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Shine is an immersive 3-day incubator for womxn in technology, marketing and startup environments who want to share their stories, become respected thought leaders in their industries and, ultimately, secure large-scale professional speaking gigs.

Participants will also take part in an intensive 4-week virtual program prepping them for the in-person event where they'll work with seasoned professional speakers to craft an engaging story, design a beautiful slide deck, develop a strong stage presence, deliver an engaging presentation and build a supportive and fruitful speaking network.

What is it?

What’s included

Actionable, tailored feedback on the content, style and delivery of your talk from professional, seasoned keynote speakers

A Friday welcome reception — cocktails, appies and entertainment

Breakfast and lunch both days

A four-week virtual program to help you build the foundation of your talk

Access to our community before the event and our alumni group after 

Long-lasting friendships and valuable connections

Real-time tweets and testimonials about your presentation

A professional speaker headshot 

A professionally edited video of your 10-minute talk

A talk title and description

What you’ll walk away with

An awesome slide-deck designed by you with the support of a professional designer

How it works

We are only taking 18 women. We believe specific, tailored and personalized coaching and feedback will help you become a better speaker.

 Apply to be a part of it!

Mark the deadline in your calendar.

The application deadline is Friday, March 15th at midnight .

We want to be super transparent on our selection criteria. 

We’ll let you know if you’re in.

It's official once you seal the deal.

Need financial assistance? 
We're offering scholarships for 3 special women. 

Join the community and get access to course materials.

One we’ve selected our final cohort, we’ll invite you to our Slack community and give you access to our course so you can start working on your deck (with our help) before you come.

Show up & shine!

Show up on Friday, May 24 and get ready to Shine! 


Friday | May 24

Evening Welcome Reception

Saturday | May 25

Workshopping, 1-on-1 Coaching and Refining

Sunday | May 26

Shine Speaker Showcase

Your Coaches

Alexa Hubley

Michael Aagaard

Kirsty Hulse 

Jordan Bower

Stefanie Grieser

Freelance CRO Consultant, International Keynote Speaker, Public Speaking Coach.

Marketing Manager at CXL Institute. Speaker. 

Founder CTAConf, Co-Founder Shine Bootcamp, Speaker & Seasoned Conference Content Curator.

Leadership & Culture Storytelling Consultant. Keynote Speaker.

Founder & MD of Manyminds. Keynote speaker. Author. Mentor  


Our Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring? Contact us hello@shinebootcamp.com 


Need to convince your boss? 
We got you covered. 'Pitch Your Boss' Email Template

If you are selected, please know that the cost of attending is $999 CAD ($760 USD). We’ll send you a link to register and pay!

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What is the cost? 

Attending is $999 CAD ($760 USD)

What your mission? 

Ultimately, our mission is to elevate the voices of those who don’t readily raise their hands to speak or aren’t recognized when they do. At the highest level this means empowering more women to get up on stage, since women are often outnumbered by men at marketing and tech conferences. That said, we believe wholly that without intersectionality our mission falls flat. We are committed to providing a platform for those often underrepresented at conferences and events, including but not limited to trans women, femmes, other members of the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities POC and in particular BIPOC.

Is transportation and accommodation included?

Transportation to and from will not be provided, nor will accommodation. If you’re from out of town, we suggest pitching to your boss. And we’ve even made it easy with this ‘pitch your boss’ email template. Becoming a thought leader in your industry is good for you and the company you work for. 

Do you offer scholarships?  

It’s important to us that Shine is available to all women, no matter their income or employment status. As such, we are offering scholarships to 3 women (2 local, covering registration, and 1 out of town, covering registration, flight and hotel). If you’re applying for a scholarship, please let us know in your application video & send us an email (hello@shinebootcamp.com). 

Is three days enough time to write a speech, create a slide deck and build a landing page?  

No. Building a keynote presentation takes time, which is why we’ll be providing participants with assignments and resources leading up to the event. Participants will be expected to come to the bootcamp with a rough 10-minute talk and slide deck. The weekend will then be spent getting coached, networking, perfecting and presenting your expert-approved presentations. 

Why did you launch?   

Like many other women, we got tired of being told the reason there wasn’t a gender diverse lineup is because “there aren’t enough qualified female speakers.” But rather than just talk about the problem, we wanted to be part of the solution. Shine was launched as a means to empower women in technology with the tools and experience they need to get up on stage and share their knowledge. Want more background? Check out this post by Stef Grieser and Amy Wood.  

