DoSomething.org CEO Nancy Lublin enjoys building exciting things out of people and ideas. Fortune named her one of the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders."
At age 23, she turned a $5,000 inheritance into Dress for Success, a global entity that provides interview suits and career development training to women in need. Today, Dress for Success helps women reclaim their destinies in more than 125 cities in 15 countries.
In 2003, Lublin came to Do Something to rescue it from the edge of collapse. The organization had lost its office space, was $250,000 in debt, and had laid off 21 out of 22 people. Lublin moved everything online, transforming it into DoSomething.org and began using technology like social media and texting to reach its audience. DoSomething.org is currently among the largest youth organizations in the world with more than 3.6 million active members. With progress like this, it's no surprise that Fast Company called her one of the “most creative people in business.”
In 2013, Lublin turned her TED talk into her third company, raising $4 million and launching Crisis Text Line. Heralded as a pioneer in big data for social good, Crisis Text Line has processed 5 million messages since launching. In 2015, she announced that she would depart Do Something in late-October and take over Crisis Text Line as CEO.
Lublin’s approach to business, teens, and technology has transcended the not-for-profit world, making her a sought-after expert and public speaker. She wrote a monthly column for Fast Company for two years and taught graduate-level courses as an at Yale and NYU. Lublin has advised corporate social cause campaigns including Chase Community Giving, The Bully Text: Superstar Edition with WWE, and Pepsi Refresh. She is also the author of business best seller Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business. Recently, she edited XYZ Factor: The DoSomething.org Guide to Creating a Culture of Impact, a book on millennials in the workplace, which will be out in February 2015.
The Schwab Foundation named her one of 2014’s Social Entrepreneurs of the Year. The World Economic Forum selected her as a Young Global Leader in 2007, welcoming her participation in Davos for five years. She is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. From 2011 through 2014, Lublin was named one of the NonProfit Times’ 50 Most Powerful. Lublin has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.
“Nancy Lublin was VERY good. The audience really liked her, especially her comments during the panel discussion.”
-Co-Op Financial Services