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!
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.
Robyn founded the Project Athena Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women who’ve endured medical setbacks achieve their athletic dreams, to encourage survivors not just to survive but to thrive. Robyn was previously in corporate sales with Baxter and Allergan and is currently a San Diego 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."
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.
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! Audiences experience the thrill of peak performance and exceptional leadership through Robyn’s incredible stories and breathtaking footage of extreme teams and performers in action. They’ll leave energized, empowered, and equipped with the tools they need to take on their most audacious goals… and win!
- Virtual Keynote: Adapt, Overcome, and Win as One!
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 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 Robyn’s World Champion Adventure Racing team entitled “Extreme Teamwork”, Robyn shares the 5 Secrets to Building Resilient Teams that allowed her team to be the most prolific and consistent World Champions in the sport, and that are easily applied to overcoming all obstacles in the adventures known as our 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 most creative and resilient. They consistently found a better and more efficient way through the course, discovered a way to use the materials given to them in a 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 times of challenge and change as a springboard to future success made them one of the most exciting and successful teams in the history of adventure sports.
- Building World Class Teams — How to Achieve Breakthrough Performance Through Collaboration, Creativity and a Culture of ONE
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. Your world class team will discover that achieving at peak levels isn’t about only reaching UP and trying harder as an individual, but reaching OUT and sharing strengths, talents, and challenges within a World Class Team. 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
- The Essential Elements of Extreme Performance
Robyn’s Keynote on Exceptional Teams is inspired by a Fast Company Magazine article that featured her World Champion Adventure Racing Team and other consistently high performing Extreme Teams. What do these highly successful teams have in common? The 8 Essential Elements of Extreme Performance!
•Empathy and Awareness
•Ownership of the Project
•Relinquishment of Ego
- Leading Through Change
Change is the only thing that stays the same. It is our response to that change that dictates our success. 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 all odds? Are they lucky, blessed or immune to setbacks? Nope. Great leaders experience times of great turbulence, challenge and change in every aspect of their lives—but it is their attitude and mindset that carries them and their teammates to greater heights in the FACE of that change. Leading through Change means Being Ruled by the Hope of Success versus the Fear of Failure, Embracing Setbacks as a Chance to Learn and Excel, and Never Letting the Pursuit of Perfection Hinder Progress. In her Leading Through Change keynote, Robyn shares incredible stories and videos from the worlds of adventure racing and firefighting that illustrate how great leaders succeed against all odds and triumph in the face of adversity. Robyn’s stories and meaningful messages will not only entertain and amaze… your attendees will walk away with easily applied leadership skills that will help them shatter the norm, see challenges versus roadblocks, and inspire their teammates to once again see a future full of possibilities.
- Inspired Leadership — 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.
Robyn’s interactive presentation will help your leaders:
➢ 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