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The 2021 - 2022 Women Wednesday
Executive Board

Sydney Yockey

Co-President, Sydney Yockey is the entertainment coordinator for the president of Universal Television Alternative Studio (MAKING IT, THAT’S MY JAM, CLASH OF THE COVER BANDS, THE WALL).

She graduated from the NBCUniversal West Coast Page Program and from Northwestern University where she majored in Radio/TV/Film and Minored in Business Institutions and Mandarin Chinese.




Saba Kinfe

Co-President, Saba Kinfe is currently a part of the television team at A24. Previously, she was on the development team at Broadway Video where she worked on projects like Kenan, A.P. Bio, and the upcoming Bust Down.


Saba has also worked on sets including Queen Sugar, Lovecraft Country, and All Rise with Director Cheryl Dunye and her production company Jingletown Films.

Sarah Al-Qatou
Co-Head of Mentorship

Sarah Al-Qatou is an LA based creative producer, who works with award-winning producer Dani Melia and filmmaker Lulu Wang under their new banner. She develops forward-thinking content that elevates diverse voices, and champions filmmakers focused on creating compelling, character-driven cinema. Previously, Sarah worked at independent financier and production company Big Beach, and before then with film acquisitions at Focus Features. She graduated from UCLA. She has served as a juror for the Sundance Institute & Women in Film 2021 Financing Intensive and participated in this past year's Women's Wednesday's BIPOC mentorship program.

Shelby Kovant
Co-Head of Mentorship

Shelby Kovant is a development executive specializing in social impact. She’s worked in various aspects of entertainment in Los Angeles over the past eight years – at a major talent agency, independent production companies, a studio, a grassroots program, and non-profits – after leaving her career in advertising in her native New York. Having lived out both MAD MEN and ENTOURAGE, it’s no wonder she’s into trying to make the industry more equitable for underrepresented voices.

Erin Jones-Wesley
Head of Digital Strategy

Erin Jones-Wesley is a So Cal native and a production and development coordinator for Lionsgate in the motion picture group. She graduated with her MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute Conservatory. The thesis film she produced, TIL LIFE DO US PART, was an official selection at the HollyShorts Film Festival in 2020. Erin was selected in MACRO’s inaugural 100 TikTok Black Creatives class and WHO-HA-HA's Fall Comedy Call Out. Erin has secured social media partnerships with brands like History Channel, Hulu, Honest Beauty, and others through her personal account Tiktok and Instagram. Erin has championed youth from all corners in sports through the non-profit organization she co-founded and is executive director of, Club 42. She loves reading, the beach, pop culture, puppies, and all LA sports teams (Go Dodgers!).

Mary McHenry
Head of Business Development

Mary McHenry works in scripted TV development at Get Lifted, John Legend and Mike Jackson’s production company. Before that, she was a creative exec at 20K, Ian Anthony Dale’s CBS TVS first-look. With a background in music and ethnic studies, she is passionate about bringing culturally specific narratives and diverse subcultures to the big screen. Outside of work you’ll find Mary on the bouldering wall at the climbing gym or at a music festival. She is ABBA’s number 1 fan.

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