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SOF Discussion Reception: Social Innovation in the Digital Age

Join us for a lunch discussion featuring Nancy Lublin, CEO and Founder of Crisis Text Line, in conversation with Kathleen Kelly Janus, social entrepreneur, author, and lecturer at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship. Lublin has built and led some of the world’s most innovative and far-reaching nonprofits, including Crisis Text Line, Dress for Success, and She was also named one of the “most creative people in business” by Fast Company and “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune. Janus and Lublin will discuss disrupting social innovation in the digital age, reimagining corporate culture, and leveraging big data to create social good.

This reception is part of the Society of Fellows Discussion Lunch Series in the Bay Area, which is generously underwritten by Janet and Tom McKinley and Mary and Harold Zlot. 

*If you are not yet a member of the Society of Fellows, and have interest in joining, please contact Stacey Silver or the SOF Hotline.

Speaker Biographies: 

Nancy Lublin does not sleep very much. She is currently the Founder & CEO of Crisis Text Line, which has processed more than 82 million messages since 2013 and is one of the first “big data for good” orgs. She was CEO of for 12 years, taking it from bankruptcy to the largest organization for teens and social change in the world. Her first venture was Dress for Success, which helps women transition from welfare to work in almost 150 cities in 22 countries. She founded this organization with a $5,000 inheritance from her great-grandfather. Before leading three of the most popular charity brands in America, she was a bookworm. She studied politics at Brown University, political theory at Oxford University (as a Marshall Scholar), and has a law degree from New York University. She is the author of 4 books and is a board member of McGraw Hill Education and is the board chair for Nancy is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (attending Davos multiple times), was named Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and has been named in the NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50 list 3 times. She is married to Jason Diaz and has two children who have never tasted Chicken McNuggets.

Kathleen Kelly Janus is a social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship. As an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations, her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tech Crunch and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her book – Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference– is a playbook for nonprofit organizations based on a five-year research project interviewing hundreds of top-performing social innovators.

Event information
Thu Apr 25, 2019
12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT