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How Nancy Lublin ‘93 Launches Tech Startups that Improve and Save Lives through Text Messages, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science

December 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Founder Friday: Using Science and Technology to Improve Lives

Nancy Lublin ‘93 is a serial tech entrepreneur who is revolutionizing the way we solve social problems through technology, AI, and data science. As the co-founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, the world’s first 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people facing a range of mental health issues, Lublin demonstrates how big data and entrepreneurship can lead to explosive user growth. According to LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, “Few Silicon Valley start-ups achieve the sort of traction and transformative influence as quickly as Crisis Text Line has to date.”

Join Lublin and Shivani Nishar ‘20, a former Crisis Counselor and member of the Youth Advisory Council at Crisis Text Line, for a discussion on Lublin’s career as a founder, tech leader, and problem solver. Learn how Lublin used the simplicity of text messaging to save lives, how big data can fix big problems, and how machine learning can lead to social good. Lublin will also share her next startup, Loris.ai, her first for-profit company and a spin-out of Crisis Text Line. With this new venture she aims to incorporate lessons from her previous non-profit experience and build a venture-backed startup that helps facilitate difficult conversations. 

Please RSVP HERE. The event is open to the public. 

Co-sponsored by Brown University’s Data Science Initiative, Brown Hack Health, and ProjectLETS.





About the speaker: 

CEO and Serial Entrepreneur Nancy Lublin ‘93 has built and led some of the world’s most innovative and far-reaching nonprofits, including Crisis Text Line, Dress for Success, and DoSomething.org. Called one of the “most creative people in business” by Fast Company, Lublin was named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune.

A strategist with expertise in technology, philanthropy, teen brand marketing, and corporate citizenship, Lublin is a thought leader around topics of business and philanthropy, reimagining corporate culture, and leveraging big data to create social good. 

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, including depression, emotional disorders, substance abuse, and physical abuse. With over 100 million text messages processed, Lublin is still expanding Crisis Text Line across the globe, allowing people to text in and get help. Using this data, Lublin launched a separate initiative called Crisis Trends to track issues when and where they occur. In 2019, Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle launched Shout, a U.K. affiliate of Crisis Text Line.

Repurposing many of the learnings from Crisis Text Line, Lublin founded LORIS.AI, a for-profit subsidiary that uses machine learning to teach companies and leaders how to have difficult conversations about everything from performance and human relations to firings, layoffs, and diversity and inclusion. 

Her various awards and honors include the Forbes “Trailblazer Award” and Fast Company’s “Fast 50 Award.” She has been named a World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader,” the Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation, one of the NonProfit Times 50 Most Powerful Leaders three years in a row, and one of the top 50 Influencers on LinkedIn.

Lublin is the author of the bestseller Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business, and has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.


More information on Founder Fridays this year:

This year, the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship is inviting speakers whose work represents the themes outlined in Brown’s Building on Distinction Strategic Plan, specifically the integrative scholarship themes.

Today’s theme is Using Science and Technology to Improve Lives: The development of new technology is critical to human progress, and Brown is at the forefront of discovery in areas such as computing, nanoscience, and bioengineering. We recognize that the benefits of new technologies hinges on how well they ultimately align with societal needs. Our plan for enhancing the study of science, engineering, and technology will emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to innovation, grounded in a broad understanding of local and global needs and concerns.


December 6
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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249 Thayer Street
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