Our Story


Shine Together is an organization dedicated to amplifying the awesome impact women have every day while simultaneously creating measurable opportunities for them around the world.

We do so by celebrating and elevating women —  many of them yet to be discovered - and providing a platform for them to celebrate and elevate each other. Our movement is organized around three core beliefs.

  • First, we believe storytelling is among the most powerful tools for change - so our stories spotlight real women 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.

Founded in 2018 by Leah Busque and Jamie Viggiano, 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.

We too recognize that success is limitless; the more it is celebrated and recognized, the more it will inspire future success. Shine Together is committed to the idea that women's stories deserve to be amplified to make a brighter future for everyone.  We hope you join us in shining on!

Our Values



Recognizing oneself in someone else’s story is a powerful thing. We share relatable stories from everyday life to motivate and inspire others.


We shine brighter when we all shine together. We welcome people of all genders, ages, backgrounds, and geographies to our community.


Giving credit when it’s due should happen more often. We root for all shining women and provide a platform to amplify their voices.


Positive change emanates from positive energy. We’re committed to building the brighter future we know is possible.


Change only matters when you can feel it. We prioritize tangible, measurable actions that directly touch lives.