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 a country in search of an answer to a really BIG question — what will it take for women to achieve their career dreams?

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

When you invite Director Ashley Maria and Producer Lea-Ann W. Berst to speak at your event, they 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 through empowering stories and offer the strategies they have personally learned along their journey of making Pioneers in Skirts.

Crew and cast members may be available to speak too! Like, Lia Schwinghammer and Iman von Briesen. The two are featured in our “Girls Who Dream” storyline.

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.

Speaking on a range of topics, including:
  • 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?”

  • Discussing bias and sexism through an intergenerational lens.

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