Hillary Leone, Founder and Principal
Hillary Leone is a creative strategist and facilitator with 20+ years of experience working at the intersection of education, design, technology and social impact. As founder and principal of Cabengo, an award-winning creative consultancy, Hillary has extensive experience leading human-centered design projects for world-class institutions, including Harvard Graduate School of Design, Smithsonian Institution, New York University, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor/Georgetown Law. Her projects have earned top industry recognition for design and technical excellence from the Webby Awards, SXSW Interactive, ID Magazine, Business Week, and Museums and the Web.
As a trusted thought partner, Hillary has a track record of working with in-house teams to develop and implement strategy over the long term. In her decade of consulting to the Fundación Cisneros, she helped translate an ambitious global vision for Latin American arts and education into a focused, mission-driven foundation that still thrives today. For Advancing Women Professionals, Hillary’s design thinking approach informed AWP’s organizational strategy, guided its programs, and shaped its public narrative over a ten-year period.
Drawing from design thinking, design sprints, lean, prototyping, liberating structures, and other frameworks, Hillary designs and facilitates workshops that help groups align around a shared goal, uncover insights, and co-create solutions to solve big challenges. Recent workshops have probed a range of topics, from pharmacogenomics for the Penn Center for Precision Medicine to special reconnaissance for US Special Operations Command and aging and caregiving for Fidelity Investments.
Hillary’s began telling stories as an American conceptual artist in the 1990s, as part of the collaborative artist team, Leone & Macdonald. In addition to gallery and museum exhibitions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, her work was featured in the Whitney Biennial and is in the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection. She was an adjunct professor and visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, and has lectured widely.
Hillary holds a BA in Semiotics and English and American Literature from Brown University; a BFA in Art from California Institute of the Arts; and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in Studio Art. She studied User Experience at Adaptive Path and Positive Psychology with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, completing a year-long certificate program. She holds a certificate in Film Production from New York University.