Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA, is President & CEO of Power Living Enterprises, Inc. and Founder of the Breathe & Burn® Mind-Body Studio.
She was the youngest Vice President at MTV Networks and achieved tremendous success by external standards. However, her workaholic lifestyle negatively impacted her health — she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.
With piqued interest, she dove deeply into understanding what made the human body, brain, and spirit thrive. She healed using her own integrated protocol, including yoga, meditation, a gluten-free plant-based diet, and a mindset shift. Now, she dedicates her career to helping others in their own personal transformations.
As an award-winning author and speaker, she has trained thousands of people worldwide in her “whole-person” method, in which she uniquely approaches authentic leadership, mindfulness, success, and wellness. Her approach combines her experience as a Harvard Business School-trained strategist, Master Coach, Yoga Teacher, and Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She also incorporates the latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, and human performance.
Kennedy established the first yoga studio in Harlem and served six years on the Board of Yoga Alliance. She has created culturally relevant programs for various organizations, including the American Heart Association, where she serves as a National Spokesperson.
As biographer and protégé of yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, she co-authored two award-winning books and spent a decade traveling the globe with her. They curated 66 one-of-a-kind events at places like the United Nations and worked with notables such as Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Her work has been featured in a range of media outlets, including Oprah’s book, Live Your Best Life!, as well as being one of the first African Americans on the cover of Yoga Journal. Additionally, she earned the title “smart with a heart” after the World Economic Forum selected her as a Young Global Leader. They recognized her “professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential for shaping the future of the world.”