Kate Mathers

Kate is the Principal Mindfulness Trainer at IECL and has a wide range of experience facilitating growth and change in the personal and business lives of a broad range of clientele over more than a decade.


Areas of Expertise


  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Corporate programs in mindful leadership
  • Neuroscience and biology of optimal leadership
  • Corporate mindfulness programs in stress reduction, wellbeing and resilience
  • One-on-one mindfulness and neuroscience coaching for optimal performance (senior executive level)
  • The neuroscience of optimal leadership
  • Cultivating a growth mindset through neuroscience and mindfulness training
  • Managing ourselves: mindfulness and the business context
  • Performance: the new science of mindfulness
  • Mindfulness training to cultivate design thinking, creativity and innovation, diversity and inclusion
  • Brain Basics for Leaders, 1 - 4: Neuroscience Series
  • Keynotes: Managing the Mind; Mindfulness and the Business Context and The Science and Practice of Resilience




Kate is the Director of Balance-Life Mindfulness Training, co-founder of MindDEP Leadership Performance Training, and is also the Principal Mindfulness Trainer at IECL. She has a wide range of experience facilitating growth and change in the personal and business lives of a broad range of clientele over more than a decade, both through her organisations Balance-Life and MindDEP, and in conjunction with IECL.


Business Background and Experience


Following a serious illness which led her to mindfulness training, Kate developed and facilitated a range of mindfulness and self-compassion trainings which she has delivered since 2002, in both corporate and public sectors.
The creation of Kate's training courses has been facilitated in part by a background in health journalism together with numerous in-depth training courses in mindfulness, from world-class leaders including Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff.
In recent years, Kate's training and teaching has increasingly oriented towards Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) " the gold-standard of mindfulness trainings " and Mindfulness Based Self-Compassion (MBSC). Kate is a specialist in the neuroscience of leadership, growth mindset, resilience and wellbeing. She has studied extensively both in Australia and internationally.




A significant body of research is increasingly revealing that A significant body of research increasingly reveals that mindfulness training nurtures deep inner resources and cultivates an essential skill set needed if we are to perform optimally and flourish among the ever-escalating challenges, complexities and pressures of the 21st century workplace. Kate believes that in our current "attention" economy, managing the mind is an essential skill set, and that mind-fitness is now the defining competitive advantage for leaders in the corporate arena. To ths end, she has created a neuroscience series of Brain Basics for leaders, together with an in-depth mindfulness training program, that achieves significant results in optimal leadership, and optimal performance.


Mindfulness training is a powerful and profound way of caring for and managing ourselves, and managing others. Forging a healthy relationship with oneself and cultivating skills in focus and attention, self-awareness and emotional self-regulation are vital in this complex, high-speed world " a world that comes at us inexorably causing significant stresses that are now part and parcel of our lives. Kate's approach blends cutting-edge cognitive neuroscience with formal and informal mindfulness practices, to reveal how mindfulness training carves new neural pathways in the brain, leading to greater focus, engagement, resilience, health and wellbeing " and for organisations, a stronger bottom line.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • Accredited Organisational Coach, Level One and Level Two, Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership
  • My Brain Solutions, Leadership Assessment Program
  • Optimal Leadership Neuroscience Intensive: Dan Siegel, Mindsight Institute
  • The Brain's Way of Healing, two-day Intensive, Norman Doidge
  • Mindfulness-Based Self-Compassion Teacher Training, Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer, Bangor University, Wales, UK
  • MBSR Teacher Training, Openground, Tim Goddard and Bob Stahl (Centre For Mindfulness, UMass), New Zealand
  • Breathworks Intensive Mindfulness Training Program, with Vidyamala Burch, Sydney
  • Brain and Neuroplasticity Intensive, Rick Hanson, Sydney\
  • Compassion Cultivation Program, three-day intensive (eight-week program), CCare Stanford University
  • MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine, Professional Training Retreat, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli
  • MA English Literature, Reading University, UK
  • BA English Literature and History of Art, Oxford Brookes Univerity, UK


Recent Engagements


  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction eight-week program at IECL, for coaches and corporate clients
  • Major airline leadership team, introduction to mindfulness
  • Major property group, mindfulness training for innovation and design thinking, and diversity and inclusion, at regular leadership offsites
  • Leadership teams two government organisations, introduction to mindfulness series
  • Major bank,leadership team, 1-Day mindfulness training programs
  • One-to-one engagements senior executive level
  • Keynote Speaker: Inside Retail Industry Conference; Westpac, International Women's Day; Westpac BT; AICD
  • Managing Ourselves: Mindfulness and The Business Context (1-hour/2-hour PPT) for leaders and corporate clients