Many of the TEDxSV staff believe in advancing social change through volunteerism. The TEDxSV itself is a nonprofit effort staffed fully by volunteer time.
One of my first volunteer gigs was helping the Washington DC Dress for Success affiliate with marketing and communications.
Executive Director Jen McNulty served as a mentor not only to the women DFS suited and prepared for job interviews, but also to volunteers looking to make a big impact with a small window of available time.
Now I’m thrilled to announce that the woman who made all that possible, Nancy Lublin, the founder of DFS, will be speaking at TEDxSV. Although Nancy has handed off the Dress for Success organization to capable successors, she hasn’t slowed down a bit.
As CEO of the youth volunteering organization Do Something, Nancy has overseen its dramatic growth since 2003. She helped it evolve from a debt-ridden, stodgy not-for-profit to a fast-moving, buzz-driven magnet for teens.
Nearly 90% of teenagers say they want to make a difference but only 23% actively volunteer. Do Something converts inertia to interest, drawing more than one million monthly hits on its website, while dispensing millions in grant money to young people with good ideas and a hunger to help.
Nancy has a history of using scarce resources to achieve social change. Armed with a $5,000 inheritance from her great grandfather Poppy Max at the age of 23, Nancy founded Dress for Success, which to this day provides women with interview suits and career development training that boosts their self-confidence in more than 70 cities in four countries.
Nancy’s Dress for Success experience made her a lifelong not-for-profit manager.
At TEDxSV, Lublin will share her perspective on why the best not-for-profits are brilliant at doing more with less and what the mainstream business world can learn from them, especially in tough times.
For instance, organizations like Do Something are tops at motivating people with nonfinancial incentives and doing effective grassroots marketing on a shoestring budget. Lublin’s book, “Doing more With Less,” distills the best lessons and stories from her career and includes interviews with other leaders of flourishing not-for-profits, such as Wendy Kopp of Teach for America, Adam Sterling of Save Darfur, and John Lilly of Mozilla.
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