As CEO of DoSomething.org, Nancy Lublin turned a hopeful organization into one of the world's most influential not-for-profit volunteer groups. The outpouring of teens texting Do Something for personal help led Lublin to found the Crisis Text Line, the nation's first 24/7 text message-based helpline, which will launch in August 2013. Nancy talks outlines some of the obstacles she had to overcome in the creation of the Crisis Text Line.
As CEO of DoSomething.org, Nancy Lublin turned a hopeful organization into one of the world’s most influential not-for-profit volunteer groups. Her deep understanding of teenagers, trends, and technology helped Do Something become the 5th largest charity on Twitter with over 500,000 followers.
With a B.A. from Brown University, an M.Litt (Master of Letters) degree from Oxford University, and a law degree from NYU, Lublin founded Dress for Success at age 23. She turned a $5,000 inheritance into a global franchise that provides interview dress and career development training to women in need. Today, it has expanded to more than 120 cities in 13 countries.
At Do Something, Lublin mobilizes teens to commit to causes they care about most, from bullying to teen pregnancy to homelessness. The company has grown tremendously through Nancy’s leadership, along with the support and funding of organizations such as Google.org, which provided a $2 million grant to help further the organization’s mission. In 2009, Do Something won a Webby Award for Best Youth Site.
The outpouring of teens texting Do Something for personal help led Lublin to found the Crisis Text Line, the nation’s first 24/7 text message-based helpline, which will launch in August 2013.
The author of Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business, Lublin’s innovative approach to business has transcended the not-for-profit world. She has taught graduate-level courses in public administration at both Yale and NYU. Leveraging her social media-savvy and can-do attitude, Lublin has advised corporate social-cause campaigns, including Chase Community Giving and Pepsi Refresh. A Thought Leader at LinkedIn, Lublin has blogged about her philosophy on business, entrepreneurship, and success.
Lublin was named to Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women and The NonProfit Times' 14th Annual Power & Influence Top 50. Selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Nancy was named one of Fast Company’s Fast 50, Woman of the Year by the NYC Women's Commission, and has been awarded honors from Forbes magazine and Ms. magazine. She has been featured on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, CNN, The New York Times, and The Economist.