Shine Speaker Foundations Program

Present with confidence.
Speak with Intention.

A supportive 8-week speaking program for women who want to overcome their fears and communicate more effectively.

The Winter 2022 cohort kicks off January 10, 2022


Gain the skills + confidence to deliver powerful presentations

Whether you want to speak at local events or simply give more authoritative presentations at work, this 8-week program will help you overcome your anxieties and communicate more effectively.

Weekly workshops, breakout sessions, and access to a private community cultivate long-lasting friendships and valuable connections. You’ll grow alongside incredible women in an intimate and supportive learning environment built for flourishing.

What’s included:


Weekly live workshops 


Assignments, activities + deliverables


Exercises to manage your fears around speaking


Shine course materials with 25+ pre-recorded lessons


Access to a private Shine community

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1-on-1 session with a Shine mentor


Certificate of completion


Guaranteed enrollment in the Shine Accelerator program

You’ll learn and develop your:


Unique point of view + message


Storytelling skills


Written, oral + visual communication 


Self-confidence + self-compassion


Personal brand


Self-promotion strategies


Stage (and Zoom) presence + delivery


Leadership + authority

week 1


Tackle self-doubt, imposter syndrome and the fear of speaking.

• Get clarity on what self-doubt and imposter syndrome are, including some myths.‍


• Learn about cognitive distortions and how to combat them through the practice of re-framing.‍


• Gain powerful tools for pumping yourself up (or calming your nerves) before important moments and events.

Week 2


Discover the talk topics that really matter - to you and to your potential audience.

• Articulate your own unique point of view.


• Identify areas of expertise, which is the overlap of your knowledge and experience.


• Understand the difference between passion and “passion” - and learn how to weave the former into your presentation.

Week 3


Compile compelling evidence for your talk, like projects, personal anecdotes, and even tweets.

• Choose one or more impressive projects to feature in your presentation.


• Collect supporting evidence to strengthen your talk thesis.


• Understand what makes a good story, and how to sprinkle it thoughtfully throughout your talk.

week 4


Create the structure, outline and content of your talk.

• Discover multiple proven frameworks for building a dynamic talk.

• Physically map out your presentation using a number of different techniques.

• Test your talk flow out and get critical feedback.

Week 5


Write and create a magnetic talk title, description, and bio.

• Understand how your talk title and description work together to attract attention and attendees.

• Write compelling talk copy using a number of proven frameworks and approaches.

• Craft a bio that speaks to your credibility - and your quirks!

Week 6


Define your personal brand and create the visuals to reinforce our message.

• Define and document your speaker brand values. 

• Create a beautiful and impactful slide deck through thoughtful typography, color, and photography.

• Take inspiration from a template and make it look and feel unique to you and your brand.

week 7


Hone in on the details that make your presentations pop.

• Discover tools and exercises to help you speak clearly, confidently, and with conviction.

• Add personality and memorable moments to your presentation using a number of devices such as resonant phrases, comparison, humor, pop culture, multimedia, and more.

Week 8


You’ll deliver your talk live to your peers.

Congratulations, you’re officially a speaker!

Weekly Workshops are hosted every Tuesday starting August 31st for 8 weeks

We will host two Weekly Workshops each Tuesday to accommodate different time zones: 10am PST / 1pm EST / 5pm GMT and 4pm PST / 7pm EST / 11pm GMT.

Take a peek inside our program 👀

Although slide decks *really* don't give you the whole picture, here's a taste of the content we'll cover and how deep we go (click on the cover to see the entire deck).

Meet your instructors + mentors 

Join Shine co-creators Ale, Amy and Stef and guest instructors for weekly live workshops. Plus access our directory of Shine mentors for 1-on-1 support.

Why our alums love Shine

Ximena Cordon


A few months ago, I was feeling stuck in my career. I was doing what I was good at, but in a disruptive industry, and all the good and bad that comes with it (blockchain) which led me to become increasingly curious about finance and tech. I was having an existential crisis.

