Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer, Motivational Speaker, Groundbreaking Firefighter, Founder of Project Athena Foundation, and Best-Selling Author

Speaker Categories: Female Motivational | Adventurer | Inspirational | Peak Performance | Team Building | Safety | Team Building | Leadership

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World Champion Adventure Racer, Motivational Speaker, Groundbreaking Firefighter, Founder of Project Athena Foundation, and Best-Selling Author

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.

Best-Selling Author

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.”

Champion Adventurer

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?

World Class Teams

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, Harpers 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? — If your goal is to increase performance inspiring your team to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE, this keynote is the perfect message to set the tone for your event. Robyn Benincasa takes your team on a fast-paced multimedia adventure which visually and viscerally 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!). During her “8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy” keynote, this World Champion Adventure Racer, CNN Hero and San Diego Firefighter has attendees buzzing with inspired ideas about how to raise their team to the next level (against all odds), both personally and professionally. And your team will take home simple and easily applied skills that allow them to create Human Synergy with all of the teammates in their lives. There is an old proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The epic, entertaining and meaningful stories and videos shared in Robyn’s “Building World Class Teams” keynote leaves your team with a deep understanding: with true Human Synergy they will go farther AND faster in pursuit of their goals! 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

Adapt, Overcome and Win As One

Change is the only thing that stays the same. It is our response to that change that dictates our success. How do the world's most consistently high performing teams ALWAYS find a way to get to the finish line or achieve their goals against all odds? Are they lucky, blessed, immune to setbacks? Nope. The best of the best experience times of great turbulence and upheaval just like everyone else. Its their attitude and mind set that makes or breaks the team. Is your team ruled by the hope of success or the fear of failure? Winning and 'not losing' are two completely different mind sets that lead to vastly different outcomes. In Robyn's Extreme Change keynote, she shares incredible stories of triumph through adversity and outlines the simple and concrete methods that world class teams utilize to shatter the norm, see challenges versus roadblocks and embrace setbacks as a chance to learn and excel.

Leading Through Change

Change is the only thing that stays the same. It is our response to that change that dictates our success. 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? Nope. Great leaders experience times of great turbulence, challenge and change in every aspect of their lives–but it is their attitude and mindset that carries them and their teammates to greater heights in the FACE of that change. Leading through Change means Being Ruled by the Hope of Success versus the Fear of Failure, Embracing Setbacks as a Chance to Learn and Excel, and Never Letting the Pursuit of Perfection Hinder Progress. In her Leading Through Change keynote, Robyn shares incredible stories and videos from the worlds of Adventure Racing and Firefighting that illustrate how great leaders succeed against all odds and triumph in the face of adversity. Robyn’s stories and meaningful messages will not only entertain and amaze…your attendees will walk away with some easily applied leadership skills that will help them shatter the norm, see challenges versus roadblocks, and inspire their teammates to once again see a future full of possibilities.

Why Winners Win

Inspired by a Fast Company Magazine article entitled ‘Extreme Teamwork,’ which featured Robyn’s team of World Champion adventure athletes as well as “Winners” from all walks of life, Robyn’s ‘Why Winners Win’ 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. The ‘Best of the Best’ experience times of great challenge and change just like everyone else. But with characteristic Courage, Luck (Opportunity + Preparation), Adversity Management Skills, and a keen ability to create Synergy with their colleagues, Winners possess the ability to continually motivate and inspire themselves and those around them to the top of the podium in any endeavor. The icing on the cake of the ‘Why Winners Win’ keynote? 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 in every aspect of their lives!

Stay SAFER: How Great Leaders Inspire “Commitment” Versus “Compliance”

In her “why bad accidents happen to good people” safety keynote, Robyn Benincasa takes your team on a compelling and unforgettable multimedia adventure, including video footage and analysis of preventable disasters and thrilling safety success stories from the worlds of adventure sports and firefighting. This World Champion Adventure Racer, San Diego Firefighter, and New York Times Best Selling Author offers unique, simple, yet extremely effective tools for inspiring the people that we work with and work for to be SAFER every day! Why Do Bad Accidents Happen to Good People? According to research, it’s as simple as ABCD: A – Attitude: Not Me, Not This Time, Not My Place, Not My Job B - Background and Preparation C - Circumstances (Preventable or Non-Preventable? Hint: 80% are preventable!) D - Decisions How Do We Inspire People to be SAFER? S – Synergy: Seeing one another as TEAMMATES vs simply colleagues. We are better…together! A – Adapt – Situational awareness, focus on what it takes to “win” when it comes to safety/survival versus “not lose” F – Follow your R’s! Rules, Roles, Regulations and Routine Procedures restore order to extraordinary circumstances E - Educate and Engage: Move your teammates from Compliance (because they’ll be caught) to Commitment (because they CARE) R – Respect the risk/benefit ratio of your actions, and respect yourself, your teamates and your family to DWR (Do What’s Right) Attendees will go home feeling truly inspired and empowered to keep themselves and their teammates safe because they ‘want’ to, not because they ‘have’ to. And they will leave with the desire to be a hero to their new teammates–not just the kind of hero that rushes into danger to save them, but the kind of hero that KEEPS them from endangering themselves and others. With a SAFER mindset, we ensure that the most important goal of all is achieved at the end of the day…Everyone Goes Home.

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  • "The Dwyer Group has celebrated 33 annual reunions and this year’s was a record turnout with a World Class keynote speaker. Robyn Benincasa really moved our franchisees forward with her real-life stories and the message that 'nobody wins alone.' Thanks to Robyn’s desire to inspire we are a better company!"

    The Dwyer Group, Inc.
  • “You definitely helped us strengthen the core of our leaders and made such a positive impact. We’re grateful for your contribution to our conference.”

    Tastefully Simple
    Theresa Moberg, Vice President of Training & Development
  • “Hi Robyn, thank you so much for presenting at our meeting yesterday in Philly. You were a big hit with everyone and are truly an inspiration. Your energy and enthusiasm hit the mark.”

    Laboratory Products Association
    Clark Mulligan
  • “Robyn – thank you for supporting our S4 Keynote on Tuesday. I had a chance to read some of the feedback and speak to the attendees and they were very positive on your presentation. You did a great job aligning the message to our Enterprise Sales strategy as well—one team, coming together and helping each other to win. We even had people using some of your quotes to describe business challenges!”

    Worldwide Specialist Sales
    John Jester, Vice President
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