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These Founders Developed A Mental Health Platform To Empower People Of Color In The Workplace

A lack of belonging in the workplace led associates turned founders Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi to develop a mental health app for people of color to find support and community.  

Samantha Dorisca

Sep 9, 2022

McDonald's Black & Positively Golden Scholarship Program To Award $500K To Students At HBCUs

This move could be life-changing for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). McDonald’s has announced its official plans to remove both financial and mental health barriers for HBCU students in its latest Golden Arches’ Partnership Extension powered through the Shine app, a minority-owned app dedicated to stress and anxiety management. According to a press release, McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden Scholarship program will award $500,000 in scholarships to 35 HBCU students through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). “We take seriously the opportunity we have to help our future Black leaders succeed,” said Marty Gillis , New Jersey McDonald’s Owner/Operator and a National Diversity Marketing Committee Lead, in a press release. “The intense and sustained financial and emotional challenges of the past two years have been difficult for many Black students, which is why McDonald’s and our Owner/Operators are committed to meeting them...

Shanique Yates

Nov 17, 2021

Women's Self-Care App Shine Is Now On Android

Shine, the women-focused self-care app, is now available for Android users. Shine offers daily motivational and self-improvement quotes through audio and text messages. The app built by women co-founders, Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi, provides assistance for a wide range of topics including stress, anxiety, relationships, career goals, productivity and more. The app was previously only available on Apple’s App Store and through text messages. Android users can now enjoy Shine Premium, a subscription-based service, which features the standard motivational text with audio meditations and affirmations, personal check-ins along with personalized 7-day challenges to help users achieve their goals. Shine Premium is $53.99 per year or $9.99 per month. Shine told TechCrunch last year that the company’s $5 million Series A funding would be used to develop an Android app. Shine has been successful on the App Store, especially after the Christmas holiday. The app is ranked 31 on the App...

Arriana McLymore

Jan 4, 2019