Hildy Gottlieb is co-founder and Chief Boundary Pusher at Creating the Future, a nonprofit living laboratory for accomplishing social change. A social scientist, teacher, TEDx speaker and serial social entrepreneur, Hildy co-founded the world’s first Diaper Bank, sparking the diaper banking movement across North America.
Hildy’s best-selling books have all become industry standards and are used as texts in both undergraduate and graduate programs around the world. In addition to her role at Creating the Future, Hildy is a contributor to The Huffington Post, and the creator and host of the Making Change podcast at the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
An advocate for the potential of each of us to bring out the best in each other and our world, Hildy helped develop the current Masters degree program in Community Leadership at Duquesne University (pron. Dew-cáyne), where she and her partner, Dimitri Petropolis, have taught as professors.
Hildy began her career as the legislative aide to Tucson City Council Member Tom Volgy. A serial entrepreneur, after leaving politics, Hildy started and operated several successful for-profit ventures, including a commercial construction company, a plant nursery, and along with Dimitri, a commercial real estate brokerage, management and business turnaround firm.
In 1993, Hildy and Dimitri co-founded the consulting firm Help 4 NonProfits & Tribes, assisting community organizations with strategy, governance and resource development. By 1998, Hildy and Dimitri had grown frustrated with the lack of significant community improvement being created by “nonprofit” community benefit organizations around the world. Aiming their business turnaround skills at social change and leadership systems themselves, the result has been the world-changing work now being advanced by Creating the Future.
Hildy’s numerous awards include a Points of Light Citation from President Bill Clinton for her work in co-founding (along with Dimitri) the world’s first diaper bank.
When not working, Hildy can be found in the garden, at the movies, shooting photos, or watching the Daily Show.