Skip to content
Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa

NYT Best-Selling Author, World Champion Adventure Racer, San Diego City Firefighter, Founder of World Class Teams, Project Athena Foundation, Expert on Leadership/Teamwork

Inquire
Price icon An icon of a dollar sign, signifying price

Price range

  • $18,500 - $22,000
Expert icon An icon of a lightbulb, signifying expert

Expert

  • Change
  • Female Speakers
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Peak Performance
  • Safety
  • Teamwork/Teambuilding
Experience icon An icon of a gear, signifying experience

Experience

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Sales
Career icon An icon of a microphone, signifying career

Career

  • 20 Years
Inquire
  • About

    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. 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.”

    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!

  • Videos
  • Program

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational | Motivational

    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.

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational | Motivational

    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 sharing strengths, talents, and even our challenges with a World Class Team.

    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. And they’ll take home simple and easily applied skills that allow them to create deep and lasting connections 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 TEAMWORK, they will go further and faster in pursuit of their goals!

    The Essential Elements of Extreme Team Performance

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

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational | Motivational

    BUILDING WORLD CLASS TEAMS: THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF EXTREME TEAM PERFORMANCE is the perfect keynote if you have the following goals or themes for your meeting:

    • Embracing times of great challenge and change as a springboard to future success.
    • Inspiring total commitment to extremely challenging goals.
    • Valuing and respecting the diversity in background, expertise, skills, and culture that each member brings to the team.
    • Connecting deeply to others as a means to take your success to the next level–even when team members operate on a “virtual team” or have individual goals.
    • Taking calculated risks: Teams that are creative and willing to take risks are the most successful in the long run.
    • Ensuring that all team members realize and embrace the fact that they are also leaders in their areas of strength and expertise, regardless of tenure or titles.
    • Instilling a team mindset as the most effective and efficient.
    • Creating leaders that value Teambuilding as one of their most important skill sets in their quest for world-class results.

    Keynote | Educational | Humorous | Inspirational | Motivational

    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 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!

  • Review
    Thumbs Up icon An icon of a thumbs up

    “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 traveling here and being such a big part of our meeting. Thanks again!”

    Allstate Benefits Greg G.
    Thumbs Up icon An icon of a thumbs up

    “The event was an overwhelming success. We are still talking about the key learnings, the fun, and the excitement of working together as a team.”

    Starbucks John A.
The event was an overwhelming success. We are still talking about the key learnings, the fun, and the excitement of working together as a team.
Starbucks John A.