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About ABL
Advice For A Brilliant Life is an online destination for socially conscious professionals who want to excel. Whether you’re a non-profit fundraiser looking for ways to increase donations or a recent college graduate working on a pitch-deck for a social venture, this site can help you succeed.

Started in 2006 by Simone N. Sneed, Advice For A Brilliant Life began as a blog for The Times Union (the paper of record in Albany, NY), and focused on  on providing leadership tools and analysis of current events for young professionals. Over the past seven years the content has evolved and in January 2014, ABL re-launched as a new and improved digital destination for today’s change makers.

About Simone
Known for her electric energy and infectious positivity,  Simone N. Sneed is a social entrepreneur and strategist who believes that the social impact sector is the future.

Currently, Simone is a non-profit executive living in New York City and the founder & CEO of Catching Brilliance, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to manifesting a world where social impact organizations are effective, efficient and thriving. 

As an expert and thought leader on non-profit sustainability, philanthropy, millennial women and leadership, Simone’s work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, CNNLevo League and Shimmer Teen. She has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post Live, PolicyMic, The Journal of Governmental Finance and Public Policy, Ebony Magazine and The Advocate.

Simone is a graduate of the University at Albany, a past fellow of the University at Albany’s Center for Women in Government , the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and the New Leaders Council. She is currently a 2013 NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service IGNITE Fellow.

In her free time she enjoys her role as a strategic advisor and faculty member for various social impact initiatives, including The Brown Boi Project, The Redwoods Initiative, The Stonewall Foundation and The Urban Bush Women.

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