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Robyn  Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa

Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero & Bestselling Author

Biography

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. A natural motivator 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.” Read More >

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. From the jungles of Borneo to the Himalayan peaks of Tibet to the rivers of Fiji to the rain forests of Ecuador and the desert of Namibia, they studied the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork, leadership and mastering the skills required to motivate a group of semi-exhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of an impossible goal in addition to working against crazy deadlines in constantly changing conditions. 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 and lead 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! Read Less ^

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Playing to Win: How Champions Lead Change

True Human Synergy

How Winning Works

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Speech Topics

Building World Class Teams: How to Achieve Breakthrough Performance Through Collaboration, Creativity & a Culture of ONE

How do you inspire individual team members to become great teamMATES? What if your teams were not only driven to achieve goals with each other but FOR each other? In Robyn’s most requested keynote, based on her New York Times Bestselling book, she will take you on an awe-inspiring journey that will transform the mindset of your team, fuel deep and lasting connections, and build a culture of “We Thinkers.” Read More >

Robyn’s interactive presentation will help your team members: Read Less ^

  • Discover HOW to build the right team and inspire them to any challenging finish line
  • Reverse the win-lose mentality from conquering to collaborating with other winners
  • Eliminate a silo mindset and foster a “We Thinking” culture 

Playing to Win: How Champions LEAD Change

In today’s fast-paced environment, you can’t afford to follow industry trends and customer expectations— you must lead them. So how can you build a culture focused on relentlessly changing the game while creating what’s next? How can you inspire people to not only survive change but to INSPIRE it? This was attitude and mindset of Robyn’s World Champion Adventure Racing Team—among the most prolific and consistent winners in the sport for the last 20 years. Her team consistently found a better and more efficient way through the course, used materials in a more creative and game-changing way, and built a truly world-class team that not only shared strengths but shared challenges from start to finish. In this exciting keynote, you will learn how the best and brightest champions consistently LEAD change versus simply reacting and responding to it.

Why Winners Win — The Game-Changing Mindset That Creates Next-Level Success

What do the world’s most consistently high-performing individuals and teams have in common? How do the best and the brightest achieve great results through challenge and change? Robyn’s high-energy presentation unveils the mindset and strategies essential to inspiring yourself and your team when the goals are gigantic, the stakes are high, and change is the only thing that stays the same. Read More >

Robyn’s interactive presentation will help you: Read Less ^

  • Embrace times of great challenge and change as a springboard to future success
  • Empower continuous improvement to elicit change and reinvent the game
  • Capitalize on your “human resources” and build a world-class team to achieve even bigger goals

Inspired Leadership: Driving Greatness by Creating a Culture of Champions

How do you inspire others to think and act with a World Champion’s mindset? What are the secrets to inspiring your team members to WANT to be great? In this power-packed keynote, Robyn will teach you how to build and retain high-performing teams that are not only motivated to succeed as individuals but are truly inspired to cross your organization’s most challenging finish lines and take their teammates with them. Read More >

Robyn’s interactive presentation will help your leaders: Read Less ^

  • Transform team members into Team *builders* who achieve consistent peak performance
  • Demonstrate Title-less Leadership: a counterintuitive approach to capitalizing on the strengths of all teammates in order to exceed goals
  • Create Inspiration Plans: The means by which you build deep engagement to your organization’s goals by genuinely inspiring versus simply motivating