Speakers Bureau Application Fall 2021


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. Our application period is now OPEN until 11:59pm on September 3rd. Interested applicants should fill out the application here.


Please note that you will not be able to save your application as you work on it, so it is important that you gather all necessary documents ahead of time. In addition to answering questions on the application, you will be asked to submit a resume and a letter of recommendation. Your letter of recommendation should come from a colleague, supervisor, mentor, case manager, or someone who has played a role in your personal and professional growth.


For your reference, you can download a PDF version of the application: Click Here


Need assistance? We are here to help you with your application. If you need technical help opening the application form, completing your application, or just have questions about how to submit, we are happy to set up office hours to walk you through it. Please reach out to MacKenzie McSwain at mlmcswain@cflsdc.org to set up an appointment.


Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 

                                                            About the Speakers Bureau

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.


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 accrue payments for 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.   


Since participation in the full 35 hours is required for payment and graduation, we have attached a timeline for your consideration. By submitting this application, you affirm that you can attend all 7 training sessions.  


October 23, 2021                     First Public Speaking Training 10:00am-3:00pm 


October 30, 2021                     Second Public Speaking Training 10:00-3:00pm  


November 6, 2021                    Third Public Speaking Training 10:00-3:00pm  


November 13, 2021                  Fourth Public Speaking Training 10:00-3:00pm 


November 20, 2021                  Fifth Public Speaking Training 10:00-3:00pm


December 4, 2021                    Sixth Public Speaking Training 10:00-3:00pm


December 11, 2021                  Seventh Public Speaking Training and Closing Ceremony 10:00-3:00pm

If you have any questions about the application process or about the Speakers Bureau training program, please reach out to the Speakers Bureau Coordinator Mackenzie McSwain, mlmcswain@cflsdc.org.   

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