"The most engaging defense technologist you’ll ever meet. If you let her - she may just shift how you look at things."
While she was a professional martial artist and international self-defense expert featured in magazines, books, TV shows, and workshops around the world, Theresa developed the InPower™ System which focuses on helping people unleash their personal power and inner warrior strength.
As a personal protection specialist she's pioneering the future of how we take care of ourselves, and what safety means.
Theresa was born with an innate protectress instinct (think the ‘mama bear effect’ in action) and an insatiable curiosity about personal power/human potential.
From childhood she knew she wanted to help others reach their highest potential. And she began doing just that after she graduated from college with a degree in Communication Studies (with concentrations in Psychology, Social Work, and Business/Marketing).
Theresa's desire drove her to create (and teach) a holistic approach to personal safety, power, confidence, and she saw an enormous need for people to learn both physical and emotional boundary-setting strategies for life, not just for defense.
She trademarked a system of teaching personal power, InPower™ and offers her work around the world. Theresa explains part of her unusual methodology as learning “boundaries from the inside out” and loves helping women engage and unleash their own Inner Warrior©!
She is the award-winning author of 5 books and developed an innovative educational and training system relating to personal power, boundaries, and success to the public called, InPower™ Living.
Film & Television Appearances
Theresa has been featured as the female defense expert on six different SPIKE TV shows, as the power expert on “Fitting In” on ABC Family, in a martial arts movie, and telling her story on “The Dr’s” television show. Theresa has had many other roles in television, magazines, radio, and various other media.
In the late 90's, Theresa founded a martial arts and fitness studio in Denver and developed an unusual way of teaching martial arts and fitness based in positivity and encouragement (not the norm for fitness or martial arts, think more “drill sergeant” as normal) which she called Leading Through Love©.
Theresa was the first woman to earn the distinguished rank and title of “Master” in her martial arts system in 2012 (a blended style of krav maga, hapkido, brazilian jiu jitsu, muay thai kickboxing, and tae kwon do) after over 20+ years of training/teaching.
She holds a 4th Degree Master Black Belt & Instructor Certification with over 45,000 hours of teaching/training in several different arts.
Teaching & Speaking
Theresa loves teaching her unusual mindset and intuitive methodology on personal safety - InPower™ - and boundary-setting techniques and watching the “aha” moment when someone makes the connection that shifts their thinking or changes their life!
As a nationally-recognized keynote speaker/workshop leader on power, boundaries, defense, and as a personal protection/safety expert, Theresa has trained millions of people through her innovative work which has appeared in many national/local television shows and magazines.
Theresa recently presented an acclaimed TEDx Talk on The Danger of Your Inner Bully.