Events Producer @GMB
Radio Personality @iHeartRADIO
Canadian born to Haitian parents Stichiz was raised in South Florida. The young artist has opened up for music mega-stars, Shawn Mendes, Nick and Joe Jonas, Wyclef Jean, Lil Kim, R.City and Gucci Mane. Stichiz is also a media personality serving as an On-Air Host and the official voice of Miami’s 103.5 The Beat FM “Bangin Hip-Hop and R&B” and other stations in the US; Stichiz can be heard nationally on various iHeart Radio Stations like; WMIB 103.5 The Beat In Miami, Detriot, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville and more. In addition to her passion for music, Stichiz is active in her community serving as the former President of Florida State Conference of the NAACP Youth and College Division, current youth board member for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, as well as a mentor for Women of Tomorrow and spokeswoman for Literacy Inc. Stichiz is the Miami Chapter leader and Events Producer of Girls Make Beats.
Content Partnerships & Strategy
Tristin Marshall works at Capitol Music Group (CMG) in Content Partnerships and Strategy on the company's Global Creative team. Over the last three years, she has worked in digital marketing, digital strategy and business development, including growing the social media accounts for Motown and PRIORITY Records, creating tech and artist accelerator programs, and the musictech conference Capitol Royale.
Tristin began her career after college as a digital fellow for Southern Living magazine in Birmingham, AL. After the fellowship concluded, she followed her passion in music and accepted her first role at CMG as Coordinator, Community Manager, running the social media pages, websites, and email marketing for Motown Records and PRIORITY Records. She served as the cultural voice for both labels who both have a deep-rooted footprint in music history and Black culture. A year later, she moved to Digital Strategy and Business Development where she assisted on the first ever hackathon held at a record label and CMG’s musictech festival Capitol Royale. She also helped to launch several speaker series and workshops focused on the music and larger entertainment industry featuring women and young, aspiring executives.
Aside from her main role at CMG, Tristin is also a co-advisor for the Hollywood & Vine Intern Program and is co-chair of Universal Music Group’s Black employee resource group, Black Label. In her free time, Tristin volunteers in the children’s library of the Inglewood Public Library and loves to travel.
Tristin attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied Media and Cinema Studies with a minor in African-American Studies, and she earned certifications in Public Relations and Black Women & Gender Studies. During college, she was a digital marketing intern at the United Neighborhood Houses of New York and Bravotv.com at NBC Universal.
LA Chapter Leader/Brand Partnerships
Girls Make Beats
Whitney Taber started in the music industry over a decade ago taking a job as the Executive Assistant to Rihanna's Creative Director. Shortly after that, she began working for one of Billboard's top 25 Recording studios in the world the Record Plant; working with the music industry's top artists such as WiIl I Am, Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, Prince, Justin Bieber, Pharell and Beyonce. Being the only woman in the building for 10+ years, she worked her way up the ladder from intern to Studio Manager and eventually became the Vice President.
During those 10+ years she stayed immersed in her own creativity along with her love for helping others, she explored other avenues of the entertainment industry. Becoming a TV and radio personality, she began producing and hosting with internet based start up Dash Radio and All Def Digital.
Her passion and purpose collided in 2017 when she became the Los Angeles Chapter Leader for Girls Make Beats. With GMB, she helps to create opportunity, representation and change in the male-dominated music industry while also being an example of great things women can achieve with the right leadership to ensure the next generation of women and music will be heard, represented and respected.
Ms. Taber is the the very proud LA Chapter leader along with Head of Partnerships for Girls Make Beats! With the 2020 launch of her creative agency, Pretty Funny Productions, she is jumping back into radio/ podcasting, content creation, Television, and Audio Production. Ms. Taber is now producing shows such as The Girls Make Beats Podcast, The Plug Radio, and Creative Convos. Her mission is to continue making quality content to help move the conversation and the culture forward, while creating bigger opportunities for people to think, grow and create freely.
Director of External Affairs
Waco Theater Center
Founder of Black Excellence Brunch
Trell Thomas is a media expert and activist. His work spans from career beginnings on the historic Obama Presidential Campaign in 2008 to overseeing talent relations and communication within some of the biggest brands at Viacom to perfectly aligning social good causes, corporations and celebrities.
Additionally, Trell has a great appreciation for sharing narratives of diverse communities and bringing stories of excellence to the forefront through various events that he curates and hosts. Over the years, he has sat down with many respected figures to share their journey including; Ms. Maya Angelou, Ms Tina Knowles Lawson, Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan, Chris Rock, Ms. Gladys Knight, Usher, Jason Derulo, Matthew Cherry, Ralph Farqua, and Tina Gordon Chism to name a few.
Trell is a well connected man that uses his network for good. He also brings a passion for inspiring and empowering the next generation to Girls Make Beats. We are happy to have him serve on our Advisory Board.
A passion for innovative marketing has helped Lena Franklin, 27, continue to establish herself within the music industry. Lena began her career at Sony Music in the college marketing department, while attending Tulane University. Creating and hosting events that connected artists with their fans including; A$AP Ferg, G-Eazy, and Dej Loaf. After receiving dual degrees (B.F.A. Music Composition & B.S. Business) and completing an A&R internship under Salaam Remi’s imprint Louder Than Life Records.
Lena continued her career, post university, with UMG at Interscope Records in the Urban Marketing Department.
Since joining Interscope, she has worked on breakthrough acts such as Rich The Kid, Jay Rock, and Summer Walker. In her current role as marketing manager Lena continues to flourish working with Top Dawg Entertainment acts including Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q.