Keith Fiveson, M.Div – Chief Mindfulness Officer
I am the founder of the Work Mindfulness Institute [WM], a research, education, training and coaching service for individuals, groups, and corporate teams who wish to apply the neuroscience of mindfulness in their work or life. I have practiced and studied mindfulness/meditation for over 25 years. Our WM programs help individuals lower stress, recognize and choose desirable outcomes, and attain a more self-directed life, thereby achieving goals that were previously more challenging. These mindfulness programs help individuals identify and select behaviors that are more appropriate to their “higher selves.”
An alumnus of Price Waterhouse Coopers, I also was the founder of IT Enabled Services Alliance, a global consulting firm. I led solutions teams at British Telecom, AT&T, and MCI through various projects, to create engagement and service experiences. My clients included Best Buy, CUNA, Apple, McGraw-Hill, Time Warner, Autism Speaks, General Electric, Citibank, and Merrill Lynch, among others. As a two-time cancer survivor, and it was during this challenging period of my career that I found balance, from my corporate work, diving deep into the study of meditation, yoga, energetic healing, nutrition, health, and wellness.
Practicing Zen on the Fly
I am a Veteran of the U.S. Army, I served in the Ballistic Missle Defense Communications Activity (BMDCA), and was stationed in the US and Europe. I’ve since traveled to multiple countries, multiple times. I received my Master of Divinity (M.Div) in interfaith studies from The New Seminary in 2003. While in the corporate world, I attended the Executive MBA program at Fordham University and also earned my Bachelor of Science degree from St. Peter’s University. The corporate world helped me to gain a better perspective on life/work balance. With faith, we can move mountains, but we need to do the work for anything to change. To change our stories if we need to change our minds.
For the past 25 years, I have studied and stood on the shoulders of many masters and educators. Master Mantak Chia, provided me with my first introduction to meditation, focused on Taoist Esoteric Yoga, and energetic principles around Qi. I subsequently attended Integral Yoga Instutute, founded by Swami Satchidananda, I was trained as a Yoga teacher. Deeper instruction on the body, mind, connections came through a reflexology certification with Laura Norman a trailblazer in energetic healing. My M.Div and interfaith studies at The New Seminary came through with the works of Dr. Joseph Gelberman. I have counseled, consoled and consecrated various rites and rituals. My mentor guides today continue to be Dr. Robert Thurman, Dr. Joe Loizzo, Sharon Salzberg and Dr. Miles Neale, all continue to influence my path.
- Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC-T)
- N.Y State Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, (CARC)
- Contemplative Psychotherapy (CPC) – Nalanda Institute
- Analyst for Emotional Intelligence (EI) – Yale
- M.Div. – Master’s Interfaith Studies, The New Seminary
- Reflexology Certification, The New York Open Center
- Yoga Teacher Training – Integral Yoga Institute (
- Taoist Esoteric Yoga, Healing Tao, Certifications – Mantak Chia
- Executive MBA/MIS – Fordham University
- B.S. Marketing/Communications – St. Peter’s University