Robyn Benincasa

World champion adventurer and 20-year veteran of the San Diego Fire Department

About

Robyn Benincasa is a World Champion Adventure Racer, 3x Guinness World Record kayaker, 20-year veteran of the San Diego Fire Department (America’s First All Female Fire Crew), 10x Ironman Triathlete, New York Times bestselling author, proud owner of two bionic metal hips.

When the challenges are steep, and the competition fierce, Robyn gives individuals and organisations the tools they need to inspire themselves and one another to their greatest heights and across their most challenging finish lines.

For the last 20 years, Robyn and her team mates 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 rain forests 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 gruelling 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 team mates 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 fire fighter, 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, team building, 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 Benincasa’s multifaceted experience inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their team mates 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 energised.

Speech Topics

As one of THE most in-demand global motivational speakers, Robyn Benincasa’s powerful and inspiring keynotes are performed over 100 times a year for Fortune 1000s, Associations, User Groups and Incentive Events across multiple industries.

They’re designed with customised content and themes, adaptive to different business models, challenges, motivations, and emerging opportunities. With authentic, relevant, and practical with tangible applications in leadership, innovation, change, sales, teamwork and overall business inspiration.

Perfect for SKOs and opening meetings with energy and immersive motivation to help teams tackle audacious goals together!

Adapt, Overcome & Win As One (Virtual Keynote)
If there’s one thing we can all be certain of right now, it’s that change is the only thing that’s going to stay the same. It’s our response to that 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 organisations to adapt, overcome and win as ONE in the face of times of extreme challenge and change?

This unique and fast-paced 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.

Why Winners Win - The Game Changing Mindset That Creates Next Level Success
What are the common attributes of people who make a lifelong habit of winning… and who succeed against all odds?

Drawing inspiration from Robyn’s team of World Champion adventure athletes as well as Winners from all walks of life, Why Winners Win uncovers the common traits and attitudes of the world’s most consistent high performers.

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, they possess the ability to continually motivate and inspire themselves and those around them to the top of the podium in any endeavour.

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 team mates through G.R.I.T!

G.R.I.T is that magical combination of:
• GUTS
• RESPECT for our team mates and the mission
• INNOVATION
• 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 Fire fighter — there 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 each other, but FOR each other.

Having the GRIT to go the distance in any endeavour isn’t just a matter of mental fortitude.

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…

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 team mates? What if your teams were not only driven to achieve goals with each other but FOR each other?

The world’s most successful teams have one thing in common: Human Synergy, which Robyn describes as ”the magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.”

If your goal is to take a group of successful individuals and make them successful as a team, this team-building keynote is the perfect message to set the tone for your event!

Robyn’s most requested motivational keynote is based on her best-selling book, "How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons From The Toughest Teams On Earth". Robyn’s innovative team-building strategies offer practical tools to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE, against all odds.

In this fast-paced, story-driven keynote, Robyn Benincasa takes your group on a multimedia adventure which visually and viscerally imparts the mindset that allows teams to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE even when the stakes are high and the only thing constant is change.

Testimonials

Robyn was a home-run for our leadership conference of 1,500 attendees. She is high-energy, engaging, inspiring, and does a great job connecting the story of adventure racing and teamwork to leadership in the business world. We received great feedback from our participants, and are very happy to have found Robyn. I would highly recommend her for any size event!

CEO - Momentum.

Your presentation style and message really energized the attendees. We heard nothing but great comments and feedback from many of the attendees throughout the week!

Hewlett Packard.

Listening to speakers like you who can share your experience through adversity is especially important; thank you for spending time with Allstate’s leadership team earlier this month. Your message of total team work – synergy, commitment, empathy and mutual respect – is powerful. Allstate leaders might not be climbing mountains or bicycling through a rain forest but we are competing every day to take care of our customers and strengthen communities so that we deliver the Good Hands promise far into the future. Your stories remind us that no matter what challenge we face, we can overcome it by working together.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Allstate.

I would like to thank you for your exceptional keynote speech; you executed an experience that was beyond compare. Thank you for making this day a memorable one.

VP of Sales, Four Season Hotels.

You have hundreds of raving fans from German American! A few things I noticed: you listened to our pre-meeting conversation, read the pre-meeting notes, and paid attention to our meeting today which enabled you to represent our brand without one single hitch. You were authentic, energetic, inspirational and so darn real!

Senior VP of Marketing, German American Bank.

We had so much fun with you. I literally received so many compliments on your message and comments about how your talk touched people—some wanted to go home and share with their husbands/wives/families. Several others said you were the best speaker they had ever heard (my opinion too by the way) and that more in Nestle should hear you! You SO over-delivered both in your speech and in your willingness to spend time with our team. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect message to be delivered at just the right time.

Lisbeth Armentano, Director of Communications & Promotions, Nestlé Nutrition Division.

The feedback from everyone in that room is overwhelming positive. You were amazing. I’ve received positive comments from sales people, marketing executives, corporate executives, and the list goes on. People felt that hearing from someone with your background brought a refreshing perspective and that you connected perfectly to relevant experiences in corporate culture.

Patti Cameron, Sr. Director, Global Sales Enablement, Veritas Technologies.

Thanks Robyn! You were a “rock star”! I really appreciate you being at our meeting. Your powerful presentation and message aligned perfectly with what I wanted to accomplish and you knocked it out of the ball park! I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me and sent me notes on how great they thought your presentation was. I want to sincerely thank you for travelling here and being such a big part of our meeting.

Greg Guidos, President, Allstate Benefits.

Books and DVDs

Clients often ask about purchasing books for giveaways and delegate packs. Below you’ll find a selection of products by Robyn Benincasa. Click the images to view on Amazon's website. For bulk orders, please speak with your Booking Agent.

How to book Robyn Benincasa for your event

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