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 an non-profit executive and writer who believes that the social impact economy is the future.

With ten years of experience in non-profit management, Simone has raised over $15 million in charitable revenues for social service and advocacy organizations that serve marginalized communities, with an emphasis on the needs of women and girls. In addition to her career as a non-profit executive, she is a thought leader on the social impact economy, non-profit sustainability, philanthropy and leadership. Simone’s writing has appeared in the Huffington PostStanford Social Innovation ReviewCNNLevo League and Shimmer Teen. She has been featured in the New York TimesHuffington Post LivePolicyMic, The Journal of Governmental Finance and Public Policy, Ebony Magazine and The Advocate, and has spoken at events hosted by the Center For Non-Profit Success, The NYU Student Leadership Initiative, Family Office Committee of the NYS Society of CPA and many others.

She is  graduate of the  University at Albany and a 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 her role as a strategic advisor and faculty member for various social impact initiatives, including The Redwoods Initiative, The Stonewall Foundation and The Urban Bush Women.