Mother-Daughter team takes on one of the biggest issues of our time — 

Ashley Maria
Ashley MariaDirector, Producer, Co-Writer
Ashley Maria is a filmmaker known for her work as a writer and director for feature and short films, including the award winning Friday Night Fright™, a comedy horror awarded the Directors Guild of America (DGA) honor.

With over 10 years of experience making film and television content, the DGA recently featured Ashley as a director who represents “the future of women in film.”

Find out more about Ashley at, and peruse her filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Lea-Ann Berst
Lea-Ann BerstProducer, Co-Writer, Marketing
Lea-Ann taps into her 20+ years of creative, strategic and project management experience when she writes and produces documentary films.

Her 2nd time working with Director Ashley Maria, this part-time filmmaker is a full-time business consultant hired by medium-large businesses to build marketing campaigns and put them into action.

Find out more about Lea-Ann at, and peruse her filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

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Premiering in 2017!

At the age of 27, Ashley Maria did what many other up-and-coming millennial women do: she started to burn out. This is a phenomena that has experts guessing as to why, and what to do about it.
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Meet the People Who Give Their Time And Talents To The Film

The below volunteers have regularly invested their time and talents to the film. If YOU are interesting in volunteering, but can’t always offer a regular commitment, we’re interested!

The kind of help we are looking for might be promoting or supporting a campaign or an event, helping with various types of fundraising, or helping with production/post-production efforts. In return, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in our life-changing film. So if you can spare a few hours or would like to learn more, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us here!

Lauren Freedman
Lauren FreedmanEditor
Lauren Freedman is an editor best known for her work with the NHL Network and Microsoft HoloLens.

A comedy enthusiast, Lauren has the sense of humor we need for this film. She joined our team to make a difference and impact real change for career-driven women. She and co-editor Angela work side by side in the editing room.

Find out more about Lauren’s filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Angela Juzswik
Angela JuzswikEditor
Angela Juzswik is an editor whose work is influenced by surrealism, music and cultures.

Angela jumped at the opportunity to join our team to be a part of the conversation of women’s equity. She brings her passion of visual driven pieces to this film and enjoys experimenting with editing styles. She and co-editor Lauren work side by side in the editing room.

Find out more about Angela’s filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Pablo Vega
Pablo VegaMusic Supervisor
Pablo Vega is a film and video game composer and sound engineer from Durham, North Carolina.

Founder of The Workshop music studio, Pablo lends his talents to our film to guide all music-based film work efforts.

Find out more about Pablo’s musical talents by visiting his website at

Suzette Cotto
Suzette CottoOutreach
Suzette runs Houston, TX-based Innovate Social Media – a consulting practice that integrates social media with business and marketing plans, creativity, and web technology.

She helps the Pioneers in Skirts producers nurture and build supporter relationships.

Find out more about Suzette by visiting

Lauren McDonald
Lauren McDonaldPR, Outreach
Lauren attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Journalism with a concentration in public relations.

Lauren works with the filmmakers to help in social media engagement efforts as well as in publicity activation for the film.

Find out more about Lauren by visiting the HerCampus author page.

Rebecca Chan
Rebecca ChanSound Engineer
Rebecca is a Sound Mixer who specializes in working in Location Sound for television and film.

She travels with the Pioneers in Skirts crew to capture story in film set and run & gun environments.

Find out more about Rebecca’s filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Liz Yarwood
Liz YarwoodCinematographer
Liz Yarwood is a cinematographer who shoots in a wide variety of film and digital formats, including 3D.

She’s also the writer & creator of LA Picker! Liz travels with our crew to capture story on set and around the town.

Find out more about Liz’s filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Dan Lebental
Dan LebentalEditing and Story Mentor
Dan is a professional Editor, the Creator of the TouchEdit App, and Founder of Splice, Inc.. His feature film credits include Ant Man, Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens and Elf, to name a few.

Dan is helping the producers with “story,” and is mentoring the Pioneers in Skirts editorial team.

Find out more about Dan by visiting his IMDb page.

Brad Feld
Brad FeldExecutive Producer
Managing Director of the Foundry Group and co-founder of Techstars, Brad is a nationally recognized speaker and blogger on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.

As Executive Producer Brad not only supports the film, he advises on how to raise funds and recruit sponsors for the film.

Find out more about Brad by visiting