Shine Together Declares 2018 the Year of Women Shining — Together.

At Shine Together, our goal is to make 2018 the year of women shining — together. A year where we celebrate how women and men are supporting each other, making everything and everyone brighter in the process.

Together, we can do this. We are at an incredibly pivotal point in our history. At Shine Together, we believe that our success is limitless, contagious, and, in the end, will inspire and ensure our future success.

Shine Together is an organization dedicated to celebrating and amplifying the awesome impact women have every day while simultaneously creating measurable opportunities for them around the world. And today, we are excited to announce that we have launched our platform to celebrate and elevate women globally.

Shine Together is organized around three core beliefs.

  • First, we believe storytelling is among the most powerful tools for change — so our stories spotlight everyday heroes accomplishing extraordinary things.
  • Next, we believe a combination of genuine mentorship and meaningful networking can fundamentally change a woman’s life and career — so we’ve committed ourselves to providing access to these crucial ingredients with high-impact community events.
  • Finally, we believe in touching real lives with more than words — so we dedicate resources and funding to organizations that provide opportunities to women and girls around the world.

Shine Together was deeply inspired by Valerie Jarrett and the women of the Obama Administration. These impressive leaders were relentlessly dedicated to shining a light on the successes and contributions of their female colleagues. In 2013, the cultural journalist Ann Friedman and digital strategist Aminatou Sow gave this concept a name — calling it “shine theory” and challenged women everywhere to consider whether success might be contagious.

“Shine Together is committed to the idea that everyone can shine on each other to make the future brighter,” said Leah Busque, Co-founder of Shine Together. “We recognize that success is limitless; the more it is celebrated and recognized, the more it will inspire future success. We hope you join us in shining on!”

“I’m so excited by what the Shine Together team is doing,” said Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Obama. “Shining is important everywhere. It just feels better to be in an environment where people want to see you win, want to see you thrive, want to figure out how they can help you and where you want to figure out how you can help them. It’s a healthier environment and people excel because people are supporting them and looking out for them.”

At launch, our #ShineTogether series will showcase stories from incredible and inspiring women, including Valerie Jarrett (Former Senior Advisor to President Obama), Nastia Liukin (Olympian), Ann Miura-Ko (Investor), and Selina Tobaccowala (Entrepreneur).

Shine Together was founded by Leah Busque, founder of TaskRabbit and General Partner at Fuel Capital, and Jamie Viggiano, brand consultant and former VP of Marketing at TaskRabbit, We are advised by Adam M. Grant, Author & Wharton Professor, and Meighan Stone, former President of Malala Fund. We have partnered with Tacori, who shares our vision of shining a light on the brilliance of women everywhere.

To learn more, visit our website at

Instagram: @ShineTogetherOfficial

Twitter: @shinetogetherus

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