Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is a Harvard Business School-trained Strategist, Educator and Global Changemaker

Called “smart with a heart,” Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy has a multidisciplinary background that helps her innovate and transform businesses and lives. She is a Harvard Business School-trained strategist with over 25 years experience in operations, media, digital, brand management, leadership development and events. She is also an expert in stress, energy management and peak performance informed by training in yoga, mindfulness, fitness and holistic health counseling, and research from neuroscience, positive psychology and behavioral health. She offers an integrated “whole-person” approach to leadership and success at work and life. As President & CEO of Power Living Enterprises, Inc., she helps companies transform through strategy consulting, empowers executives through training programs, and inspires the public through multiplatform content. She has coached over 2,500 client-hours, moderated over 100 events, and produced over 200 virtual and in-person programs with organizations such as Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, Eileen Fisher, MetLife, New York City Department of Education and Bloomberg Media. She has been a C-suite advisor to legendary leaders throughout her career. As a consultant, she has advised CEOs/executives/entrepreneurs in a range of industries from a film company start-up and a rapidly growing green construction company to a $486 million beauty company and a $8.5 billion TV retailer helping them refine their data analytics.

Focused on delivering extraordinary experiences and spurring positive social impact, she has shared her views around the world from discussing heart-centered leadership at the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia and being the international headliner for Estee Lauder’s Global Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign event for 800 women in Santiago, Chile, to moderating for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations and debuting “The Gandhi Effect” to a standing-room-only audience at the Newark Peace Education Summit hosted by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. As biographer for 101-year-old historical icon and yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, she co-authored two award-winning books, Dancing Light (2015) and Shining Bright (2017), and spent eight years traveling the globe curating one-of-a-kind events at places like the Pentagon, United Nations, Core Club in New York, Age of Happiness Festival in Montenegro and World Government Summit in Dubai. They did 66 events together and were featured in Athleta’s Power of She campaign in 2017 for their work around the world inspiring women and girls. View video and blog.

In 2009, she was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader recognizing her “professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential for shaping the future of the world.” She has participated in exclusive Forum strategy sessions with multinational CEOs, presidents of countries and leaders in Brazil, China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, South Africa, Tanzania and Switzerland, including being a Discussion Leader at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. A champion for human potential, she created Elder Dignity to advocate for elder justice and spur reform in the U.S. guardianship system. She has been a volunteer leader for the American Heart Association since 2007, serving on the International Stroke Committee, New York State Stroke Committee, New York State Advocacy Committee, Multicultural Leadership Committee, Harlem Go Red Committee, Social Media Subcommittee, and National Spokesperson Panel. She produced and hosted their first Power New York City Health & Empowerment Symposium at Columbia University. A certified yoga teacher for almost 20 years, she founded the first yoga studio in Harlem and served six years on the Board of Yoga Alliance, including Chair and Interim CEO.

A technology evangelist, she founded VH1 Online and the VH1@Work Radio Network in the early 1990s. As Vice President of Business Development & Operations for MTV Networks Interactive, she managed a 200-person team, negotiated landmark deals personally bringing over $30 million to the division and ran one of the only profitable online businesses at the time. She launched “The Suite” of six digital music cable TV channels including MTV2, hard rock/heavy metal channel MTV “X,” Latin music channel MTV “S,” R&B channel VH1 Soul, VH1 Country, and jazz/new age channel VH1 Smooth. She also produced some of the first integrated broadcast and webcast events with superstar artists such as Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney. Working with the President of VH1, she led the planning, development and roll-out of a new TV production studio, and implementation of the channel repositioning resulting in the new branding of “VH1: Music First,” as well as award-winning shows such as VH1 Behind the Music and VH1 Storytellers. Before joining Viacom, she worked as Creative Consultant at Universal Studios with their Executive Creative Group and legendary studio head Lew Wasserman. At 20 years old, she was recruited from Wellesley College to consult, perform predictive analysis and write case studies on Fortune 500 companies for Harvard Business School’s second-year Operations Strategy course.

A seasoned writer/producer, she has contributed to The Huffington Post, the World Economic Forum blog, the Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists, and has been featured in various media such as CNN, NBC, The New York Times, and Oprah’s book, Live Your Best Life! See media. Her weekly Dose of Power Living goes out every Monday to thousands of loyal readers. Always seeking to learn, she has degrees in Sociology, Studio Art, Business and World Religions, and has done Executive Education in Global Leadership & Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Yale University Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. Although she is American, she was born in Ghana, started school in Australia and studied design in Italy. She has received many honors and her accomplishments were added to the U.S. Congressional Record.

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