Kathleen Stetson, entrepreneur coach and founder of Rational Confidence, helps many-hats-wearing people better understand themselves and the world around them.
A former opera singer and acoustical engineer, Kathleen made her career bringing people together at the intersection of arts, science, and business. She founded a funded arts/tech startup while getting her MBA at MIT and co-founded MIT’s Hacking Arts – the world’s first arts+tech festival and hackathon, now in its seventh year – before consulting for startups and arts institutions, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The depression she experienced during and after her first company’s failure – coupled with a constant low-level migraine she has had since 2010 – spurred her extensive research into wellness, meditation, and mindfulness, which has culminated in the methodology she uses to help clients across the country. Her self-awareness program for MIT’s 2019 delta v accelerator produced the first statistically significant data showing the benefit of self-awareness techniques for entrepreneurs. Her company, Rational Confidence, is a community of founders shifting startup culture away from burnout and toward self-awareness and healthier – and more successful – company cultures.
She holds a BA from Harvard, an MM from New England Conservatory of Music, an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.