Dr Kathleen Hall is an expert in stress, mindful living and mindfulness. She is founder and C.E.O. of the Stress Institute and the Mindful Living Network. She started her career in finance working at the World Trade Center in New York. After working on Wall Street, she made a decision to leave power, wealth and corporate stress behind her. She specializes in stress management, mindful living, and work life balance.
After many years working as an international stress expert at The Stress Institute, Dr. Hall noticed society’s lack of awareness that every thought, word and action affected their health. She realized that living mindfully is an antidote to stress, and subsequently founded Mindful Living Network in 2007 to promote mindfulness, health, stress resilience, and work life balance.
As a thought leader in the Mindful Living® field, she provides individuals, corporations and organizations with the training, education, original programming, and tangible solutions to create Mindful Living – both mentally and physically. She offers information and training backed with scientific research for reducing stress, mindful living and creating balance.
During times of stress and crisis – the Washington Naval Yard shooting, the Newtown Massacre, the West Virginia and Utah coal miner tragedies, Katrina ravaging the Gulf Coast, Air France crash in Canada, London terrorist bombing, and the Runaway Bride – the national television and print media consistently seek her authoritative knowledge, information and direction. Many media outlets look to her for the most credible and up-to-date information on stress-related topics and Mindful Living.
Dr. Hall is a health educator, who studied at research centers such as the Harvard Mind/Body Institute, and trained with world-renowned medical pioneers. She received her Masters of Divinity from Emory University and a Doctorate in Spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Jacksonville State University.
Hall studied the effects of stress under medical pioneers such as Herbert Benson at the Harvard Mind/Body Institute, Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Stress Reduction Center. She received tutelage in spirituality from Nobel Peace Prize recipients including the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter.
Martha Stewart has dubbed her the Stress Queen, and John J. Ratey called her the midwife to the “Mindful Living” movement. She was featured in a book by Larry Dossey and John St. Augustine included a chapter about her in his book on 21 extraordinary people.
The ‘Mindful’ Path of Dr. Hall
Throughout her journey, she worked with high-risk inner city children and at the Atlanta Day Shelter for battered women and children; facilitated cardiac rehabilitation programs; counseled and comforted the sick and dying; was involved in hospice care; and continued to explore the concept of science meeting soul. She established Oak Haven, a 300-acres farm in Clarkesville, Georgia in 1988, and built a health, education, and training center called The Hermitage. It also serves as a horse farm and a retreat for wildlife and abandoned/shelter dogs and cats.
In 1997, she founded Wellness Solutions, now called The Stress Institute. Many corporations, including Microsoft and Electronic Arts, Inc., have recognized her as an authority in her field and asked her to be a corporate spokesperson on stress management. Her ability to entertain, educate, and enlighten people has placed her in the spotlight as a stress expert.
After working as a stress expert at The Stress Institute, she founded Mindful Living Network in 2007 to promote mindfulness, health, stress resilience, and work life balance. The seed of this vision was embodied in Mindful Living TV, a TV network that focused on original programming.
Next, she created a show called Alter Your Life about everyday people learning how to de-stress and live with mindfulness. Her other original shows included The Meditation Room, Mindful Living Everyday, and The Way I See It. The TV network project later evolved into an online outlet and digital platform.
In addition, she found the time to write 4 books, covering topics such as her views on minful living, her journey from working on Wall Street, and creating an institute for mind-body and complementary medicine. More infomation about Dr. Kathleen Hall’s books
Today, the Mindful Living Network website has become the main brand platform where its mission is to share information, and experiences in all aspects of sustainability and Mindful Living.