Booking Shay/BGIM for speaking engagements: Winter/Spring 2019

I’m taking a quick break from the usual postings to give you some information. I am currently booking spring 2019 speaking engagements. For fall 2018, I have one more date that I can put on the calendar, and I would love to speak to your group or organization.

My signature solo presentation is Authentic Dialogues: Talking about Racism and How to Take a Stand Against Hate.

This interactive session is designed to look critically at racism in our communities and our nation by examining the roots of white supremacy and how the past impacts our present. A key goal will be teaching, sharing, and learning practical tools for working in our own communities to combat racism and to start conversations on addressing racism and difference in predominantly white spaces. This session is a mixture of lecture and small-group work, which will allow participants to deepen their knowledge of racism in the current landscape of America, examine their own biases, and learn techniques for starting conversations on racism and how to be an effective ally.

I also can create keynotes/talks that are crafted for your own special event or the needs of your organization/community’s membership or population.

So what’s the bottom-line deal? Obviously, there is a cost for this work but to make it accessible, I have created a sliding scale that is based on organizational budget.

Fee Schedule 2018-2019

Signature Presentations

  • “Authentic Dialogues” – 90 minutes: $1,250 to $1,500
  • Cross-Racial Conversations” sessions (conducted with Debby Irving): Varies

Keynotes, Speeches, Etc.

  • Organizational budget under $250,000: $1,500
  • Org budget $250K to $500K: $2,000
  • Org budget $500K to $1 million: $2,500
  • Org budget over $1 million: $3,000 to $5,000
  • Community groups that are not officially organized: Case-by-case basis; typically ranges between $500 to $800 plus travel costs.


  • Varies widely depending on scope and audience

Here is a partial list of venues at which I have spoken in the past few years:

TEDx Dirigo
Beacon Hill Meeting House – Boston, Mass.
Marblehead Racial Justice Team – Marblehead, Mass.
UU Urban Ministry – Roxbury, Mass.
Central Square Theater – Cambridge, Mass.
Nevins Memorial Library – Methuen, Mass.
Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Maine Women’s Fund – Portland, Maine
Knack Factory/ACLU – Portland, Maine
Waking Windows – Portland, Maine
University of Maine – Augusta
University of Maine – Orono
University of Maine – Bangor
University of Southern Maine – Portland
SURJ Southern Maine/Seacoast – Kittery, Maine
York Diversity Forum – York, Maine
First Parish UU Church – Kennebunk, Maine
Deering High School – Portand, Maine
Lincoln Middle School – Portland, Maine

To book or for additional information: Email me directly at

Note: I do work outside of New England but the cost may differ significantly for anything outside the region. The rates noted above are specifically for Northern New England.