Marilyn Batchelor, an entertainment and media industry veteran, is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Partnerships for Patti LaBelle’s GPE Records and is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences – AKA The Grammys. Her brilliance and expertise are behind the marketing plans responsible for the successful launch of the artistry by Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige, Sherly Crow, and Gwen Stefani just to name a few. Marilyn’s creativity, leadership, and commitment to relationship building resulted in establishing partnerships between the music industry and the sports industry as you know it today. She’s brokered marketing partnerships with BMW, Coca-Cola, Ford, Nike, McDonalds, and the list goes on. It was also Marilyn’s tenacity for building relationships that resulted in the multi-billion dollar venture Beats by Dre.
In addition to all of this, Marilyn is an ordained Methodist pastor and lives a life of service as chaplain at St. John’s Medical Center, mentor to LA’s inner city youth, and serves on the Board of GoHaiti!, a non-profit orphanage she visits every Christmas.