Celebrity Buzz


Oprah Winfrey

Cheers to Oprah Winfrey for helping spread awareness for girls' education in Africa.  SHARE's founder was interviewed on Oprah Radio and SHARE's work was published on the Oprah’s Angel Network.

In honor of Women’s History Month, Oprah highlighted SHARE's founder, Shannon McNamara, as an “exceptional female”.

Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama congratulates Shannon McNamara on SHARE's success in promoting education in Africa.  At the International Women's Day event, the First Lady praised Shannon for "her inspiring way of being" and "her extraordinary achievements." Mrs. Obama also called Shannon "a peacemaker."

Signourney Weaver

Signourney Weaver gave praise and encouragement to SHARE's work in Tanzania at the 10th Annual Art of Giving Gala, New York City. Weaver shared that she is sponsoring a child's education in Africa and strongly agrees with SHARE's mission and philosophy. View here

Cory Booker

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, is a huge proponent of volunteering, and very supportive of Share's work promoting girls' education in the developing world. Mr. Booker and SHARE's founder, Shannon McNamara met in New York City at the 2011 Art of Giving Benefit, an event for GenerationOn, the youth division of the Points of Light Institute. Shannonwas presented with the Hasbro Community Action Hero award.

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus, host of NBC's The Nate Berkus Show, was so impressed with SHARE's work in Africa that he invited SHARE founder Shannon McNamara to be a guest on his show. Shannon was asked about the importance of raising the quality of education for girls in Africa.  Nate told a national audience that SHARE was "really fabulous" and "very, very cool."  

Nate Berkus is a design expert, New York Times best-selling author and a regular contributor to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" since 2002.  

Condoleezza Rice

SHARE founder Shannon McNamara had the honor of meeting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice  in May 2010 in Washington D.C.

Dr. Rice was impressed with the charity and welcomed the SHARE brochure and DVD that Shannon offered. Dr. Rice congratulated Shannon for being honored as one of "America's Top 10 Youth Volunteers," winning a National Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her outstanding community service.

Miley Cyrus

Singer and actress Miley Cyrus gave SHARE’s founder, Shannon McNamara, a special invitation to her November 2009 concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The teen sensation met with Shannon and two additional SHARE volunteers, Bridget Bauer and Dylan Canete backstage prior to the concert.  Cyrus told the girls that “SHARE is awesome” and thought that their volunteering was "really cool." Shannon had been singled out for “doing an outstanding job volunteering and making an impact in [her] community.”

Monique Coleman

Actress Monique Coleman (High School Musical; Dancing with the Stars) was so impressed with the work SHARE is doing in Africa, that she tweeted (92,000 followers) reporting how SHARE is "changing the world" and included a photo of herself with SHARE founder Shannon McNamara

Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan

Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan spoke with SHARE founder Shannon McNamara about the importance of giving adolescent girls in developing countries access to education.  The two met at Carnegie Hall in New York City at Glamour Magazine's "Women of the Year" event on November 8, 2010.  The Queen was presented with Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year award and is a Girl Up Global Advocate.

Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker, renowned fashion photographer, author, and judge on the reality show "America's Next Top Model," has volunteered in Tanzania and has seen first hand the difficulties for African girls.  Nigel spoke with SHARE founder Shannon McNamara in Washington, D.C. at the U.N. Girl Up Pep Rally on January 12, 2011. He was very interested in hearing about SHARE's work in the East African country. 

Landon Donovan, Captain LA Galaxy, and Juan Pablo, Captain, NY Red Bulls

The Red Bull Arena lit up on the night of August 14, 2010, in front of a sold out crowd of 25,000 fans for the New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Galaxy match.  SHARE founder Shannon McNamara had the honor of doing the official coin toss to start the game. Shannon was also introduced to Landon Donovan, Captain of the L.A. Galaxy, and Juan Pablo, Captain of the N.Y. Red Bulls.

The SHARE video presented at half-time detailed SHARE's mission to deliver a more promising future to less fortunate children in Africa. It was an amazing evening.

Senator Robert Menendez

SHARE founder, Shannon McNamara, had the opportunity to visit with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez in his office on Capitol Hill.  Senator Menendez was very impressed with SHARE's accomplishments.

Steve Adubato

Steve Adubato invited SHARE founder Shannon McNamara to be a guest on his television program, One-on One.

One-on-One with Steve Adubato news program features SHARE, 2011

One-on-One with four-time Emmy Award-winning anchor Steve Adubato gives insight into today's world. One-on-One discusses compelling, real life stories and features political leaders, CEOs, television personalities, professors, artists and educational innovators who each share their experiences and accomplishments.  

Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan spoke with SHARE founder, Shannon McNamara, and U.N. Girl Up Teen Advisors Jenna Bailey, Olivia Layton, and Bridget Duru, at a reception celebrating the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day at the White House on March 8, 2011. 


Alana Beard

Alana Beard, professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics and an WNBA All-Star, learned of SHARE's efforts to empower girls in Tanzania while at the United Nations Foundation Girl Up Pep Rally in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2010.

Tiffany Thorton

Actress Tiffany Thornton, television star on the Disney Channel’s “Sonny With A Chance,” was introduced to SHARE's work in Africa at the AllyKatzz Teen Summit in New York City on October 10, 2010.

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (Pulitzer Prize winners) are interested in SHARE's efforts educating girls in Tanzania. 

Photo taken at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT, on June 8, 2011, with Kristof, WuDunn, SHARE founder, Shannon McNamara, and SHARE Board members, Sean and Karen McNamara.

Jenna Bush
Jenna Bush Hager spoke with officers of the Rice University SHARE chapter at Rice Univeristy.
Spike Lee

New fans of SHARE! Spike Lee and Brian Goldner, the President & CEO of Hasbro, talk with SHARE's founder, Shannon McNamara on May 26, 2011 in New York City.