Is Shine Bootcamp a non-profit?

Shine Bootcamp is not a registered non-profit; however, in a lot of ways we operate like one. We collect just enough funds (via registration and sponsorship) to host a one-of-a-kind event focused on providing the best experience for each and every one of our participants. Many of our coaches volunteer their time and even sponsor their own travel and accommodations. We offer multiple scholarships to provide barrier-free education to those who may not otherwise have the funds to attend. Any profits that we have made have gone back into Shine, including investing in organizational anti-racism work. To us, Shine Bootcamp is not about making money, but rather using our privilege to be better allies and provide others with the same opportunities that we've been afforded.

Do you run events in other cities?

Yes! We will be coming to Toronto in the fall of 2019. Dates are to be confirmed. If you're interested in attending the fall bootcamp, please follow us on Instagram or Twitter for the latest updates and email hello@shinebootcamp.com so we can add you to our email list

How can I host a Shine Bootcamp in my city?

If you're interested in hosting a Shine Bootcamp event in your city, get in touch with us at hello@shinebootcamp. We want to scale the impact of Shine, but with just three of us running it off the side of our desks, we need your help. We are currently working on a Playbook for other cities to host. Get in touch!

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Natasha Wahid, Head of Marketing at Widerfunnel

Shine was one of the most impactful professional (and personal) experiences I've ever had. I have wanted to get up on stage and share my expertise for a long time, but have always found reasons to hold myself back. At Shine, I was surrounded by an incredible group of allies in a super safe, motivating space. And holding myself back just didn't make any sense. It was a space where I couldn't help but excel. Once you get up on stage, once you feel those supportive vibes, once you stumble, laugh, power through...you realize that you've belonged there all along. I couldn't recommend Shine more for any woman with something to share.

After Shine, Natasha secured a keynote at CXL Live

Taylor Morrison, Owner of of We Are Jubilant

Attending Shine Bootcamp was one of the best decisions I could have ever made, both for my career and for my confidence. It's a weekend-long event, but the support extends well beyond the weekend. Shine gave me resources, support, and a network of incredible women. Since Shine Bootcamp, I've been able to speak at several events. I recently spoke at You Got This Conference, and I'll be facilitating a workshop at the Outcomes Conference and speaking at a Chick Tech Conference in Chicago. 

Lisa Pierson |  Copywriting Consultant & Mom of two daughters.

I can’t believe how much I learned over such a short period of time - the training was both rigorous and supportive. I NEVER would have considered speaking publicly if it weren’t for shine, but now I’m excited and ready for it.”

After last year’s bootcamp, Lisa secured speaking slots at Interact Ohio, Digital Growth Unleashed, Call To Action Conference and INBOUND.

When Shine Bootcamp came around, I had been thinking for a while about really wanting to speak AND looking for a female mentor in the tech space. Shine provided me with both. An empowered, inspiring environment full of incredible women and leadership as well as the ability to take my speaking career to the next level. I would not only do it again but 10/10 recommend it to anybody who asked.

Amalia Fowler, Account Manager at Snaptech Marketing

Since Shine, Amalia has spoken at five large-scale conferences and 40+ smaller ones.

SHINE Bootcamp was a transformational experience. I've dreamed for years about getting started with a speaking career. SHINE gave me everything I needed to stop dreaming, including ripping away all my excuses for not moving forward. The training sessions in advance of the Bootcamp were action-packed and valuable and helped prepare me to get the most out of the weekend. The weekend of events was a game changer. I had a fantastic coach, strengthened my network with the other coaches, attendees, and organizers, and left with more confidence, a professional video, and photos. The biggest impact the weekend had on me was the realization that I can do this. I've been equipped with all the tools and a ton of valuable training on both a micro and macro level. I can't say enough wonderful things about SHINE Bootcamp. Participating was worth every penny and more. 

Sonia Thompson, Columnist | Marketing Strategist | Consultant | Speaker | Author 

What Women Said About Last Year

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Here is how we evaluate

In the Press

2 Simple Ways To Demolish Barriers To Inclusivity

Read the Forbes Article

By Sonia Thompson  

Shine Bootcamp: Help get more women on stage at conferences

Read the Google Article

By Krista Seiden  

 Shine Bootcamp: Our re-brand process and why we did it 

Read the Medium Article

By Alejandra Porta  

Who are we

Shine is a passion project led by Amy WoodStefanie Grieser, and Alejandra Porta

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Sonia Thompson

Columnist | Marketing Strategist | Consultant | Speaker | Author