Robyn Benincasa

Top Leadership and Teamwork Motivational Speaker, Full-time Firefighter, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero, and Bestselling Author

Robyn Benincasa is a top leadership and teamwork keynote speaker, author, and Adventure Racing World Champion. One of the highest-rated, female motivational speakers in the world, she regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons, her customers include many Fortune companies like Starbucks, Deloitte, Aflac, Boeing, and more.

  • Robyn Benincasa`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Robyn Benincasa`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

  • Robyn Benincasa`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Robyn Benincasa`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $20,001 - $30,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

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Adapt, Overcome, and Win as One!

If there’s one thing we can all count on right now, it’s that we are in a time of change and more is coming –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 ...

If there’s one thing we can all count on right now, it’s that we are in a time of change and more is coming –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? In this truly unique, authentic, and fast-paced multi media keynote, inspired by a Fast Company Magazine feature story about Robyns World Champion Adventure Racing team entitled “Extreme Teamwork”, Robyn shares the 5 Secrets to Extreme Performance prolific and consistent World Champions in the sport, and that are easily applied to the adventures in our personal and business lives.

Robyn and her teammates weren’t on the podium at the World Championships every year because they had the fastest team members—-they simply had some of the smartest. They consistently found a better and more efficient way through the course, discovered a way to use the materials given to them in a more creative and game-changing way, and built a truly world-class team that not only shared their strengths but shared their challenges from start to finish.

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.

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Building World Class Teams — How to achieve breakthrough performance through collaboration, creativity and 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 ...

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 NY 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.”

Robyn’s interactive presentation will help your team members:

➢ 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  

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Inspiring Greatness Through G.R.I.T

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 ...

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 GRIT!  

G.R.I.T is that magical combination of:  GUTS, Respect for our teammates and the mission, Ingenuity, and Teamwork that makes us “sticky” to our goals and dreams.  In this keynote, Robyn shares the real secret to her and her teams’ success over 20 years of leading the pack in the sport of adventure racing and as a San Diego Firefighter—their “we will find a way or make one” attitude, their love of the mission, their deep respect for one another, their ingenious solutions and “white space” thinking, their intensive preparation for all contingencies and conditions, and their incredible ability to not just work with eachother, but FOR eachother.  Having the GRIT to go the distance in any endeavor isn’t just a matter of mental fortitude. Much of our endurance and drive to succeed 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 toughest challenges, and the respect for a team whose success is inextricably tied to ours.  

When you leave Robyn’s  “Inspiring Greatness Through GRIT” 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…

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Playing to Win: Why Champions LOVE and LEAD Change

How do we inspire people to not only survive times of change but to INSPIRE change – and to build a culture that is focused on relentlessly changing the game and creating what’s next? In Robyn’s Playing to Win keynote, you will learn how the best and brightest champions ...

How do we inspire people to not only survive times of change but to INSPIRE change – and to build a culture that is focused on relentlessly changing the game and creating what’s next? In Robyn’s Playing to Win keynote, you will learn how the best and brightest champions consistency LEAD change versus simply reacting and responding to it. In business and in life, you’re on offense or defense. In today’s fast-paced environment, in which change is the only thing that stays the same, we can’t afford to follow industry trends and our customers’ expectations – we must lead them. And when you’ve reached the front of the pack in the race to lead your industry or market, it’s never time to relax, it’s the perfect moment to build your lead and to get so far out of sight, you competitors are relegated to fighting one another for second place.

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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 ...

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.

Robyn’s interactive presentation will help you:

➢ 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

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About Keynote Speaker Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is a top motivational keynote speaker on leadership, Adventure Racing World Champion, CNN Hero, founder of Project Athena, and bestselling author. Robyn won two World Adventure Races and holds three Guinness World Records for long-distance kayaking. Her book on teamwork and leadership, How Winning Works, is a New York Times bestseller. Her entertaining keynotes show audiences the foundations of inspired leadership and how to win as a team.


Robyn’s Keynote Speaker Bio:

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, an adventure racing world champion, 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 motivational 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 who was on America’s first all female fire crew.  Eco-Challenge World Champion, 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 bestselling 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.

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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. Most recently, Robyn was named one of the Top 10 Speakers Featured by the Harvard Business Review and one of the Top 10 New York Times Bestselling Authors Who Can Better Your Company and Your Life in 2018. She has also been named a Top 5 Business Speaker for five years by Speaking.com and one of the 10 Highest Rated Inspirational Speakers for Business by Derek Sweeney. 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!

To some of Robyn’s rave reviews, check out her spotlight. 

Testimonials

“Words really can’t describe how amazing your presentation was today. Your commitment towards TEAMWORK is truly inspirational.”

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

 

“After implementing the 8 Essential Elements in your book with my sales team, we went from 17th in the nation to 1st!”

Lorin Cooper

Indivior

“The conference went great!!! You were so effective in teaching teamwork, setting the tone is an understatement!!! Our morale has improved 100%. The meeting surveys were all positive and gave you lots of luv for your role in our conference.”

Steven W. Kaiser, State Sales Coordinator, Aflac Hawaii/Guam

 

“Our morale has improved 100%!”

Steve Kaiser

State Sales Coordinator, Aflac

“Robyn knocked it out of the ballpark! What an inspiration. Engaging, on target, organized in presentation and fun! She definitely helped us strengthen the core of our leaders and made such a positive impact. We’re grateful for her contribution to our conference.”

Theresa Moberg, Vice President of Training & Development, tastefully simple

 

“I received a great response from your presentation at our Denver Conference.  Your speech was so uplifting and exactly what we needed for our owners and operators.  Thanks again for a wonderful time!”

Beth Edelen

VP of Franchise Support, Sun Tan City

Robyn’s presentation was very motivating and GREAT!  I think it was the best motivational presentations I’ve ever seen – thank you!

Kim Carney

First American

Your message aligned perfectly…  There was a lot of positive energy in the room and feedback about the event has been great.

Many people approached me at our annual holiday party that followed to tell me how much they enjoyed your presentation and the impact you’ve made on them.  This is truly a testament to your work and spirit.

John Fleurant

New York Life

I was blown away by Robyn’s presentation. Her presentation also has a great message about being open to challenges, without fearing what can go wrong.

Annabelle Lerman

CFO, Hospital Corporation of America

Robyn was wildly energetic, funny, engaging and shared some wonderful lessons with our community of retailers. A very big thank you and a great deal of appreciation to Robyn for her time. She has inspired me to be a stronger woman.

Erin Pressley, CAE

Vice President, Education and Media NACS

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