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Robyn  Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa

Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero & Bestselling 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. 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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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! Read More >

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: Read Less ^

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

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. Read More >

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. Read Less ^

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 Robyn Hitched Coverall 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. Read More >

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. Read Less ^