Poet & Bestselling Author
Cleo Wade is a writer, poet, and the New York Times Best-selling author of What The Road Said, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life, and Where To Begin: A Small Book about Your Power to Create Big Change. Her work is dedicated to exploring love, freedom, healing, and the power of community.
Cleo's beloved TED talk Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care has been viewed and shared by millions around the world. She has been called the poet of her generation by Time Magazine, the Millennial Oprah by New York Magazine, and named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company.
Cleo is the Co-chair of Gucci's Changemakers council and sits on the boards of The Lower East Side Girls Club, the National Black Theatre in Harlem, the Women’s Prison Association, as well as the advisory board of E Pluribus Unum, a racial equity organization based in America's South.
Outside of her books, her work has been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, W Magazine, Vogue Magazine, The Washington Post, The Today Show, and Good Morning America.
She has collaborated using her drawings and poetry with global brands such as Barbie, Kate Spade, and Express. In 2020, she designed the official merch for America's first Black female Vice President Kamala Harris, which was available on JoeBiden.com throughout their campaign.
Cleo is from New Orleans, Louisiana and currently lives in California with her partner Simon and their two daughters Memphis & Bayou.
True to her bestselling book, Cleo Wade brings her accessible brand of wisdom to life. Audiences will discover and unlock what is blocking them from thriving, and reflect on life lessons with simple, yet enduring takeaways. A talk woven from stories throughout her journey, Cleo encourages us all to become advocates for love and acceptance – in a time when both seem in short supply.
Making change comes in all sizes and doesn’t always have to be one big gesture or nothing. Ready to be a part of building a society rooted in love, acceptance, justice, and equality but are stuck on where to start? In this talk, Cleo shares her ideas and mantras that will inspire you to show up and do something rather than walking away from the problems of the world. Pulling from the work in her second best-selling book, she encourages you to keep connected to hope during difficult moments.
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