Robyn Benincasa is a World Champion Adventure Racer, award-winning motivational speaker, 3x Guinness World Record kayaker, San Diego firefighter, 10x Ironman triathlete, New York Times bestselling author, proud owner of two bionic metal hips, and the Founder and CEO of The 501c3 Project Athena Foundation, which helps survivors live an adventurous dream as part of their recovery.
For the past 20 years, Robyn and her teammates have studied teambuilding, leadership and performance in the most extreme classrooms on Earth: the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rainforests of Ecuador, and the epic brush fires of Southern California (just to name a few)! It is through these harrowing, life affirming, and often hilarious experiences that Robyn has emerged with her unique perspective on what it takes to succeed against all odds and go the distance in any endeavor.
Through her inspirational keynotes and teambuilding adventures, Robyn has helped Fortune 500 companies including Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, Northrup, Siemens, Napster, Nestle, and Hewlett Packard to bring out the world class team builder, leader and peak performer in their employees.
NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, The Discovery Channel, the Today Show, Live With Regis, Dateline NBC, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Harpers Bazaar, Fast Company, Runners World, and Outside Magazine have all featured Robyn and her teams' amazing ability to Adapt, Overcome, and Win as ONE in times of great challenge and change.
In her New York Times bestselling book, How Winning Works, Robyn shares the essential teambuilding and leadership skills that she and her teammates discovered on their quest to win "the toughest races on Earth". It isn't just a book about succeeding at work-it's a field guide for being a winner in all areas of life. How Winning Works takes readers on an unforgettable adventure and guides them step by step over the finish line to success.
In 2014, Robyn was named a CNN Hero for the Project Athena Foundation. Project Athena is a 501c3 non-profit foundation that helps women who have endured life-altering medical setbacks live an adventurous dream as part of their recovery. Robyn was inspired to start the foundation as a result of her own medical challenge-two total hip replacements. "I'm honored to be chosen a CNN Hero," she says, "but the Athenas (Survivors) who reach their recovery goal of a Project Athena adventure are the true heroes. The mission of the foundation is to put Athenas in a position to inspire and amaze themselves-to be the very best they are today."
In her spare time, Robyn's favorite hobby is inspiring people to do insane, life affirming things like run their first triathlon, start their own business, hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim, or kayak and ride 100 miles from Key Largo to Key West. This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and create that special magic that allows each of us to become better and stronger together than we would ever be alone.
- Building World Class Teams: The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy - What do the world's most successful teams have in common? They have the ability to upgrade their teamwork to Human Synergy-"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 even better...together, this teambuilding keynote is the perfect message to set the tone for your event!
Robyn Benincasa takes your group on a fast-paced multimedia adventure which visually and viscerally imparts the mindset that allows teams to adapt, overcome, and win as ONE against all odds...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!). 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 creating Human Synergy.
During her teambuilding keynote, this World Champion adventure racer, CNN Hero and San Diego firefighter gets attendees buzzing with inspired ideas about how to raise their team to the next level, both personally and professionally. They'll take home simple and easily applied skills that allow them to create Human Synergy with all of the teammates in their lives. There is an old proverb that says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." But the epic, entertaining and meaningful stories and videos shared in Robyn's Building World Class Teams keynote leaves your team with a deep understanding: with true Human Synergy they will go farther AND faster in pursuit of their goals!
- Extreme Performance: Why Winners Win 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 an d those around them to the top of the podium in any endeavor. Attendees will experience the thrill of peak performance and exceptional leadership through Robyn's incredible stories and breathtaking video footage of extreme performers in action. They will leave energized and empowered to create consistent world class results in every aspect of their professional and personal lives!
- 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.
- Leading Safer Teams: How Great Leaders Inspire "Commitment" Versus "Compliance" - In this keynote, safety speaker Robyn Benincasa takes your team on a compelling and unforgettable multimedia adventure, including video footage and analysis of preventable disasters and thrilling safety success stories from the worlds of adventure sports and firefighting. This World Champion adventure racer, San Diego firefighter, and New York Times bestselling author offers unique, simple, yet extremely effective tools for inspiring the people that we work with and work for to be safer every day!
Attendees will go home feeling truly inspired and empowered to keep themselves and their teammates safe because they want to, not because they have to. And they will leave with the desire to be a hero to their new teammates-not just the kind of hero that rushes into danger to save them, but the kind of hero that KEEPS them from endangering themselves and others. With a commitment mindset, we ensure that the most important goal of all is achieved at the end of the day...Everyone Goes Home.