2016 NASW National Conference Speaker
CEO of Crisis Text Line
“Social change isn’t something you should do just to help pad a resume. Follow your passion.” – Nancy Lublin
Social Entrepreneur and CEO, Nancy Lublin harnesses people, technology, and data to change the world. While many operate in traditional models of outreach and management, Lublin breaks them, turning her new and effective solutions into some of today’s most innovative and disruptive nonprofits and social movements.
Lublin launched Crisis Text Line, the world’s first 24/7, free, nationwide-text line for people in need. With over 11 million texts received, Crisis Text Line used the data to create Crisis Trends, tracking when and where issues occur and empowering educators, counselors, policymakers, and citizens to help prevent future crisis from happening. By year’s end, Lublin will expand Crisis Text Line internationally, allowing people around the world to text in and get help.
Lublin rescued Do Something from the edge of collapse in 2003. The organization was $250,000 in debt, laid off 21 out of 22 people, and lost their offices. As CEO, Lublin transformed it into the largest youth organization in the world, with 3.6 million active members — more than the Boy Scouts — and a $24 million budget by 2014. Their success attracted companies like Pepsi and Chase, for whom Lublin advised corporate social campaigns. With progress like this, it’s no surprise that Fast Company called her one of the “most creative people in business.”
At age 23, Lublin turned a $5,000 inheritance into Dress for Success, a nonprofit that provides interview suits and career development training to women in need. Today, Dress for Success helps women in more than 140 cities in 20 countries.
McGraw-Hill Education appointed Lublin to its Board of Directors in 2015, bringing her “extraordinary track record in technology innovation and leading two major not-for-profit organizations.”
Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” (2014), Marie Claire’s “20 Women Changing the World” (2014), one of Schwab’s Social Entrepreneurs of the Year (2014), Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute (2013) , named to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (2007), one of Glamour magazine’s Women of Worth (2006), Fast Company’s Fast 50 Award (2002), and NYC Women’s Commission Woman of the Year (2000).
TED Conference Presentations by Nancy Lublin: Texting that saves lives and The heartbreaking text that inspired a crisis help line