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Robyn  Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa

Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero & Bestselling Author


When the challenges are steep, and the competition fierce, Robyn Benincasa gives individuals and organizations the tools they need to inspire themselves and one another to their greatest heights and across their most challenging finish lines. 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--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. It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world's most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her 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. 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!

Robyn has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business; her keynotes are powerful, impactful, and packed with practical, real-world takeaways that inspire peak performance and exceptional leadership. As a 20+ year veteran San Diego firefighter, a World Champion Adventure Racer, a 2014 CNN Hero, a Guinness World Record Endurance Kayaker, a best-selling author, and founder of The Project Athena Foundation, Robyn Benincasa *definitely* knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy---or as Robyn puts it, "that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together".

Known as an inspirational force for leadership, teambuilding, and extreme performance, her award winning & game-changing keynotes have earned Robyn accolades as one of the 2020 Top 50 Keynote Speakers in the World, the #1 Female Speaker for Meetings.net, and one of the Top 10 Speakers featured by Harvard Business Review. For the past 15 years, Robyn’s keynotes have motivated countless teams and received rave reviews from user groups, associations, and Fortune 500 companies, including Starbucks, Walmart, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, Yahoo, Intel, and more.

Robyn’s multi-faceted experience inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to achieve audacious goals that they could never accomplish alone. She is the expert that companies call on to build world class teams, inspire peak performance and create a culture of champions. Robyn has successfully translated the lessons learned from extreme team sports to the corporate world, with compelling keynotes that show how groups of ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things together!

Grab hold of your seats, Robyn’s incredible stories and breathtaking footage of extreme teams in action is an invigorating thrill ride that will leave you energized. Read Less ^

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Virtual Keynote: Adapt, Overcome & Win as ONE!

If there’s one thing we can all count on, it’s that something is about to change. It is our response to ongoing change that dictates our success. So how do we as leaders inspire the kind of mindset and build the kind of teams that drive our organizations to adapt, overcome and win as ONE in the face of times of extreme challenge and change? Read More >

This unique and fast-paced 30 minute multimedia keynote is inspired by a Fast Company Magazine feature story entitled “Extreme Teamwork” about Robyn’s World Champion Adventure Racing team. Robyn shares the 5 Secrets to Extreme Teamwork that allowed her team to be the most prolific and consistent World Champions in the sport, lessons that are easily applied to the adventures in our business lives. Their team culture of innovation, visionary creativity, relentless lead building, and embracing calculated risk as a strategy for success made them one of the most exciting and successful teams in the history of adventure sports, and in Robyn’s “Adapt, Overcome, and Win as One” keynote, she shares the mindset and strategies that created their consistent breakthrough performance. Read Less ^

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 

Inspiring Greatness Through G.R.I.T.: Creating the Passion to Pursue the Impossible

What inspires the resilience to chase challenging finish lines and achieve world class results in times of incredible challenge and change? How do we create the passion and internal drive to pursue goals that seem impossible? We create this kind of greatness in ourselves and our teammates through G.R.I.T! Read More >

Much of our endurance and drive to succeed in those tough times when others would quit comes from our connection to something greater than ourselves, the inspiration that comes from mission driven innovation, the passion we have for our goals and the people whose lives we will touch along the way, the understanding that we are writing our life story during our most difficult challenges, and the respect for a team whose success is inextricably tied to ours.

G.R.I.T is that magical combination of:

  • GUTS
  • RESPECT for our teammates and the mission
  • TEAMWORK that makes us “sticky” to our goals and dreams.

When you leave Robyn’s “Inspiring Greatness Through G.R.I.T” keynote, you will have a deep understanding of how to create GRIT in your own life and in your team culture, but most importantly, you’ll be on a mission to inspire that GRIT in everyone who is lucky enough to know you—- the kind of leader every organization needs to help them climb their tallest peaks, fight their biggest fires, and cross their most challenging finish lines… Read Less ^

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