Start your journey as a thought leader

Our 2-day speaker bootcamp is designed for diverse subject matter experts to kickstart their speaking career.


What is it?

A practical, no-fluff public speaking training that equips you with best practices, templates and strategies needed to establish and market yourself as a qualified speaker.

No prior speaking experience required.


Who is it for?

Our speaker bootcamp is purposely designed for women, people of colour and LGBTQA+ professionals.

Ideally, you have 3+ years of work experience in the tech industry and have a compelling story to share or something insightful to teach.

Be the protagonist of your story.

Confidently share your insights, expertise and personal experiences with the world.

Bootcamp agenda

Breakfast starts at 8:30am on both days

Day 1

Mindfulness Class
Tackling imposter syndrome, the elephant in the room, fear of speaking, and more.

Storytelling Class
Structuring your talk, defining your core message and supporting points, and more.

Design Class
Crafting your slide deck, sourcing impactful imagery, emoting feelings through fonts, and more.

Delivery Class
Managing your voice, appearance, hand motions, types of talks — panels, moderating, keynotes, and more.

Day 2

Branding Class
Writing your speaker bio, applying for speaking opportunities, setting rates, best practices for self-promotion, and more.

Practice Class
Dedicated time with your coach to practice what you’ve learned and prepare for your talk.

Mini Conference
Present a 5-7 minute keynote utilizing everything you’ve learned over the weekend.

Networking Mixer
Celebrate the conclusion of our speaker bootcamp with all the students, teachers, coaches, and community partners.


“I feel so much more confident and skilled than I did just a short month ago. I’ve started actively pursuing gigs.”

Dayana Cadet, Speaker Bootcamp Graduate

$500 CAD *

August 24 and August 25
Downtown, Toronto

* We recognize the cost of our speaker bootcamp can be a barrier for some. Thanks to our sponsors, we provide subsidized seats (50% off) as well as scholarships (complimentary seat) prioritizing underrepresented and economically disadvantaged professionals. You can confidentially let us know if you require financial assistance in your application.

What’s included

  • Breakfast and lunch on both days to keep you energized

  • Pre-bootcamp course materials to help you prepare for the weekend

  • Personalized, actionable feedback on your talk by experienced speakers

  • Best practices for finding (and applying to!) speaking opportunities

  • Safe and supportive community invested in your success

Expected outcomes

  • Well-crafted talk title and description

  • Beautiful slide-deck with the help of a professional designer

  • Professional headshot and personalized speaker bio

  • Access to our growing community of speakers

  • Certificate of completion for all graduates


Past teachers


Educator at University of Toronto, Queens University and TDSB

Sr. Consultant at Bright + Early

Founder at Do Well Dress Well

Managing Director at Student Life Network & Parent Life Network

Content and Social Media Consultant at Jasmine Williams Media


Sr. Managing Director at KDPM Consulting Group

Coach at Keidi Janz

Founder at Women and Color

Founder at DesignX Community

Tech Expert at CBC


Past Coaches

Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships at Ontario Digital Service

Senior Program Manager at G(irls)20

Senior Associate, Programs at MaRS Discovery District

Senior Policy Advisor at The Ontario Cabinet Office

Account Manager at Mindle.ai


Managing Director at Pidari

Mindset Coach at A Walk In My Stilettos

Speaker and Social Entrepreneur

Founder and CEO at MB & CO and Mint Maintenance

Coach at Meraki Inspired Coaching and Consultation Inc.


“I’m a big fan of the work that Mohammed and Chanèle are doing. It’s truly important work that needs to be supported.”

Hamza Khan, Speaker Bootcamp Teacher

Past Experience

Don’t miss this opportunity to kickstart your speaking career.

Applications are due by Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Meet the team

Founder and Executive Director

Director of Programming

Chapter Lead, Toronto

 Bootcamp Sponsors