Hillary Leone, Principal and Founder

Hillary Leone is a storyteller, working at the nexus of design, education, and social impact. She has more than twenty-five years of experience helping world-class cultural and educational institutions and non-profit organizations tell their stories, including Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution, New York University, and the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum. Her interactive work has earned top industry recognition from the Webby Awards, South by Southwest Interactive, ID Magazine, Museums and the Web, and others.

In addition to project-based engagements, Hillary works directly with principals as a “big picture” thought partner and strategist. As senior strategist to Advancing Women Professionals from 2005-2015, she helped craft AWP’s story of social change, from its roots as a national non-profit dedicated to women’s advancement to its evolution as a network of catalysts. In her decade of consulting to the Fundación Cisneros, she worked closely with principals to translate an ambitious and important global vision into a focused, mission-driven foundation.

Hillary began telling stories as an American conceptual artist in the 1990s with artist Jennifer Macdonald, working under the name of Leone & Macdonald. For over a decade, they created visually arresting and socially provocative objects and installations. They were featured in the 1993 Whitney Biennial and their work is in the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection. In addition to gallery and museum exhibitions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia,and Australia, Hillary taught at the graduate and undergraduate level and lectured widely. She was an adjunct professor and visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design for four years and taught studio art at the University of California, San Diego. She has lectured at MIT, Columbia University, NYU, Cooper Union, Brown University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among other venues.

Hillary holds a BA in English and Semiotics 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 just completed a year-long certificate program in Positive Psychology where she took a deep dive into neuroscience and storytelling.