Media Advisory: Entrepreneur Nancy Lublin to Speak at Wake Forest CEO and founder of Dress for Success Nancy Lublin, named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine, will participate in an open dialogue on leadership with Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch and politics professor Melissa Harris-Perry on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public.

At age 23, Lublin turned a $5,000 inheritance into Dress for Success, a nonprofit that provides interview suits and career development training to women in more than 125 cities in 15 countries.

In 2003, she became CEO of — one of the largest youth organizations in the world with more than 2.5 million active members. Most recently, Lublin turned her TED talk into her third company, raising $4 million and launching Crisis Text Line.

Fast Company has called Lublin one of the “most creative people in business.”

Other activities in conjunction with Lublin’s visit include:

The Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship with the Office of Personal and Career Development will sponsor a “DoSomething Challenge.” On Jan. 30, select students will present two-minute pitches to a panel of Wake Forest judges on how they would change the world with $5,000. The winner will be awarded a sweepstakes-winner-sized check on Feb. 4 at the conclusion of the Leadership Project conversation with Nancy Lublin.

A mobile DoSomething Challenge Wall where students can write their ideas on how they would change the world with $5,000 will be located in high-traffic areas on campus from Jan. 26 through Feb. 4.

Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute will hold a clothing drive for Dress for Success Winston-Salem.


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