Invite Us To Speak

inspiring audience interactions
Television Interviews
sharing personal journeys
Panel Discussions
engaging and relevant dialog

Numbers move minds, stories move hearts

Have you ever wondered what it’s like making a documentary film? Especially one that takes you across the country in search of an answer to a really BIG question — what will it take for women to succeed in the workplace?

Would you like to experience an authentic understanding of what ambitious women and girls are up against?

Director Ashley Maria and Producer Lea-Ann W. Berst get up close and personal when speaking with large and small audiences. From keynote to panel to post-screening Q&A chats, they will connect with your audience with relevant stories and share the strategies they have learned.

Crew and cast members may be available to speak too! Like, Lia Schwinghammer — she is the founder of Queen City Robotics and is featured in the film as a leader who figured out how to get girls to stay in the field of STEM.

Speaking on a range of niche topics

After years of research and traveling the country to capture stories and find strategies for overcoming barriers, the filmmakers offer behind-the-scenes stories of their personal journey, an update of what the featured characters are doing now, and ideas for what people can do right now to impact positive change within our culture.

Examples of keynote topics:
  • How the film found us; why a mother-daughter duo felt compelled to answer the question, “what will it take to achieve a gender equal world?”
  • The challenges of telling a story (when everything affects everything).
  • How to use story-telling for meaningful change.
  • How these filmmakers captured reality and shaped the narrative at the same time.
To hire us for a speaking engagement, please contact:



  • Ashley travels from: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Lea-Ann travels from: Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Lia travels from: Charlotte, NC, USA

Pioneers in Skirts is now available online for employees and organization memberships to watch from the comfort of their own home! CLICK HERE to host your online screening!