Nancy Lublin

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How Tech and Big Data Can Save Lives

Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, social entrepreneur Nancy Lublin harnesses people, technology, and data to change the world. 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 13 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 to develop better policies and programs for those in crisis.

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, named one of the NonProfit Times’ 50 Most Powerful Leaders three years in a row, and Fortune magazine named her one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”

At 23 years old, 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, and after taking over as CEO of DoSomething.org in 2003, Lublin turned it into the largest youth organization in the world. 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.

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