Robyn Benincasa

  • The Adventurer Who Inspires
  • Motivation and Leadership Speaker
  • World Champion Adventurer

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. One of the highest rated female speakers who regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons, her customers include many Fortune companies like Starbucks, Deloitte, Aflac, Fast Company, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ARAMARK, Siemens, 3M, Coldwell Banker, Ameriprise, Microsoft, AT&T. With a background in marketing, she was previously in corporate sales with Baxter and Allergan and is currently a full-time firefighter. World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer, CNN Hero, Founder of the Project Athena Foundation (Survivors to Athletes!), 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler and proud owner of 2 metal ‘bionic hips’, Robyn definitely knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy – “that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.” Her New York Times best-selling book How Winning Works, published by Harlequin has been reviewed as “an excellent resource for all business owners on approaching challenges with a team mentality.”

For the last 20 years, she and her teammates have been competing at the front of the pack in the most unique and compelling classrooms on earth – the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia – studying the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork and mastering the skills required to inspire a group of semi-exhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal, working against crazy deadlines, in constantly changing conditions and all in pursuit of a huge hairy audacious goal. Sounds a lot like your life as a business leader, right?

It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a looming mountain of a project  or simply get your team all marching in the same direction, Robyn’s 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy will coach you to the finish line of success.

NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, The Today Show, Live With Regis, Dateline NBC, The Discovery Channel, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Runners World and Outside Magazine have all featured Robyn and her teams’ amazing accomplishments. And Robyn accepts full blame for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, hike across the Grand Canyon with a group of Survivors, or start their own businesses.

This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Change, Health & Wellness, Keynote, Leadership, Motivation, Motivational Keynote, Peak Performance, Sports, Teambuilding

  • Travels From:

    California

  • Price:

    $15,000 - $20,000

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CNN Hero Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. One of the highest rated female speakers who regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons, her customers include many Fortune companies like Starbucks, Deloitte, Aflac, Fast Company, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, ARAMARK, Siemens, 3M, Coldwell Banker, Ameriprise, Microsoft, AT&T. With a background in marketing, she was previously in corporate sales with Baxter and Allergan and is currently a full-time firefighter. World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer, CNN Hero, Founder of the Project Athena Foundation (Survivors to Athletes!), 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler and proud owner of 2 metal ‘bionic hips’, Robyn definitely knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy – “that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.” Her New York Times best-selling book How Winning Works, published by Harlequin has been reviewed as “an excellent resource for all business owners on approaching challenges with a team mentality.”

For the last 20 years, she and her teammates have been competing at the front of the pack in the most unique and compelling classrooms on earth – the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia – studying the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork and mastering the skills required to inspire a group of semi-exhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal, working against crazy deadlines, in constantly changing conditions and all in pursuit of a huge hairy audacious goal. Sounds a lot like your life as a business leader, right?

It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a looming mountain of a project  or simply get your team all marching in the same direction, Robyn’s 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy will coach you to the finish line of success.

NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, The Today Show, Live With Regis, Dateline NBC, The Discovery Channel, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Runners World and Outside Magazine have all featured Robyn and her teams’ amazing accomplishments. And Robyn accepts full blame for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, hike across the Grand Canyon with a group of Survivors, or start their own businesses.

This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!

Building World Class Teams: The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy

What do the world’s most successful teams have in common? The ability to upgrade their “teamwork” to Human Synergy!

Robyn Benincasa takes your team on a fast-paced multimedia adventure which imparts the attitude and mindset that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish truly extraordinary feats together… especially when the stakes are high, the goals are audacious, and constant change is the only thing your team can count on, aside from one another.