Carolyn Lyden


Y'all, I just got home (& caught up on sleep) after an amazing weekend at 
@shinebootcamp. Not only did I make amazing connections and new friends, but Shine gave me the tools to help over my constant, nagging insecurity

Nandini Jammi


I was def wondering how 
@shinebootcamp turns a profit as I plunked down my *suspiciously* affordable deposit earlier this year.

Turns out, it does not. @smgrieser @alejandraporta & @amy_would make this happen on their own time, at cost.

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Do I need to apply? How do I register?

You don’t need to apply for Shine Foundations - it’s first come, first served enrollment. All you need is a willingness to learn and a commitment to show up. Head on over to this page to create an account in Thinkific and reserve your spot.

What is the time commitment required?

Expect to spend between 2 and 4 hours per week on Shine - including attending Weekly Workshops, working through complementary course materials, and prepping for your final presentation.

What tools will we use?

Zoom (video conferencing) for our Weekly Workshops. Thinkific (course platform) to watch the video lessons and communicate with the rest of your cohort. Google Calendar for all event details and links.

When are Weekly Workshops hosted, and what if I can’t make one?

Weekly Workshops are hosted every Tuesday starting January 10th for 8 weeks. We will host one Weekly Workshop 90 minutes in length each each Tuesday at 4pm PST; 7pm EST If you’re unable to make a Weekly Workshop, we have identical lessons pre-recorded. Meaning, you will be able to find materials which go over the same lessons and topics within the Shine Course which you’ll have lifetime access to. Please note, however, if you wish to graduate from Shine Foundations, you are required to attend at least 4 of 7 Weekly Workshops.

What can I expect from the Weekly Workshops?

Each week will focus on a specific topic or theme, such as uncovering your unique expertise or designing a slide deck. It will begin with some sort of ice breaker or centering activity and then move into a lesson with breakout group activities interspersed. Each Workshop will build off of previous Workshops, so it’s best to attend as many as you’re able to, especially if you want to graduate.

What are the graduation requirements?

Graduates of Shine Foundations get a certificate of completion and are automatically accepted into Shine Accelerator should you wish to continue your speaking journey. If you would like to graduate, the following must be completed: -Attendance of minimum 4 (out of 7) weekly workshops -Must be engaged in workshops, including providing valuable peer feedback -Presentation or video submission of your 10-minute talk You can graduate at any time - there is no limit to when you submit your final presentation, however, if you’d like the chance to present in front of your peers you’ll have to be ready for October 19, 2021.

What will the final week look like? Will I present the talk I’ve been working on?

On week 8, you are given the option to present your talk in front of your peers. This deadline will help you to stay on track - and gives you the opportunity to gain valuable feedback on your completed presentation.

Is the program open to folks outside North America?

Yes! We had people in Europe, Taipei, and Panama join us last time. We host 2 live, facilitated calls every Tuesday for 8 weeks: (1) 10am PST; 1pm EST; 5pm GMT (2) 4pm PST; 7pm EST; 11pm GMT. This way we can accommodate as many people as possible across multiple time zones.

What is the cost?

Inspired by Inner Workout, we are offering a sliding scale on enrollment for this program, which includes lifetime access to course materials, facilitated Weekly Workshops, guest instructors, and a private community. Please visit our enrollment page to learn more about the different price tiers.

Do you offer payment plans?

We do not offer payment plans at this time; however, we are offering tiered pricing on a sliding scale. Plus, if cost is a barrier for you, we have several bursaries available.

Do you offer scholarships or bursaries?

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 "Foundations" as the program you are applying for.

Do you offer refunds?

We do not offer refunds, however, if you are suddenly unable to attend this cohort, simply let us know within 14 days of the start of the program and we’ll be happy to defer you to the next cohort at no cost. Any deferral requests after 14 days will be processed with an administration fee of $100.