About

About ABL

Advice For A Brilliant Life is here to help socially conscious professionals to #live #lead and #thrive sustainably.

For those of us who appreciate hard work but truly value smart work –and more importantly want to be able to travel and truly live- all while building a career and world that is sustainable and socially responsible – our moment is here.

Whether you’re a corporate attorney who recently joined a board and need to learn to fundraise, the founder of a start-up who can’t figure out how to make the most of your morning or a successful media executive who wants to better understand how to make sure your values are reflected in your daily spending, this site is a resource for you.

ABL was 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   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 N. Sneed
Known for her electric energy and infectious positivity, Simone N. Sneed is a social entrepreneur and writer who believes that the social impact economy is the future and that is up to each of us to manifest the future, now.

Over the past 13 years Simone has developed a unique and nuanced understanding of what it takes for social impact organizations to thrive. With ten years of experience in non-profit management and fundraising Simone has raised over $20 million in charitable revenues for social change organizations that prioritize economically vulnerable communities. She has also developed a management style that is based in authenticity, compassion and gratitude. Currently, she is the Chief Relationship Officer for Dream Corps Unlimited, a non-profit social enterprise founded by Van Jones committed to building a future America that works for everyone.

As a thought leader on social enterprise management and models, Simone has published and been quoted in the Huffington PostStanford Social Innovation ReviewCNNLevo League Shimmer Teen, Cosmopolitan Latina, New York TimesHuffington Post LivePolicyMic, The Journal of Governmental Finance and Public Policy, Ebony Magazine and The Advocate. In addition, she is a sought after speaker and has presented at The Center For Non-Profit Success, The NYU Student Leadership Initiative, the Family Office Committee of the NYS Society of CPAs and others.

A recent “30 Under 30” Awardee of the University at Albany, her alma mater, Simone has been the recipient of numerous fellowships including the 2013  NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service IGNITE Fellowship, 2012 New Leaders Council Fellowship, 2005 University at Albany’s Center for Women in Government Fellowship and 2004  George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management Summer Fellowship.

In her free time she enjoys nerding out on the newest management books, day dreaming in the Catskills and acting as a strategic advisor and faculty member for various social impact initiatives, including The Redwoods Initiative, The Stonewall Foundation and The Urban Bush Women.