Keith W Fiveson
The Work Mindfulness Institute is on a mission is to provide Mindfulness-Based Executive-Life Coaching, Counseling, Training, and Development to everyone. Our Mindfulness-Based Interventions help strengthen resilience, engagement and focus, for those people willing to work at being mindful.
Author of the book “The Mindfulness Experience, 8 Strategies to Live Life Now,” I bring a lifetime of knowledge and experience to this profession. I am a certified professional life and recovery coach, contemplative/yoga therapist, and meditation teacher, who retired from the corporate world in 2016. I am a two-time cancer survivor/thriver, who has practiced mindfulness and meditation for over 25 years. I am living proof that the practice works, as an integral part of a health and wellness regime. In this age of increasing stress levels, we all need a way to cope with emotions; to find balance in an unbalanced world.
I bring over 30 years of executive coaching experience to my practice. I am an alumnus of Price Waterhouse Coopers. As the founder of my own global consulting firm, IT Enabled Services Alliance, Inc., I was able to make the world a better place to live in, by applying the practice of mindfulness in all of my affairs. My professional, corporate life at British Telecom, AT&T, and MCI Telecommunications helped me to create communication solutions to connect people and organizations globally, as an early pioneer of the internet and automation solutions.
Like everyone else, I have experienced life’s struggles, and have navigated life’s rough waters, As two-time cancer survivor, I learned to find balance in the midst of difficulties. To not sweat the small stuff. Throughout my life, career, and relationships, obstacles have served me well. They have given me an approach to life that works, and this is what I hope to share with you.
Practicing Zen on the Fly
I was born in Long Island and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I graduated from St. Peter’s University, in New Jersey, and attended the Fordham University Executive MBA program, in Management Information Systems. I also studied at The New Seminary, where I earned a Masters of Divinity (M. Div) in Interfaith Studies with ordination at St. John the Divine as an Interfaith minister in 2003.
I am a U.S. Army Veteran, and served proudly, receiving top-secret clearance while working for Ballistic Missile Defense Communications Activity (BMDCA). I have traveled extensively around the world to 49 countries and Kerala, India is one of my favorite places on earth!
Mindfulness for Mind, Body, Spirit, Food and Rest: In 1992, I studied with Master Mantak Chia, Taoist Esoteric Yoga, training on Qi (energy). Swami Satchidananda, as an Integral Yoga teacher in 1995. Reflexology certifications with Laura Norman, Thai Yoga therapist certification in Thailand.
M.Div at The New Seminary with Dr. Joseph Gelberman who helped shape my Interfaith perspective. I have counseled, consoled, and consecrated various rites and rituals with individuals, couples, and aging adults.
- Contemplative Studies Program (2-year, Certificate Program)
- Kripalu, Center for Yoga & Health, Adjunct Faculty – RISE Program
- NYS Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)
- NYS 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