Keith W Fiveson

The Work Mindfulness Institute is on a mission to provide Mindfulness-Based Leadership Performance Coaching, Training, and Development to executives and leadership teams. Our Mindfulness-Based Interventions help strengthen resilience, engagement, and focus, for individuals, professionals, couples, and human beings that wish to live to their full potential and practice it.

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 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 create communication solutions to connect people and organizations globally as an early internet and automation solutions pioneer.

Like everyone else, I have experienced life’s struggles and have navigated life’s rough waters. AAtwo-time cancer survivor, I learned to find balance amid 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, on the South Shore. We moved and I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I eventually was able to go to college and graduated from St. Peter’s University in New Jersey and then attended the Fordham University Executive MBA program in Management Information Systems. I later realized that I wanted to study 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 worldwide to 49 countries, and Kerala, India (which I’ve been to five times), is one of my favorite places on earth!  Please ask me about it.

, 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 NormanThai 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, from many spiritual paths, with individuals, couples, and aging adults.  

My mentor guides today are Dr. Robert Thurman, Dr. Joe Loizzo, Sharon Salzberg, Jon Kabbit-Zinn, and Dr. Miles Neale, each of whom continues to influence my path and practice.

Further Background:

  • 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 (IYI
  • Taoist Esoteric Yoga, Healing Tao, Certifications – Mantak Chia
  • Executive MBA/MIS – Fordham University
  • B.S. Marketing/Communications – St. Peter’s University


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