Australian born Theresa Behenna is an award winning motivational speaker, internationally acclaimed pianist, popular emcee, recording artist and average tennis player. She has appeared in some of the world's most prestigious venues before celebrities Matt Lauer, Elton John, Princess Grace, ‘James Bond', Andrew Lloyd Webber and President Bush. In 2006 Coca Cola chose her to perform at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
After moving to Texas, Theresa combined 20 years experience in the entertainment industry with life lessons, Aussie humor and a timeless message that launched her speaking business. Using mastery of the piano as parallel principles for success, she has inspired thousands of people to overcome fear and self doubt to experience more happiness in their professional and personal life. Her universal appeal has resulted in a wide range of clients such as ExxonMobil, Huffington Center on Aging, American Business Women’s Association, British Petroleum, Comerica Bank, Texas A & M University, Meeting Planners International and many more.
Theresa served on the board of the National Speakers Association and was awarded the John Wolfe Award for speaking excellence in 2007. She recorded a top selling CD “Songs for Friends” with another album soon to be released.
Theresa resides in Houston where she has yet to sound like a native Texan.
Motivational Speaker, World Class Pianist, Performance Expert, Fun
Theresa made our Go Red For Women fundraiser luncheon a HUGE SUCCESS with her enthusiasm, humor and uplifting performance! Our attendees left feeling good about taking risks to succeed in their lives and really glad they attended our event.
Nina Hernandez, AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
You were the perfect choice to kick off our New Year! Our members loved how you kept them engaged and entertained after dinner with audience participation and fantastic piano music. Many said you were the best we’ve ever had!
Margaret Parker, EXECUTIVE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL
Your presentation was excellent! It was entertaining and informative, fresh and interesting. You have a common sense approach to bringing excellence to the work place in a way that is very creative and unique.
Linda Barry, ASSOCIATION of DIVISION ORDER ANALYSTS
Theresa is a talented performer with an acute understanding of inspirational techniques for any organization. She mixed motivational messages with entertaining vignettes of music and humor that helped inspire us in a fun manner and kept our attention after dinner. I recommend her for any corporate function where her talents can help drive employees to reach their maximum potential and accomplish the extraordinary!
Aaron H. Woods, DUPONT
Each year we offer a speaker series encouraging the components of successful aging and this year Theresa was our keynote speaker. Her energy, enthusiasm, humor and remarkable talent as a pianist culminated into a presentation that sent everyone home with a smile on their face, a dance in their step and a new attitude about life regardless of age. Extraordinary!
Cathy Lightfoot, THE BUCKINGHAM SENIOR RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
Theresa weaves powerful, inspiring messages within a very entertaining package! She was “a hoot” and thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. I would highly recommend her for any event where you want a compelling message wrapped in fun for all!
Terri Craig, Ewomen NETWORKING
You are such a professional and fantastic at what you do! I have to say that you were my absolute favorite speaker in many years. Thanks for making me look like a rock star by doing what you do best!
Vanezza Garza, Meeting Planner CORPORATE EVENTS & OCCASIONS
You are the most talented motivating speaker I’ve seen. I loved how you incorporated my answers on how we view issues of concern. You made me look excellent in front of my boss, colleagues and friends, thanks a ton!
Suzanne Bonds, Student Counselor TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY
Wow, you really know how to work a room! Even through technical difficulty you were calm, cool and so professional. Your presentation was fantastic, fun, energetic and full of wonderful insight.
We want to bring you back again!
Jessica Modad, MEETING PLANNERS INTERNATIONAL
You did an amazing job of motivating and engaging our 500 volunteers! I’m still receiving rave reviews from the membership saying you were the best keynote speaker they’ve ever heard.
The Lady Gaga reference was brilliant!
W. Dell, JUNIOR LEAGUE CHARLOTTE
Dynamic, motivating, full of zest, passion and very entertaining, Theresa enthralled everyone and kept us fully engaged. Her Australian accent was enchanting and she really connected with us addressing relevant issues with humor. She did a great job getting to know our industry receiving high accolades from our group!
