2011 Summit


April 8, 2011 | Bennett College | Greensboro, NC

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Lublin

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Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, social entrepreneur Nancy Lublin harnesses people, technology, and data to change the world. While many operate in traditional models of outreach and management, Lublin breaks them. She turns her new and effective solutions into some of today’s most innovative and disruptive nonprofits and social movements, which is why Fortunenamed her one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”

During her 2013 TED Talk, Lublin launched Crisis Text Line, the world’s first 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people facing a range of issues, from depression and substance abuse to eating disorders and physical abuse. With over 20 million texts received, Lublin expanded Crisis Text Line internationally, allowing people around the world to text in and get help. Using this data, Lublin launched a separate initiative called Crisis Trends to track when and where issues occur.

According to LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, “Relatively few Silicon Valley start-ups achieve the sort of traction and transformative influence as quickly as CTL has to date […] [Lublin] recognized that technology and Big Data analytics would allow her relatively small team to extend support services to more people, faster.”

One of the Schwab Foundation’s 2014 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year, Lublin was selected as a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum and named one of the NonProfit Times’ 50 Most Powerful Leaders three years in a row.

After taking over as CEO of DoSomething.org in 2003, Lublin turned it into the largest youth organization in the world. With more members than the Boy Scouts, their success attracted companies like Pepsi and Chase, whom Lublin advised on corporate social campaigns. It’s no surprise that Fast Company called her one of the “most creative people in business.”

At 23, Lublin turned a $5,000 inheritance into Dress for Success, a global nonprofit, helping more than 850,000 women in 20 countries achieve economic independence.

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.”

Author of the bestseller Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business, Lublin has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.