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Cleo Wade is an artist, poet, and author of the 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 and social justice  

Cleo writes for the New York Times, Teen Vogue, W Magazine and her popular Ted Talk: “Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care.” was released in spring of 2018.  

She has created large-scale public art installations across North America including most recently 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 Gucci's Chime For Change.  She lives in New York City where she is an avid supporter of 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.