Teresa M. DiStefano

Senior Partner


Dr. Teresa DiStefano is a senior partner who helps large-enterprise CEOs, boards, and senior teams perform at their highest potential. Teresa’s holistic approach to management consulting engages the executive within the business framework. This philosophy, combined with her experience in business and the field of applied psychology, make her uniquely qualified to advise senior-level executives and teams. Her coaching is aimed at developing resilience and focus in leaders. Teresa consults with boards and CEOs during transition and change. This includes aligning board members around the emerging and evolving strategy for the business, the attributes, experiences, and skills needed in the next CEO, and facilitating the development of the CEO and team to achieve the critical imperatives for the business’s success.

Since joining RHR International, she has led the Dallas office and central U.S. operations. Teresa currently leads RHR International’s energy industry practice and has extensive experience in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries.

Teresa’s career has spanned academia, government, and private industry. She ran a private practice, consulting with organizations and working with individuals on personal growth and development while teaching undergraduate/graduate psychology students at Western Michigan University. She began her career as an economic development specialist and, before returning to school for her PhD, worked as a human resources and organization development consultant for a Fortune 200 pharmaceutical company.

Teresa received a bachelor’s degree in public administration with highest honors and a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University. She later received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on diversity issues in the workplace and is a member of the American Psychological Association. In her spare time, Teresa is an avid runner and enjoys spending time outdoors fishing and kayaking.