Motivational Speaker. World Class Pianist. Funny.

HP logoOur group gave us extremely positive feedback about your presentation on Employee Engagement saying it was insightful, refreshing, relevant, entertaining and fully engaging with all the interaction. The music was definitely a unique and fun way to emphasize points! Your humor and energy was the perfect way to kick off our Development Day. Awesome job! – HEWLETT PACKARD

Olympics performer Theresa Behenna does what few other motivational speakers can do at conferences and meetings.  She mixes music with message, interaction with inspiration and humor with content to help organizations maximize ENGAGEMENT that boosts TEAMWORK, promotes PEAK PERFORMANCE, supercharges PRODUCTIVITY and ignites INNOVATION.

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ExxonMobil logo“Exhilarating, funny, entertaining, informative presentation! Everyone was totally engaged, participating as a team and enjoying the unique learning atmosphere you created with your piano music. Relevant content on productivity, teamwork & attitude to work more effectively made you one of the best motivational speakers we’ve ever had at this conference. Dynamic program!” 



Texas-based Theresa Behenna is an award winning motivational keynote speaker, internationally acclaimed pianist, recording artist, emcee, small business owner and a total tennis nut.

Audiences leave Theresa’s presentations feeling happy, energized, empowered and inspired. They describe her keynotes with words like “we were fully engaged the entire time – no one looked at their phone!”, “a very unique entertaining way to present serious issues“, “the music was awesome and a refreshing change of pace!”, “funny speaker!”, “loved all the interactive games”,she set a precedent of fun for our conference!”

As a young girl growing up in Australia passionate about playing the piano, Theresa was told she could never earn a living through music “so quit daydreaming and get a real job”. Ten years later Theresa defied the odds and began playing in pubs around Sydney (sometimes to a crowd of nine), and eventually toured the world performing in resort hotels.  After migrating to Texas in the 80’s she began entertaining at top venues acquiring a widespread fan base and became the toast of Houston when she auditioned for Coca Cola and won the honor of performing at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.

Not bad for a day dreamer, right?

For the past sixteen years, Theresa has been traveling the United States as a keynote speaker at meetings and conferences, helping people in corporations and associations achieve their professional and personal goals. Using mastery of the piano as parallel principles for success, her interactive fun presentations teach audiences the tools needed to excel in their field of business. They work for everyone in any career. Always.

Oh wait. They’ll laugh a lot too because she’s funny.

Having toured the world as a musician/small business owner, Theresa’s experience in communicating with different cultures and generations, negotiating performance contracts, adapting to changing markets and appearing before celebrities, gives her the unique ability as a speaker to mix relevant content and compelling stories with dynamic entertainment and hilarious humor to produce positive change in people’s lives.

As a member of the National Speakers Association, Theresa won the John Wolfe Award for speaking excellence and served on the Houston board for many years.

Her piano CD “Songs for Friends” is a popular selling album of Broadway hits, soft rock and movie themes.

Theresa lives in Houston where she plays tons of tennis and performs musical programs at private events in between speaking engagements, but has yet to sound anything like a Texan ‘coz she’s busy putting another shrimp on the barbie.



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I thought your program was terrific! A great reminder of the healing power of music.


I really liked how you connected to our group by using several of us in your presentation. Playing live music made you very unique …motivational and entertaining at the same time!


Your program is wonderful and your message goes along with our customer service guarantee. I also bought your CD and it is just beautiful!


Your presentation was wonderful! Your humor is delightful, your music magnificent and your message is profound!

FIVE STAR QUALITY CARE – After dinner residents program

Thank you for such an uplifting energetic program! I am still receiving compliments on what a fun after-dinner presentation this was…inspirational, entertaining, funny yet informative!”

ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL HOSPITAL – Volunteer Appreciation

This type of program was perfect for our Volunteer Appreciation luncheon!

TEXAS HEALTH CHOICE – Staff Development Day 

Dynamic, extremely upbeat and personable! The laughter, reflection of self and interaction with our group was exceptional. Uplifting & fun! Sparkling humor, great energy! What an inspiration! Our staff not only remembered your message but they’re still laughing at your stories!

 MEMORIAL HERMANN HOSPITAL – Nurses Appreciation Dinner

Theresa’s presentation provided enlightenment with entertainment, LEARNING with LAUGHTER and motivation with music.  Her ability to FULLY ENGAGE THE AUDIENCE of nurses in the very timely topic was demonstration of her expertise as an outstanding speaker. Comments from evaluations:  “The best we’ve had!” “Great uplifting program!”


I was blown away with your presentation! I particularly liked the way you mixed music, humor, content and motivation while having active audience participation.  Your content put things in perspective for what’s going on in our lives right now. Thank you for keeping us INVOLVED and ENGAGED the entire time!

– Gina Ebers, The Alzheimers Gathering Place

I cannot remember a time when our entertainer has been more engaging and fun!  The laughter in that room was infectious and I loved how you just “went with it!”   We were surprised by many of our  Care Partners who normally are very passive but participated in your program  in ways we’ve never seen. How you play that piano  was something to behold! 

– Sherry Menger, Chapelwood Church, Ladies Luncheon

Theresa was fabulous!!!  She is so very talented as a pianist, she knows exactly what to play for the crowd and she was a beautiful smiling addition to our ladies luncheon. Everyone loved her!!!

– Kerry Ream, Sugar Creek Country Club

Outstanding job for our members wine dinner! It was the first time I’ve ever seen them crowd around the piano watching anyone play. We want you back for ALL our special events.

– Christine Keegan, The Hallmark Senior Living

Our residents LOVED you! They were fully engaged the whole time and it was so wonderful to see the joy on all their faces as they sang along to songs they knew. We want you back as often as possible!

– Jason Luther, Houston TX

“Theresa is an exceedingly talented pianist and added a touch of extra style to my event. All who attended our dinner party commented on the quality of her performance, yet there was nothing intrusive about her presence. I will definitely book her again in the future!”

– Cathy Lightfoot, The Buckingham

Our seniors asked me to book you more often because they enjoyed you so much. Thanks for making me look so good!