Kathy Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer
A consummate business woman and visionary lesbian entrepreneur, Kathy Wolfe is best known as the founder and CEO of Wolfe, a company she established in 1985 to serve the needs of lesbian and gay audiences looking for films that spoke to their own lives. Wolfe has grown to include Wolfe Video, Wolfe Releasing and WolfeOnDemand.com and Kathy continues to pursue her vision of serving audiences across the globe.
As CEO of Lesbian.com Kathy continues her commitment to empowering the lesbian community and creating the best possible online experience for lesbians everywhere.
Kathy has been honored for her work by many organizations over the years. She was recognized by the National Organization for Women as a recipient of its “Excellence in Media Award,” by Forbes Magazine as an “Up and Comer,” and by The Advocate as a “Hollywood Star Player.” Additional honors include: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival with the “Frameline Award,” the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance’s “Barbara Gittings Award” and the National Center for Lesbian Rights “Community Partner Award.” In her spare time, Kathy is an avid restorer of historic buildings, an adventurous traveler and a collector of vintage travel trailers.
Maria Lynn, Chief Operations Officer
Maria Lynn’s professional career in finance and operations began in technology at Digital Equipment Corporation. Looking for more meaning in her work, she assisted Kathy Wolfe in the creation of Wolfe Video, and now serves as its President. Now in its 29th year, Wolfe is internationally known as the leader in mainstreaming films with gay content.
Melding niche marketing while casting a wide net in traditional retail, television and VOD is the key to Wolfe’s dominance in the sea of Indie Film Releasing. Lynn is a visionary leader and marketing specialist within the LGBT niche market. Her experience includes strategic partnerships with all mainstream platforms including Netflix, Showtime, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube and Hulu. Lynn is well known for her skill in developing creative relationships outside traditional models. For example, Lynn has augmented the popular Wolfe label and WolfeVideo.com with promotional work for other studios and distributors with LGBT content. As a result, Wolfe is more than a sales team; the company’s marketing efforts contribute to the success of hundreds of films annually. Her passion and skill have launched the genre into all mainstream outlets including globally via WolfeOnDemand.com.
Lynn has been recognized by numerous organizations as one of the top women in the home entertainment industry. Recently, she has been asked to join the executive team at Lesbian.com as Chief Operating Officer. Together, these two businesses create a formidable slice of the LGBT marketplace.
Shannon Wentworth, Chief Techonology Officer
Lesbian.com fulfills Shannon’s lifelong dream of having “@lesbian.com” after her name as well as her goal of empowering and connecting lesbians all over the world.
In addition to her current role as CEO and founding partner of the lesbian travel company Sweet, Shannon has worked in senior management roles at Care2, Olivia and PlanetOut. She has consulted with a wide variety of companies including dot429, See Jane Run, Current Motor Company, Anheuser-Busch, USMP and the Game Show Network. She also serves on the board of the San Francisco LGBT Center.
Recently, Shannon was named one of the “Advocate Magazine’s 40 under 40″, Go Mag‘s “Women We Love,” International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association‘s Travel Innovator of 2010 and 7 LBGT Locals Who Give San Francisco Its Good Gay Name, 7×7 Magazine.