Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is a Harvard Business School-trained Strategist, Entrepreneur, Speaker/Moderator, Transformational Specialist, Award-Winning Author, Producer & Activist

Terri uses her multidisciplinary background for greatest transformational impact from being a Discussion Leader for the “Economics of Happiness” at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and discussing heart-centered leadership at the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia to teaching yoga to global leaders on The Great Wall of China and being the international headliner for Estee Lauder’s Global Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign event in Santiago, Chile. She has done events for hundreds of organizations such as AARP, American Diabetes Association, Bloomberg Media, Cleveland Clinic’s Speaking of Women’s Health, Congressional Black Caucus, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, Eileen Fisher, Essence Communications, HealthCorps, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Macy’s Corporate, National Institutes of Health, National Ayurvedic Medical Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York City Bar Association, New York City Department of Education, Sharp HealthCare, Social Venture Network, The Harvard Club, Womensphere, and many more. See speaking/moderating. She serves as a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and most recently has been advocating for elder justice in fighting to free her aunt from guardianship fraud in Florida. Terri has contributed to multiple media outlets such as CNN, NBC, Fox TV News, Prevention, SELF and Essence, and has been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal and in Oprah’s book, Live Your Best Life!  See media. Her mission is to:

raise the consciousness of the planet and create a more sustainable world by spreading blissful vibrations® and releasing the potential in individuals through transformative tools, inspirational content and high-frequency experiences®.

As President of Power Living Enterprises, Inc., she helps people thrive at work and in life by training executives and others integrating modalities such as coaching, mindfulness, positive psychology, yoga, integrative health and energy management. A former media executive and Internet evangelist, she blends real-world experience with the latest research on neuroscience, spirituality, leadership and human performance. Given her 40+ year history of exploring the mind-body-spirit connection and 20-year personal journey of managing Crohn’s using an integrative approach, she also has specialized knowledge in stress management, holistic nutrition, and autoimmune/GI disorders. 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.” Her weekly Dose of Power Living goes out every Monday to thousands of loyal readers, and she operates the empowerment platform www.iampowerliving.com and e-commerce platform www.powerlivingmedia.com.

In 2017, she was featured in Athleta’s Power of She campaign with her teacher/mentor, 99-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch. View video and blog. Tao asked Terri and her mother–journalist Janie Sykes Kennedy–to help write her autobiography which resulted in Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master (2015). The Hardcover book won 10 international and national awards, and received endorsements from a number of notables such as Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum and Agapi Stassinopoulos. Dr. Deepak Chopra called the book “extraordinary” and wrote the front cover endorsement. In November 2017, the trio released their second book together, Shining Bright: Quotes and Images to Inspire Optimism, Gratitude & Belief In Your Limitless Potential. Terri and Janie are in development on their third book with Tao–this time on her yoga teachings, as well as producing a feature-length documentary and a feature film on Tao’s life. Learn more about the Tao & Terri backstory and see highlights from their work together over the last eleven years including programs at the Pentagon, United Nations, World Government Summit in Dubai, and other incredible locations around the world.

At 20 years old, Terri was recruited from Wellesley College to write case studies on Fortune 500 companies for Harvard Business School. An Internet evangelist and “intrapreneur,” she founded VH1 Interactive and the VH1@Work radio network in the early 1990s. As Vice President of Business Development & Operations for MTV Networks, she managed a 200-person team, negotiated multimillion-dollar landmark deals, and planned/launched “The Suite” of six digital cable channels. She produced some of the first on-air and online events with superstar artists such as Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney, and worked as Creative Consultant at Universal Studios with legendary studio head Lew Wasserman. Always seeking to learn, Terri has multiple certifications (cable finance, TV production, coaching, yoga, fitness, holistic health counseling, lifestyle & weight management) and a world-class education–Wellesley College, Harvard Business School, 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 loves traveling the globe with a “real” camera in hand and has been on all continents except for Antarctica.

