Elevating marginalized voices
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 events & 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.
We often get asked, "How can I help?"
You can become a Patron or if you want to help in a bigger way you can pay it forward with our scholarship program.
An end to imposter syndrome
A whopping 94% of us agree that a lack of confidence can hold us back, with two-thirds of women having experienced imposter syndrome at some point. Self-doubt can pop up at any time, sapping our confidence and making us feel small. For many, this is especially true in that pivotal moment before stepping out onto a stage and addressing a crowd. Our programs help women gain the confidence to become not just respected speakers, but leaders in their industries.
How can you help support in a small, consistent way?
Become a monthly Patreon.
Or if you'd like to support in a bigger way, you can provide a scholarship to an underrepresented and economically disadvantaged professional.
Fionna Before: Terrified
Fionna After: Poised & Confident
As an immigrant, Bengali woman of color with hearing loss, I’ve been mistreated based on my identity and disability since I was a child. I’ve been taught to assimilate as much as possible and silence my voice to avoid being ridiculed. It took a lot for me to apply to Shine, to even think about speaking at events. Never did I imagine I would speak at one conference, let alone 13 in one year. Over time, by learning how to use my voice on stage, I also learned how to use my voice in other spaces to share my point of view and to stand up against inequities. I’m so grateful that Shine came into my life. Thank you for teaching, empowering, and equipping us to hit stages and drop mics.
Ariba Jahan | Shine Scholarship Recipient 2019
Directly help shape the next generation of conference speakers and get more women on Stage.
Like many other women, we got tired of seeing all-male conference lineups. The common excuse? There “aren’t enough qualified female speakers.” 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 equip women with the tools and experience they needed to secure speaking gigs — and put an end to the dreaded “manel”. Want more background? Check out this post by Stef Grieser and Amy Wood.
Where you come in ↓
Pay it forward & sponsor one full-ride scholarship. By supporting a scholarship, you will provide tuition to an underrepresented and economically disadvantaged professional.
But let's be real, speaking is about more than being on stage.
It’s about having the skills and confidence to communicate with your audience, no matter where you are and who they are. Whether that be in a meeting, on a podcast or at a conference.
Yes, we create speakers. We also shape leaders. "Life-changing" and "transformational" are the words we've heard describe Shine time-and-time again.
After seeing women go through Shine, the majority of them have completely changed the trajectory of their careers as a result.
But it’s important that Shine is available to ALL womxn, no matter their skin colour, gender identity and expression, or financial situation.
By supporting Shine's scholarship program, you will provide a scholarship to an underrepresented and economically disadvantaged professional. While also helping shape the next generation of leaders.
Shine Co-Creators: Amy, Stef and Ale
Help Get More Women On Stage At Industry Conferences.
Shine Bootcamp started as a passion project. Coaches were volunteers. As Co-Creators, we worked 9-5 jobs and ran Shine off the side of our desks. To us, Shine Bootcamp was 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.
But since our first workshop, Shine has evolved. It's not just a passion project anymore, but a purpose-driven business. Today, we pay ourselves, our coaches and our contractors. The remainder of our profits go back into Shine, including investing in both DEI work & organizational anti-racism work.
We’re not a registered non-profit or charity; however, in a lot of ways, we operate like one. We collect funds (via membership, registration and sponsorships) to run one-of-a-kind programs that result in real, tangible impact.
There are a few ways you can help
Depending on where you're at.