This leader of World Champion Adventure Teams, CNN Hero and San Diego firefighter will provide your attendees with simple and easily applied skills enabling them to create Human Synergy with all of their teammates.
This keynote will set the tone for your event and inspire your team to increase performance, adapt, overcome, and win as ONE.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Old Proverb

The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy

  • Total commitment
  • Empathy and Awareness
  • Adversity Management
  • Mutual Respect
  • ‘We’ Thinking
  • Ownership of the Project
  • Relinquishment of Ego
  • Kinetic Leadership

Leading Through Change

How do the world’s most consistently high performing leaders ALWAYS find a way to get their teammates to the finish line and achieve their goals against all odds? Are they lucky, blessed or immune to setbacks? Robyn says none of the above. Great leaders experience times of great turbulence, challenge and change in every aspect of their lives; it is their attitude and mindset that carries them and their teammates to greater heights in the FACE of that change.

Sharing examples from the worlds of adventure racing and firefighting, attendees learn: what it takes to Be Ruled by the Hope of Success versus the Fear of Failure, how to Embrace Setbacks as a Chance to Learn and Excel, and Never Let the Pursuit of Perfection Hinder Progress.

Your attendees will walk away with some easily applied leadership skills to help them shatter the norm, see challenges versus roadblocks, and inspire their teammates to see a future full of possibilities.

Why Winners Win

Inspired by a Fast Company Magazine article entitled ‘Extreme Teamwork,’ featuring Robyn’s team of World Champion adventure athletes, this keynote outlines the common traits, attitudes and mindset of the world’s most consistently high performing leaders in their eternal pursuit of world class results.

Just like you, the ‘Best of the Best’ experience times of great challenge and change.

In this keynote, Robyn discusses 4 elements that will motivate and inspire your team to the top of the podium in your industry: Courage, Luck (Opportunity + Preparation), Adversity Management, and a keen ability to create Synergy with your colleagues.
Attendees will experience the thrill of peak performance and exceptional leadership through Robyn’s incredible stories and breathtaking video footage of extreme teams in action. They will leave energized and empowered to create consistent world-class results for you.

Florida Division Manager, Wells Fargo

Having followed your career a bit over the years, I had a pretty good sense for how awesome you would be, but it would appear that I underestimated that piece. I say that because we have done these meetings for many years, and while I think they all have been very good, no question that the feedback on you was exceptional! We had our debrief this morning, and we gave you an A+! Robyn, it was such a treat to be with you, and thank you again for the exceptional job you did. If I can help you in any way secure other events with our company I would be happy to do that; sounds like you are pretty busy as it is! I hope we have the chance to work together again, and in case I will look to you to help “pull me in” on one of the adventures!!! Let me know how we might help with the open water record attempt. All the best and thank you again for everything. See you soon!

Wells Fargo

Hope all is well and life is great. Just want to let you know since our meeting in Orlando we are off to the best start in many years. We thinking is taking off. I have given your book to our three senior leaders at Wells Fargo Insurance services. One day I am hopping you visit our team and push us hard. You made a difference for me personally and for that I thank you. God bless and all the best talk soon.

EVP, Florida Division Manager

We are still all over “How winning works," and hardly a day goes by we don’t reference your time with us in Orlando. What is so awesome is that it kind of stuck without having to do a lot of follow up with people, although we have done that too.

Robyn Benincasa comes in first again!
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Robyn Benincasa comes in first again!

We are so in awe of the Incredible Robyn Benincasa who totally ROCKED the Missouri River m340 race late last month!

Imagine a race across the entire state of Missouri, just you and your boat thrown against 340 miles of wind, heat, bugs and rain. This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip. This race promises to test your mettle from the first stroke in Kansas City to the last gasp in St. Charles.

After all her crazy eco-adventure races, here’s just how amazing Robyn ​did in this race​:1st woman3rd solo boat overall out of 200+​ men and women​4th boat across the finish line out of all 424 boats (including team and solo boats, men and women​)…and 1st place in the broken femur category!

Yes…while training, she broke her femur the week before the race.You know what she always says, “Wounds heal, but victory lasts forever! Remember it’s not about the setback…it’s all about the COMEBACK!

Robyn amazes and inspires us with her true grit!

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