Cleo Stiller is a speaker, television host, and the author of Modern Manhood: Conversations About the Complicated World of Being a Good Man Today. She received a prestigious Peabody Award nomination for public service journalism in 2018 and an Emmy Award nomination in 2015. Learn more about Cleo in episode 74 of The Path to Authenticity.

If your life were a novel, what would be the title?

A Part of the Puzzle


Where were you born?

New York City


Where is the place you call home?

I have a real city mouse / country mouse thing going on — I’m partly of New York City and partly of a very small rural farm town in upstate New York.


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A very powerful person who uses their power for good


What is your profession?

Peabody Award and Emmy Award-nominated journalist, television host, and author


What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?



What is your favorite quote?

“Firm with intention, flexible with form.”


What is your preferred form of creative expression?

interior design, running (yes! it is a creative expression); my work is very creative as well


What is your favorite movie, song, and work of art?

The Big Chill, Caravan, The Kiss by Gustav Klimt


Who do you admire most?

Michelle Obama


Over the course of your life, what is an issue with which you have repeatedly struggled?

Resilience, positivity


In childhood, who was your celebrity crush?

Taylor Hanson of HANSON


What historical figure would you most like to meet?

Rosa Parks


What natural gift or ability would you most like to possess?

Finding happiness with what is


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My television show and my book


What quality do you admire most in a person?



What is something you would like to learn about?

Intellectual pursuits I have pretty down, but I’d love to be a great skier and rock climber.


What do you wish more people knew about you?

I’m very tender.

What is your idea of success?

Happiness with what is


What would you like people to say about you when you’re gone?

Damn, she did a good job!


Cleo’s health-focused television show for Univision’s cable network, Fusion, is the network’s highest-performing original series premiere. Her work receives frequent media coverage, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Fortune Magazine, PBS, Mother Jones, ABC News, Variety, Self, Essence and many more. Cleo speaks regularly around the country about her work and social impact, most recently at New York University Global Affairs: Women’s Global Health Conference, the University of Toronto’s Rotman Institute, and The French-American Foundation.