Keynote Speaker

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is a Harvard-trained strategist, digital pioneer and internationally-recognized thought leader. Called “smart with a heart,” she has an informed, personable and interactive style incorporating the latest coach-facilitator tools. She has been involved in hundreds of events and understands what makes a successful gathering for business events and personal development retreats alike. Given her multidisciplinary background, she can speak to a wide range of topics covering a variety of industries and audiences. To ensure that she delivers, she consults with her clients before each engagement. With each talk tailored, she can deliver the message you need, whether you are a small business, corporation, non-profit or professional association.

Her main speaking categories include:

  • Mindfulness & Leadership
  • Motivation & Empowerment
  • Productivity & Stress Management
  • Health & Sustainability
  • Social Purpose & Corporate Citizenship
  • For Students/Youth

Below is a description of each category and sample events. She is also available to serve as a moderator for your event.


Mindfulness & Leadership

The 2008 economic crisis was really a crisis of values - the race for short-term gain versus the eye for long-term sustainability. Now more than ever, regardless of industry, people at all levels have the opportunity to contribute to a new framework and become principle-driven leaders. Applying the practice of mindfulness is one way to do that. As a former Vice President at MTV Networks turned award-winning entrepreneur, Harvard-trained Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy understands the nature of the business beast and has been successful at navigating through the corporate environment as well as the entrepreneurial forest - helping clients do the same. As a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum, she also has an up-to-date international perspective, and has done Executive Education programs in “Global Leadership for the 21st Century” at Harvard Kennedy School and Yale University. Her mindfulness and leadership workshops can help you:

  • Explore the scientific benefits and value of mindfulness on decision-making and the brain.
  • Practice techniques to be more focused and manage the potential of the mind.
  • Develop mental strategies for improved performance, happiness and compassion.
  • Use coaching tools, along with the practice of mindfulness, to empower your team.

She has led mindfulness and leadership programs for a variety of organizations from the New York State Health-system Pharmacists to the YWCA.


Motivation & Empowerment

Motivation and empowerment is at the heart of what Power Living is all about – releasing human potential. From inspiration and information to visioning and meditation, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy has a large toolkit of techniques which make her empowerment talks, workshops and retreats unique. For the business community, she offers stories from her experience as a senior executive as well as an award-winning entrepreneur. If you are a faith-based community, she can also speak your language as a minister’s daughter with doctoral work in World Religions. She grew up around extraordinary people, such as boxing great Muhammad Ali, and often shares insights she has learned along the way. She can tailor a program that fits your needs, whether you are a small business, corporation, non-profit, women’s group, faith organization, or professional association. In addition to her signature Power Living keynote, she offers programs that delve deeper into specific topics that can help you:

  • Articulate a vision for your life
  • Harness your “IT Factor”
  • Effectively manage transition
  • Proactively manage your energy
  • Be charged and present for your event

She has led motivation and empowerment programs for a variety of organizations from the Sister to Sister International Conference to the National Sales Network.


Productivity & Stress Management

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 25 to 40 percent of U.S. workers suffer from stress-related job burnout. More than $300 billion is spent annually in America on stress-related job compensation claims, reduced productivity, absenteeism and medical expenses. That’s more than $10,000 per employee! While on the staff of the Harvard Business School, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy focused on Operations Strategy with a specialty in productivity management. As a former Vice President at MTV Networks turned award-winning entrepreneur, she understands the nature of the corporate environment as well as the special stresses associated with going solo. She is the Founder of Ta Yoga, producer of the Power Living® Mini-Escapes guided relaxation audio program, and served for six years on the Board of Yoga Alliance – the organization which sets the standards for yoga teaching in the U.S. Trained both in business and in hands-on stress management techniques,  Teresa Kennedy offers a practical, multidisciplinary approach to managing your energy and boosting productivity.

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy can help participants:

  • Identify their own stressors
  • Get to the root cause of distress
  • Develop coping mechanism to regain control
  • Use their new knowledge of their stress profile to actually boost productivity!

