Asha Dahya – author, TEDx speaker and founder of GirlTalkHQ.com Asha was born in the UK, raised in Australia, and now resides in Los Angeles, California. She has spent the last 16 years creating, producing and hosting content for networks such as MTV, MSN.com, Disney, ABC, Nickelodeon, Fox, Nine Network Australia and more. Considered a voice of authority in the feminist media space, she has delivered keynote addresses for Accenture’s International Women’s Day event, UCLA’s Bruin Belles annual conference, and the 2018 Los Angeles March for Moms event where she shared her expertise on Maternal Mortality and Paid Family Leave. Asha has also moderated panels for UN Women, Mount Saint Mary’s University, and EmpowHer Institute. Through her work, Asha focuses on reproductive rights, gender equality, and the representation of women in media. She is passionate about empowering women and girls to take up space, raise their voice and share their story with the world.
In addition to being the Artistic Director for the Cleveland International Film Festival, Mallory Martin is also a co-founder of mama.filmCLE – the Cleveland branch of mama.film. Working within the film festival industry for over 10 years, Mallory has served on multiple juries, as well as participated in panels and pitch sessions around the world. Mallory graduated from the film program at Ohio University and began her career by working for the Athens International Film and Video Festival, producing public media broadcasts, and writing and directing short films. Mallory has a son, Ollie.
Lela Meadow-Conner is Executive Director of Film Festival Alliance and founder of mama.film, which was a Satellite Screen for the Sundance Film Festival in 2021 and presents the rePRO Film Festival for reproductive justice, presented by Bloomberg Philanthropies. She has more than 18 years of experience in independent cinema exhibition, with leadership roles at organizations including the Tallgrass Film Association and Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival. She has participated in The Industry Academy, a program of Film at Lincoln Center and the Locarno Film Festival, has served on film juries including AFI and the NAACP Image Awards and is a frequent panelist for industry organizations like The Gotham and Columbia University. She currently serves on the board of Los Angeles’ iconic Vidiots Foundation, soon to relaunch in the historic Eagle Theatre. She is a co-prodcuer for Sav Rodgers’ documentary Chasing Chasing Amy, producer for Nitzan Mager’s Strange Love, and executive producer for Emily Christensen’s Feminist Foremothers podcast.