Rina Tikia, NEW ORLEANS ASSN. HEALTH UNDERWRITERS
Outstanding! Many of our staff & faculty said yours was the best program we’ve ever had at our annual Employee Development Conference. Loved the Lady Gaga example of how we all need to be INNOVATIVE today! GREAT TIPS we can use on the job. You totally CONNECTED with all four generations in our group and addressed serious issues in a fun way. Extraordinary & relevant presentation that was a much needed uplift after the doom & gloom of downsizing!
Rosie Ruiz, TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY CORPUS CHRISTI
Theresa was everything we had hoped and more! She was funny, gracious, and talented. You could tell that she did her homework for our particular group. Her message was broad enough to touch everyone and leave the crowd uplifted and motivated no matter their age or position in life. I highly recommend her!
Penny Sanders, DALLAS JUNIOR FORUM
Thanks tons for making our year end meeting a smash hit! We loved your energy and were truly motivated by your after dinner presentation to be extraordinary in the workplace. You’re a keeper!
Nancy Clark, EXXONMOBIL
You were the perfect choice for our conference keynote – OUTSTANDING!
Francie Lockwood, AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Thanks for totally rocking our audience of Human Resource Professionals! Your message was entertaining and fun yet EXTREMELY RELEVANT. You provided valuable tools we can use to coach employees and managers on how to achieve extraordinary performance and why it is so critical to organizational success.
Tracy Frazier, SPHR, HR HOUSTON
I was blown away with your presentation as the kickoff speaker for our conference! I particularly liked the way you mixed music, humor, content and motivation while having active audience participation. Your message put things in perspective for what’s going on in our lives right now. Thanks for keeping us INVOLVED and ENGAGED the entire time!
Al Schiebel, GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF HEALTHCARE UNDERWRITERS
Our group of senior managers thoroughly enjoyed the experience of your UNIQUE presentation and I received many comments on your incredible skills as a pianist! I particularly liked how you TAILORED YOUR WORK to our needs. You really connected with us at an emotional level and made a lasting impression.
Tom McNatt, BRITISH PETROLEUM
WOW! Words cannot express our gratitude.! So much positive feedback how you created GREAT UPLIFTING ENERGY with a RELEVANT message for us!
Pat Horgan, BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, Health Summit
Awesome program! The group loved we did something different and brought in an outside speaker.
Everyone was very impressed how you did your homework and tailored your talk to us so it wasn’t just a “cookie cutter” speech. Bottom-line, your ratings were very high with a clear message we needed to hear.
Frank Rollow, WEINGARTEN REALTY, Regional Managers Conference
Our group was mesmerized, engaged, entertained & inspired…a unique motivational program!
Angela Young, ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS
WOW! Your relevant customization, high energy, amazing music and well-placed humor made a perfect presentation that created a high impact, memorable event! We were honored to have our company philosophy included in your program! Great tips for today’s marketplace and your stories are truly compelling.
Pam Lovett, VP Community Relations, COMERICA BANK
Your presentation which was the best yet! We’ve heard nothing but positive feedback. I knew you would appeal to the younger members and women but I’m pleased you also impacted our more seasoned men.
I sincerely thank you for making me look good and inspiring my group.
Jo D Miller, Executive Director, INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT
Fantastic energy! I especially liked how you tied the association in with finding a peer group and mentorship.
Loved the humor and thought incorporating the piano playing was a great way to break up the speaking.
The content was meaningful – I walked away with clear tools for success.
Tania Demeris, VP Marketing, ENSYTE ENERGY
As with most companies we have a real challenge in keeping our meetings fresh and interesting. From the feedback we received the group really appreciated the change of pace and UNIQUE STYLE you brought to us. I was amazed at how accurately you were able to weave our corporate culture into your program!
