Application form

Our Speakers Bureau Application is now open until February 5, 2021. We invite you to apply by downloading the application here and submitting your completed document to MacKenzie McSwain at mlmcswain@cflsdc.org.



If you are here to submit a letter of recommendation for an applicant, please visit this link and fill out the form:





Thank you for your interest in the CFLS Speakers Bureau! This initiative is an opportunity for you to learn to speak publicly about your lived experiences.


As a member of the Speakers Bureau, you will have opportunities to educate the community on your areas of expertise, advocate for the issues closest to you, and effect change in policies and practices. Through your stories, you will promote awareness and empower other women who are struggling alone or in silence. Our Speakers Bureau members have served as panelists and presenters for events held by The Atlantic; Convergence Center for Policy Resolution; Vera Institute; Maryland Department of Health; and more.


Our seven training sessions work to prepare you to be paid professional speakers, as well as form a community and safe space where you can approach and talk about your trauma in healthy ways. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will confirm closer to the start date if our sessions will be in person, a mix of in person and virtual, or fully virtual.


Those accepted into the program will be required to attend seven classes in total. You will be paid $25.00 per hour for 25 hours of training, which will be divided into two payments.  The first session and the last session are unpaid. You will begin to accrue payments beginning classes 2-6. So that we can build the cohort experience, participation in the program will require you to attend all classes, meetings and engagements. Payments will not be made if you do not complete all 35 hours of the program. Once you have completed the training, you will be expected to complete one unpaid practice engagement. You then will be eligible to receive paid speaking contracts. Failing to complete all program requirements will leave you ineligible for paid opportunities. 


Additionally, if selected, you will receive 5 hours of individualized coaching, therapy or mentorship, which you will select as part of your team of Speakers Bureau supports. These interactions are designed to create clarity and hone your public speaking skills. Your team of supports will help accelerate your progress by providing greater focus and awareness of where you want to be in the future. At the end of the program, you will be asked to participate in a focus group, interviews, and surveys designed to capture your experience so that we can continually improve the program. As a participant you will also sharpen your literacy and presentation skills, all competencies that will serve you in your personal and professional life.   



Anyone accepted to the Speakers Bureau MUST agree to attending all seven sessions. Our 2021 Training Schedule is as follows:


  • April 10, 2021: 10am-3pm

  • April 17, 2021: 10am-3pm

  • April 24, 2021: 10am-3pm

  • May 1, 2021: 10am-3pm

  • May 8, 2021: 10am- 3pm

  • May 15, 2021: 10am-3pm

  • May 22, 2021: 10am-3pm

current, ongoing and upcoming events



Throughout the year, CFLS hosts a number of special events aimed at raising funds and educating the community about the causes and consequences of homelessness and the unique plights faced by women reintegrating back into society after a period of incarceration.




Christmas Drive Adopt-A-Family Program


Walk & 5k To End H I V


To School


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Washington, DC 20001

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