Terri’s “family business” is communications and she comes from a history of trailblazers. In 1959, her parents–Janie Sykes-Kennedy and the late Dr. James Scott Kennedy–operated the Scott Kennedy Players, the first multicultural theatre company in New York City. They worked on five continents for five decades promoting international relations and leadership development via communications. World highlights include: The First World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal (1966); University of Ghana (1967-1969); the First Pan African Cultural Festival in Algiers, Algeria (1968); invited by Prime Minister to introduce “new concepts of people” to the continent of Australia (1973-1974); and produced plays for the Papua, New Guinea Independence Arts Festival. For decades, her father taught theatre arts at Brooklyn College, where he retired as professor emeritus, and taught at the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, among other places. He wrote the first book on African theatre, In Search of African Theatre (1973, Charles Scribner’s Sons, ISBN: 978-0684130446). Her mother wrote the EXCEL series of books on excellence in Black achievement which had over one million in print. She studied writing at the New School for Social Research under Don Wolf, has a BA degree from Howard University in Economics and Accounting, and a MS degree from the Graduate School of Journalism–Columbia University where she studied with Samson Raphaelson who wrote The Jazz Singer, the first talking movie. In 1987, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Commerce invited Mrs. Sykes-Kennedy as one of fourteen delegates to go on the first trade mission of American women to the People’s Republic of China. After that, she received a contract to distribute the journal, Building in China, worldwide. In 2010, the President of Senegal invited her to participate in the Third World Festival of Black Arts & Culture in Dakar, Senegal.

Terri’s aunt, Adrienne Kennedy, is a playwright who won two Obie Awards. Terri’s cousin, Leon Isaac Kennedy, is an actor and producer known for the movies Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), Body and Soul (1981) and Penitentiary (1979).  Her uncle, Dr. Joseph C. Kennedy, co-founded Africare with C. Payne Lucas in 1970.  He worked closely with Sargent Shriver in the growth and development of the Peace Corps from 1965 through 1971, and was Deputy Regional Director for Africa, Director for Sierra Leone, and Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific. Her aunt, the late Dr. Lillian Kennedy Beam, became Executive Director of the United States International University-Africa in Kenya in 1984. In 2009, the school’s library and new School of Science and Technology, was renamed the Lillian K. Beam Building in honor of her work. Terri’s great uncle, the late Dr. James A. Atkins, was a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Black Cabinet,” advising on education. He authored Human Relations in Colorado (1961, 1968) and The Age of Jim Crow (1964).

Find out about Terri’s speaking/moderating, individual coaching, yoga/meditation, VIP Options, and media. Also, check out a sampling of her inspiration, as well as products at www.powerlivingmedia.com. For even more, go to her blog at www.iampowerliving.com. Go to www.elderdignity.org to learn about her elder justice advocacy and fight to save her Aunt Lillie in Florida. [Note that Elder Dignity has been hacked so watch the overview video here while we get the site back up. This is how vicious the fight has been.]

