Meet the new Women Wednesday Co-Presidents
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 is currently a part of the development team at Broadway Video where she works on projects like Kenan, A.P. Bio, and the upcoming Bust Down. Previously, she’s worked on sets including Queen Sugar, Lovecraft Country, and All Rise with Director Cheryl Dunye and her production company Jingletown Films.
Meet the rest of the team
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.
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.
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!).
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.
Women Wednesday Founders
Carly Kleinbart is a Director of Development for feature films at Mandeville. Prior to joining Mandeville in 2019, Carly began her career at WME in the Motion Picture Literary and Business Affairs Department before moving into development and production at Pascal Pictures. She founded Women Wednesdays and runs the LA branch. She co-founded and runs our inaugural BIPOC Next Gen Mentorship program with Lizzie and the Steering Committee. Carly is also a member of the inaugural class of Times Up: Who’s In The Room, a program geared towards empowering the next generation of producers and executives. A Princeton, New Jersey native, Carly received her B.A. in Film/Radio/Television and Business from Northwestern University.
Lizzie Frieder is a development and production coordinator at Tina Fey's production company Little Stranger. She previously worked in Los Angeles at United Talent Agency in the Motion Picture Talent department. She is based in New York City. She created the NY branch of Women Wednesday and co-founded our inaugural BIPOC Next Gen Mentorship program with Carly and the Steering Committee. A Princeton, New Jersey native, Lizzie received her B.A. in Film/Radio/Television and Business from Northwestern University.