Nancy Lublin

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 just laid off 21 out of 22 people. Lublin moved everything online, transforming it into, an organization that leverages technology like social media and texting to reach its audience. Today, is one of the largest youth organizations in the world with more than 3.6 million active members.

In 2013, while still CEO of, Lublin turned her popular TED talk ( into her third company. She raised $4 million dollars, hired a team, and launched Crisis Text Line. It processed 1 million messages in its first six months and is heralded as a pioneer in big data for social good.

Lublin’s innovative 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 popular monthly column for Fast Company for two years and has taught graduate-level courses as an adjunct faculty at both Yale and NYU. Leveraging her social media-savvy and can-do attitude, Lublin has also advised corporate social cause campaigns including Chase Community Giving and Pepsi Refresh. She is also the author of business best seller Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) selected her as a Young Global Leader in 2007, welcoming her participation in Davos for five years. And, in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Lublin was named one of the 50 Most Powerful by the NonProfit Times. Nancy was recently named one of Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” alongside the Pope and Dalai Lama (We know, she thinks it’s funny too!). She was also selected as one of Schwab’s Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2014. Lublin has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, CNN, and in People magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.

Lublin has a BA from Brown University, an M.Litt from Oxford University (as a Marshall Scholar), and a law degree from New York University. She lives in Manhattan with her Husband (Jason Diaz) and two children. They spend their free time visiting the nation’s best water parks and ice cream shops.