Shine Speaker Accelerator Program

Become a conference speaker

An intensive 6-week speaker accelerator for ambitious women who want to build their speaking career and land conference speaking gigs.

Level up your skills + land conference speaking gigs

Over six weeks and with the mentorship of seasoned professional speakers and coaches, you’ll craft an engaging story, design an eye-catching slide deck, develop your stage presence, deliver a captivating talk, and build a fruitful speaking network. 

You’ll leave with everything you need to pitch and secure those coveted speaking slots. 

Are you ready to grow your career, business, and personal brand through speaking?


What’s included


Weekly calls with a top-rated speaker coach


2 private coaching sessions ($1000 value)


3 small group coaching sessions (5:1 mentor to coach ratio)


Speaking spot at the Showcase


Custom social assets to promote your talk


Extra resources, templates + exclusive content


Attendance to an exclusive workshop on how to get paid as a speaker


Private speakers’ community


Coveted Shine pin

The stuff you’ll walk away with


Stand-out talk title, description + speaker bio

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Polished 15-minute talk and slide deck


Valuable social proof and testimonials


Professionally edited speaker reel and video of your talk (valued at $500)​


Valuable connections & lifetime access to the Shine Slack channel


Lifetime access to exclusive course materials & workshops


Professional graphic design support


Professional copy editing support

Gettin’ the speaking gig

Our programs speak (and pay) for themselves. Our alums have secured 1000+ speaking engagements. 

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What people say about Shine

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.”

—  Lisa Pierson |  Copywriting consultant + mom of two daughters.

After Shine, Lisa secured speaking slots at Interact Ohio, Digital Growth Unleashed, Call To Action Conference and INBOUND.


Apply to be a part of it! 

We want to be super transparent on our selection criteria. Here is how we evaluate.


The application takes about 9 minutes to complete and includes a no-longer-than-2-minute video.

Mark the application deadline in your calendar

Submit your application no later than Friday, July 31st at midnight PST. 

We’ll let you know…

If you are in.

It’s official once you seal the deal

If you are selected, please know that the cost of attending is $1650 USD. We’ll send you a link to register and pay.

It’s official once you seal the deal

Need to convince your boss?
We got you covered: ‘Pitch Your Boss’ Email Template


Need financial assistance?

We believe speaking should be accessible to everyone.

As such, we offer a handful of scholarships for underrepresented or economically disadvantaged professionals. Check out the details here.


We’ll send you an orientation package and details on what’s next.

Live coaching + resources every week

You'll attend live coaching sessions every week on Wednesdays.

Expect to spend 6-8 hours a week on assignments, homework, and program deliverables.


  • Applications close Friday, July 30th.

  • Kicking off: Monday, September 20th

  • Weekly coaching: on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays

Present at the Speaker showcase

Our program culminates in a Speaker Showcase.

And to up the stakes even more, we'll be inviting conference and events organizers looking for star speakers.

It's not over yet...

Now that you're officially a speaker, learn how to find, pitch, and secure speaking engagements, get paid, and more. 

How it works

Shine alums have gone on to speak at conferences like:

Back in 2022.

We'll send you an email when applications open 💌
Welcome to Shine!

We run our accelerator program a few times per year. Join the waitlist and be the first to know when we open.

Seasoned keynote speakers + 
professional speaker coaches

We hire only the best, most consistently high-rated coaches for our programs - because we want the best for you. Hone your presentation development, style and delivery with the guidance of a professional speaker coach. 

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Marie Poulin

You Tuber. Shine Alum. Notion Pro. 

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Els Aerts

Top-Rated Keynote Speaker. Speaker Coach

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Erica McGillivray

Coached ~400+ speakers for both in-person and virtual events at Moz, CMX, GeekGirlCon, and consulting.

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Gabriela Milian

TV Reporter & Speaker Coach

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Hamza Khan

Keynote Speaker.
 “Do Things, Tell People"

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Jessica Dumas

Leadership Speaker Coach

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Anum Hussain

Speaker. Storyteller. Entrepreneur. CEO & Co-Founder Below The Fold News.

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Kirsty Hulse

Prolific Public Speaker. 
Founder of Roar Training.
Qualified coach.

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Madeline Schwarz

Communication coach for quiet leaders and organizations.

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Jace Meyer

Social Entrepreneurship and Speaker Coach

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Michael Aagaard

International Keynote Speaker. Public Speaking Coach. CRO Consultant. 

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Rhonda Khan

 Professional Public Speaking Coach. Speech Language Pathologist. Professional Actor. 

