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 Associate Director, Delrisha White is an educator, consultant, writer and advocate for youth. Her leadership and activism stems from her experiences growing up as a Bay Area native strengthened by her family’s experience with addiction and the justice and child welfare systems. She finds her purpose in helping young people from similar communities, work through their traumas so they can lead and create the communities they see for themselves.
Described by Dr. Cornel West as “a powerful, intellectual, moral and spiritual force for good,” she is a modern day Renaissance woman tackling issues on health disparities, media, social politics, and justice. Delrisha has consulted and worked with a range of organizations including Teach for America, Ogilvy & Mather, and the Oracle Corporation. She has facilitated and led workshops for colleges including Bennett College, Harvard University and San Jose State University. Additionally, she has partnered with government agencies, corporations like Microsoft, and nonprofits across the country. Delrisha’s work, which has been published both domestically and internationally can be found in publications at Harvard University, New York University (NYU) and in the Huffington Post and Belle magazine. Her work has been featured on local and national media including UNCF, Black Entertainment Television (BET), CSPAN and NBC.
Delrisha holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies with a minor in Global Studies from Bennett College in Greensboro, NC. An avid traveller, Delrisha has visited countries in Europe, Asia, Central America and French Polynesia. In 2019, she earned her master’s in Education Policy & Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.