showcase to the West Coast with Next Fresh Thing, a series that highlighted burgeoning talent in LA. Artists like Miguel and Big Sean are just a few of the acts that were invited to showcase at the Next Fresh Thing before becoming the "next fresh thing".
After 5 years at BMI, Nicole returned to working on the label side of the business with the desire to work hands on and more intimately with artists and their projects. She joined the independent label Rostrum Records (known for discovering and launching the careers of Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller) where she is currently SVP, A&R. During her time there, she took on the projects of artists Mod Sun and Vali, and has also signed Baton Rouge rapper Caleb Brown, UK based singer Taliwhoah, DC rapper Innanet James and others who are soon to be announced.
Nicole is looking to continue to push the envelope and work with talented artists who are making progressive and impactful cultural statements.
My name is Dom and I’m an around the way girl with a knack for clever comments, a love of all things Trinidad, and a passion for forming genuine and authentic connections.
After graduating with a degree in Communication Studies and finding out quickly from different agencies that a career in Advertising was not for me, I transitioned to Event Production and fell in love with the ability to see my work come to life. From concepting and strategizing to execution, I was fortunate to spearhead events led by heavy hitting brands like Nike, Facebook, and Apple (Beats By Dre). After gaining immense knowledge, losing lots of sleep, and making lifelong connections I decided it was time to tap into my self drivers. Music. Entertainment. Fashion. News. Style.
I always knew I wanted to be one step closer to the pulse. That pulse I later realized is the culture. Culture is a movement, a moment, and a mood. It is everything we live and breathe, and working at Complex Networks, as a Project Manager for Brand Parternships Studio, that centers me right in the thick of it. I’m a “know what’s hot and what’s not connoisseur” and I can manage a campaign better than Politician. I love it.
Brittney King Brock is the President of Operations & General Manager of 10k Projects. oversees all label operations, including leading and growing the company’s staff, implementing best practices for driving operational efficiencies and managing relationships with artists’ teams and distribution partners.
Prior to this role, she’s worked with some of the most successful operators in the world.
Brock is the owner of King Creative Group, a creative and management agency that provides such services as independent A&R administration, talent management, brand strategy and creative consulting. Previously, she worked as a Producer for the Oprah Winfrey Network, a director of A&R for Sean Combs at Bad Boy Entertainment, and talent manager for Combs’ Revolt TV, where she oversaw the network’s on-air talent pool. She began her career in Atlanta as a talent manager at Content Creative Services, where she managed the day-to-day of artists including Usher, Justin Bieber, Bryan Michael Cox and Mary J. Blige
Sandra Joseph is a young professional currently working at The Oprah Winfrey Networks. Her fearless drive enabled her to have amazing opportunities within the entertainment industry, from iHeart Media to MTV Networks.
She’s currently at OWN Networks reviewing some of your favorite shows and content as a Programing Standards and Practice Manager.
"In this industry, it’s all about networking, Networking, oh and NETWORKING! I strongly believe that maintaining relationships and working hard will get you far.
This is just the start for me, and I plan on growing and building my network even more to help others in my field."
Kristen Fraser landed her first industry job in New York City at Cornerstone Promotions/Fader Magazine as the Assistant to CEO, Rob Stone. From there, she hit the ground running, taking the skills she gained in her three years at the agency with her to Nike Sportswear, working in branding and marketing. Still driven for a career music, she was soon hired as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Island Def Jam. In this role, she represented artists on the label and sought out brands to partner them with. Eventually, this led her to another powerhouse brand, Beats By Dre, where she helped to partner the innovative speaker brand with other artists. Moving to Los Angeles to handle Music Marketing at Beats, she dedicated her five years with the company to identifying the right talent for campaigns and launches and support of artist album releases and initiatives. She worked on notable campaigns such as Straight Outta... and Solo Selfie. Fraser also lead some marquee events organized by Beats, such as the memorable reunion of Lil Wayne and the Hot Boys at NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 and, developed the music program Beats Presents, a monthly event which celebrated various artists album releases boasting unique event experiences.
Kristen left Beats in 2018 equipped with a wealth of experience spanning from her upbringing in South Florida, her professional beginnings in New York City and, her understanding from working both the label and brand side of the music business. She created her own marketing agency, PVTL where, as Founder and CEO, she brings her expertise in Artist Strategy, Artist Brand Partnerships and marries it with her skills in Event Programming. PVTL also consults with brands about music strategy, programming and identifying artists they best align with for partnerships. Prominent clients of PVTL include: Spotify, Netflix, DJ Khaled, and Anderson Paak, to name a few. Kristen Fraser has taken the last decade to perfect her profession and consistently provide quality work to the cross section of music and Marketing Strategy, making her and PVTL a force that cannot be overlooked.
Kelsey Reddick currently serves as an A&R and Business Affairs administrative assistant at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Kelsey accumulated several internships as a student to prepare her first job in the industry, including at United Talent Agency, Captivate Marketing Group, Rostrum Records, and Sweetwater 420 Fest.
Shortly after graduation, she moved to Los Angeles with no job, and temped at Sony/ATV while commuting from San Bernardino, CA. A year and a half later, Kelsey is expanding her network by consistently attending industry events and even pursuing a Songwriting career.