She has led productivity and stress management programs for a variety of organizations from Bloomberg Media to the National Institutes of Health.


Health & Sustainability

Whether you’re looking to be healthier or create a more sustainable lifestyle, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy can help you map out your path. She is a highly respected health advocate and practices what she teaches. Involved in various leadership roles in the industry such as National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association and Ambassador for HealthCorps, she is on the forefront of prevention, wellness and sustainable living. As a certified health coach, she has helped clients with a variety of ailments, ranging from Adult ADD, Asthma, Anorexia and Diabetes to Hypertension, Obesity, IBS, Crohn’s and even Leukemia. She is also an internationally-recognized yoga and meditation teacher. She can help participants:

  • Tap into the latest trends on health and sustainability
  • Create more engaging employee wellness programs
  • Improve their personal wellness habits from nutrition to fitness
  • Create a practice of meditation and mindfulness
  • Proactively manage their toxic load through personal choices
  • Learn about disease prevention such as heart disease and stroke
  • Be inspired to create a more sustainable world

She has led health and sustainability programs for a variety of organizations from Sharp HealthCare to Eileen Fisher.


Social Purpose & Corporate Citizenship

We all can play a role in improving the state of the world – as individuals and companies. Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is on the cutting-edge of social entrepreneurship and corporate citizenship trends, and has been participated in discussions and working groups on creating social good at various events such as the Social Venture Network Conferences, the World Economic Forum events around the world, and the Clinton Global Initiative. She comes from a family of change agents and has a unique mix of a Harvard MBA and hands-on experience as an award-winning social entrepreneur. Whether your audience is from a for-profit company or a non-profit social enterprise (or hybird), she can help participants:

  • Be inspired to improve the state of the world
  • Create more sustainable social enterprises
  • Develop collaborative leadership skills
  • Become more effective change agents in their current roles
  • Understand the value of volunteering and service for professional development
  • Tap into the latest trends on public-private partnerships, corporate citizenship and sustainable business

She has led programs on social purpose and corporate citizenship for a variety of organizations/events from the Harvard Club of New York City to the Newark Peace Education Summit which headlined His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.


For Students/Youth

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is uniquely qualified to inspire and empower students of all ages – from middle school to college to graduate students. She skipped two grades of school and graduated as the youngest in her class from Wellesley College magna cum laude being named one of Glamour magazine’s “Top Ten College Women in America.” She experienced study abroad in Italy as a Stetcher Scholar and tutored High School Italian at Boston Latin School. She also graduated youngest in her MBA class at Harvard Business School and completed an executive education programs in Global Leadership & Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Yale University and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. She has taken Masters-level classes in Interactive Telecommunications at New York University and received a Ph.D. in World Religions focusing on the power of belief. Her work history is just as impressive with big brands such as VH1, MTV and Universal Studios. She understands what it takes to excel and can empower students to thrive in the classroom and in life.

She can help participants:

  • build self-awareness
  • envision their future
  • articulate their goals
  • develop personal effectiveness techniques
  • create a life strategy to excel in whatever they choose

She has led youth-oriented programs for a variety of organizations from the ICIC Growing Up CEO Program to the Global Shapers Conference.


Check out her bio, and learn more about her business highlights, yoga & mindfulnesssocial purpose, family background and recent recognition. Also, check out her client/past event list, and demo video. Read what others are saying in our letters of reference and testimonials, and check out the media buzz and highlighted news & events.  For all you need to get started, go to our Speaking Kit and FAQs. For additional questions, call 212-901-6913 or email

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"From start to finish, we thoroughly enjoyed working with Dr. Kennedy. Looking through the evaluations, she was a hit with the attendees as well. She instantly connected with our 800 participants. Some of them said that she was the favorite part of their day. Her personal story resonated with the audience and her positive energy got them on their feet. She is very interactive and engaging, offering useful information as well as inspiration. There was standing room only for her breakout session, and her book signing table was crowded… If you want a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker, then I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Kennedy." - Lara Diamond Phillips, Sharp HealthCare Read more...