Keith W. Fiveson
I am the founder of the Work Mindfulness Project [WM], We offer free downloadable 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 communications, engagement and customer 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 during other challenging periods of my career, I have found balance by diving deep into the study of meditation, yoga, energetic healing, nutrition, health, and wellness. I believe that what you put into your body (eyes, ears, mouth and mind) influences your wellbeing. I’ve practiced this philosophy 25 years and incorporate it into my work.
Practicing Zen on the Fly
As a U.S. Army, I served in the Ballistic Missile Defense Communications Activity (BMDCA). This gave me a taste for global travel, and I have travelled extensively around the world, I received my Master of Divinity (M.Div) in interfaith studies from The New Seminary in 2003. I attended the Executive MBA program at Fordham University and 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. I truly believe that faith can move mountains, but we need to do the work for anything to change. Mindfulness gives us the power to recognize and change our actions and way of being.
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 Institute, founded by Swami Satchidananda, and was trained as a Integral Yoga teacher. Deeper initiation into the body, mind, and emotional connections came through reflexology certification, with Laura Norman, a trailblazer in energetic healing and Thai Yoga certification in Thailand. My two year studies and M.Div at The New Seminary with Dr. Joseph Gelberman helped me to transform my perspectives and approach. 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, Jon Kabbit-Zinn and Dr. Miles Neale, all continue to influence my path and practice.
- Kripalu, Center for Yoga & Health, Adjunct Faculty – RISE Program
- N.Y State 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