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Strategist & Entrepreneur

  • 25+ years experience as academic, executive and entrepreneur. Described as having “holographic thinking”– able to view problems from different perspectives.
  • Harvard Business School-trained MBA/strategist and researcher. Worked with Production Operations Management expert W. Bruce Chew on “Operations Strategy” course. Consulted with Fortune 500 companies. Performed statistical/predictive analysis. Researched/wrote papers on small businesses with entrepreneurship expert, J. Gregory Dees. Author of multiple Harvard case studies.
  • Taught “Consumer Behavior” marketing courses at Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM).
  • Direct learning from a master – her father, the late Dr. James Scott Kennedy, professor of Communications & Theatre Arts and a pioneer in Executive Leadership Training (pre-cursor to coaching). Called “Mr. Speech” in the 1950s for training executives from IBM and other top companies. He also worked with another pioneer Arthur Lessac, and was the first to bring The Lessac Method of communications to colleges, including Brooklyn College and The New School of Social Research. Over the last 50 years, the method has been taught around the world.
  • Grew up with “mompreneur” Janie Sykes Kennedy, journalist from Columbia School of Journalism who ran a successful marketing consulting company with business around the world.
  • Visionary with hands-on operational experience. Founded VH1 Interactive and VH1@Work radio network. Negotiated VH1′s first deal with America Online which funded division. Managed VH1 Viewers Services group (i.e. database management, direct marketing, phone, mail and email support), the building of a new television studio, the rebranding of the VH1 TV network, a 200-person digital operations and launch of six digital cable networks for MTV Networks.
  • Skilled at strategic alliances. Negotiated landmark content/distribution deals bringing in over $30 million into the MTVN digital division (a feat for the 1990s). Forged and managed major strategic partnerships such as Intel, Microsoft, Yahoo!, America Online, N2K/CDNOW, Lycos and Excite@Home, and helped acquire SonicNet on behalf of Viacom. As Interim CEO for the national non-profit Yoga Alliance, forged and managed strategic affiliations with entities such as the National Institutes of Health and the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.
  • Creative eye for business. Produced some of the first on-air and online events with superstar artists such as Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney. Founding member of film company start-up. Consulted for a music festival in Cote d’Ivoire and managed cross-cultural production teams in Kenya. Early career, was Assistant Buyer for fashion merchandising company, Apparel Alliance.
  • C-suite advisor to legendary leaders. Worked as Creative Consultant at Universal Studios with legendary studio head Lew Wasserman and acclaimed head of production Casey Silver. Served as strategy advisor for VH1 TV presidents: cable veteran Ed Bennett and then music industry veteran John Sykes, a member of the original founding team of MTV. As Vice President at MTV Networks, advised on digital strategy for MTV Networks CEO and creative icon Tom Freston (another member of original founding team of MTV) and Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone. Worked with the CFO and COO at MTV Networks and senior business development team at Viacom.
  • As a consultant and coach, advised CEOs in a range of industries from real estate and beauty to television and retail, including helping a $8.5 billion TV / multiplatform retailer refine strategic metrics, business intelligence and change management strategy leading to insights on customer measurement, relationship-building and growth strategies.
  • Participant in exclusive World Economic Forum strategy sessions with multinational CEOs and Presidents of countries in Brazil, China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, South Africa, and Tanzania, and the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. As Member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, has an extensive global network and privy to the latest thinking around the world.
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Speaker & Moderator

  • 20 years of moderating and speaking around the world from Jamaica, China and Chile to Slovenia, Montenegro and Dubai.
  • Various topics from leadership development, mindfulness, stress management, personal power, empowerment of women and girls, non-violence, yoga, integrative health and sustainability.
  • Discussion leader on “The Economics of Happiness” for the exclusive invite-only World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, with additional presentations on global health and resilience at Forum events in China, Tanzania and India.
  • Expert in Training and Development. Led programs for a range of entities such as Bloomberg Media, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, Right Management, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sagicor Jamaica Limited (Jamaica), Eileen Fisher, as well as government groups such as the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and the New York City Department of Education.
  • Presented for academic audiences such as the Sustainability Leadership and Inspiration Academy at the Faculty of Economics at the University (FELU) of Ljubljana in Slovenia, as well as social change forums such as presenting “The Gandhi Effect” to a standing room only audience at the Newark Peace Education Summit which headlined His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
  • National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association and Advocate for Power (Power To End Stroke). Served on their International Stroke Committee, New York State Advocacy Committee, Multicultural Leadership Committee, Harlem Go Red Committee and Social Media Subcommittee.
  • Long-standing advocate for youth engagement and the empowerment of women & girls. Served on the Young Global Leader Youth Task Force and expert contributor to The Future of Youth Movements Summit in New York. Mother operated ID: Inner Dignity – a program that taught self-esteem building skills to girls in the 1960s in Brooklyn. Terri carried on the tradition with the Young PWR Brokers program which teaches self-esteem skills to pre-teen and teen girls in Harlem.
  • Ambassador for HealthCorps – Dr. Mehmet Oz’s non-profit to fight childhood obesity.  Led youth-oriented health programs for President Clinton’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Figure Skating in Harlem, Children’s Sports & Fitness Expo and the Harlem Wizards Basketball Team/Camp.
  • Communications is her “family business,” and social justice advocacy their legacy. Parents were trailblazers in cross-cultural communications and leadership development on five continents for five decades, as well as human/civil rights activists promoting the potential in all people.
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Transformational Specialist

