Cleo Wade is an artist, poet, and the author of best selling book, “Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life.” Her work speaks to the power of self-love, the impact of beloved community building, and the importance of social justice.
Cleo writes for the New York Times, Teen Vogue, W Magazine and recently released her popular Ted Talk entitled “Want To Change the world? Start by being brave enough to care.” She has created large-scale public art installations across North America including most recently on a billboard in New York’s Times Square on International Women’s Day.
Cleo sits on the board of the National Black Theater in Harlem as well as the advisory board of Chime For Change. She lives in New York City where you can usually find her hanging out at The Lower East Side Girls Club or The Women’s Prison Association. Cleo has been named one of America’s 50 Most Influential Women by Marie Claire, 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, “The Millennial Oprah” by New York magazine, and “Everyone’s B.F.F.” by the New York Times.