Nancy Lublin enjoys building things out of ideas and people.
At the 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 shut down the local chapters and moved everything online, transforming it into DoSomething.org, an organization that leverages technology like Facebook, texting, and Twitter to reach its audience. Today, DoSomething.org is one of the largest youth organizations in America with more than 3.6 million teens participating in its campaigns in 2012. She is considered an expert in digital marketing, youth culture, and change management.
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. Recently, she edited XYZ Factor, a book on millennials in the workplace, which will be out in February 2015.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) selected her as a Young Global Leader in 2007, welcoming her participation in Davos for the last five years. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, Lublin was named one of the 50 Most Powerful by The NonProfit Times, and she is a 2013 Crown Fellow. 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.