  • Thousands of coaching client-hours with training from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).
  • 40+ years of exploring the mind-body-spirit connection. Mother was proponent of holistic health and New Thought. Started yoga at age four and grew up in a “green” household before it was popular.
  • Transformed from almost dying of Crohn’s Disease to living with vibrant health using a custom anti-inflammatory food and lifestyle protocol for 20 years.
  • Certified Holistic Health Counselor from Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). Taught multiple modules for program as faculty member, and led training programs for health professionals at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Association of Black Cardiologists, New York State Council of Health-system Pharmacists, Student National Medical Association and Mentoring in Medicine, among others.
  • Served as nutrition expert for CAMBA’s S.P.I.C.E. (Supporting Pre-Conception Individuals through Cultural, Cooking and Coping Essentials). As health coach, helped clients with variety of ailments from Adult ADD, Asthma, Anorexia and Diabetes to Hypertension, Obesity, IBS, and Leukemia.
  • Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher from Integral Yoga Institute (IYI) in New York and Yogaville. Participated in one of the last Satsang gatherings with Sri Swami Satchidananda before he transitioned in 2002. Certified in Chair Yoga and studied Yoga for Children.
  • Studied Raja Yoga meditation, Buddhist meditation, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the tradition of Jon Kabat-Zinn. Ph.D. in World Religions. Additional yoga studies with master teachers Srivatsa Ramaswami, Swami Ramananda, Dharma Mittra and Tao Porchon-Lynch.
  • Founded the Ta Yoga House in 2002 – first yoga studio in Harlem. Mission to make healthy and positive living physically, culturally and financially accessible to underserved urban communities. Served as a gateway to deliver health and sustainability messages.
  • Offered free yoga classes to the Harlem community through Shape Up NYC program sponsored by New York City Departments of Health and Parks & Recreation, and for patients at The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention.
  • Served six years on the Board of Yoga Alliance – the internationally-recognized non-profit association that sets standards for yoga teaching in the United States with over 77,500 yoga teachers and schools. Interim CEO and first African-American chair of the Board.
  • Presented for a variety of mind-body related organizations/events such as the National Institutes of Health, Integrative Healthcare Symposium, National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Yoga Research Society, AARP, American Diabetes Association, Athletic Center of Excellence & Sports Medicine, among others. Frequent keynote speaker for Cleveland Clinic’s Speaking of Women’s Health.
  • Moderated at Yoga Journal Conferences with leading teachers including Sharon Gannon, Gary Kraftsow, Cyndi Lee, Ana Forrest, Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, John Friend, Judith Hanson Lasater, Rod Stryker, Jason Crandell, Pretzel France, and Rogelio Nunez.
  • Infused mindfulness into leadership and business events such as Social Venture Network Conferences, Global Shapers Conference, and Forum of Young Global Leaders.
  • Served on the Education Working Group for the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), now the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH).
  • Works and travels with oldest yoga master in the world, 99-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch — moderating conversations, assisting in teaching yoga workshops and capturing her wisdom.
  • Contributed to various media outlets such as CNN and The New York Times on topics of yoga, health, sustainability and mindful living including being featured on the cover of Yoga Journal. See media.

Award-Winning Author & Activist

Awards & Honors


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