Yvonne Welbon is Founder & CEO of the Chicago-based non-profit, Sisters in Cinema and a Senior Creative Consultant at Chicken & Egg Pictures. She is an award- winning independent filmmaker and has produced and distributed over 20 films which have screened on HBO, BET, PBS, Starz/Encore, TV-ONE, IFC, Bravo, Sundance Channel, Netflix and iTunes and in more than 100 film festivals around the world. Raised in an Afro-Latin Honduran household on the South side of Chicago, Welbon received a B.A. in History from Vassar College and then spent six years in Taipei, Taiwan, where she learned Mandarin and founded her first business, an arts magazine which she ran for five years that was the first of it’s kind in the nation. Welbon has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and chaired the Journalism and Media Studies Department at Bennett College. She completed an M.F.A. in Film/Video at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Ph.D. in Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women.
Sisters in Cinema’s Business & Development Coordinator, Chloe Herring is a creative producer with aspirations of elevating diverse filmmakers and their stories as a creative executive. Storytelling has been a huge part of Herring’s journey to cinema, starting from the crib when her parents would read her bedtime stories, through a childhood with a huge imagination (but no TV), and in her early career as a journalist. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, Herring worked as an assistant editor, digital editor and content producer in television news, at the Miami Herald and at the Chicago Sun-Times. Sold on the power to captivate audiences through the art of film, Herring is now a graduate film student at Columbia College Chicago.