Hillary Leone, Founder and Principal
Hillary Leone is Cabengo’s lead strategist, working at the nexus of design, technology, education, and social impact. She has more than twenty years of experience advising world-class cultural and educational institutions and non-profit organizations, 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.
As a trusted thought partner, Hillary works closely with principals and their senior teams to shape key organizational narratives over the long-term. 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 helped translate an ambitious global vision into a focused, mission-driven foundation.
As a creative lead, Hillary collaborates with subject matter experts, visionaries, activists, and artists to concept and develop stories for our present moment. Projects in development include an immersive documentary about the largely unexplored deep ocean as the next frontier for global climate change; and an exploration of virtual reality-induced flow: how immersive storytelling technologies change our reality-based experiences of flow.
Hillary began telling stories as an American conceptual artist in the late 1980s 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. Their work was featured in the 1993 Whitney Biennial and 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 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 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 recently completed a year-long certificate program in Positive Psychology, where she took at deep dive into neuroscience and storytelling.