Shyne’s unstoppable team of dedicated volunteers and employees work on behalf of survivor entrepreneurs access to small business support, mentorship, coaching, education and capital. We envision a new economy where survivor business owners network to maximize impact and accelerate innovative solutions. By generating equity and shifting power we believe financial independence and freedom for all survivors is possible.
Executive Board of Directors
President and Chief Visionary Officer
“I founded Shyne to support survivors interested in building their own way forward through business ownership. The network we are creating gives me great inspiration. With over 50 survivor entrepreneuers working to address the complex adaptive issue of human trafficking I have a renewed sense of hope. I envision a future where survivors are free from exploitation, financial abuse and system dependence. By embracing their purpose, hardwork, and dedication survivors are creating a brighter future for communities around the world.”
“I support Shyne because everyone deserves an equal opportunity. In a world where some people view others as a commodity, we take a stand against that.
For any person who has been treated as a possession, who has been forced into any form of labor against their will, or who has felt the need to subject themselves to any inhumane situation due to economic hardship, we are here to help them create a new opportunity for themselves.
Shyne not only provides the skills training and knowledge for survivors to develop into independent business owners, but also a survivor led business network to connect with for support. Empowering and helping survivors connect in order to succeed. It just makes sense.”
“I work with Shyne because Shyne organization actually does what It sets out to do; “provides survivors year round professional development services.” I could not be more proud to work with these survivors who fight for economic independence and their right to be successful.”
Founding Board Member
“Shyne creates real social change for some of the most underrepresented groups in the world, survivors of sex trafficking. It cultivates the true dreams of those that want to participate in a reality by paving pathways to economic equity through education and support in entrepreneurial development . The focal point is what the participants themselves desire to do to create safer ways of making money versus a program design that tells them what they should be doing. So the best part is that it promotes freedom for the survivors to paint their own canvas, take their business ideas and creations and SHYNE!”
Shyne Survivor Advocate since 2019
Monica Griffin an influencer, survivor advocate, author and motivational public speaker. Her calling in her career is to break the stigma for Survivors around the world who identify as a "lived experience expert," so all survivors can thrive in their purpose and celebrate their milestones and transformations without harsh criticism from outside the community. Her focus is to bring equality to the community of trafficking survivors one speech at a time. Monica's up and coming book addresses the breakthrough and transformations survivors journey through when on their path to success and peace.
Emeritus Board Member
Strategist & Growth Advisor since 2020
Mel Lim is currently the CEO of Maspira Groupe, an innovation consultancy focusing on product development, growth strategies, and brand experiences in B2B, B2C, AI, VR, SaaS, IoT, big data, cybersecurity, consumer electronics, luxury, retail, hospitality, V2X, food & beverage, robotics, and neuroscience. Mel recently completed a book entitled Turtle Design in a Rabbit Age. Published by CRC Press, her book offers a platform to help people achieve equanimity and find meaning in their work and lives through mindfulness, and companies to craft value by reframing their approach to impact creation and experience design.
She lectures on innovation, consumer behaviors, and women in leadership at leading institutions like Stanford University and KPMG. She has served on advisory boards at the New School in NYC, the World Brand Congress, Upflex NYC, and Maison Marcel and is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Engineering Leadership program at California State University Chico. Mel was recently awarded the Top 50 Tech Visionaries Award by Intercon and was named among the 250 Most Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs by DataBird.