As the CEO and Founder of Crisis Text Line, Nancy Lublin is using technology and data to help save lives.

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Nancy Lublin is Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, the nations first free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis. To date, almost 10 million text messages have come through the text line.

Nancy recently left her post as CEO of, one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change. Previously, she founded Dress for Success, the organization that helps women transition from welfare to work. 

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The many meanings of seduction: The talks in Session 3 of TEDWomen 2015

May 29, 2015

Seduction happens in many forms. The speakers in this session highlight unexpected twists on the topic — a romance of dueling banjos, the allure of insects, and our ever-widening definition of love. Short recaps of the talks in this session… What we learn from insect sex. “You could have an insect-of-the-month calendar and not have to reuse a species for […]

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Impact of Ideas

Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here’s how this idea got its start.

May 6, 2014

Teenagers love to text—their thumbs pound out an average of 3,339 texts per month. Crisis Text Line turns this into a way to help teens through their hardest times: family issues, stress or suicidal thoughts. Trained counselors text back and forth with advice and resources—and, in the process, collect (anonymous) data that could lead to better […]

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