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?

Therapist

 

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

 

16. What quality do you admire most in a person?

Kindness

 

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.