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Sonia Thompson

Shine Alumnae, Speaker and Speaker Coach

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Conference Speaker. Product Manager at CNN.

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Sylvie Lui

Executive Voice, Accent & Communications Coach

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Valerie A Garcia

VP of a Saas Co. Speaker. Writer.  Speaker Coach

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The Speaker Showcaase

The crescendo of our program is a conference, where you will have the opportunity to deliver your talk in front of a live audience. And to up the stakes, even more, we’ll be inviting conference and events organizers looking for star speakers. Think of it as an audition for your next big solo.



Been watching all the 
talks & still in AWE! Wow!

Keisha Frazier had me doing deep breaths and trusting my heart at 11pm last night!💘✨ #shinebootcamp



I’m going to take a nap to celebrate my first ever live talk 😭😭

Thanks so much to my wonderful coach @Kirsty_Hulse!! And thank you to #shinebootcamp organizers 
@alejandraporta and @smgrieser!! 

I’m officially a speaker and I’m coming for all types of speaking engagements💪🏾🔥

Megan O'Shaughnessy


My @shinebootcamp talk was a success! Thank you to all who came out and watched. Couldn't have done it without my amazing speaker coach 
@mariepoulin.There are still many more amazing speakers this week - check them out! 

Kay Fabella 


After giving my #shinebootcamp talk and watching so many other incredible ones, this INFJ is gonna wrap up here in Spain.

Seriously, people, these womxn have SUCH powerful messages to share. Amplify their voices, our world needs them.

Buenas noches from Madrid 💕

Taylor Kim


There’s no high like the speakers high! 

#shinebootcamp managed to create an unreal speaker experience— even virtually 👏👏👏

Marcus Kernohan


Three talks into the #ShineBootcamp mini-conf, and I'm more in awe of people who put themselves out there to speak than ever. Also just really excited and grateful to be able to hear from some great new voices.

Become a conference speaker
(in 2022)


How do I get into Shine Accelerator? Do I need to apply?

The Shine Accelerator is super intimate with hands-on 1-on-1 and small group coaching. In order to be considered, you’ll need to fill out our application form (including 2-minute video) and satisfy the following criteria: -You have a compelling story to share and/or something valuable to teach -You are ready to hit large-scale conferences -You have already done some some speaking -You have a wish-list of conferences you want to speak at -You plan to pitch yourself -You are ready to book more speaking engagements to grow your career, business, and platform -You welcome critical feedback and are prepared to work through the messy stuff to experience breakthroughs We evaluate applications based on the above criteria as well as the effort and enthusiasm demonstrated.

What is the time commitment required?

Expect to spend between 6 and 8 hours per week on Shine - including attending 1-on-1 and group coaching sessions, reviewing complementary course materials, and developing your talk and slide deck.

What is the curriculum like?

Our curriculum is a blended model which consists of 1-on-1 and group coaching, self-paced coursework and simulated learning experiences such as the Speaker Showcase. You'll be divided into small groups and assigned a pro speaker coach who you’ll meet with 6 times leading up to the Speaker Showcase - this means built-in community and accountability. You’ll also get instant access to all Shine course materials including video content, exercises, and assignments to prepare you to present at the Speaker Showcase. These course materials are supplementary but go deep into a number of topics you may wish to expand upon, such as storyboarding your talk, anchoring your talk in evidence, or even setting up your at-home presentation space. It's likely you will go through several iterations of your talk as you receive and integrate feedback from your coach and peers. This is all part of the experience and results in a high-quality talk which past mentees have used to pitch and secure speaking engagements. Our program culminates in the Speaker Showcase - a conference featuring you, and we often have conference and events organizers in attendance. Your final presentation will be recorded and edited.

When will coaching sessions happen?

You will have a total of 6 coaching sessions (roughly 1 per week), including 1-on-1 and small group sessions. Your first group session kicks off on September 22nd, 2021 at 5 pm in PST, EST or BST timezones (you'll let us know which timezone you prefer). Your 1-on-1 coaching sessions will be on either Wednesday or Thursday, which you will schedule directly with your coach.

What other dates and deadlines do I need to be aware of?

-July 30, 2021: Applications close -August 6, 2021: Cohort is finalized; expect to hear back from us within 1 week of this date -August 25, 2021: You’ll receive your orientation package and be invited to the Shine Slack -September 20, 2021: Shine officially kicks off with a mandatory kickoff call (This is when you’ll meet your coach and get to know your cohort a little bit.) -September 22 - October 30: Join weekly calls with your coach, make your way through course materials, and build your talk -October 15, 2021: Submit your final talk title, description, and bio for the conference website -October 22, 2021: Dress rehearsal with your coach and mini group -October 25 - October 27: Show up ready to present your final talk at the Shine Speaker Showcase (And cheer on your fellow cohort as they present their talks too!) -October 28, 2021: Graduation celebration

Who will my coach be? Do I get to choose? If not, how do you decide?