Charlie Pierce, EXXONMOBIL
I greatly appreciate Theresa tailoring her speech to our industry….she had some wonderful tips! Fantastic speaker! Relevant presentation…engaging and enjoyable. Excellent program that left us feeling great!
HOUSTON SOCIETY ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES
After a hard day’s work Theresa made me want to go back to the office for more. She was really energizing and motivating! I keep her tips in my organizer and refer to them often.
Laura Robinson, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS
You spoke directly to the current issues of today – job security and learning new things to keep yourself in the market. I thought you were one of our most entertaining speakers I’ve ever heard and the music was a bonus!
Marylou Spoon, Trademark Paralegal, HEWLETT PACKARD
Your message about customer loyalty was a great reminder for our business in this economy and I got some great ideas how to add value for our clients. I left your presentation feeling great – it was so fun and uplifting!
Karen Grubbs, TRI-COAST INSURANCE SERVICES
It was an honor to have a SPEAKER OF YOUR CALIBER at this year’s symposium. Your participation directly contributed a lot to the success of our event. We would like to invite you back again next year!
Matthew Trietsch, PHR, GULF COAST HUMAN RESOURCES SYMPOSIUM
Theresa was wonderful! Her comical and musical ability to impart such words of wisdom to our scholarship recipients was truly amazing and inspirational!. She is truly a gifted speaker and pianist that CAPTIVATED OUR ATTENTION the whole time with personal stories and RELEVANT CONTENT.
Shareen Larmond, WEST GULF MARITIME ASSOCIATION
Theresa’s presentation provided enlightenment with entertainment, LEARNING WITH LAUGHTER and motivation with music! Her ability to FULLY ENGAGE THE AUDIENCE of nurses in a timely topic was demonstration of her expertise as an outstanding speaker.
Jeraldine Jackson, Director of Education, MEMORIAL HERMANN HOSPITAL
DYNAMIC opening speaker! She really set the tone and raised the bar…Her message made me feel she was talking specifically to me because it felt like she was one of us. Message was RELEVANT to us as writers…Fabulous high energy program!…She played an AMAZING piano!….Super start to the conference!
ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA conference Allison Kelley Exec Dir.
This year’s kickoff speaker Theresa Behenna was fantastic as evidenced by the STANDING OVATION at the end of her presentation! I was particularly impressed with how she CONNECTED to our diverse group by including several of our members in her program. Emphasizing her points with music definitely ranks her as being one of the MOST MEMORABLE and entertaining speakers we’ve ever had!
Devy Hardeman, AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION symposium
You were a GREAT choice to kick off our summer conference!
Judy Gaulden, TEXAS EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT STAFF ASSOCIATION
Theresa brought tears to some eyes, hope of reaching goals to many, and laughter to everyone.
What a unique presentation along with fabulous piano playing!
Teri Adamson, HELMS BRISCOE
In most instances when you’ve heard a speaker you hear the same old stuff again. This was the third time I’ve had the opportunity to hear you speak and, as always, you are an INSPIRATION to all and a DELIGHT to listen to. Thanks for the laughs!
Dale Roberts CEO, COMMUNICATORS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
OUTSTANDING! Theresa far exceeded our goals and expectations. Her customization was relevant to our group and she was both entertaining and inspiring. Her message has universal appeal.
Lisa Cobler, ASSOCIATED BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS
Thanks again for a truly great presentation that has made a LASTING IMPRESSION on all who attended our Professional Admin Appreciation lunch. They are still talking about your fun program and how GREAT it made them feel about their work!
Sam Ramirez SPHR, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
I’m still receiving compliments on what a fun, uplifting and energetic after-dinner presentation this was…inspirational, entertaining, funny yet informative!
Betty Haneline, FIVE STAR QUALITY CARE
You certainly put the WOW in our meeting! Thanks for making our leadership look good by selecting such a vivacious dynamic speaker.
Linda Bell, FORT BEND ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS