Lublin in 2010
|Born||June 30, 1971|
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Brown University (1993)|
|Occupation||CEO of Crisis Text Line|
|Known for||Creator of Dress for Success, Former CEO of Do Something Inc.|
Entrepreneurship is the very back bone of our country and what makes us great – we are a nation of founders.
If most people were to take a moment to picture in their minds the average, not-for-profit, save-the-world girl, they… well, they probably wouldn't, because who wants to think about hemp, hairy legs, and Birkenstocks? But I'd rather eat a pair of Birkenstocks than put them on my feet, and I love, love, love my Christian Louboutins.
For a long time, the for-profit world has told us in the not-for-profit sector to behave more like businesses.
Young people are this awesome, creative, hopeful untapped resource out there.
I run a charity. If my name pops up in your call ID, chances are I'm about to ask you for something – money, free ad space, your first born. So it is probably no surprise that people often don't take my calls.
I love an underdog. No, I don't necessarily mean the cartoon. I mean like David, as in Goliath, or the Bears, as in The Bad News Bears.
When I was 23, I founded an organization called Dress for Success, which is now in more than 100 cities in 8 countries and has helped a million women transition from welfare to work.
Picking and choosing what kind of love is worth recognizing is an expensive choice. Is discrimination worth that price?
I don't take fancy vacations. I buy all my jewelry at Claire's. I can't remember the last time I went out to a fancy dinner. My family lives in a modest two-bedroom apartment, and my kids share a bedroom. But I do have one extravagant vice: shoes.
My red patent-leather, 5-inch peep-toe slingbacks are not mere shoes. They are fine art. They make me feel tall. They make me feel sexy. They make me feel powerful. I call them my 'special-day shoes.'
My Christian Louboutins are also one of the secrets to my not-for-profit success. Here's why – and it's something that everyone who manages employees, whether in a for-profit business or a not-for-profit, should keep in mind: A little extravagance goes a long way.
Many think kids have lots of time and few responsibilities. And that's just not true. They are stressed and under pressure.
I'm an entrepreneur. I'm married to an entrepreneur. So I haven't just sipped the entrepreneurship cool-aid, I bleed this stuff.
I'm proposing a change: love thy worker-bee. Celebrate the ones who toil without complaint, play on a team, construct the hive, produce the honey… executing the plan!
I believe in helping young people rock causes they care about because I was one of those young people… a long time ago.
Do-gooders are easily overlooked. We're supposed to be soft, touchy-feely types, who wear Birkenstocks, compost everything, and write poetry by candlelight.
Teens look at cause-related efforts with some scrutiny. They know they are often a target market, but it has to make sense to them.
I don't run a non-profit. There are lots of non-profits in America – in Detroit, parts of Wall Street, etc. I run a not for profit. We're a business. The only difference is that instead of selling soap or sneakers, we sell hope and leadership.
When I have a bad day, I dream about opening up a gelato stand on the streets of Sydney, Australia. Doesn't everyone have a random escape fantasy?
Social change isn't something you should do just to help pad a resume. Follow your passion.