We do our best to pair mentees with the coach we believe will best support them based on expertise, perceived learning styles, and desired outcomes. Because we run Shine online and therefore worldwide, time zones will also be a contributing factor to mentee-coach pairing. Finally, we want to ensure you feel supported and safe, so you will have the opportunity in your application to indicate whether you are comfortable working with a man as well as if you would prefer a BIPOC coach. If you are unhappy with your coach pairing, please get in touch with us at and we will work with you to find a solution.

What if I can’t make a coaching session or the kickoff call?

Please do your best to show up to all coaching sessions and the kickoff call as these live sessions are an invaluable part of the program and core to your success. If you are unable to attend, please let us know and your coach know so they can account for your absence. We will be in touch with coaches regularly to follow up on each mentees’ progress. Live coaching calls will not be recorded.

How does this program work across multiple time zones?

You will be assigned to a coach along with 5 of your peers to create a mini-group. You’ll work closely with this mini-group over the 6 weeks as you refine your talk. Mini-groups are created primarily by time zone to make real-time group work and coaching more convenient (however, we can take into consideration other factors such as preference and areas of expertise). We hire coaches to accommodate PST, EST and GMT time zones, however, you do not need to be in these time zones to participate; we will place you in a group which is closest to your time zone. We do our best to group you in cohorts that are close to your timezone, but with numbers, we cannot guarantee it. We will contact you in advance to make sure the schedule works for you. In the past, we've had mentees do Shine from places like Spain, Austria, Singapore, Nicaragua, Panama, and Taipei. Mentees have found that the timing has worked out well by planning ahead and blocking time in their calendars. If you're in Australia, New Zealand, or in an Asia Pacific region, you will have a slightly different schedule so that you can work in step with your global classmates. If you fall in this category, we'll check in with you to see if the schedule works for you. Again, past mentees have found that the timing has worked out well by planning ahead and time-blocking in their calendars.

What tools will we use?

Zoom (video conferencing) for all coaching calls. Thinkific (course platform) to watch the video lessons. Free Slack (instant messaging) to connect with your peers in a private forum. Google Calendar for all event details and links. Google Drive, Google Forms, and Notion for all administrative details. Bevy for the Speaker Showcase.

If I’m not accepted, can I apply again?

Yes! Please apply again. If it didn't work out this time, there is always next time. And we really, truly mean that. We’ve accepted a number of applicants who didn't get in their first try.

I’d like my work to pay for this. Do you have any materials to help me secure professional development budget?

Here's a resource to help you pitch your company and/or boss. We recognize that asking for pro-d funds can be a big challenge in and of itself, so let us know how else we might help you by sending an email to We're pretty convincing and have helped people advocate for themselves in the past :)

What if I have a job, a family or other time commitments?

Most of our mentees have full-time jobs or busy freelance schedules. We’ve created an intensive timeline that is designed to stretch you - but it will still be manageable given your real-life responsibilities.

What is the cost?

The price for the full 6-week program - which includes coaching, course content, access to the Shine community, resources, a slot at the Speaker Showcase, a recording of your talk, and more - is $1650USD. There are no hidden fees, add-ons, or other surprises. Advisors, peers, and alum have told us this is priced low, but we want to make it accessible given our mission. Should you be accepted, we'll send you a link to register where you'll be asked to pay.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, we do! We have two payment plan options: 2 monthly installments of $825 or 3 monthly instalments of $550 USD.

Do you offer bursaries or scholarships?

YES! We believe speaking should be accessible to everyone. As such, we offer dozens of scholarships for those with financial need (Preference given to BIPOC, Trans, and otherwise marginalized individuals). If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form at and be sure to select "Accelerator" as the program you are applying for.

Do you offer refunds?

Because we hire coaches based on the exact number of mentees, and because you get instant and lifetime access to course materials, all Accelerator registration fees are non-refundable.

When does your next program open?

We run our speaker accelerator program a few times per year. The truth is: we put so much energy and heart into running Shine. It's not just a course with some pre-recorded videos - it's a course, coaching, group workshopping, community. Not to mention a weeklong Speaker Showcase. We won't run another program until early 2022. The best way to know when we launch is by signing up for our email list (we only email you when our programs open and close). And by following us on Instagram and Twitter.